Academic Difficulty

Factors That Can Contribute to Academic Difficulty

Whether the difficulty is an isolated incident involving a disappointing grade or personal circumstances that greatly impacted their academics, students need to address the factor(s) below that contributed to their experience and seek immediate help from resources and support on campus.  The following list, in addition to the Office of Undergraduate Advising, has some resources that can be utilized by students.

Lack of Motivation

Difficulty adapting to and lacking a sense of belonging in a competitive academic environment.
Resources and Supports to Consider: University Health Services, Career Counseling Library, Student Learning Center, Gender Equity Resource Center, L&S Mentor Program.

Adjustment to College Life

Balancing study with the new freedoms and responsibilities of adult living can be a difficult challenge.
Resources and Supports to Consider: Residential Academic Services, Transfer Student CenterRe-entry Student Program, Student Parent Center, Berkeley Connect, Clubs and Student Organizations, UC Berkeley Public Service Center, L&S Mentors Program: Building Effective Academic Strategies Workshops.

Ineffective Study Skills

Academic preparation at Berkeley often necessitates different ways of studying organization strategies than students previously practiced.
Resources and Supports to Consider: Student Learning Center, Faculty and GSI Office Hours, Disabled Students ProgramL&S Mentors Program: Building Effective Academic Strategies Workshops.

Unclear Directions/Goals

Difficulty choosing a course of study or finding a subject matter that “fits” a student’s interests and abilities.
Resources and Supports to Consider: Career Counseling Library, undergraduate major advisers (UMAs), Career Center, Transfer Student Center, Re-entry Student Program, Student Parent Center, Educational Opportunity ProgramL&S Mentor Program: Finding the Best Major for You Workshops.

Personal Issues

Personal issues can affect academic performance; issues involving health, personal relationships, finances and family obligations may overwhelm a student’s ability to perform well in classes.
Resources and Supports to Consider: Financial Aid and Scholarships, UC Berkeley Food Pantry, Confidential Care Advocate, University Health Services, Transfer Student Center, Re-entry Student Program, Student Parent Center, Office of the Chancellor Ethics, Educational Opportunity Program, Disabled Students Program, Gender Equity Resource Center