Academic Success

Overcoming Barriers 

Sometimes there can be a tough reading that you just don't understand or a problem set that you just can't crack. As Redhawks, we know that you're capable of overcoming these academic stumbling blocks and we're here to help. Here are some tips to help you continue your academic success:

Get Connected Early (even if you don't think you're going to need it)

Sign up for tutoring as soon as possible. If you're doing well but want to get to the next level, Learning Assistance Programs (LAP) in the library can help you get there. If you're having a hard time with a class, LAP can also help you get back on track. Tutoring is for everyone, regardless of GPA and can provide you with strategies and tools to conquer even the toughest classes. Aside from tutoring, LAP offers a variety of academic success tools such as individual learning consultations and facilitated study groups.

Helping Each Other

Other students on campus and in the classroom have a wealth of knowledge that you can tap into. Form study groups with classmates to learn from each other. 

Practice Growth Mindset

Developed by Dr. Carol Dweck, Growth Mindset is the theory that success is the product of persistence and hard work rather than talent. When you come across an obstacle like a test or paper that didn't get the score you wanted, think about how that obstacle can be an opportunity to learn and grow.

Watch this video developed by Khan Academy on why you are capable of learning and being successful in life! 

Study More Effectively

Sometimes it can feel like no matter how much you study, things don't seem to quite stick. To help you use your study time more effectively, Dr. Stephen Chew has put together a five part video series that will teach you different techniques to learn class material. 

Get Creative (YouTube, SPL, etc.)

If you've tried everything else and are stuck, it's time to get creative! Check out YouTube for videos on everything from philosophy to calculus. Utilize websites such as Khan Academy or Purplemath. Use resources outside of campus like the Seattle Public Library when that book you need is already checked out. 

Pro Tip!

Office Hours are important to your personal and academic success here at SU! Make sure to check in with your professors about what you can do to be successful during the quarter! 

Watch this video on why office hours are so important!