GO: Coaching Students Over the Last Hurdles

Tuesday, November 6, 2018



Now that midterms are over and the withdrawal deadline has passed, our students may be feeling anxious about their classes, projects and end-of-term exams. If you teach, advise or work with students who might be feeling like they’re in over their heads or who might be uncertain about their majors, please remind them of our campus resources to help them get through the most stressful part of the semester.

Our advisors are frontline resources for students struggling with tests and assignments and contemplating major changes. They also hear students who express anxiety over failure or family and financial situations that impact their academic progress. But we should all be aware of resources for students this time of year. Whether you teach, advise, coach, counsel or supervise students, they rely upon you to guide them into a positive direction for help.

study tipsOur Division of Academic Enhancement has undergone a major transformation in the last couple of years, revamping, replacing and creating new programs that help students succeed. The DAE offers year-round academic assistance through tutoring, test prep for chemistry, math, and a wide range of intensive courses. Academic coaches work one-on-one with students to help develop study, notetaking, time management, and test performance skills. The DAE’s Writing Center helps students sharpen their essay skills. The quick study tip sheet to the left was pulled from the study tips page that will help students get through the semester. See the full list of DAE’s resources at dae.uga.edu.

Also within the last two years, our Exploratory Center has seen over 24,000 students who are exploring or changing majors, or who are seeking majors in business or journalism. For the 2018-19 academic year, 70% of the 5,750—that’s 4,025—first-year students are expected to change their majors at least once while completing their undergraduate degree. The Exploratory Center advisors help navigate students through the process of changing majors and thoughtfully selecting a new major. They also connect students with the Career Center counselors to guide career choices and helping them find the major that fits their goals. Visit explore.uga.edu to find out more information.

If you have a student who appears to be in distress due to a hardship or a complex or unforeseen circumstance, please refer them to the Office of Student Care and Outreach where they may receive individualized assistance and a network of support.

Help your students take advantage of these resources available to them. Remind them to breathe and take one hurdle at a time. We’re all here to help them cross the semester finish line. Thank you for all you do to support our students!

If you have any suggestions for improving the learning environment at UGA, please send me an email at rahuls@uga.edu.


Rahul Shrivastav
Vice President for Instruction