About

Every student is extremely well-qualified to study here, and students excel. Most students’ academic journeys are not a straight line, however. Sometimes students need new study strategies to match the demands of college-level work, or life gets in the way of academic progress. The Academic Advising staff work with students who want to improve their learning, remove a temporary barrier, or navigate a personal difficulty affecting their academics so they can flourish at Grinnell.

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Mission of Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office assists students to develop the skills and strategies they need to be effective, self-directed learners so they can succeed in their academic endeavors. The interdepartmental team of staff fulfills the mission by collaborating with students, faculty and other offices, integrating a variety of resources and services.

Our Primary Functions

  • Individual and group instruction on the following topics:
    • Academic skills — time management, organization and planning; understanding course syllabi and course expectations; identifying effective study spaces; overcoming procrastination; note taking; test preparation and study skills; class participation; problem-solving skills; resources and techniques to minimize the impact of personal challenges on academics
    • Academic planning — choosing a major; determining academic plan or credits to graduation; interpreting academic policies; interacting effectively with faculty advisers
  • Peer tutoring and mentoring for all subjects within the humanities and social studies divisions (except languages)
  • Management of alerts from faculty including Academic Progress Reports and Midterm Assessments for first-year students; follow up with students and advisers
  • Case management and success coaching for students on academic probation
  • Partners in Education academic recovery program
  • Cooperative, inter-departmental student success programs including faculty advising, the First-Year Tutorial, The Second Grinnell Year, the Grinnell Science Project, transfer student orientation.
  • Student requests for exceptional course withdrawals and leaves of absence from the College

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