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Tips to Improve Academic Alerts

Academic alerts are intended to give students official notice that their performance in a course is not satisfactory at a time that’s early enough for them to realistically make significant improvement. If you receive an unsatisfactory early alert, do not be discouraged; instead, be proactive by following some of the tips below.

Understand your academic alert

Faculty can choose from the following seven academic alert codes that describe the reason for a student’s unsatisfactory performance in a course. Here’s what each of those grade codes mean:

UG Unsatisfactory: Grades
UM Unsatisfactory: Missing or Missed assessment
UA Unsatisfactory: Attendance
UP Unsatisfactory: lack of engaged Participation
UC Unsatisfactory: Combination of issues
Talk to your professor

Not sure how to improve your unsatisfactory academic alert? Communicating with your instructor can help. Here’s some tips about asking your instructor how to turn your academic alert into a successful final grade:

  • Ask to set up a meeting. Doing so shows you’re invested in turning your academic alert around and also gives the instructor time to look up how you’ve been doing in the course.
  • Show up on time and prepared. Have a list of all the grades you’ve received in the course so far and try and estimate the letter grade you think you have. Ask your instructor about your average in the course in a way that shows you have tried to calculate it yourself, but either need confirmation that what you have is correct or help calculating it altogether.
  • Ask for tips for the next assessment. If possible, bring all graded items to the appointment with you, so you can go over what you did well and what you need to work on before the next test, quiz or assignment.
Don’t miss class

Missing class hurts your chances of improving your grade, and can actually lower your final grade in courses with attendance policies. At bare minimum, you should check your syllabus for the attendance policy and adhere to it. Take your academic progress a step further by making a commitment to attend every class for the remainder of the semester.

Meet with your academic advisor regularly

If you need more regular appointments with your advisor to help stay on track, just ask!

Seek tutoring assistance

The Academic Success Center provides free tutoring to Georgia Southern students for most core classes. The center is located on the second floor of Cone Hall. For more information, see the

Visit the Writing Center.

The Writing Center is located on the main floor of the Library. It is open Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome; however, if you wish to make an appointment with a writing consultant please visit the following link: 

Alleviate anxiety and stress

If you’re feeling stressed or anxious about your early alerts, call the Counseling Center at 912-478-5541 or visit:

Use caution when considering withdrawing

Withdrawing is exiting a course after the drop/add period concludes, which is typically the fourth day of classes in a 15-week semester. Georgia Southern students are allowed five withdrawals without penalty; your number of withdrawals can be viewed in MyGeorgiaSouthern. You should only withdraw from a course after consulting with your instructor, academic advisor and financial aid counselor. For more information visit this link.

Last updated: 10/6/2017

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