Academic Probation Resources and Strategies

In order to graduate from The University of Iowa, students need a 2.0 or higher grade point average (GPA). Those who are not making satisfactory progress toward that goal for whatever reason—illness, poor study skills, family difficulties, etc.—are placed on academic probation.

How did I get here?
How do students on probation return to good standing?
How does probation affect financial aid?
Might a student's academic probation be due to a learning disability?
Is there any way for students to predict what their GPAs will be at the end of their probationary semester?
How can I make the most of class time?
What are some time management tips?
How can I change my lifestyle to perform better academically?
How can I raise my test scores?
How can I improve my reading?

How did I get here?

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How do students on probation return to good standing?

In general, students may:

  1. Adjust their schedule (postpone difficult courses, use the second-grade-only option, reduce their course load, drop a course and either receive a W or enroll in a more suitable course, withdraw their registration).
  2. Review and implement the study techniques described on the Peer Mentoring website.
  3. Find a tutor.
  4. Talk with their instructor(s).
  5. Talk with the staff in CLAS Academic Programs and Student Development who can explain how to use resources such as professors' office hours, the university libraries, University Counseling Service, the Academic Advising Center, and Student Disability Services.

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How does probation affect financial aid?

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Might a student's academic probation be due to a learning disability?

Yes. If a student suspects s/he has a learning disability, s/he should make an appointment with Student Disability Services as soon as possible. See the video below. (If you can't see the video below, view it here.)

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Is there any way for students to predict what their GPAs will be at the end of their probationary semester?

Yes, students can use the University's online GPA calculator to predict their end-of semester GPAs as well as what course grades they will need in order to earn a certain GPA. Watch this video for more information:

How can I make the most of class time?

What are some time management tips?

How can I change my lifestyle to perform better academically?

How can I raise my test scores?

How can I improve my reading?