Tools to Get Caught Up
Falling behind...it happens!
Sometimes the amount of work assigned for a class feels daunting. Sometimes life provides surprises that knock you off track. Figuring out how to catch up when you're behind can be a challenge, but the great news is that it's not impossible! The sheets below provide helpful tools for regaining control of your situation, however, they're just a starting point. Meet with an Academic Coach and create an action plan to get caught up!
[The most valuable aspect of my coaching session was] my coach's patience and perseverance in helping me unpack step by step the mental challenges of self-directed study, and [their] suggestions for approaching and neutralizing/reframing those challenges.
Does thinking about homework and studying make your pulse race? Are you trying to prepare for the work to come, or catching up on what's already been assigned? Either way, you're on the right track. Start with this worksheet, then meet with an Academic Coach for more personalized support!
A time survey helps you better understand where all of your time goes. Professors expect students to spend an average of 2-3 hours per class credit on homework and studies each week. Do you have enough time for your studies?
Sometimes overwhelm can lead to procrastination. Not knowing where to begin, it can be easy to put off starting. However, with deadlines, due dates, and upcoming exams, getting started is inevitable. Here are a number of ideas you can try to get started sooner.
Think about what you need to get done this term - these are your big goals. Break your big goals into smaller pieces so they're more manageable and progress is easier to track. This approach is part of the SMART Goals technique. Learn more about setting goals to support success!
Kurzweil 3000 is a free support software with a wide range of uses for working with electronic docs! Use it to convert docs from text to speech, mark up docs, take notes, create outlines, and build brainstorms -- all in one place! Try it on your own or meet with a coach for a demo!
A calendar can be a great way to stay organized. This worksheet provides helpful suggestions and tips to assemble a calendar that will work for you! Before you start, check out the Time Survey worksheet to identify what you need to make time for each week.