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Student Success Center - Academic Boot Camp

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Low grades. Lack of motivation. Performance in particular courses. Scheduling. Establishing priorities. Organization.

These are common concerns among college students, but they don't have to be.

By participating in Academic Boot Camp students can gain assistance in all of the previously mentioned areas and more! Academic Boot Camp challenges students to put maximum effort into their academics.  During this process, students will have the opportunity to utilize mentors, academic coaches, and tutors.

Furthermore, Academic Boot Camp is designed to help hold students accountable. In other words, it provides students with other individuals to help assess and determine if they are utilizing their God-given talents and meeting expectations--expectations of God, expectations of particular courses, and expectations of themselves.

The best strategy is to begin Academic Boot Camp at the start of the semester, allowing a plan of action to be set in place for the entire semester.

Students: Get started now! Here's how...

First, make the commitment to yourself that you are going to participate in Academic Boot Camp starting today, then...

Meet with a mentor

  • Contact Student Success at fallon.sparks@greenville.edu stating, "I'm up for the challenge!" Fallon will schedule your meeting with a mentor.
  • During the first meeting with your mentor, you will be assigned an academic coach. Your mentor will also recommend certain tutors with whom to meet. Meeting with the tutors and your academic coach throughout the semester is an integral part of Academic Boot Camp.
  • Your mentor will schedule meetings with you periodically throughout the semester to assess your progress and help hold you accountable. These meetings serve as a way to help keep you on the right path--the path to success.

Meet with an academic coach

  • Making a major shift in your habits, such as the one you are about to make, can be made easier if you have someone guiding you along the way. Academic coaches can do just that. These upperclassmen at Greenville College can help you make a plan to succeed this semester and help hold you accountable.
  • When you meet with your academic coach, bring your course syllabi. Student Success will provide you with a planner which you will receive during the first meeting with your coach. Your academic coach can assist you in scheduling time for the many tasks you need to complete (e.g., homework, studying, spending time with friends, sleeping, etc.) in a way that will help you be more successful this semester. And for those who are just starting out at Greenville, you will have someone to hold you accountable as you transition into a new schedule, learn about your professors, and juggle daily activities with education and spirituality. He or she can also help you discover better ways to study, manage your time, and become motivated and organized.
  • Continue to meet with your academic coach throughout the semester. This is extremely important! Various issues are likely to come up during the semester. It will be beneficial to have someone you meet with on a regular basis to help guide you through and give you moral support.

Meet with the tutors

  • In addition to mentors and academic coaches, Academic Boot Camp also includes tutoring services. Tutors can help improve your academic performance this semester by assisting you in General Education courses and providing you assistance in writing. Visiting a tutor can help further your understanding of difficult concepts and better prepare you for exams.
  • Keep in mind faculty receive reports of the students in their courses who have visited a tutor. Visiting a tutor may indicate to your instructor you are taking the course seriously.
  • Be proactive. Visit with the tutors early and often for the classes you are concerned about. Don't wait until the end of the semester to ask for help, by then it is oftentimes too late to raise a low grade.

Implement the changes suggested by your mentor, academic coach, and tutors

  • Take your mentor, academic coach, and tutors seriously. They are trying to help you!
  • Remember, you will only get out of this as much as you put into it. Give it all you've got, and you will see more positive results!

Encourage your friends to join you in taking the challenge, too. Move through Academic Boot Camp as a group of 5 or 6. The group will regularly meet together with an academic coach and help keep each other on the right track. Every once in a while, everyone can get together, have a meal, and share stories. The more people holding you accountable, the more likely you are to follow through.

Are you up for the challenge?

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Contact Information

Marcos Gilmore, Dean of Student Success & First Year Experience
618.664.6616 marcos.gilmore@greenville.edu

Fallon Sparks, Director of Academic Support
618.664.6597 fallon.sparks@greenville.edu

Gina Kester, Administrative Assistant
618.664.6611 gina.kester@greenville.edu

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