Responding to the Failing Student
Facts About Failing Students
- They may come to class late or have frequent absences.
- They lack understanding of the course content.
- They are unaware of campus resources that can help to fix the problem.
- They exhibit negative thinking and behaviors early in the semester.
- They lack preparation or interest in the course.
- They struggle with balancing work, social activities, and academic responsibilities.
- Encourage the student to make a private appointment.
- Review the student’s performance in the course.
- Make suggestions for improvement.
- Refer the student to the Learning Assistance Service of the Counseling Center for academic support.
- Refer the student to the Counseling Service of the Counseling Center for personal/social counseling or educational/vocational counseling.
- Concluding that the student just isn’t trying hard enough.
- Waiting to connect with the student.
- Presuming the student lacks the
ability to be successful.
- Discouraging the student who really
does have the time to improve.