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Academic Difficulties

It is not uncommon for students to hit a snag in their studies while at UW.  There are a myriad of reasons, both personal and academic, why this might occur, as well as many actions and resources, both personal and institutional, that can help you get back on track.  Below is a checklist we developed (also available at the bottom of this page as a pdf) to help you identify reasons for your academic difficulties as well as strategies for overcoming them.

Please check the personal factors you believe contributed to your current academic difficulties:

Procrastination Difficulty adjusting to UW Too much time on video/computer games
Time management Difficulty getting out of bed in the morning Too much time on social media
Stress management Difficulty sleeping at night Over-involvement in extra-curricular activities
Lack of motivation Physic or mental health issues Over-involvement in athletics
Inability to concentrate Depression or anxiety Full or part-time job
Alcohol/Substance abuse issues Homesickness/separation from family & friends Too many social commitments
Inadequate English language skills Loneliness/hard to make friends Financial problems
Family situation Personal relationship issues Housing/Roommate issues
Reluctance to seek help Lack of secure/quiet study space Long commute
Lack of long-term goals Not sure UW is the right place for me OTHER

Please check the academic factors you believe contributed to your current academic difficulties:

Inadequate math skills Possible learning disabiltity Challenging textbooks
Inadequate reading skills Difficulty completing homework Incompatible learning style with teaching style
Inadequate writing skills Test taking/anxiety issues Difficult class/classes
Inadequate note taking skills Did not prepare enough for tests/exams Difficult course combination
Inadequate study skills Insufficient help available Taking too many credits
Lack of study group Not confident about physics major Unable to understand course content
Difficulty adjusting to academic expectations Not clear on academic goals Insufficient mastery of prerequisite material
Did not attend or skipped classes Unsure of strengths and interests OTHER

Which of the following actions do you plan to take:

Mid-quarter check-in with course Professor(s) Seek academic support (CLUE, WISE, OMAD, office hours)
Mid-quarter check-in with Physics Student Services (Margot, Prof. O.) Revise class schedule
Complete I or X graded courses Reduce course overload
Submit Hardship Withdrawal petition with supporting documents Form a study group
Change living situation Take additional math prior to more physics
Seek personal counseling at Student Counseling Center or Hall Health Review prerequisite material prior to taking class
Join support group through Counseling Center Modify work schedule / reduce work hours
Visit career center to refine long-term goals Reduce extracurricular activities
Explore a different major Revise academic/graduation plan and enter in into MyPlan
Talk honestly with family/mentor about your situation OTHER

Which of the following resources do you intend to utilize:

Physics Advising UW Counseling Center UW Health and Wellness
Hardship Withdrawal UW Libraries Hall Health
General Academic Advising Disability Resources for Students Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity
Professor/TA Housing Staff (RA) Kelly Cultural Center
Commuter commons Q Center/Women's Center Women in Science & Engineering
CLUE Career Center Society of Physics Students
Student Clubs Student-Athlete Academic Services UW Ombud's office
International Student Services/FIUTS Odegaard Writing Center Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity
Support groups (e.g. UW Procrastination & Perfectionism) Counseling Center Workshops (e.g. Study Smarter) Academic Support Programs/Academic Achievement Courses
Campus Food Pantry Student Fiscal Services Financial Aid
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