Getting and Staying Off Academic Probation

As a student, staying off academic probation is relatively easy. Students who do find themselves on academic probation, if honestly examined, can see where a turn left rather than right would have produced different results.

Importance Of Staying Off Academic Probation
The main penalty to academic probation is the waste. The semester (or trimester) preceding probation is mostly a wash. Meaning the time and money spent will need to be re-spent to make up the D’s and F’s acquired. With the cost of living and the increases in tuition, these are no small amounts.

Also, most schools will have limits placed on probationary students- activities, number of classes, etc. This while adding additional requirements too, like counseling. Then there is the specter of the ax falling, that is if one does not make the GPA required, they may not return the next semester. Notice that most college applications ask if one is on or has ever been on academic probation, thus limiting potential possibilities to transfer. No use lying, as it will be on transcripts.

Still, There Is An Upside To Academic Probation
Being on probation brings into sharp focus why one is a student. Is it to pursue a dream or a passion? Is it to build a better life? These are laudable reasons, and should help reinvigorate one’s resolve to complete their program. However, should the reason revolve somewhere near “didn’t know what else to do after high school,” then school may not be the best option at the time.

Waiting until later for school is not a bad idea. Given time, one has more opportunity to decide what exactly they would like to do as a profession. Meanwhile, one preserves their academic record and financial aid. There have been many times I have seen students who later in life- after having children, experiencing dead end jobs, getting married, want to go back to school. They now have a clear idea of what they want to do, but defaulted student loans or academic suspension keeps them from returning. These students who do return to school later, often are the best students.

Getting Out Of Academic Probation, Staying Out of Academic Probation
The tips to getting out of academic probation are the same as staying out of academic probation.

  1. If a class is difficult, do not wait to get help. See if tutoring is available from academic advising.
  2. Sit in front of the class.
  3. Follow the rule of studying three hours for every hour in class.
  4. Study and revise notes immediately after class, if possible (one of the three hours of out-of-class study).
  5. Take care of the body, the body will take of the mind. Get some aerobic exercise everyday. Get plenty of sleep. Eat well, not neglecting any meals.
  6. Start papers early, no reason they couldn’t be done weeks before finals.

If You Want Just One Thing To Do
The king of all academic advice for higher education is “Go To Class.” Professors never (OK, rarely) flunk anyone who goes to class every time, on time, and participates. Sleeping in, making excuse, blowing off, etc. just infuriates professors. Especially at the end of the semester, when students who they have never seen come to their offices asking for help. Having been in class shows respect and desire to actually learn, some additional help to make sure one passes (and with good grades) will be more easily attained.

Academic Diaries – Your Everyday Companion

The most useful and popular promotional products are those that the receiver can use in his daily life and also ones that can be used by a number of people. Academic diaries are one such promotional item that ideally combines usability with popularity.

Academic diaries are a type of notepad which consist of different pages for each day and date of the year where the user can take down important notes such as the day’s expenses or upcoming events that need constant reminders.

Even in these modern times of computers and palmtops, academic diaries are used by many people to keep a track of their daily work. Having these as promotional products will benefit the company’s image immensely and will be extremely helpful in achieving its marketing objective.

Besides, promotional diaries also have a large area where you can get your company name, logo or even a short message written. Every time the receiver opens the diary he will come across the name of your company. These diaries are also often taken to company meetings or get-togethers where they will be seen by numerous potential customers.

It is advisable to get branded academic diaries inscribed with your company logo so that your clients get the message that superior quality is your first priority. Academic diaries are available in various shapes, sizes and colors depending on individual demands and requirements.

Academic diaries can be handed out to office staff as a token of appreciation or to different guests and visitors at trade shows. These diaries will be put to use immediately and will not end up in the trunk like a number of other promotional products. Even after the lifespan of the diary is over or it becomes full, people keep it with them for future reference.

Academic Diaries also termed Mid-Year Diaries are ideal for academic institutions such as universities and colleges as they enable an entire academic year to be covered by one diary rather than having to have one diary for each year covered. Academic Diaries are great for students and teaching staff alike enabling each to plan their courses of study and note down important milestones and deadlines.

Corporate Diaries can be personalized on the front cover, where the diaries are personalized with academic institutions’ logo they reinforce the organizations identity and the part each member of staff plays in it. Additional pages can be added detailing important information and contact details for the different faculties and departments.

If your organisation has a Client base primarily within the educational sector then an academic diary will be well appreciated by the recipients. A nice touch that will help reinforce your business links is to individually personalize the diary with the recipient’s name.

Academic Cover Letter

An Academic Cover Letter Contains More Information than a General Cover Letter

While a business cover letter is usually short and restricted to one page in length, this type of letter will contain more information and be lengthy – up to two pages. The information focuses on giving full details of the applicant’s research and teaching goals and accomplishments. This is a very useful opportunity for the applicant to impress the academic board and to create a strong impression on them as to his or her potential and compatibility as a teacher and a researcher. Therefore, it is important to write meticulously. As with the business cover letter, this will also have to be written according to each different institution requirements which they are addressed to. As a result of this, it is important for the applicant to find out the requirements of each institute he will be applying to before beginning to write.

It is advised, when starting to write an Academic Cover Letter to prepare well ahead. Keep a template of the CV and CL ready, so that it will enable you to send these items when a position of interest becomes vacant. It should be kept in mind that the cover letter which will be sent should be personalized, presented professionally, and kept interesting. Be as short and concise as possible, to enable the reader to not waste time by reading unnecessary information which is not relevant to the job applied for. Before writing the cover letter it is also recommended that the applicant find out all he can about the relevant institution, such as the number of students, background of the university or college, if it’s more research based or teaching oriented etc. It will be beneficial to the applicant if he mentions the knowledge which has been gained about the institution. This will show the reader that the applicant is thorough and professional in his work and capable of uncovering non public information through personal research and networking skills.

The format of an Academic Cover Letter will be the same as a business cover letter. It should be addressed to a person whenever possible. If you do not know who you should address it to it is advisable to seek information from the relevant universities which you will be applying to and find out the names of the head of the selection committee or the chairperson of the department. The first paragraph should explain why you are writing and how you were informed of the position which you are applying for while stating your interest in it as well. This should be done in as few sentences as possible. The applicant will have to show the potential employer that he is the ideal candidate for the job. The body of the letter will elaborate on the requirements which will make you the ideal candidate. If for example, the position applied for is in the research field the applicant will have to give a summary of his research experience, or if it is a teaching position he will have to summarize his teaching experience.

The importance of a good Academic Cover Letter is that if written in the proper manner it will pave the way for a career which is rewarding and fulfilling. Therefore, it is important to be neat and organized with your writing. This gives the overall impression of a person who is neat, systematic and organized which is an important fact for any job but especially relevant for this type of academia related positions. When writing your qualifications and accomplishments, your cover letter should not be a duplicate of your CV. It should only highlight all the necessary qualifications which will make you stand out from the rest of the applicants. If written with these specifics in mind you will have a letter which will assist you in obtaining that academic position you desire.