Student Success

"Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore . . ." 

For most students, what is required of you in college is VERY different from what you needed to do in high school.  It's very common for students to come to the realization that they need to seek some assistance and take some concrete steps to ensure their success.  You can always see an advisor to discuss your skills and habits, and learn about how you might be able to improve them.  The OASIS First-Year Seminar for undeclared students also helps you develop good academic skills and habits.  Click here to see what OASIS students from previous semesters would recommend, to ensure student success.

Seven Strategies for Student Success at UMass

  1. ALWAYS read your UMass email.  It is the official method of communication between you and the university.  Read here to make sure you understand the policy and what your responsibilities are.  Being unaware of the policy is no excuse!
  2. Subscribe to the Undergraduate Advising Blog - you'll get important information and reminders about events, deadlines, etc.
  3. Ask questions, and don't wait to ask for help!  You can find a number of people and places to assist you in the UMass Student Resources page, or the Academic Support & Tutoring page.  Also, connect with your instructors - during office hours, before/after class, and/or by email.  Make sure you do so appropriately!  Read this piece, written by the academic dean, about how to interact with faculty
  4. Study each syllabus, learn how to use your course syllabi to track your grades and then use the Grade Tracker forms or online websites to track your progress in your classes.  You will not get mid-semester grades, and YOU are responsible for making certain you meet course obligations. Click here to learn about how to calculate your GPA.
  5. Need help getting organized to study for an exam?  Try the 5-Day Study Plan.  Also, Ten Traps of Studying might give you some insights on how to improve your strategies.
  6. Do you know your learning style/preference?  Understanding how you learn and identifying strategies that will play to your preferences can help you be successful.
  7. There is a wealth of information about study/academic skills on the web.  You can do a Study Skills Inventory  to get a sense of how well equipped you are to handle college work.  You may also want to Google specific skills for more detailed assistance, or you can see an advisor to find out where you can get some help.



Pamela R. Marsh-Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost & Dean

This website is part of Undergraduate Advising & Learning Communities. We provide undergraduate students a variety of opportunities and services designed to facilitate the best academic experience possible. 609 Goodell Building, UMass Amherst.

UA&LC Units: Undergraduate Advising, Residential Academic Programs, Domestic Exchange Programs, Five College Interchange