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 2014-2015

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.

The Academic Skills Series is held on the following Wednesdays from 12-12:50pm in CNS E101.  Students can pick a specific topic to join us, or attend all sessions. (FREE Papa John's PIZZA provided for lunch!)

  • September 17 - Time management: Balancing life and academics
  • September 24 - Study smart and read efficiently 
  • October 1 - Enhancing note and test taking skills
  • October 8 - Procrastination: Getting started on getting started
  • October 15 - Understanding faculty expectations
  • October 22 - Manage your stress before it manages you
  • October 29   - Writing 101: Crafting strong papers
  • November 5 - Podium skills: Improving your presentations
  • November 12 - The Ames advantage: Research skills for success
  • November 19 - Survival tips for finals
  • January 28 -  Time management: Balancing life and academics
  • February 4 - Study smart and read efficiently 
  • February 11   -  Enhancing note and test taking skills
  • February 18 - Procrastination: Getting started on getting started
  • February 25 Understanding faculty expectations
  • March 4 - Manage your stress before it manages you
  • March 18 - Writing 101: Crafting strong papers
  • March 25 -  Podium skills: Improving your presentations
  • April 1 - The Ames advantage: Research skills for success
  • April 8 - Survival tips for 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: