School of
Integrative Biology

Advising & Support

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.

Academic Support

General Resources

Illinois Remote: Resources to help navigate Online Learning.

Keep Assignments Organized: DateCat is a tool that automatically merges assignments and due dates from Moodle and Compass into one calendar. It’s a great way to keep track of due dates for courses.

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

Office of Minority Student Affairs: Through the OMSA website, they offer supplemental instruction, review sessions, and study skills workshops. Open to all University of Illinois students.

Student Success Toolkit: This toolkit is designed to help students with academic performance and develop concrete action steps to improve study skills.

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.

Technical Help for Students in LAS: ATLAS (Applied Technologies for Learning in the Arts & Sciences) has many resources for computing and technology needs specific to students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Technology Services for all UIUC Students: Technology Resource Guide for Students.

Subject Specific Resources

Biology: Strategies for Studying Biology Video by Brad Mehrtens, Instructor of MCB 150 and MCB Academic Advisor

Both schools of biology have Learning Centers students can utilize for study sessions or individual computer work. Chemistry: The Department of Chemistry offers a variety of types of academic support.

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

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.

CARE: The Center for Academic Resources in Engineering (CARE) offers services including: tutoring, supported study halls, and exam review sessions, open to all University of Illinois students.

Office of Minority Student Affairs: In addition to services listed above, OMSA offers subject-specific tutoring services, open to all University of Illinois students.

Organization Tools

Weekly Planning Sheet

Download 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 #1

screenshot of Course Weekly Organizer spreadsheet with instruction bubbles to 'list each of your classes' under Courses and 'list assignments that are due each week' given weekday
Download 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 #2

screenshot of Course Due Dates Organizer spreadsheet with instruction bubbles to 'list each of your classes' under Courses and 'list major exam and due dates for each class' by given weekday
Download the Course Due Dates Organizer or use the DateCat app to help you remember all your assignment and exam dates.

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.