According to the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business guidebook, a student will be placed on academic probation after their first quarter when his or her grade point average falls below a 3.0. If it remains below a 3.0 by the end of the probation term, it will be determined whether the student will need to create an academic improvement plan. After 2 quarters of failing to follow the improvement plan, 3 quarters of a GPA deficit, or determination by the student’s advisor, department chair, or dean, he or she will be terminated from Daniels College of Business.
For some people, a bad quarter is the result of an illness, occurs while learning how to study or getting the resources needed to be successful. For others, it can be a wake-up call. Those who choose to grow from the experience find themselves more self-aware and successful throughout the rest of their college careers. If you’ve received notice that you’ve been placed on academic probation, we strongly recommend following these 6 tips to help you recover and get back on track for your degree:
1. Read the Fine Print
Carefully read through your warning letter. Make sure you understand everything in the letter. Even if your roommate is also on academic probation, you shouldn’t assume you understand what’s expected of you. You’ll find the details of the probation may vary from your roommate’s. Find out what’s needed to change your academic standing, what time frame is required to make the change, the consequences of failing to improve your circumstances and how the situation affects your financial standing. If there’s anything you have questions about, see your academic advisor or the dean, to help you understand everything you should know about probation.
2. Reassess Yourself
Freshmen and transfer students are more likely to be placed on academic probation. One of the biggest problems leading to their change in academic standing is a lack of self-awareness. When asked about how well they did in high school, many of these students will assume that they received more A’s and B’s than they actually received. Likewise, they typically assume that they’re doing better in Business College than in actuality. Think about yourself and your academic career. Think about what you could do to improve and in which areas you may be struggling to help gain greater self-awareness as you move forward.
3. Seek Help
If you’re struggling in a class, don’t be afraid to seek help. You can meet with your teacher or teacher’s assistant. Consider hiring a tutor. You could even join a study group with other students in your class and talk with them about study habits to make sure that they pass the class and keep their grades up. There are other academic resources on campus at your disposal, but you need to take advantage of them by seeking help and talking to others who can help you.
4. Get Organized
One of the most important things that you can do to get organized is to practice time management. Invest in a weekly planner or use a calendar mobile app, so you can schedule your days and make passing classes your top priority. Plan time for reading, writing assignments, projects, and other class activities. Keep yourself organized and diligent, so you have all of the tools that you need to complete your class assignments.
5. Attend Class Every Day
Some professors offer participation points for attendance. You can earn easy points just for attending class every day. Even if your class doesn’t offer points for attendance, it’s important to make sure to attend every class, every day. You may find you can pass a test by simply reading the book or reviewing your friend’s notes, but there’s lots of information you’ll miss if you don’t show up. For one thing, you’ll learn things which will be on the exam that you otherwise wouldn’t learn without being in attendance. It will also help you absorb information when you hear it and stay actively engaged. You can meet classmates with which to study and you’ll receive reminders about tests and assignments to help you stay on top of everything.
6. Track Your Grades
You may have a professor who is always on top of grades and updates everything right away. Then, you can review your grade online. Realistically, you probably won’t check your grades online every day and your professor probably won’t be updating grades every day. Tracking your own grades will help you stay aware of where you are in the class and what you need to do in order to improve your grades. At the end of the quarter, you can compare your record with the professor’s record. If there are any discrepancies, you can make sure that you get the extra points you deserve.
If you continue to struggle with grades, don’t give up! Visit your advisor and speak with your professors to discover what you can do to improve your academic standing and get your grades back on track for graduation.