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Rochester, MI 48309-4401 (map)
(248) 370-3227

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Academic Success

Oakland University's #1 goal is for you to excel academically. This page was created to help you become aware of the resources available to you. Click the steps below for information on how to reach your #1 goal - graduation. 

Step 1: Register for and attend the (required) Academic Success Workshop

The Academic Success Workshop is a required event for all first-year students on academic probation. It will be held on Monday, January 5, 2015 from 1:30 - 4 p.m. (check-in begins at 1:00 p.m.) outside of Elliott Auditorium in Elliott Hall.

University Housing Students
There will be a required session before the workshop at noon in 208 Oak View Hall.

Center for Multicultural Initiatives Students
There will be a required session before the workshop at noon in 235 Elliott Hall.

During the workshop, you will:
  • Learn about university policies that affect students on academic probation
  • Discover OU resources you can utilize to improve your academic performance
  • Receive winter course schedule recommendations from your FYAC adviser
  • Set goals to help you regain good academic standing

Register for the Academic Success Workshop. If you have any questions, please call the First Year Advising Center at (248) 370-3227. Our office is closed for winter break Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - Sunday, January 4, 2015.

Please continue with Step 2.

    Step 2: Complete the Academic Success Tutorial online

    We strongly encourage you to complete the tutorial prior to attending the Academic Success Workshop. The tutorial will address the following topics: 
    • What is academic probation?
    • How do you regain good academic standing?
    • How does academic probation affect your OU scholarships/grants and your financial aid?
    • Should you repeat a class?
    • Should you change your winter schedule?
    To access the Academic Success Tutorial, click here. You will need your NetID username and password. Once you enter the eSpace, follow these directions: 
    • Select "FYAC Academic Advising"
    • Click "Begin Academic Success Tutorial" and begin the tutorial

    If you have any difficulties with the tutorial, please call our office at (248) 370-3227.

    Step 3: Complete a probation appointment with your FYAC adviser (or designee) in January

    At the Academic Success Workshop, you will schedule a follow-up appointment with your FYAC adviser. During this appointment, you will discuss the steps you plan to take to get back on track and discover additional ways that OU can help you achieve greater success!

    To schedule an appointment, simply call our office at (248) 370-3227. Find out who your adviser is. 

    This appointment will not count as your required winter appointment, as the focus will be on identifying productive strategies to help you regain good academic standing.

    Living on campus? Students living on campus will complete their follow-up appointment with Michele Applebee, Student Success Assistant, in University Housing. The appointment can be scheduled by calling the FYAC at (248) 370-3227.

    Step 4: Attend one (or more!) academic success seminars

    Seminars will be offered throughout the winter semester on the following topics:

    Repeating a Course? Let Us Help You!
    Monday, January 12, 2015 from 3 - 4:30 p.m.
    Lake Michigan, Oakland Center

    Presented by: Anna Mrdeza and Roberta Rea

    Learn how to create an action plan to succeed at repeating a course and the policies and procedures that could affect you. Make the most of your second chance and register today!

    Register for this workshop today!
    Roadblocks to Academic Success
    (Choose one session)
    Tuesday, February 3, 2015 from noon - 1 p.m.
    308 Pawley Hall

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    302 Pawley Hall

    Presented By: Jason Pennington and Krista Malley

    What blocks academic success in college? Time? Money? Preparation? Attend this session to learn about roadblocks and strategies to be successful in your academics.

    Register for this workshop today!
    This is A Test...This Is Only A Test (Actually it's A Workshop)
    (Choose one session)

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from noon - 1 p.m.
    308 Pawley Hall

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    302 Pawley Hall

    Presented By: April Thomas Powell and Graham Counseling Center Intern

    This program will focus on test anxiety and is geared towards students wanting to find ways to maximize their anxiety in order to be more effective on their tests.

    Register for this workshop today!
    Making Strides
    (Choose one session)
    Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from noon - 1 p.m.
    308 Pawley Hall

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    302 Pawley Hall

    Presented By: Krista Malley

    You're making strides in your degree requirements and more than half-way through the winter semester! Attend this session to gain insight on ways to engage more in your major that will help you stand out among the crowd when you graduate.

    Register for this workshop today!

    Keeping it Together; Duct Tape, WD-40 and Other Useful Tools To Cope With Stress
    (Choose one session)
      Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from noon - 1 p.m.
      308 Pawley Hall

      Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
      302 Pawley Hall

      Presented By: Dr. Terry Dibble

      This interactive session will provide students with tools they can take away and immediately use in their academic career. Problem solving and time management skills will be the focus.

      Register for this workshop today!

      View a listing of additional workshops offered by the First Year Advising Center. 

      Step 5: Participate in free tutoring, writing assistance and/or counseling

      Regularly attend tutoring hours for subjects you may be experiencing academic difficulty in at The Tutoring Center, 103 North Foundation Hall, and get help with writing your papers from the Writing Center, 212 Kresge Library.

      The OU Counseling Center offers six free counseling sessions to all OU students. Licensed psychologists and interns provide short-term counseling for a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, underachievement, self-esteem and relationship difficulties, among others. Located in the Graham Health Center, you can schedule an appointment by calling (248) 370-3465.

      Academic Peer Mentors (APMs) are students who live in the residence halls and apartments and offer free tutoring at various locations including in Hamlin and Oak View halls. The APMs host a variety of workshops on different topics including - time management, motivation in and out of the classroom and goal-setting. Attend the APM sponsored tutor nights and watch your grades soar through the roof!

      Step 6: Visit Student Financial Services

      Visit Student Financial Services to understand how your prior academic performance may have impacted your eligibility for financial aid and/or the renewal of OU scholarships and grants. Review the SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) policy and OU grant and scholarship renewal criteria to learn about eligibility requirements.

      Step 7: Regularly communicate with faculty

      You are encouraged to meet with your instructors by the fourth week of classes to discuss:
      • Class performance and current course grade
      • Strategies you can use to perform better in the course
      • Strategies for preparing for upcoming tests/assignments
      • Questions about course content and progress on upcoming assignments

      Instructor office hours and contact information can be found in the course syllabus.

      Step 8: Check mid-semester evaluations

      Instructors of 100- and 200- level courses provide mid-semester evaluations (MSEs) to students with unsatisfactory progress in a course. The intent is to identify students who are experiencing academic difficulty early in the semester so they can seek assistance to improve their performance before withdrawing from or failing the course. 

      Begin checking your mid-semester grades on February 20 in MySAIL by following these directions:
    • Place your mouse over "Academics" and select "My Grades" from the menu that pops up
    • From the "My Grades" page select "Midterm Grades for Winter Semester 2015" at the top of the page

    • Step 9: Be aware of add/drop and withdrawal deadlines

      Last day to add a class without instructor permission: Monday, January 12, 2015

      Instructor permission required to add a class: Tuesday, January 13 - Monday, January 20, 2015

      Last day to drop a class with 100% tuition refund: Monday, January 20, 2015

      Last day to officially withdraw from a class: Monday, March 17, 2015

      Visit the Registrars' website for more information on adding, dropping or withdrawing from courses; and the academic calendar for a list of important dates

      And, remember to consult both your FYAC adviser and Student Financial Services before withdrawing from a course to ensure you are aware of the academic and financial implications.

      Participate in Supplemental Instruction (SI) and see a difference in your class performance.

      Explore resources that will help you become a better learner.