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Tips for Problem Avoidance

  • Read the catalog and handbook; become familiar with policies and procedures.
  • Save a copy of the catalog under which you enrolled.
  • Familiarize yourself with the FSE website and resources available to students to aid in the successful completion of your degree program.
  • Be aware of and adhere to due dates, time frames, and deadlines.
  • Keep track of your progress (i.e., courses/requirements completed and courses/requirements still to be completed).
    • Maintain files for copies of forms submitted, e-mails, fax confirmations, program literature, general communications, etc.
  • Get to know your professors and applied dissertation chair; maintain open lines of communication.
  • Keep copies of all course assignments and feedback, communications with instructors, etc., through graduation.
  • Maintain individual files for each course, for practicums, and for the applied dissertation.
  • Get to know your academic advisor; maintain open lines of communication.
  • Learn APA style. Cite and reference properly with attention to detail; avoid plagiarism.
  • Follow-up on faxes sent to verify receipt; save confirmation; don’t assume requests (e.g., drops, withdrawals, etc.) have been processed; follow up and verify.
  • Withdraw from courses if necessary to avoid a failing grade when personal, family, and/or medical problems inhibit your studies.
    • Request grades of incomplete prior to the end of the course.
    • Complete and submit an incomplete grade agreement form.
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