Key Strategies for Student Success: Insider Information from Academically Dismissed Students

For some students, mid-term results will provide an unpleasant wake-up call.  Poor marks signal the need to “pull up one’s socks.”  However, many students are unable to identify which habits are leading to their poor performance, and they are even less capable of generating and following through on more productive learning strategies.  What might faculty do to assist students in the struggles that surface at this time of year?

This presentation will draw upon insights from interactions with 250 Dalhousie students while taking “Refining Your Learning Skills for Academically Dismissed Students” over the past five summers.   What do you think are the top three challenges reported by students?

Participants will become aware of the main challenges that Refining students report as leading to their dismissal, which will assist faculty in understanding the poor performance of current students.

Student-generated strategies to overcome distractions will be presented, along with strategies supported by the research.  An opportunity will be provided for discussion about how to support these students. 


Susan Holmes, Professor
Director, Refining Your Learning Skills Programs

Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education
Faculty Associate, CLT

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Killam Library, Room B400