Worried About Your Academic Performance?
Difficulty with school performance can occur at any point in a student's academic experience. These difficulties can be due to the following:
- Common factors
- Mental health or AODA concerns
- Learning or attention difficulties
Difficulty with school performance can occur at any point in a student's academic experience. Some common factors that can affect satisfactory progress in a class or academic program are insufficient academic preparation, ineffective study strategies, or low motivation or interest in the subject matter. Letting go of good self-care habits such as adequate sleep, regular exercise, a nutritious diet and positive social activities can increase stress and decrease performance.
If you are concerned about your academic performance, and you recognize any of the above factors as a potential source of your academic difficulties, your academic advisor is a very good first resource to look at your course plan and identify campus academic support services, including available tutoring resources. Your advisor can also help you evaluate your academic goals and develop a plan to reach them.
Mental Health or AODA Concerns
Persistent feelings of depression or anxiety can interfere with academic performance and a student's overall sense of well-being. Likewise, alcohol overuse or illicit drug use can have a very damaging impact on short term and long term academic performance. If you are experiencing these challenges or they are becoming more pronounced in the college environment, counseling support through University Health Services (UHS) is an appropriate next step. UHS provides screening services and intervention for mental health or AODA concerns.
Students with longstanding patterns of specific learning difficulties may notice a greater impact on academic performance in college. Formal learning disability assessment is available through the campus or community resources listed below.
Students with longstanding patterns of attention difficulties may notice a greater impact on academic performance in college. Formal attention deficit assessment is available through the campus or community resources listed below.