Academic Help for Sophomores

The following information is for sophomore students currently on academic probation and/or in need of assistance: 

Academic Standards Review

To maintain academic standards and determine eligibility for continued enrollment, financial aid and participation in university activities, UB regularly reviews the academic records of all undergraduate students. This review addresses the quality of the student's studies as measured by the student's course grades.

This process should be facilitated in consultation with your academic advisor. Please review Undergraduate Policies and Procedures to learn more. 

Understanding Your Grade Point Average (GPA)

The GPA is the ratio of the number of grade points earned to the number of graded credits. The GPA at UB is the ratio of the number of grade points earned at UB to the number of graded credits at UB. Only letter grades of “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” “D+,” “D,” and “F” are utilized in determining GPA. GPA is also referred to as QPA (quality point average).

How to Improve Your Academic Standing

Now that you have a better understanding of how to calculate your GPA and all the terms used in association with academic difficulty, let’s talk about how to improve your situation. UB has a host of programs available to students experiencing an academic challenge. You can seek out these resources on your own or you can use one of the greatest resources available to you, your academic advisor.

One of the keys to becoming a successful student is good time management. Using a planner can help you keep track of your assignments and exams. The academic planner you received at freshman orientation is an excellent resource, as it includes important dates and deadlines. 

If you are having trouble in a specific class, visit your instructor during scheduled office hours; he or she can help you better understand the material. If meeting your instructor seems daunting, meet the TA (teaching assistant) in your class if one is available. At the start of every semester your instructor distributes a syllabus for the course which includes office hours, contact information as well as expectations for the class. Addressing problems early is the best strategy. Don’t wait until it is too late!

Tutoring Opportunities

Contact your department for information on discipline-specific tutors, or use the following UB resources:

Study Space

Academic Success Centers and Study Spaces are located in all three of UB’s Residence Hall areas. Free tutoring in various subjects is provided. Review the tutoring schedule before visiting one of the centers. 

Life and Learning Workshops

This series of free workshops is devoted to academic and personal support, including study skills, time management, overcoming test anxiety and much more. 

Staying on Track

You need to take full responsibility for your education. You have the necessary tools and resources, but it will take hard work and commitment on your part. Success is within your reach. Your academic advisor is available to help you with each step along your path.

Don't forget: The Undergraduate Catalog is your primary reference for university policies and procedures. You should familiarize yourself with basic university policies regarding student rights and responsibilities.

Last Updated May 28, 2020