New Student FAQ's
Where can I find help with my writing?
The Writing Center, located in Wilson Hall, offers free help with writing.
Related links: Writing Center
There are too many distractions! I cannot study. What can I do?
Sometimes it is necessary to be assertive. Learn to say no to distractions. It may be necessary to remove yourself from the distractions entirely. Many upper level students find it necessary to go to the library when they have important studying to do.
How can I find or talk to my instructor outside of class?
Instructors are list their office numbers and office hours in their class syllabi. This is a time when instructors are available to talk to students. You may want to call first and make an appointment or use e-mail.
How do I find my advisor?
All UA colleges have academic advisors. You will need to go to the student services office for your college.
- College of Arts and Sciences- 200 Clark Hall
- College of Engineering- Second Floor, H.M. Comer Hall
- Honors College- 288 Nott Hall
- Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration- 10 Bidgood Hall
- Capstone College of Nursing- (205) 348-6639
- School of Social Work- 102A Little Hall
- College of Human Environmental Sciences- 101 Doster Hall
- College of Education- 104 Carmichael-Student Services
I think I may have a learning disability. What can I do?
If you think you have a learning disability, contact the Office of Disability Services located in Martha Parham East (348-4285) or visit their web site. They will be able to help you set up an appointment to be tested and what further steps to take.
Related links: Disability Services
My class is so boring, I cannot pay attention! What can I do?
You can do several things. First, make sure you are getting enough sleep. It is hard to concentrate when you are tired. Second, if possible, sit near the front of the class. Being close to the instructor helps you to stay focused. Third, take many notes. Writing forces you to pay attention and concentrate. Fourth, read the assigned material before class. That way you will be familiar with the new material.
Can I drop a course I am not doing well in?
Maybe. It is best to talk to your instructor and an academic adviser concerning the possible implications of dropping a class. Do not rely on the advice of friends. In order to be considered a full-time student, you must be enrolled for at least 12 hours. Also, dropping classes can impact financial aid.
I never studied much in high school, and now I find it difficult to study for college courses. What can I do?
The Center for Teaching and Learning has staff members who can help you to develop college study skills. The CTL also offers study skills workshops on topics such as Preparing for Tests, Reading Textbooks, Memory Techniques, and Time Management.