Basics for Academic Success
From the start, many students experience first hand our American expectation for personal choice and personal expression. Whether it’s about choosing a class, preparing for and participating in class. Many are not used to the American expectation for “self-initiative”. Especially for those from East Asia, who have been accustomed to being told a “right” way to do things and to respect persons in authority, these students can feel truly lost in the American classroom.
- Make an appointment with your Academic Advisor. (S)he will be able to offer advice and suggests on which courses to take.
- Introduce yourself to your professor. She wants to know who you are.
- Participate in class. It affects your grade. Participation lets professors know that you are interested.
- Plagiarize. Academic integrity is taken very seriously in the US.
- Suffer in silence. Speak to your professor, academic advisor or friend if you are feeling overwhelmed.
- Stop trying. Academics can be challenging at first, but stay connected with your professor and don’t give up!