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For Students Experiencing Academic Difficulty

Academic Success and Strategic Learning Resources

Cal places great demands on students not only academically, but also in a variety of other ways. We, along with our partners in the colleges and schools, as well as CE3, DSP, and CPS, can help you to identify the reasons for your difficulties and overcome them. Students who are on Academic Probation or who simply are not achieving up to their expectations can use the following resources to achieve success.

Strategic Learning Coaching/Study Strategies Consultations

Interested in mapping a plan for success?  Experiencing academic difficulty has it's "silver linings."  During this important time of transformation, Cal students have the opportunity to build a network of academic resources, create goals, reassess learning strategies, and build healthy academic pracitices.  Work with an academic coach to explore effective learning strategies for your courses.  Understand your learning processes and build powerful learning practices at Cal.  Contact Alex de Guia (deguiaal@berkeley.edu)



Top Five Pieces of Advice from an Academic Coach:

1.  You are not alone.  Taking on academic challenges at a large, selective, research university will stretch you to grow as a scholar.  In fact you are part of a university community of staff professionals, instructors, tutors, peer coaches and classmates who want to support your success.   Join communities of collaboration and motivation.  Join a study group at the SLC, work one-one-one with a tutor, enroll in a Math Adjunct or Study Strategies Goals for Success course.  Drawing support from motivated peers builds enthusiasm, accountability, new perspectives, and even strength-building friendships. Times of difficulty are the perfect times to build that armada of support.

2. You are unique.  However difficult, refrain from comparing yourself to others.  Your challenges are unique.  Unique challenges may call for unique resources and solutions. Oftentimes, "academic difficulty" has nothing to do with academic ability, drive, and focus.  Challenges arise outside of academics that may impact the learning process and academic performance. Taking on extra employment hours, leading roles in families, unforeseen emergencies, health issues, rough transitions, underestimating course loads, and overestimating course preparation are all examples of factors or combinations of factors that can impact balance and focus.    

3.  Learning is a process.  Both FAILURE and SUCCESS are necessary components for growth.  Developing your processes and practices for learning and growing is what builds excellence.

4.  Set, prioritize, and monitor your GOALS. Align an action plan that achieves your goals. Communicate these goals early, often, and consistently with tutors, coaches, advisors, counselors, and instructors.  Having accountability and thought partners will assist you to achieve your goals for success.

5.  Invest time to meet with a Strategic Learning Coach.  Guided reflection, organizing, affirmation, challenge, and focused study strategies amplify academic performance and active learning.