SIUC Dept. of Communication Studies RSOs
Let's be honest!
Let’s be honest, college students do not often utilize the resources that are offered at their university. In my case, I wasn't using the Center for Learning Support Services at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
I personally have been struggling this semester with managing my class workload. However, this has changed since I reached out for help. Recently, I've felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. I wish I had asked for help sooner.
I decided I needed an academic coach when my workload of classes and co-curricular activities started to pile up on me. I began to feel unmotivated; so much so that I was actively avoiding work. Or, I was procrastinating. I would avoid doing assignments until the night before when I absolutely needed to finish them.
I therefore set out to find some help at my school. After doing some research, I found the Center for Learning and Support Services website, where I discovered that an academic coach is what was the best fit for me.
The Center for Learning Support Services offers a variety of resources for students who are struggling with their courses. The center staff offers everything you could think of in terms of academic support: tutors, academic coaches, test preparation workshops, etc. During COVID-19, they are offering all services online for virtual meetings! They offer more details on their website.
After I filled out their online form, they responded to me and matched me with a coach within 30 minutes!
My coach and I have weekly meetings, and she is involved with my schedule and gives me task management and organizational tips to enhance my productivity skills. For example, making a To-Do list has always seemed tedious to me, but my academic coach walked me through how to organize one and it has made my life so much easier.
She has even given me tips on how to step away from schoolwork and find time to relax.
Work hard, play hard!
You Can Get Help Too!
You can get help too! All you need to do is reach out. What do you have to lose?
Three easy steps to taking control of your academic life:
There is no need to struggle by yourself, these services are here to help you succeed!