Sunday, April 25, 2010

Students use class for motivation and inspiration during trouble time.

Norman-The challenges of college often take its toll on students. Students who don’t maintain or achieve a 2.0 grade point average are given the opportunity to continue with trying to achieve their educational goals. Students at the University of Oklahoma who don’t maintain or achieve the minimum GPA are placed in Strategies for Success, a class offered by University College. Jennifer Dye, a former student at OU took the class last semester. “The class wasn’t hard, it was everything that was hard,” Dye said. “Everyone’s going through something different. People are in school so it affects how they work and how well they do,” Dye continued.” Strategies is nice because it encourages you and makes you think why you’re there,” Dye said.
Strategies for Success is offered in both the fall and spring semesters. Each student in the class differentiates why they’re there. Dr. Lisa Portwood, the instructor and creator of the class said “There are 400 students in Strategies, and that’s 400 different stories of why they didn’t do so well the previous semester.” Despite her academic mishap in school, Dye is determined to return to OU and graduate. Dye believes Strategies helped her find her motivation to obtain a teaching degree.

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