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Academic Probation

Advice from Peers

Being on Academic Probation can be emotionally difficult. Sometimes it can help to get words of advice from students who have been there.

"So you’ve just found out you're on probation. What now? There are a lot of things to deal with now and you may feel overwhelmed. Right now the important thing is to relax and take a breath. It may feel like the end of the world. You may feel like you’re completely alone in this. The first thing you need to do is realize that you aren’t the only one. There are several other students across the country that just opened up the same email and are feeling the same thing. Find comfort in the fact that you aren’t alone and you aren’t going to have to get out of this alone either.

The X-158 class you have been forced to sign up for is a class that has one purpose: to help you. At its most basic level, this class helped me get myself off of academic probation. That’s what it’s meant to do. So breathe, take responsibility, and embrace change."Allison

"When I first found out I was on probation, was really nervous to tell my parents because I didn’t know quite how they would take it. But I told them, and they were disappointed, but decided to allow me to stay in Bloomington. I was also scared because I didn’t exactly know what being on probation really meant for me.

I read all the information and talked to some people that I knew had been on probation. This only made me worry more. Everything that I wanted to do with my life depended on me staying in school, and doing well. So far, I was in jeopardy of losing all of that. Before you can fix something, you have to know what is wrong. I figured out the things that were probably not helping me succeed. I came up with an action plan on how to get rid of the bad habits and how to create good habits. This is really what saved me.

Being on probation really stinks, but you have to just grit your teeth, keep your head up, and think about why it is important to you to better yourself. It is not easy, but nothing in life that is worth it is ever just handed to you. You have to work for what you want. I worked so hard last semester. I studied all the time. I reprioritized my life. I changed everything. But it worked. I am so much happier now."Emma

"So you’ve fallen down a little in your academic career. Don’t freak out. Your college career is not over if you don’t want it to be. But if you want to be successful and graduate from IU, you need to start today! Don’t be ashamed for being on Academic Probation, it happens to all different kinds of people for different reasons. Your parents will still love you, your friends will still be your friends, and if you let them, they can help you get off probation.

The first thing you need to do is to make sure you are really ready to come back to IU. Some people need a semester or more off to get their head on straight and you might be one of those people. Weigh the pros and cons and then decide what you think you should do.  If you are think your best option is to stay at IU here are some tips to help you:

1. Be honest with yourself. Your professor didn’t “give” you a bad grade. You did something (or didn’t do something) that earned you those grades; focus on how to improve your study habits instead of blaming others.
2. Get rid of distractions. If you skipped class to play video games, leave the Xbox at home this semester. It’ll be tough at first but good for you in the long run. Once you’ve gotten rid of some of those distractions.
3. Buy a planner. This will help keep you organized for upcoming tests, quizzes, essays and projects as well as day to day assignments. Use the planner religiously and start scheduling your time. Nobody expects you to study every day from sunrise to sunset. But maybe limit it to just Friday and Saturday nights and focus Thursday nights on studying. Or set aside two hours a day to schoolwork outside of class. By setting aside certain times you can get done everything you need to do without eliminating your social life.
4. Go to class. So many students (on probation and not) skip classes and miss out on important information in the lectures. Your homework and exams will be so much easier if you actually attend the classes."Rob