FAQ

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How can I improve my grades?
  • Attend every class and pay attention to take effective notes
  • Sit in front of the classroom
  • Read your textbook before the content is covered in class
  • Increase your study hours
  • Sit up straight in a chair and at a table when studying (not in bed or on the couch)
  • Turn in every assignment and complete extra credit opportunities
  • Consider tutoring options and form study groups
  • Talk to your professor if you do not understand content or make a poor grade
  • Register for the Study Skills Workshop Series offered at the SAM Center
Should I drop or resign?

If you are failing your courses you should talk to a mentor at the SAM Center and your professors about the possibility of passing the courses before "Q" dropping or resigning.

NOTE: If you are on financial aid, you always want to consult with the Financial Aid Office before dropping any courses.

How to "Q" drop or resign?

Each semester there is a deadline for "Q" Drops and for resignations.  Use the appropriate links to determine the deadline dates.  To "Q" drop a course you go the the "Registration" tab on MySam.  To resign from the university you will need to contact the Registrar's Office.

NOTE: If you are on financial aid, you always want to consult with the Financial Aid Office before dropping any courses.

What is probation/suspension?

When your SHSU GPA drops below a 2.0 you are put on probation.  You have one semester to bring your SHSU GPA above a 2.0 or you will be placed on suspension.  We encourage students who are on probation or suspension to enroll in the Academic Improvement Mentoring (AIM) program at the SAM Center so a mentor can work with you to achieve your academic goals.

How do I get off probation/avoid suspension?

It is recommended students on probation or suspension to repeat courses they received an F on to quickly improve their GPA.  We encourage you to enroll in the Academic Improvement Mentoring (AIM) program at the SAM Center so a mentor can work with you to achieve your academic goals.  We also recommend registering for our Study Skills Workshop Series to improve your study habits.

Can I come back to school after suspension?

To return after suspension, you must be readmitted by your dean.  Contact your dean for further instructions.  If you have been out of school for a full year, you will have to reapply to the university.

How do I calculate my GPA?

To calculate your GPA you will need to know your current hours attempted and your current grade points.  Use the GPA Prognosticator (directions) to determine your current GPA and your projected GPA with your current grades.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a relationship between a mentor and a student which demonstrates support and encouragement to maximize the student's potential and performance to achieve their academic goals.

How do I get a mentor?

The SAM Center offers mentoring via drop in's, appointments, phone, email, and online through Blackboard Collaborate.  Stop by at your convenience for your initial mentoring session.

How often can/should I meet with a mentor?

You can meet with a mentor as often as you would like.  If you would like a more regular support system, you can set up a weekly, biweekly, or monthly appointment.  Your mentor may suggest how often they think you should meet or if they think you should enroll in the Academic Improvement Mentoring (AIM) program.

What is study skills?

The Study Skills Workshop Series is a six week series with one 50 minute session each week designed to address the skills essential for academic success.  The topics covered during the series are procrastination, time management, note-taking, test-taking, strategies, etc.  Contact our office today at (936) 294-4367 to sign up for a workshop series.

Can anyone join your programs?

Some of the Academic Support Programs are designed for specific populations.  However, anyone can participate in Academic Improvement Mentoring (AIM) and the Study Skills Workshop Series.

Other programs offered are:

  • First Alert (for Faculty and Staff)
  • Grad Night 101 (for students interested in graduate school)
  • GRE Prep Workshop (for students preparing to take the GRE)
  • Sam Houston Establishing Leaders In and Through Education - SH ELITE (for minority male students)