Academic Success


TIP Scholars Recognition Dinner


Degree Planning
Resources for Academic Success


You are master of your degree, so know your degree details! UT posts all degree plans to help students plan their courses. Make the most of your advising sessions by knowing where you stand in your planned degree with these tools:

You can also find degree plans for all of UT’s Colleges and Schools from the College home pages.

Planning on taking classes at another institution? Make sure those credits will transfer over as expected by checking the Automated Transfer Equivalency (ATE) system.

Do you know what you need to complete your degree? Check your progress toward your degree and find out how your courses might fit into other degrees that you may be considering with the Interactive Degree Audit (IDA).

Still exploring careers and majors? Check out the Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling for resources and career counselors designed to help you out with that. Don’t know where to start? Try the Wayfinder tool.

Know you like science but don’t know what to do with it? Check out the College of Natural Sciences Career Design Center for tools, events, and guidance on exploring and preparing for your options.

Planning on a career in the health professions? The Health Professions Office is the place to learn more about health professions careers and the courses and experiences that will help you prepare for that path.

Are you ready for registration? Be in the know about deadline and timelines for academic events such as advising, registration, and tuition payments by using the UT Academic Calendars regularly. Make sure all you bars are cleared and you know when your registration window opens at your Registration Information Sheet (RIS). Find out what courses will be offered next semester or in previous semesters with the online Course Schedule.

How will your course grades affect your GPA? Use one of the many GPA Calculators on the UT website to find out.

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Ambitious and dedicated students go to tutoring! Tutoring is a way to do a continuous quality check your understanding of the material before your exams and a way to get another perspective on the material.

The TIP Tutoring Lab provides free tutoring for TIP Scholars in core entry-level science and math courses most nights of the week in a casual and friendly atmosphere in the Painter (PAI) building.

Want something a little closer to home? Try checking out the Residential Halls Study Groups at the Kinsolving or Jester dorms which occur nightly for science and math courses.

Don’t see your course listed? No worries! The Sanger Learning Center tutoring also provides one-on-one and free drop-in tutoring plus a wide variety of learning resources such as online handouts, professional learning specialists, classes and workshops on effective learning strategies, and more!

Students making the highest grades use office hours! Don’t be afraid to be a regular visitor to professor and TA office hours. Here are some tips from students:

  • Office hours will be the busiest right before a test. Use office hours during non-peak times to get the most attention.
  • Be ready with a written list of questions, concerns, or topics you want to discuss during office hours. This will help you keep on track and make sure you get all questions answered.
  • Be prepared to explain what you know and what is fuzzy. Providing as much information about where your understanding is the strongest and weakest will help make the most of office hours and let professors and TAs know that you are putting in the work.
  • Don’t be intimidated if professors or TAs don’t give straight answers. The most powerful way to learn is to generate the right answers on your own. Professors and TAs know this and try to plant the seed before giving you an answer.
  • If you want a letter of recommendation for that professor, make small talk. Professors are human and like talking about stuff other than class. Just avoid this type of networking during peak times.

Students who study smarter not harder use their tools! This whole college thing is not new and there is a lot of tools out there that are rooted in what we know about how people learn. Find what works for you and what doesn’t. Change up your strategies when needed.

The Sanger Learning Center has tools online and in-person help hone crucial academic skills that will ensure your academic success.

Some of the tools include include tips on:


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