Resources for Academic Success
At BYU-Idaho, we offer many tools to help you succeed in college. These include introductory courses as well as Academic Support Centers where you can find tutors, Reading/Writing and Math labs and other aids.
Academic Support Centers
The Academic Support Centers are designed to supplement classroom instruction and help students practice, sharpen and master essential college skills. The Learning Centers include Content Tutoring, Reading, Writing, Math, Study Skills, English Transitional (ESL), Presentation Practice, and Tutor Volunteer centers.
The Academic Support Centers are for everyone. Each year, over 22,000 students come to get tutoring from one of 800 paid and 830 volunteer tutors.
Tutoring is free! Some institutions have services similar to ours, but there is often a cost attached. Here, you will only be charged if you schedule a session and then don't show up for it.
You will be wise to sign up early. Don't wait until you are behind in a class to seek help. The most repeated comment on student surveys is something like, "I wish I'd known about this sooner."
If you have settled on a major, you will find your major's introductory courses in your first-semester success plan or eight-semester graduation plan. If you are exploring careers, or if you are looking for an introduction to college life, consider the following options:
GS 100 - Career Exploration:
Designed to aid in making a decision concerning a career or a major. In-depth career assessments are given to help students identify strengths concerning major and career options.
GS 101 - Principles of Personal Achievement:
The intent of this course is to focus on principles that produce success in college and beyond.
GS 102 - Study Skills:
This class is designed to help students improve their learning effectiveness, attitudes, and motivation. Time management, memorization methods, note-taking skills, textbook study methods, test-taking strategies, and critical thinking are all part of the curriculum. It also provides an orientation to services and resources available to students on campus.
GS 103A-J - Individual Study Skills Modules:
The Study Skills Center offers six online modules for students to choose from:
Concentration and Memorization
It is recommended that students take no more than one module at a time.
GS 105 - Life and Study Skills
This class is designed to help students create greater success in college and in life. Many proven strategies for creating success are explored and practiced. These include strategies for helping students take charge of his/her life, increase self-motivation and self-management, develop interdependence, increase self-awareness, raise self-esteem, maximize learning, develop emotional intelligence, and improve critical thinking skills. Students will also learn how to manage their money better and use effective study skills for college and lifelong learning. All of these together will help the student to be more resilient, persistent, and successful.