Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
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Academic Advising & Resource Center

Strategies for Academic Success

Are you struggling with your courses? Are you feeling overwhelmed with your coursework? Are you currently on academic warning or probation? Are you worried you will be placed on academic warning, probation or suspension?

To be a successful college students, there are certain strategies that MUST be followed. Ask yourself these simple questions:

  • Have you registered for a realistic course load?
  • Have you purchased all of the necessary materials for each of your classes (books, iClicker, etc.) and are you using them (including online resources)?
  • Are you attending class regularly, on time, and prepared?
  • Do you read the chapters on the syllabus before each class?
  • Are you reviewing your notes daily after every class?
  • Are you studying daily? (You should schedule study time every day)
  • Are you studying enough? (Did you know you should be studying at least TWICE as many hours as your course load? That means 12 semester hours equates to 24 hours of study time per week)
  • Are you studying effectively? (Did you know that studies have shown that studying for several hours straight or late at night is not effective?)
  • Are you communicating with your academic advisor about any concerns/issues you have?

A successful college student will answer YES to all of the above questions! If you answered NO to any of the above questions, you should consider talking with your academic advisor to create an Academic Plan of Action that will help you be more successful. You should also take advantage of the FREE resources below.

Academic Resources

Academic Advising

Academic Calendars

Academic Catalogs

Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement

Degree Explorer

Degree Works

Four Years Plans

Joyner Library

Math Tutoring

Pirate Academic Success Center (Tutoring, Academic Coaching, Mentoring)

Speech Communication Center

Study Abroad 

Undergraduate Research

Financial Resources 

Cashiers Office

CFNC Tools and Calculators


Financial Aid 

Institute for College Access & Success

Office of University Scholarships

Student Jobs (FWS and Self Help)