The transition to the rigor of college-level work can be challenging, and Baylor has a system to alert students if their grades are significantly low. The purpose of the academic warnings is to alert a student in enough time that the grades could still be improved. This improvement does not happen by magic. If you received an academic warning, here are some steps you can take to orient yourself back to a successful path:
1) Talk to your professor. The professor is the person who noticed your difficulties and was concerned enough to issue the academic warning. Your professors want to help you, and this is why they have office hours. If you are unavailable during your professor’s office hours, contact them about scheduling an appointment. Professors are the foremost experts on their own classes. Therefore, they have the potential to offer more specific assistance than anyone else could.
2) Seek assistance and use the resources of Academic Support Programs. Supplemental Instruction, tutoring, and academic coaching on study skills and time management can work wonders for your grades.
3) If you are really struggling in a class specific to your major or your chosen career path, perhaps it is a good time to re-evaluate the goal. Meeting with a career counselor is a confidential way to explore your options. If there is a certain type of class that you would like to avoid, career counselors are knowledgeable about which majors might allow you to focus more energy on your strengths. Click here to schedule an appointment.
The bottom line is to take action to improve your grades. You have a team of faculty and staff eager to help you succeed. Just ask, and we are happy to help.