Don't stress, we're here to help!
Writer: Tracy N. Coley
Imagine you’re sitting in your room at 3am finishing a paper for your eight o’clock class when you suddenly realize you have a project for another class due tomorrow, your Chem test is in two days, and your Spanish mid-term is next week. How did this happen? How are you going to get this all done? You’re already sleep deprived and have been living off junk food for the last several days. Sounds like a bad dream, right?
Believe it or not, at some point this becomes a reality for many students. However, with a little planning and some assistance with studying and time management, you don’t have to fall into this mid-term trap. So where can you get help?
The Academic Resource Center within the Division of Academic Enhancement (DAE) has several great tutoring and test review programs and workshops that can help you get through your stress and help you manage your studies. But what if you’re afraid or ashamed to ask for help?
“The misconception most students have is that asking for academic help labels them as a failure, but this is simply not true,” says Keith Allen, coordinator for retention and CARE in the DAE. “After all, they got into UGA, so they have demonstrated academic aptitude.”
“Asking for help indicates a willingness on behalf of the students to continue their academic success,” he adds. “Even at Princeton University, 50% of their students have a tutor at some point during their college career. There’s no shame in asking for help. It’s just a matter of finding what works best for the individual student to help them succeed.”
You can choose from small group appointments, drop-in tutoring labs, online assistance, and test reviews for MATH 1101 and STAT 2000. The two most popular tutoring subjects are math (up to MATH 2260) and chemistry (CHEM 1211-2212), but there is a full list of classes in which you may get tutoring. You can book tutoring appointments online by logging into my.uga.edu and clicking the ARC logo. You also can attend a drop-in lab in Milledge Hall, the residence halls and the MLC during open hours. You simply log into a kiosk, and then sit down to start working on homework, review notes, or prepare for an exam; there are tutors available to assist you as needed.
Tutoring at UGA is available to you at no cost and employs our own resident experts—students who have taken the courses you’re taking, so they know what you’re experiencing.
“Our tutoring program is accredited by the College Reading and Learning Association, so our peer tutors are vetted and trained by the Academic Resource Center coordinator. "All peer tutors must be recommended by a faculty member in the subject in which they tutor,” says Maggie Blanton, DAE administrative manager.
If you’re finding that your MATH 1101 or MATH 1113 class is a little more challenging than you thought it would be and feel like you’re not prepared to be successful in that course, you can drop back into UNIV 1108 and UNIV 1110 (respectively) before the drop-back deadline of September 30th. The UNIV course replaces the MATH course on your schedule and transcript. The goal of the two introductory mathematics courses is to prepare students to be successful in Math Modeling or Pre-Calculus the following semester.
There are a number of Success Workshops for students in the residence halls (Brumby, Creswell, and Russell) who want to know how to best prepare for tests, how to manage time, how to alleviate anxiety, how to keep the HOPE/Zell Miller scholarship, and what to consider before withdrawing from a class. You can find workshop dates and times on the Get Smart Workshops site.
Our newest student service program, TRIO Student Support Services (SSS), serves 140 students. This program provides priority tutoring through the ARC, peer mentoring, a study space reserved for TRIO SSS participants in Milledge Hall with access to laptops and free printing, graduate school tours, and staff dedicated to the success of all TRIO SSS participants. To be eligible for this program, participants must be full-time UGA undergraduate students who are either first-generation and eligible for the Pell Scholarship or who have a disability documented by UGA’s Disability Resource Center. To inquire about this program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (706) 542-7640.
The ARC also has downloadable study tip sheets and other resources on their Study Tips & Resources page that provide guidance on study strategies.
One of the best perks of college is that you get to make your own decisions, including how to determine what you need to be successful. Take advantage of these free resources so you don’t get stuck in your own bad mid-term dream.
For the most up-to-date information about tutoring, test reviews, and workshops, follow the DAE on Facebook and Twitter. If you have questions about any of our programs, feel free to call the Academic Resource Center at 706-542-7575.