Academic Assistance

Most college students require some sort of academic assistance at some point in their college careers.  This page offers multiple types of assistance ranging from tools to help you organize your time to finding out the specifics of being on academic probation.

Your academic advisor is always your first stop when dealing with any type of academic struggle. Make an appointment with an IB advisor.

Organization Tools

Weekly Planning Sheet

Use the Weekly Planning Sheet to help you plan your week to account for your school and work obligations and how you will schedule specific times to accomplish specific tasks.

Course Organizers

Students sometimes struggle keeping track of all the weekly assignments required in each class. Use this Course Weekly Organizer to help make sure you always complete your weekly tasks.  The example shows how to use the organizer and below is a link to a blank copy of the organizer.

EXAMPLE

Use the Course Weekly Organizer to help you organize your weekly assignments.

Students need to prepare for exams and papers weeks in advance.  Use this Course Due Dates Organizer to help make sure you are always properly prepared.  The example shows how to use the organizer and below is a link to a blank copy of the organizer.

EXAMPLE

Use the Course Due Dates Organizer to help you remember all your due and exam dates.

General academic support resources

LAS Success Workshops: The College of LAS offers the LAS Success Workshop Series to support students’ academic, personal, and professional development.

Studying Advice Videos: “How to Get the Most out of Studying” video series was developed in Samford and provide helpful tips when studying.

Research Skills Guidelines: Science majors will find the School of Integrative Biology’s Guidelines: Research Skills helpful as they progress through their majors.

Writer’s Workshop: The Center for Writing Studies offers The Writers Workshop to help support all writers on campus. Individual consultations are available.

Subject specific academic support resources

Biology: The instructor for MCB 150, Brad Mehrtens, has a video in which he describes strategies for studying biology.

Both schools of biology have Learning Centers students can utilize for study sessions or individual computer work.

  • The IB Learning Center is located in 2092 Natural History Building. Please visit the center for current hours.
  • The MCB Learning Center is located in 164 D and E Burrill Hall. Please visit the center for current hours.

CARE: The Center for Academic Resources in Engineering (CARE) Services offered include: tutoring, supported study halls, and exam review sessions. Open to all University of Illinois students.

Chemistry: The Department of Chemistry offers a variety of types of academic support.

  • General chemistry teaching assistants are available to provide walk-in help with introductory courses from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday in the Chemistry Learning Center.
  • The Chemistry Learning Center also provides tutorials for CHEM 102 and CHEM 104.

Math: The Department of Mathematics offers tutoring for many of its classes.

OMSA: The Office of Minority Student Affairs’ Academic Services Center Services offered include: tutoring, supplemental instruction, review sessions, study skills workshops. Open to all University of Illinois students.

Physics: The Department of Physics posts a list of all the physics tutors available with the fees listed. Fees range from $5/ hour and up.

Academic Probation

A student is placed on academic probation if his or her semester GPA is below a 2.0. Academic probation is to serve as warning that failure to improve academic performance could impact the student’s eligibility for continued enrollment on our campus.

When an IB student is placed on academic probation, an advisor will email him or her asking the student to meet with an advisor. We understand there are many reasons a student may have had poor academic performance and we approach each situation individually. The advisors want to assist each student with ways to improve academic performance. This may be simply connecting the student to campus resources or meeting with the student bi-weekly. These are things that the advisor with discuss with the student during an appointment.

The College of LAS manages academic probation for IB students. Please refer to the LAS Probation and Drop Status page for specifics about probation levels, drop status, and appeals.