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The Comeback Kid

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by Chelsea Moran
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Every student knows the three basic ingredients to a balanced life are school, socializing, and sleep. The kicker is, you can only pick two. If you’re smart, school will always be one of the two ingredients you choose, but let’s get real. Sometimes we actually need to sleep and school gets left out for a millisecond. During that millisecond we socialize, have some fun, and take a decent nap only to wake up to a sinking ship on fire when we fall behind on readings and homeworks that were supposed to be “optional.” We tell ourselves we will break the bad habits and never drop the ball on school again, but habits are hard to brake and for some students those bad habits eventually lead to academic probation. According to Texas State’s policy, a student is placed on academic probation when his or her GPA falls below the minimum 2.0 requirement. A student then has two semesters to raise their GPA and if she or he fails to do so they are then suspended for at least one semester, at which point they can make an appeal to be reinstated.

Making a comeback from academic probation can be extremely difficult, but if you or someone you know is struggling to get above a 2.0 GPA, check out these sources designed to help. First things first, log in to your self service account and look at your degree audit. There is a GPA calculator option that will predict what you need to make on your current classes in order to reach whatever your goal GPA is; it’s important to check this regularly to keep yourself on track. Secondly, use the the campus resources Texas State provides to you. If you have never been, it is highly advisable that you attend SLAC (Student Learning Assistance Center); it’s free and located on the fourth floor of Alkek. They have tutors available for all core subjects, including languages, and if you really need it and are willing to pay you can request a private tutor. Also available to you is the Writing Center located in ASBN across from the Den. The writing center is there to help students edit papers and study for major test such as the PUG exam; be aware that the Writing Center is available by appointment only, so be sure to call at least a day in advance. Thirdly, most general studies classes have one or more SI’s (student instructor) who have set tutoring session for your class, attend these sessions to help reinforce the overload of information you get in class into your brain.

Now let’s get really real and talk about study habits. If you don’t need it, put all electronic devices away when you study because if you don’t, you end up reading or writing one page out of ten and end up on Netflix or social media for an hour. That’s time wasted and premium knowledge being lost. It’s okay to spend hours studying, but the same does not go for socializing when you have a test the next day. If your friends invite you out the night before a big test, do not accept that invitation. Remember, you get two ingredients at a time, starting Sunday night and ending after your last class Friday. Those ingredients should always be school and sleep. With all of the sources and study tips available to you, making a comeback from academic probation doesn’t have to so difficult.

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