Academic Strategies Courses

EDH 182

Examines factors that influence the academic performance of college students. Identifies social, affective, and cognitive barriers negatively impacting learning. Introduces strategic approaches for improving academic performance, which are tailored to individual students, implemented and evaluated. Highlights University resources for supporting academic performance. Offered every semester.  2 credit hours 

LSS 180

Laker Strategies for Success (LSS 180) is a non-credit bearing program for first year students that are on jeopardy of dismissal or academic probation that will help students get back on track academically and have a successful winter semester.  Participants in the program meet one hour a week for 9 weeks. The program begins within the first couple weeks of the start of the winter semester.

The goal of the program is to foster the development of academic resiliency by providing a supportive community, teaching academic strategies, and encouraging a growth-mindset that allows students to deal with academic and personal setbacks and challenges from a perspective of empowerment and personal choice.

The following student success topics will be discussed:

  1. Getting on Track
    • Program Introduction
    • Resources
    • Academic Standards
    • Academic Behavior Survey
  2. Goal Setting and Managing Time
    • Vision, Dreams, Goals
    • Setting Goals
    • Time Management 
  3. A Mindset for Success
    • Growth vs. Fixed Mindset
    • Power of Positive Thinking
  4. Deep Learning Strategies
    • The Learning Process
    • Active Learning Strategies
    • Power Study Hour/Intense Study Session
  5. Academic Self-Regulation
    • Motivation
    • Accountability and Priorities
  6. Mid-Semester Check Up
  7. Stress Management
    • Developing Stress Resiliency
  8. Positive Problem Solving
    • Proactive Model
  9. Staying on Track
    • Wrap-up
    • Creating your Advisory Board
    • Wellness

Students who participate in this program have been found to have a higher GPA at the end of the winter semester and have a better chance of returning to good academic standing than those who do not participate.  All first year students who have a GPA below 2.000 are eligible for the program. Please contact the Student Academic Success Center at (616) 331-3588 for more information.

*There is no cost associated with this program.