STRATEGIES FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Illinois Wesleyan University provides significant support for students to achieve academic success.  In order to be successful in college, students need to learn how to best study, manage their time, and utilize the resources available to them.  It is ok to ask for help!  If a student is struggling in a course, the first person the student should talk to is the professor; he or she will be able to provide information on how to be successful in that course.  Academic advisors can also help students identify challenging issues and make referrals to appropriate campus resources.  In addition, the following printed resources are available:


Academic Skills Series Spring 2014

The Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs collaborate each semester to present the Academic Skills Series, a series of 10 programs to assist students in the development of and/or strengthening of academic skills needed to be successful at IWU.

Attend the Academic Skills Series Wednesdays at noon in CNS E101.  You can pick a specific topic to join us, or attend all sessions. (FREE Papa John's PIZZA provided for lunch!)

  • January 29 - Manage your time 
  • February 5- Study smart and read efficiently 
  • February 12  - Take effective notes and tests 
  • February 19 - Manage your stress
  • February 26 - Exceed faculty expectations
  • March 5 - Procrastination: Getting started on getting started
  • March 19  - Improve your writing 
  • March 26 - Ames - secret skills to give you an edge
  • April 2 -  Presentations and public speaking
  • April 9 - Maximizing your success on finals

Academic Skills Series Handouts:

Academic Skills Screencast Series

Specific topics from the Academic Skills Series are presented in a screencast for students who can not attend the series in person.

Additional online resource: How to Get the Most Out of Studying: A Video Series

Peer Tutoring Services

Many departments on campus offer peer tutoring services; students should contact their professor or the Department Chair for the specific class for details.

Online Resources

The following web resources providing a starting point to all that exist regarding time management, study skills, and transitioning to college:

 Time Management & Study Skills Resources:

College Transition Resources: