Resources for Students who are Struggling Academically
Your responsibilities are not to
diagnose or provide therapy; it is the development of a compassionate and
forthright conversation that ultimately helps a student in trouble find
understanding, support, and the proper therapeutic resources.
Students struggle academically for a variety of reasons. Some academic
difficulties are often combinations of problems with the course content, the techniques
used to process the information, the students’ earlier preparation and/or
personal motivation talent or skill.
Most UNF students do not struggle academically because they are
not “smart” enough.
Many of our students, in fact, are impacted negatively by their
natural abilities. Their intelligence and memory capabilities are at such a
level that they have not needed to develop systematic, intentional approaches
for processing large amounts of detailed information in order to produce high
The most common remark heard from students struggling
academically is that they did not have to study much before coming to UNF. The
second most common remark heard from students having difficulty with their
grades is that they are studying more now than they ever have. Translation:
Many of our students are working hard, but not effectively.
There are two large categories of students who struggle
academically: those with the requisite amount of motivation who do not know how
to study effectively, and those who lack the requisite amount of motivation.
From the outside, the results look very much the same.
The first group responds well to coaching and intentional
approaches that aid them in both understanding and remembering the course material.
With effective coaching, often their results improve from one evaluation to the
Learning how to efficiently process large quantities of information
in order to remember what one understands is achievable. Many of our students
have a belief that if they were smarter, they would not need to use structured
approaches to studying.
The second group needs to be challenged to discover the personal
benefit attached to achieving in the university environment.
Both groups may benefit from learning to manage their time
effectively and to prioritize.
Students, faculty and staff with questions about academic
support can call the First-Year Advising Office at (904) 620-1012. The First-Year Advising Office
provides workshops, tutoring, supplemental instruction, academic advising and
individual academic assistance for students. Tutoring is offered in the
following areas: math, science, foreign languages, humanities, social sciences,
computer science and business. Workshop topics include but are not limited to:
time management, managing procrastination, memory tips, note taking, test
anxiety, test taking, and textbook reading.
For students or faculty who need assistance in writing
regardless of the course discipline, please contact the UNF Writing Center at (904)
Faculty and staff can also refer students to meet one-on-one
with their individual academic advisor.
The list of advising offices is below: