Services for Students with Disabilities

Which Courses to Keep for a Balanced Semester

At the beginning of a semester, many students feel overwhelmed as they attend first classes and try to determine the pace and work load associated with classes they picked. Faced with a stressful beginning, some college students worry about their abilities to catch up and succeed in classes they have chosen. This ‘fearful mindset’ can cause students to quickly believe they need to switch classes. 

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Where to Get Information About Your Courses

You have signed up for classes which are starting.  This may be your first semester at the University of Michigan (U-M) or you may have spent many semesters with us.  Knowing that each course is unique and that you want to succeed and earn good grades, you will need to be prepared about what to expect in your courses. Here are some helpful tips about CTools, class syllabi, and office hours. 

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Managing Transitional and Other Stress

During times of change, nervousness and stress can increase.  We know how to handle daily life based on what we have lived.  But new places or circumstance can have us wondering about how things will be different and how we will cope. Let’s think together about symptoms of stress that might show up and what we can do to manage them.


What's in a Syllabus and Why Does It Matter?

Believe it or not, the syllabus for each class you take at the University is your passport for success.  It is a contract of sorts and is filled with valuable information.  

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Coaching for Dynamic and Collaborative Full Student Development

Coaching is an ‘approach or way of working’ with individuals to identify personal strengths and collaboratively set goals toward developing important life skills.   While coaching at a college or university is often linked with the term “academic”, what actually occurs in the developing relationship between client (in this case student) and coach is a much broader focus then mere academic skills development. 


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