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Academic Support

Even if you didn't have to work hard in high school to get good grades, you may find that college is a different story. While it will seem as though you have more time to do your work, this perception is deceptive, as your professors will require much more reading, researching, writing, group work, and studying than what was required of you in high school. JMU provides many resources to help you improve your skills, knowledge, and understanding of the expectations of college.

Challenge
Resources

Study skills
Stress and time management
Test-taking
Reading strategies
Learning styles
Goal setting
Communicating with professors
Memory
Organization
Keeping up with extensive reading

Workshops on these topics:
Academic Support Instruction

5-week series on these topics:
F.O.C.U.S.² (First Years Obtaining Creative and Useful Study Skills)

Individualized assistance with these topics:
Learning Strategies Instruction

Self-guided tutorials on these topics:
College of Education student toolbox 
LSI tips and strategies


Physics, Chemistry, Calculus, Statistics classes
Some Gen Ed math and science classes

Science and Math Learning Center 


Writing
WRTC classes

University Writing Center


Presentations, public speaking
SCOM classes

Communication Center 


Learning is still very challenging, despite studying hard and using academic support

Screening & Referral Service


English is your second language

English Language Learner Services 


Choosing or changing a major, career options, internships, job search

Career & Academic Planning


Questions about academic requirements and policies
course descriptions

Undergraduate Catalog

Office of the Registrar


Extended class absences
Withdrawing from JMU during academic year

Office of the Dean of Students 


Help in specific science, math, business, and economics classes where the professor is using students trained to offer supplemental instruction

Peer Assisted Study Sessions

Tests

Tutoring and Academic Mentors

Students on academic probation can also work one on one with an academic mentor to improve academic performance. For a list of independent tutors in a variety of subjects, contact Residence Life's Tutor Connection at 540-568-3598. Contact the academic department for the course you’re taking to inquire about tutoring options.

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