This may be a good time to talk with your student about his or her academic performance so far in college. In early October, undergraduate students were required to take midterm exams or complete midterm projects in all their courses. While the “midterm season” is often a stressful time for students, it is a very important phase of a student’s academic life because it is the first official evaluation of a student’s strengths and weaknesses in each particular subject.
At the semester’s midpoint, students need a clear and honest assessment of their academic performance in their tests, quizzes, essays, oral presentations and other works because there is still time to address any weaknesses and bring up those grades.
A positive grade affirms a student’s abilities and reinforces the student’s commitment to success in the course. A negative grade sends a “red flag” of warning to a student that more work is needed for the student to succeed.
Students who receive a low grade for the midterm have several ways to get back on track.
- The first step is for the student to meet with the professor of the course for a critique of the student’s work and to receive the professor’s recommendations for improving their performance. Sometimes it is only a matter of clarification of ideas or a more focused reading and analysis of course materials. Students can follow the professor’s direction when working on the next assignments in order to make improvements in their comprehension and analysis of the materials.
- Students may also meet with their academic advisor or a counselor in the Academic Advisement Office to see if the midterm grades are signaling a need to consider a change in major. Students should be encouraged to contact an advisor soon since spring semester courses will be chosen by students during this month. An advisor can be requested by students online.
- Sometimes students receive low midterm grades because the mechanics of a student’s writing are not strong enough to allow the student to express thoughts in a concise, coherent and logical way. Other times, a student needs more content specific support in a subject for which they are just beginning to build their knowledge base. To address these concerns, students can access an array of academic support services provided through the SCSU Academic Success Center which offers tutoring in many support areas, including writing, biology, chemistry, physics and math.
Please encourage your students to access these free professional services to improve their academic performance and to get the most of their college education.
It’s also time for students to register for their Spring semester classes!
Students should contact an adviser as soon as possible in order to select the right courses and receive the required “pin number” which allows students to register for courses. How do they find an adviser?
- Returning students with declared majors are advised by their assigned departmental advisers. Students must contact the department of their chosen major to find out who their academic adviser is and when he or she can be reached.
- Returning undeclared students are advised through the Academic Advisement Center, located in the Wintergreen Building on Wintergreen Avenue.
- Students who are interested in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program are advised through the Academic Advisement Center.
- Non-Matriculated students may seek advisement through the Academic Advisement Center.
For further information about finding an adviser, please have your student to call the Academic Advisement Center at (203) 392-5367 or visit online.
Please remind your student that the Spring registration start dates are:
- Tuesday, November 7: Senior status Registration begins
- Monday, November 13: Junior status and non-matriculated graduates Registration begins
- Wednesday, November 15: Sophomore status Registration begins
- Monday, November 20: First-year students: Registration begins
The sooner students register (according to their status start dates), the better choices of classes they have!
The SCSU Division of Student Affairs is thoroughly committed to helping your students succeed, but often a reminder from those of you supporting students from home can make all the difference!