How do I figure out my grade for class?
Keep track of your grades through the class syllabus and points you earn
throughout the term. For info on how to calculate your grade based on a
percentile system, click here
. For info on how to calculate your grade based on a points system, click here
Keeping track of your progress, self-monitoring and understanding how to meet the expectations of an authority figure are important skills for life after DePaul. Employers expect employees to possess these skills.
I'm struggling in my classes. What should I do?
If you're struggling with class content, always reach out to your
professor and go to office hours. Keep going to office hours and work with your professor(s) until you're able to grasp the material. In addition, use these free tutoring services:
- Center for Writing-based Learning
- First Year Academic Success
(free, zero-credit classes to help boost your confidence and meet
prerequisite requirements without using up your open electives - WRD
102, MAT 94, 95, 100, 101, 130 - available summer and December
- Language Learning Center (free, one-hour tutoring session per week)
- Learning Commons (library space for a variety of free tutoring services)
- Science & Math Learning Center (free tutoring and academic support for chemistry, mathematical sciences, nursing, physics, and psychology)
- Supplemental Instruction (peer-assisted study sessions for historically difficult courses)
- Quantitative Reasoning Center (for LSP 120/121)
If you're experiencing a personal issue, which is preventing you from
focusing on your academic responsibilities, you may wish to review
- Dean of Students ~ Leave of Absence Notification
- Dean of Students ~ Late Withdrawal
- College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences ~ Late Withdrawal
Successfully navigating academic life includes the ability to
navigate bureaucracy. Understanding who does what, why and how is an
important life skill that will serve you well in and out of college. Our
university community is comprised of many individual units all working
to live the Mission and Vision of DePaul University. Below are some links and information to help you better acclimate to our DePaul community.
How do I develop rapport with faculty?
- Be approachable, respectful and courteous in your interactions.
- Review their research (listed on faculty bio pages) and write down questions about their research and/or background.
- Seek out connections with faculty who share similar interests, or
have a different view/philosophy than you, depending on the type of
relationship, interaction and/or experience you are seeking.
- Set up appointments, ask a few informational interview questions to start the conversation and let it flow naturally from there.
- Attend department/program events and initiate conversation.
- Review these additional articles for more ideas on how to develop rapport with faculty. Though your professors are not actually your supervisors, you may experience less transitional stress from student to full-time employee if you sometimes think of them as your supervisors and behave accordingly: APA, USNews, Forbes
Where can I find resources?
We have a wealth of resources at DePaul! Check the Student Affairs website for resources related to student life. Check your major/program's
department/office website for resources related to your major/program.
Check the department/center website and/or syllabus for resources
related to a class/subject you are taking/need help with. If you have
difficulty finding a department, center or staff/faculty contact info,
try the DePaul Directory. The Student Success website also provides linkes to a variety of resources to help support student success at DePaul.
Where do I go for help?
Well, this can depend on the type of assistance you need. However, your staff advisor is a good first step, as s/he is likely able to point you in the right direction.
Your ability to answer this simple, yet complex question for
yourself is an important life skill you can hone while in college. Learn more about how to seek academic assistance by reviewing this. Break down your needs to ascertain next steps.
- What kind of help do you need?
- Who is likely to be in a position/have the authority/have access to what you need to help you?
- Who/what type of person/office is likely to "own"/be responsible for this type of resource or information?
How do I ask for a letter of recommendation?
Many online resources exist to help you more successfully request a
letter of recommendation or reference. Here are a few tips to start you
- Establish rapport with the person. Anyone you ask for a letter
of recommendation/reference should feel comfortable writing you this
letter due to his/her experiences with you.
- Give several weeks advance notice. You demonstrate professionalism,
courtesy and organization when you make a request far in advance of the
deadline. Conversely, you demonstrate a lack of these qualities when
you do not and may therefore decrease your chances of obtaining a
quality letter of recommendation.
- Review this student behavior checklist to ascertain whether or not you've set yourself up to receive a quality letter of recommendation.
- Online resources:
I'm experiencing a conflict. What should I do?
As difficult as it may feel now, learning how to manage conflict in
college is one of the many ways to make the most of your college experience. The type of conflict you experience in college will most likely be experienced out
of college, too.
- classmate not doing her share of the team project....coworker not doing his share of the team project
- not understanding what an instructor wants from you/for assignments....not understanding what a supervisor wants from you
- college roommate is too clingy, but you don't want to hurt his
feelings....coworker/colleague is too clingy, but you don't want to hurt
- disagree on how to complete class project....disagree on how to complete work project
Consult your advisors or other university employees (e.g., Student Affairs employees) for guidance on
how to handle difficult situations. Discuss what you did, how you did
it, why you did it that way and receive feedback about the experience. You'll strengthen
your relationships with these professionals by seeking their feedback
and you'll gain insight into how you may choose to handle conflict in
Read books such as Difficult Conversations
and watch online videos such as this
(log-in required) to learn more about how to manage conflict.