Students traditionally underestimate the amount of time they will need to schedule to
do well in classes. Around midterms, many first-year students begin facing the
realities that college is more difficult than they expected and they may experience a
variety of academic difficulties.
October is Tutoring Month! Four types of FREE tutoring are offered to fit the
varying needs of UL Lafayette students: Individual tutoring sessions which last 30
minutes; 1 hour-long Study Groups; 2-hour Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions led
by specialized tutors who also attend lecture with the students; and an
Online Tutoring chat available by visiting The Learning Center website.
Being proactive about coming in for tutoring certainly helps students take learning
into their own hands. Tutors also share study tips and habits and test-taking strategies
specific to particular courses.
The results of tutoring have been impressive: students who come to SI sessions can
earn an average of up to one letter-grade higher than students taking the same course
who did not attend SI. Please encourage your student to take advantage of this
The Learning Center is located in Lee Hall on the 2nd floor and is open for tutoring
from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Mon-Thurs, and 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Fridays.
Students can call 337-482-6583 or walk in to schedule an appointment. Tutoring is
offered in Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Accounting, Psychology, Engineering,
Spanish, and many more subjects. See their website for the full list of courses. Other
tutoring options on campus include The Writing Center, The Math Lab, and more!
An important message to send to your student if they are struggling academically is
that it is not too late to do well this semester. Aside from The Learning Center,
encourage your student to form study groups, to read ahead of class, meet with their
instructors during office hours, and increase the amount of time they are studying.
Many parents and students alike are concerned with academic progress, especially in
the first semester. Most students have completed several graded assignments and one
or two tests in each course. Some instructors post grades on Moodle and others hand
back graded work and expect students to keep track of their grades. If your student is
not sure about the standing grade in a course, encourage her or him to visit the
instructor during office hours. Office hours are stated on each instructor’s course
As part of the GradesFirst initiative, instructors are about to complete the second
freshman grade check between October 18th and 25th. Students will receive an
email from their instructor if they are at risk of failing a course. Please remember that
we have tutoring available in many courses and that both individual and group
tutoring is available. Also the Academic Success Center is continuing to offer
workshops on academic goal setting and time management. First-year students
will be encouraged to attend these skill-building workshops.
Your student also has the opportunity to ask for guidance from his or her UNIV 100
instructor or Peer Mentor for any type of issue that he or she may currently be
SUCCESS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
GRADES FIRST CHECKUP
INFO ON THE HOUSING
The Housing online appli-
cation will be available
sometime in November
2017 for the Academic
18-19 school year.
This will be found on stu-
dent ULINK account us-
ing their username and
password provided by the
University; specific in-
structions will be availa-
ble through a portal guide
available on the housing
Housing offers room self-
selection which gives the
student the flexibility to
pick their bed space
Housing requires a pre-
payment amount in order
to secure their room.
Please have a credit card
ready to proceed.
The sooner students sign
up for Housing, the better
chances they will have of
selecting their desired
Please note that this
requires entering a 10
month legally binding
contract with Housing
that runs continuously
from August through
May. It is not required
for students to move out
over the Winter break.
For additional information
please visit the Housing
housing.louisiana.edu or call