First Year Students

What can I do if I'm having trouble in my classes?

The Academic Standards Department is available to help you succeed. Here are some suggestions on how to overcome the academic struggles you may be experiencing.

  1. Talk to Your Instructor
    Inform your instructor about any extenuating circumstances you are experiencing. Ask them about supplemental materials that may help you better understand the concepts that are being taught. Ask for suggestions on how to more effectively study the material. If you have a question, don't hesitate to ask.

    The quality of your interactions with professors will ensure a successful college experience. Take responsibility for relating with your instructor in ways that will most benefit YOU. Be courteous and forthright. The key is communication. If you have an issue with a class, make sure you approach the instructor first.
  2. Talk to Your Advisor
    Your advisor can help you understand your options. Find out if you can still withdraw from the class. Ask if the class is necessary for your degree. Advisors are your advocates and will direct you to the resources for your specific situation.
  3. Take Advantage of Campus Tutoring Services
    All tutoring services on campus are free. UVU has a Math Lab, Writing Center, and Peer Tutoring Lab. The Peer Tutoring Lab offers drop-in tutoring in a variety of subjects from Accounting to Zoology. Click on the links above for more information on tutoring times and locations.
  4. Be Aware of Campus Resources
    Academic Standards has created a list of campus resources for everything from physical health to creating a support system. Please see this list for more information.
  5. Create a Routine and Work on Time Management
    • For every hour in class, plan to spend two hours of study time outside of class
    • Watch out for time wasters
    • Create a routine: set a specific time to do homework, studying and work each day. Make sure to include time in your schedule for YOU
    • Find a way to stay organized: use a planner, task list, cell phone reminders, etc.
    • Meet with the Learning Strategist to work on time management
  6. Develop Study Skills
    • Spend time right after class reviewing and going over your notes
    • Sit in the front and participate in discussions
    • Create study groups and meet frequently before tests
    • Take breaks from studying every 20 to 40 minutes
    • Take CLSS 1000 University Success
  7. Understand Your Learning Style
    1. Just like you have your own distinct personality, you have your own learning style
    2. Knowing your learning style - both strengths and weaknesses - can help you study more effectively. Take the Learning Style survey at www.vark-learn.com
    3. Use your learning style to your advantage to help you study and retain information
    4. Visit the Learning Strategist to learn more about this
  8. Unsure of Your Career and/or Academic Goals?
    • Take the Career Assessments (Myers Brigg Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory) in order to better understand what careers might be a good fit for you
    • Visit with a Career Counselor in the Academic Counseling Center for career exploration
    • Visit Career Development Center to learn more about potential careers through job shadowing, interest interviews, and internships
    • Meet with your (desired) major advisor to discuss your options
  9. Lacking Motivation or a Constructive Attitude?
    Answer these questions:
    • Why are you in school at UVU right now?
    • What is important to you? (What do you value?)
    • What are you willing to sacrifice in order to reach your goals?

    You may want to take CLSS 1200 Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to help you assess your goals. Consider getting involved in clubs and organizations on campus that match your interests.
  10. Poor Emotional or Physical Health?

When things get rough, keep going. Perseverance is the key!

Academic Standards specifically works with students whose GPA is below a 2.0 for one or more semesters. Learn more about academic standing and the procedures for each level. The Academic Standards office specifically counsels students who are at the continued probation or suspension level.


What help is available for planning out my degree?

Your advisor can assist you in creating a degree plan by utilizing Wolverine Track. Wolverine Track is a web-based tool which provides a clear and convenient method for UVU students, faculty & staff to track degree progress, prepare for registration, and plan for graduation. Wolverine Track lists the detailed requirements for a specific degree and includes the courses a student has earned from UVU, plus accepted courses transferred from other institutions.

To access Wolverine Track, you must be admitted to UVU and in a valid degree-seeking program of study. The link to Wolverine Track is located in UV-Link under the Student tab and in the Student Business menu.

The degree audit lists the catalog requirements and how any previous coursework applies to those requirements. The course planner is found under the Planner tab in Wolverine Track. Here you can select courses from your degree audit and place those courses in the semesters that you plan to take them. Your advisor can assist you in completing your plan.

"My Grad Track" is the most common view for students who want to check their academic progress towards graduation. "My Grad Track" is composed of three areas: Degree Summary, General Education requirements and Core Classes. Students can also access a "Registration Checklist," which gives a snapshot of classes needed to be completed before graduating. This option also allows students to view each class and sections available for registration.

A Degree Audit using Wolverine Track provides a complete picture of student progress. It is comprised of the following major sections depending on the type of degree.

  • Personal Information
  • Degree Progress (in percent %) based on the number of green checked boxes
  • Degree Summary
  • General Education
  • Core Classes required for each major
  • Courses Not Applied
  • Insufficient Courses
  • In-Progress Courses
  • Not Counted Courses
  • Split Credits

When reviewing your audit you are looking for both Met (green checked boxes) and Not Met (empty red boxes) to determine your progress. Be cautious with the Degree Progess in percent % bar. For example, 97% complete is computing completed or checked boxes, not credits completed. Always check with your advisor to determine your true graduation status.

