"My early alert helped me to reach out to my professor and clarify why I had received the alert and pushed me to study harder in the class."
First, don’t panic! The primary purpose of an Early Alert is to provide you the opportunity to self-correct and seek help while there is time to prevent a low grade in the course.
Be sure to read carefully the suggestions provided to you within the Early Alert messages and then follow up with immediate action to improve your performance in the course. This would be a great time to ask your instructor for specific tips on your improvement in the specific alerted course.
While there is still no need to panic, there is a need for you to take action. Meeting with your instructor during office hours is a good first step. Scheduling a meeting with your academic advisor or peer advisor is another proactive way to learn more about resources that could benefit your performance.
The University Center for Academic Excellence (UCAE) provides a number of ways to help students succeed including one-on-one tutoring, Personal Academic Consultations, Workshops, SOS Mentoring, and Peer Assisted Learning opportunities. You can discuss these with your advisor or reach out directly to the UCAE for services.
The most important thing to do is make an appointment with someone on campus to discuss your strategies to improve in your courses. UNC Charlotte data shows that students who meet with an advisor/tutor/mentor early in the semester, improve their GPA on average than those who make later appointments. These appointments are recommended by week four-six into the semester to be considered an early appointment.
- Make an Advising or Tutoring appointment on CONNECT
- Sign up for 1 or more UCAE Workshops
- Make an appointment with a Personal Academic Advisor/Peer Advisor on CONNECT
- Request to get assigned SOS Peer Mentor
- Check Out the 4th Week Forecast video