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Eastern Illinois University

Academic Support Center

EIU 2919: Strategies for Academic Success

Course Description

Enrollment required of students placed on academic warning for the first time. Topics will include self-assessment, goal-setting, time management, study skills, learning styles and motivation. Course may not be repeated. Does not count toward graduation.

Course Overview

This course is designed to help you create greater success in college and in life. In the coming weeks, you will learn many proven strategies for creating greater academic, professional, and personal success. We will use guided journal writings to explore these strategies, and as a bonus, you will learn to express yourself more effectively in writing. You may never again have an opportunity quite like this to discover how to create a rich, personally fulfilling life. I urge you to make the most of this extraordinary opportunity! If you do, you will dramatically change the outcome of your life - for the better!

Course Objectives: In this course, you will learn how to:

  1. Achieve a greater sense of personal responsibility.
  2. Increase self-motivation.
  3. Master effective time management strategies.
  4. Revise self-defeating patterns.
  5. Identify learning styles.
  6. Establish short-term and long-term academic goals.
  7. Master effective study skills.

Required Text

Downing, S. (2011). On course: Strategies for creating success in college and in life (7th ed.) Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Course Structure

By reading On Course (our textbook), you'll learn empowering strategies that have helped others create great success. By keeping a guided journal, you'll discover how to apply these success strategies to achieve your own goals and dreams. By participating in class activities and focused conversations, and by completing a final paper, you will further improve your ability to stay on course to your success. Once you make these new strategies your own through application, you'll have the ability to dramatically improve the outcome of your life - academically, professionally, and personally.

Academic Warning/Probation/Dismissal Policy

View the complete policy here



Academic Success Center

McAfee Gym, Room 2230
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-6696

Office Hours

Monday -Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm