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Please click on the links below for additional information and guidance on topics that are of interest and/or of concern to you as you pursue personal and academic success.

 


 

I am not attending class and/or have not handed in class assignments.

  • Step 1: Attend all your classes and compare your Blackboard activity with course peers. | Why?
  • Step 2: Talk with your Professor or TA to explain why you haven't been to class and to see how your absences have and will affect your grade. Find out what you can do to make up missed assignments, etc.
  • Step 3: If for some reason, you cannot attend your class or classes, talk to an academic advisor
  • Step 4: You may feel stressed or overwhelmed by the demands on your time, but a little help managing your time could solve your problems.

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I want to withdraw from a class.

Learning is a matter of committing both time and energy to your studies. What does this mean? For every hour in class, you should be spending two to three hours studying. Some subjects may be more demanding than others. If you find one course harder than another, you must devote more time and energy to that difficult course. How do you commit more time and energy?

Are you taking too many courses?

  • If you are having difficulty with your courses because you aren't giving them all the time they demand, you have two choices: find more time or talk to an academic advisor. Ask about the advantages and disadvantages of dropping the course: loss of financial aid or health insurance, and the impact on immigration status or quality point requirements of the retention system.

If the decision to drop a course is reasonable for you, then there are two steps that must be completed:

  • First, you must contact your academic advisor.
  • Second, you must officially drop the course using myUMBC by the semester’s deadline
    • You have the time; you're studying hard. Yet, you're not doing well. You may not be using appropriate study techniques, and/or you may need tutoring.

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I don't have enough time to study.

Learning is a matter of committing both time and energy to your studies. What does this mean? For every hour in class, you should be spending two to three hours studying. Some subjects may be more demanding than others. If you find one course harder than another, you must devote more time and energy to that difficult course. How do you commit more time and energy?

Are you taking too many courses?

  • If you are having difficulty with your courses because you aren't giving them all the time they demand, you have two choices: find more time or talk to an academic advisor. Ask about the advantages and disadvantages of dropping the course: loss of financial aid or health insurance, and the impact on immigration status or quality point requirements of the retention system.

If the decision to drop a course is reasonable for you, then there are two steps that must be completed:

  • First, you must contact your academic advisor.
  • Second, you must officially drop the course using myUMBC by the semester’s deadline
  • You have the time; you're studying hard. Yet, you're not doing well. You may not be using appropriate study techniques, and/or you may need tutoring.

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I am studying, but I'm getting poor results.

You have the time; you're studying hard. Yet you're not doing well.

  • Talk to your instructor/s in the course/s. Ask for strategies that will help you understand and study the subject.
  • Find out if the department has additional academic support services, such as discussion groups or test files.
  • Join a guided study session, or form a study group of your own.
  • TRS 201  Transfer Seminars are designed to assist in the successful transition of transfer students from their previous college or university to UMBC. It focuses on developing and understanding the skills needed and the academic expectations to achieve success at an Honors University. The materials covered will complement the work that is being done in upper-level courses in the major, and it will contain academic material selected by the Department that has been identified as a barrier to the success of transfer students in that particular major. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the Shady Grove course!

You may not be using appropriate study techniques, or you may need free tutoring.

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I need a tutor.

You have the time; you're studying hard. Yet you're not doing well.

  • Talk to your instructor/s in the course/s. Ask for strategies that will help you understand and study the subject.
  • Find out if the department has additional academic support services, such as discussion groups or test files.
  • Join a guided study session, or form a study group of your own.
  • TRS 201  Transfer Seminars are designed to assist in the successful transition of transfer students from their previous college or university to UMBC. It focuses on developing and understanding the skills needed and the academic expectations to achieve success at an Honors University. The materials covered will complement the work that is being done in upper-level courses in the major, and it will contain academic material selected by the Department that has been identified as a barrier to the success of transfer students in that particular major. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the Shady Grove course!

You may not be using appropriate study techniques, or you may need free tutoring.

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I don't know what's wrong or what to do.

TRS 201  Transfer Seminars are designed to assist in the successful transition of transfer students from their previous college or university to UMBC. It focuses on developing and understanding the skills needed and the academic expectations to achieve success at an Honors University. The materials covered will complement the work that is being done in upper-level courses in the major, and it will contain academic material selected by the Department that has been identified as a barrier to the success of transfer students in that particular major. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the Shady Grove course!


Here's a list of resources you can contact for help finding strategies to deal with your academic difficulties:

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I'm having personal problems.

Adjusting to life at UMBC-Shady Grove can be challenging. Learning to live with and get along with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities is more difficult for some than for others. If your personal life or social life is interfering with your academic success, if you're depressed or having problems with drugs or alcohol, you can check out these resources:
  
Center for Counseling and Consultation, located in Building III, Room 1134 (enter through Library). 301-738-6273

Office of Student Services, located in Building III, Room 1100


TRS 201  Transfer Seminars are designed to assist in the successful transition of transfer students from their previous college or university to UMBC. It focuses on developing and understanding the skills needed and the academic expectations to achieve success at an Honors University. The materials covered will complement the work that is being done in upper-level courses in the major, and it will contain academic material selected by the Department that has been identified as a barrier to the success of transfer students in that particular major. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the Shady Grove course!

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I have money problems.

If money is a problem, here is a list of main campus resources that may be of help. Remember to adjust your course load, if necessary, so that you can handle the time demands added by internships or part-time work.

Financial Aid: Learn about FAFSA, applying for loans, and finding scholarships. Financial aid counselors are available to answer your questions. (410-455-2387)

Scholarships: Check out merit-based scholarships for current students. Did you know that the Universities at Shady Grove has scholarships, as well? Click here for USG scholarships.

Career Services Center: You'll discover many resources to find jobs. Be sure to set up an account on UMBCworks as well!

Monthly Tuition Payment Plan: This affords you the ability to conserve your savings and budget your expenses. (410-455-2288)
  
Bursar's Office: Missed some payments? Noticed a billing mistake? Want to pay online? This is the place to go. Have some questions? Try this FAQ link. (410-455-2288)

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I am having problems that I want to discuss with the Women's Center.

The Women’s Center is housed on UMBC’s main campus, but is an excellent resource for all UMBC students. Separately, you may want to consider discussing your concerns with the Center for Counseling and Consultation, located in Building III, Room 1134 (enter through Library). 301-738-6273