Academic Success

 

Welcome to your student resource center for academic success! You can choose from almost 40 different learning tools in seven different categories in a variety of formats including webinars, presentations, and PDFs. Click a title to view a description of each of the resources below.

First-Year Students

Online Learning: Is it Right for You?

Online Learning: Is it Right For You? discusses important aspects of online learning, such as time management and understanding different learning preferences. After viewing this nine minute presentation, you’ll be one step closer to knowing if online learning is right for you.

Setting Personal Goals

This Setting Personal Goals presentation offers useful advice and motivational tips to help you actualize your academic goals.

Selecting the Academic Program that's Right for You

Selecting the Academic Program that's Right for You will help you identify which program accommodates your academic strengths and professional ambitions. A variety of academic resources are also presented that will help with deciding on a degree program.

Registration Basics: A Primer for Course Selection and Registration

Registration Basics: A Primer for Course Selection provides a comprehensive overview to the entire course registration process. Click through pages at your own pace as you learn about resources within the online campus and library, which can assist in course planning and registering.

Registration Considerations for Federal Student Aid

Registration Considerations for Federal Student Aid explains the ins and outs of course planning and how it impacts your FSA.

Course Overload: Considerations for Scheduling Courses

Course Overload: Considerations for Scheduling Courses provides suggestions and insight for students planning to take an overload schedule for those instances where course overload may be helpful and necessary.

Time Management: Resources and Best Practices for the Online Learner

Time Management: Resources and Best Practices for the Online Learner offers recommendations and resources to help you manage your personal, professional, and academic life. Effective time management is one of the keys to success in higher education.

Maximize Your Time: Reading for Content in the Virtual Environment (Podcast)

Maximize Your Time: Reading for Content in the Virtual Environment provides excellent tips and insights to help you get the most out of your time spent reading.

Maximize Your Time: Reading for Content in the Virtual Environment (PDF)

Maximize Your Time: Reading for Content in the Virtual Environment provides excellent tips and insights to help you get the most out of your time spent reading.

Welcome: Academic Advising Information for New Students

Academic Advising Information for New Students will help you understand how your advising team is here to support your academic journey, as well as provide information on registering for your first classes and more!

MyGuide: Surviving the First Year of College

MyGuide is an all inclusive survival guide for every first year student.

Survival Skills: Seven Valuable Tips for Succeeding at APUS

Survival Skills will provide you with seven valuable tips to help you succeed at APUS. New or returning students will especially benefit from the information shared in this webinar.

Academic Advising: Who We Are & How We Can Help You

Academic Advising Syllabus provides all the information regarding our advising curriculum and pedagogy, advising processes, and advisor roles within our university.

Top 10 Tips for Success at APUS

Top 10 Tips for Success at APUS provides useful information for a great start and successful journey throughout your academic program.

International Students

Registration & Scheduling

Registering for Courses Not on Your Academic Plan

Registering for Courses Not on Your Academic Plan will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to register for a class that does not appear on your Academic Plan and describes considerations you should make before completing this type of registration.

Full-Time Study vs. Course Overload: Know Your Limits

Full Stime Study vs. Course Overload: Know Your Limits focuses on scheduling and planning. Specifically, it reviews the difference between full time study, taking a course overload, and other important factors to consider BEFORE scheduling to take more than 2 courses concurrently.

Registration Blocks Students Encounter & How to Avoid Them

Registration Blocks Students Encounter & How to Avoid Them offers information on different registration blocks students may run into as well as how to avoid them and/or remove them.

Late Registration Process & When to Consider It

Late Registration Process & When to Consider It offers information on late registration, the process, and when to consider a late registration.

How to Schedule Courses within Federal Student Aid Requirements

Schedule Courses within Your Federal Student Aid Semester offers information and tips on how to schedule courses to fit within your Federal Student Aid (FSA) semesters so that you maintain your desired course load and funding requirements.

Registering for Courses at the Next Program Level

Registering for Courses at the Next Program Level will explain some of the details associated with taking a class outside of your academic level. If you are a high school student hoping to pursue a concurrent enrollment, an undergraduate student interested in a graduate course, or a graduate student with a need or desire to take an undergraduate class, then this webinar will be helpful for you.

Pursuing an Independent Study Course Based On Your Interests

Pursuing an Independent Study Course Based On Your Interests will introduce you to the option of pursuing an independent study course based on your program of study. Issues such as how to register, pay for, and complete the requirements of an independent study are also discussed.

Disenrolled? Find Out How to Be Readmitted

Disenrollment and Readmission will provide information on how to avoid disenrollment and what to do should you become disenrolled and seek to become readmitted to the University System.

Importance of Taking Core Courses at the Graduate Level

Importance of Taking Core Courses at the Graduate Level provides a general overview for Graduate students and specifically discusses the importance of the Core courses. This webinar also includes a message from the Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Patricia Campbell.

Placement Exams: Know What You Need to Take Before You Register

Placement Exams: Know What You Need to Take Before You Register offers information on placement exams, what they are, what they cover, and why it's important to schedule general education courses based on placement exam results.

General Education Courses: The Importance of Taking Them Early in Your Program

This General Education Courses: The Importance of Taking Them Early in Your Program webinar explains the role of general education courses within your degree program and highlights why they should be taken early in your academic career.