Wolverine Track includes GPA Graduation, Term and Advice calculators. For more information about how to use Wolverine Track, stop by any Instant Information desk around campus or see your major advisor.

The Degree Audit may be used by students admitted to UVU. To access Wolverine Track, you will need to know your UV ID and password to login to UVLINK (if you do not know your password, type in your birthdate: ddmmyy). For technical assistance, contact the Service Desk at (801) 863-8888.

How to Obtain a Wolverine Track Degree Audit

(Please Read or Print all Instructions prior to linking to UVLINK)

Wolverine Track will only produce audits for students who are "active." Inactive students must reapply for admission to use Wolverine Track.

  1. From the Utah Valley University home page (http://www.uvu.edu/) select UVLINK.
  2. The UVLINK login page requires you to type in your UV ID and password. If you do not know your UV ID, there is an option for you to get it.
  3. Once you have logged into UVLINK, you will be in the "Home" tab, where you can view school announcements, check your UVLINK mail and look up other information.
  4. In UVLINK select the "Student" tab and this tab is where you can do many of the functions required by a student.
  5. In the UVLINK "Student" tab look for the "Student Business" section and look for the link to Wolverine Track.
  6. Select the "Wolverine Track/Graduation" link. Wait while the program opens your degree audit.
  7. Note: When finished, DO NOT FORGET TO LOGOUT!

If you experience problems attempting to run Wolverine Track, please stop in and see your major advisor.

Go to http://www.uvu.edu/wolverinetrack/ for more information.

UVU Students

Are tools available to help me match my interests to major/career choices?

Making Better Career Decisions

Start Smart by Getting to Know You

Making the best career decisions are based on gathering enough of the right information and it starts with self-assessment, or learning more about you. For example, being award of your individual interests and unique personality will help you discover whether you prefer to work with people, data, ideas or things, or some combination of them. Just knowing this will lead to very different career options.

Being Aware of Career Planning Resources

At UVU, we have a number of self-assessment, career assessment and exploration tools available to assist you. Each will help you become more informed about how your personality, interests, values, skills and experiences impact major and career choices. You can learn a lot about yourself through many of these resources, but make sure you include your major advisor/career counselor during the process. This is extremely important. Find your advisor now.

Tools for Matching Interest and Personality to Majors and Careers

Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI)

This MBTI is our most popular personality assessment, and the most reliable over time. This assessment is a questionnaire and designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. Simply put, the MBTI measures random variations in behavior which are actually quite orderly and consistent. These behavior variations occur due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.

Once completed, you will have identified your personality type, most popular job families and occupations, along with 25 related occupations for your type. You will also be provided with a description of your values, strengths and weaknesses as they relate to occupations and interpersonal relationships.

Strong Interest Inventory (SII)

This interest inventory (tool) is our most popular. This assessment measures your answers to how similar or dissimilar you are to individuals in each of six General Occupational Theme areas: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional. It is a snapshot in time and provides you with a powerful method for matching your interests with opportunities for jobs, education, and leisure activities.

Seeing the Bigger Picture

Although career development tools like the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, the Strong Interest Inventory, and other career exploration resources assist you in making more informed career decisions, they are just the tip of the Career Planning iceberg.

You may not have a strong desire to learn more about Career Planning right now, but a healthy awareness of the process will be invaluable to your future. Self-assessment activities give you an excellent start and a solid foundation towards building your long term career success.

The Five Phases of Career Development

1. Self-Assessment
This step of the process is often overlooked and yet, it forms the foundation for the rest of the process. "Know Thyself" is the main objective here. Gathering information about yourself - personality, interest, values, talents, skills, and experiences, along with your ambitions - helps complete the picture you have about you.

2. Career Exploration
Along with knowledge of self, being aware of the many opportunities for employment give you a huge advantage in making the right career choice. Do you know how much education you need, to earn the income, to live the life you want?

There are web-based programs that can quickly generate this information for you. Career planning is not a one time effort. It is a continuous process that gets refined the more you know about career, employment, the market place and your education goals. The objective is to expand your knowledge of available career opportunities. Take time to talk with your academic advisor about this important step.

3. Focus and Goal Setting
As important as it is to become aware of the possibilities for careers is the need to narrow down choices that best fit you. Here is where your ideal occupation meets the realization of what can be achieved given personal realities. Factors to consider here are: age, readiness for college, finances, marital status, physical and emotional limitations, time, family status, culture, learning styles and more.

4. Job Search
Here is where opportunity meets your education, skills and experience. Get ready for graduation in advance and being ready to land that first real job. UVU's Career Development Center (CDC) is the place to begin this all important activity. You will want to put as much effort into your job search preparation as you did to select your major, if not more.

5. Career Management
What's important here is understanding that your first job and subsequent jobs are temporary. No one will manage your career for you. You're in charge. The average job tenure is about 3.5 years. Where do you see yourself in three, five or even ten years? The smart individual has a plan for their future.

Career and Academic Advising Professionals

Remember, you're on educational journey with many twists, turns and decision points. Take your time. Make sure to consult with your career and academic advisors along the way. Your time will be well spent and you can count on navigating the future with more confidence, clarity, realistic goals and expectations. Find your advisor now!