1. How do I catch up in a class I am falling behind in?
It’s that time of year, isn’t it? One assignment after the other procrastinated then never done, another episode binged, more unread emails in your inbox than dollars in your bank account. It’s easy to think that everything is going to plan until midterms, when you realize you have three tests and an essay all due within the span of four hours. So how do you catch up when you’ve made a habit of staying in bed instead of going to your 9 a.m.?
The number one piece of advice I can give anyone falling behind in a class is to show your professors you care. Make attendance a priority and reach out to your professors for help when you need it. If, for some reason, your professor is unavailable (or just plain old rude), your advisor is a fantastic second option. It is quite literally the job of these people to tell you how to get your shit together, so take full advantage of them.
Hopefully, talking to your professor/advisor should be enough to put your mind at ease and develop a game plan, but we all know that teachers don’t always understand. If you couldn’t get an extension or any advice, the best thing you can do is develop a schedule. This can be incredibly daunting, especially when you’re taking 18 credits, so you need to remember that it will be messy at first, but will iron out eventually. Start by writing down everything you have to do, then prioritize by workload and due date. After that, factor in the time needed for each item. Make sure to leave time for breaks, meals, socializing, hygiene, classes, and general self care. Meet with a tutor when you are confused, and if there is an assignment that may have a later due date but excites you, let yourself at it for a bit. It will help to get you into the working mood.
I hope this advice aids your struggles. Remember, most professors are as understanding as they can be and want to see you succeed. Ask for help, whether that be for the explanation of a formula or an extension, and keep thriving.
The Counsel/Advice Dean (CAD)