Midterm Academic Support
Soon your student will receive mid-term grades indicating his or her current standing in each class. These grades do not appear on the official transcript, as their purpose is to prompt your student to consider whether current study and time management strategies are working. If your student discovers the need to make some adjustments in order to finish the semester with their desired grades, there are several resources available.
Here are some things you can suggest:
- Talk to instructors. Professors often appreciate the chance to communicate one-on-one with students about their class performance. They can clarify what your student needs to do to prepare more effectively for exams or write more effectively on papers. Sometimes just making personal contact with a professor can boost a student's attitude and performance in a class.
- Meet with an academic advisor. Advisors will work with your student to assess what his or her particular challenges are within each class, and help formulate a plan to improve performance. As the advisor gets to know your student's learning style, they will be able to guide your student more effectively in selecting classes and instructors for the next semester.
- Visit the GEMS Center. Our most successful students take advantage of the GEMS Center's free services, which include the Math Lab, the Writing Center, individualized tutoring and a Success Coach. The center is open Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit utdallas.edu/GEMS.
Express confidence in your student's ability to improve. It is only the halfway point in the semester, and there is still time to make adjustments. Your support will encourage them to take the necessary steps toward success.