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Upon Receiving a JagAlert...
Talk to the instructor of the course.
Since the instructor determines a student’s final grade in the course, he or she will be able to give a student more insight into the student’s current class grade and what steps to take to improve performance. The instructor will also be able to tell the student whether or not he or she will be able to make the grade wanted/needed in the course. Withdrawing is not the only option.

Talk to your academic advisor.
Your advisor knows the curriculum (or required and elective classes) for your major. They will also have recommendations for how to improve class performance and can give you tips for talking with professors.

Attend class regularly.
Some students receive a JagAlert for poor attendance. Attendance does impact your grades. All students should attend every class session. This is necessary to do well in any course.

Turn in all assignments on time.
Doing well on tests in a course is often not enough to achieve the desired grade. Completing class assignments, homework assignments, essays, take-home quizzes, and all other materials that are graded is an important step in being successful in a course. The graded component of this work is important; in addition, assignments will also help prepare you for tests and exams.

Attend SI sessions if available.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is attached to many 100 and 200 level courses. In this program, a student who was previously successful in a course serves as a resource to students taking that course. This student consults with the instructor on a regular basis, and then holds SI sessions three or more times a week. Students may come to these sessions to ask questions and to receive extra preparation for assignments and tests. If SI is available in the course, a student who receives a JagAlert should begin attending immediately.

Seek out fellow students who are interested in forming a study group.
Studying with other students can benefit students greatly, whether or not they are struggling with the course material. Have a plan for group study sessions, so you use your time wisely.

Manage time more effectively.
Many students are performing poorly in courses because they do not spend the necessary time outside of the classroom focusing on the course material. For every hour spent in class, students should be spending on average two additional hours outside of class studying, reading, completing assignments, etc. Students who are not satisfied with their grades should consider creating a study schedule. If you want to improve your performance in the class, spend more quality time with the course material.

Seek advice from your PAL.
If you are in a first year experience course (CAS 100, EG 101, CIS 101, NU 101, BUS 150) then you have a peer academic leader or PAL attached to your course. Talk to them about the alert, ask them for their recommendations. PALs are very familiar with university resources and the advising system, and can be a great source of information.