Frequently Asked Questions

Programs

Adding a Certificate or Minor & The Impact on Transfer Credit

This Adding a Certificate or Minor & The Impact on Transfer Credit resource goes through the process of adding a certificate or minor to your program, including how this will impact your transfer credit award and other helpful information.

Program Holds: A Student's Guide to Understanding

This Program Holds: A Student's Guide to Understanding resource explains what a program hold is, who is a good candidate for a program hold, and how to request a program hold.

Program Deadline: Don't Let Your Program Expire

This Program Deadline: Don't Let Your Program Expire presentation offers valuable information on program deadlines and what you need to be aware of to avoid your program deadline expiring.

 Transfer Credit

My Transfer Credit Has Been Established - What's Next?

This My Transfer Credit Has Been Established - What's Next? presentation reviews how to review your Academic Plan, what courses to take first, the benefits of scheduling an Advising Session, and much, much more!

A Students Guide to Proficiency Exams

Did you know that you have the option to complete certain requirements by taking, and passing, exams in lieu of enrolling in certain courses? These exams can save you time and money. A Students Guide to Proficiency Exams presentation will discuss what proficiency exams are and how they can benefit you, as a student!    

Frequently Asked Questions

Campus, Classroom, & Your Courses

Navigating Sakai, The Online Classroom

This Navigating Sakai, The Online Classroom resource offers information and tips to navigating Sakai, the online classroom. It also includes a quick demo of how to upload assignments.

Locating & Accessing Campus Resources

The Locating & Accessing Campus Resources document offers information on various campus resources that are available to assist you throughout your academic career. This Campus Resources presentation offers a more detailed explanation of available tools and materials that will help you reach your academic goals.

Calculate Your Grade Point Average (GPA)

To use the GPA Calculator, enter the number of hours completed and the grade earned. Once you have entered the courses for which you would like to calculate, select the CALCULATE button.

Please note that this tool will provide GPA calculations to the hundredth decimal point (3.67). However, your APUS GPA will be calculated to the ten-thousandth decimal point (3.6740).

Please remember that APUS courses are measured in semester hours. Using this calculator will only calculate the hours and grades entered, not factor into the cumulative GPA.

Academic Warning vs. Probation

The Academic Warning vs. Probation presentation explains the academic warning and probation policies and provides information about the tips, tools, and resources available to help promote your academic success.

Achieving Academic Success

This Achieving Academic Success presentation offers information on achieving academic success, in relation to the role of the academic advisor, time management, university resources and policies, as well as how to engage with fellow students, alumni and faculty in a virtual environment.

Course Materials: eBooks, Software, & Hard Copies

This Course Materials 101 presentation offers information on APUS course materials policies, ebooks, and much more.

Downloading Your Student Agreement or GoArmyEd Agreement

This Downloading Your Student Agreement or GoArmyEd Agreement resource explains what a Student Agreement is and the benefits of downloading your Student Agreement. 

Networking and Building Community as an Online Student

This Networking and Building Community as an Online Student presentation offers information on how to become more involved in the APUS community as an online student.

Frequently Asked Questions

Skills Development

Managing Time in a Virtual World

This Managing Time in a Virtual World resource covers five essential tips for managing your time in an online environment. In addition, please check out the Center for Teaching & Learning for more guidance on life & study skills

Organizing Your Life

This Organizing Your Life resource offers a number of ways to organize your school life, professional life, and personal life. There are just a few simple ideas to keep in mind to maintain good organization skills. In addition, please check out the Center for Teaching & Learning for more guidance on life and study skills

Effective Paragraph Writing

If you are looking to make your essay-writing more clear and concise, read about the 3-Step Formula for Effective Paragraph Writing. In addition, please check out the Center for Teaching & Learning for more guidance on writing.

Commas and Clauses

Check out this Commas and Clauses resource for information on how to use commas in sentences with dependent clauses. In addition, please check out the Center for Teaching & Learning for more guidance on writing

Writing Skills

The online library has provided some helpful information on writing at the college level. In addition, please check out the Center for Teaching & Learning for more guidance on writing.  

Library Research

The online library has provided some helpful information on library research. In addition, please check out the Center for Teaching & Learning for more guidance on research.  

Plagiarism Prevention & Turnitin.com

The online library has provided some helpful information on plagiarism prevention & a resource called TurnItIn. In addition, please check out the Center for Teaching & Learning for more guidance on academic integrity.  

Tutoring

The online library has provided some helpful information on tutoring through Tutor.com. In addition, please check out the Center for Teaching & Learning for more guidance on skills development. Visit tutor.com today to get started.

Online Learning Tips

For help on a variety of educational topics, visit OnlineLearningTips.com to expand your knowledge and seek out tips on studying, researching, writing, etc.

Math Video Tutorials

We suggest that you check out math videos that reinforce classroom instruction on a variety of math subjects, such as, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, statistics, etc. In addition, please check out the Center for Teaching & Learning for more guidance on math.

Nearing Graduation

Finishing Your Degree: Ensure Your Requirements are Met

This Finishing Your Degree: Ensure Your Requirements are Met presentation offers information and resources for students who are close to completing their degree, including information on final program requirements and graduation requirements.

Seminar You Must Take as an Undergraduate Senior

This Seminar You Must Take as an Undergraduate Senior presentation offers information on senior seminars for undergraduate programs.

Frequently Asked Questions
 

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