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Second Year Experience

Office of Undergraduate Education

Now that you have a feel for college classes, you may want to fine-tune your academic skills to gear up for more challenging courses. Try some of these resources and tips.

Academic Tools

Plan your classes
Use the Graduation Planner to map out your entire course plan.

Improve your GPA?
Use the GPA Calculator to figure out how to bring up those first year grades or maintain your GPA.

Study Spots

Study on campus
Find a spot to study in an open classroom, study lounge, library, or coffee shop on campus!

Find a coffee shop off campus
Check out this list of the best places to study in Minneapolis or St. Paul!

Academic support

Develop good study and time management skills
Check out these online resources from SASS.

Utilize peer tutors
Located in Walter, Wilson, and Magrath Libraries, SMART Learning Commons lets you study with a peer, ask other students about research tips, learn how to use different media, or spend some time with a peer tutor.

Get writing assistance
The people at the Writing Center can help you develop your ideas clearly and outline your paper in the way that makes the most sense. You can go meet with someone in Nicholson Hall, Appleby Hall, or set up an online consultation!

Learning Abroad

Consider an International Experience!
Learning abroad is an amazing opportunity for all students and can influence your career and post-graduation plans. Visit the Learning Abroad Center today to talk with an advisor about choosing the right program for you, how it might connect with your major, and how you can afford to have an international experience.

Faculty

Hang out with Faculty
During the second year, you should be getting to know some faculty. Check out these tips on visiting your faculty’s office hours.

Go to lunch
Take your professor to lunch and the U pays! All you need is 3-7 classmates from a current course of 30+ students.

“If you prepare yourself at every point as well as you can…you will be able to grasp opportunity for broader experience when it appears.”

— Eleanor Roosevelt

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