In the cluttered world of college academics, many students often find it difficult to obtain the resources they need in order to succeed in their endeavors, particularly when it comes to passing and excelling in classes. Taking several credit hours involving classes of varying subject matter can be utterly confusing at times, and sometimes this stress can take a toll. It often becomes difficult to determine what methods or resources should be used to solve issues related to course material, and this can certainly lead to some unwanted problems. Thankfully, there are many ways to counteract this struggle and alleviate these work-related burdens, and it starts with CU’s numerous academic resources.
- Utilize Campus Libraries: Although most people are well aware of Norlin Library, the main library on campus, there are also a number of other libraries located within various buildings on campus. These building-specific libraries are often the most helpful at times since they specify in the subject of the building they are located in, which may be easier to find the necessary resources at these than at Norlin. Whether it be the Gemmill Library in the mathematics building, the Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences Library in the Benson Earth Sciences building, or one of the several other building-specific libraries on campus, I highly recommend visiting one or more to find what you may need. Is there a link we can provide to where students could find a list of the other libraries?
- The internet is a true friend indeed: I know that in our current age of technology, many professors stress that the internet may contain false or misleading information, including biased sources. This may be true at times but please don’t be discouraged. In fact, the internet is without a doubt the most extensive resource in our world, and there is often a large amount of helpful information contained within only one source, especially in sources pertaining to the sciences. Whether you are completing a basic homework assignment, creating a presentation, or conducting research, it is almost guaranteed that some amount of relevant information can be obtained from a simple Google search. In terms of more specific and reliable internet resources, the CU library website (libraries.colorado.edu) is fantastic for more in-depth information, and is extremely helpful in terms of research. This resource can help limit searches to more specific topics that may be more difficult to find from a simple Google search. By using the library search engine, you can locate not only online sources, but physical copies as well, which can be reserved and picked up at Norlin Library.
- Don’t be afraid to attend your professor’s office hours: I know that it can often be intimidating or undesirable to attend the office hours of professors or teaching assistants, which is reasonable since you see enough of them in class . However, don’t forget that the main goal for these individuals is to assist you at all costs. Even if you are skeptical about the professor/TA, going to office hours with questions prepared is often very beneficial, as you can get these questions resolved one-on-one, which is almost impossible in a typical lecture scenario. From personal experience, even professors who I didn’t think would be the most friendly or helpful were still able to answer all of my questions, so don’t be too discouraged. Attending office hours is also a great way to build relationships with faculty, which could greatly pay off in the future.
- Use tutor/help rooms: This is often the most difficult resource for students to utilize, not because it is hard to access, but because many students are closed to the idea of using a tutor. Once again, do not be intimidated. These tutor/help rooms are often managed by graduate students or upperclassmen who are experienced in the subject, and they are more than willing to help. This is another one-on-one scenario, which is great for addressing specific questions that may have gone unanswered in your lecture or lab. Although some tutor programs cost a small fee, most are free to use throughout the week, such as the Biology help room in the Ramaley Biology building. Based on my personal experience, I have found the Biology help room to be quite supportive, so I’m sure that the various other tutor/help rooms are just as valuable.
I have found these resources to be advantageous in my own academic success and I hope they provide you the same assistance.