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Segments for Academic Standing Presentation

  1. Understanding Your Academic Standing
  2. Eligible to Graduate
  3. Sessional Academic Achievement
  4. May Continue in Honours
  5. GPA Below Requirement for Honours
  6. May Proceed in Bachelor Program (90 credits)
  7. Program Warning
  8. Academic Warning
  9. Required to Withdraw
  10. Debarment Warning
  11. Debarred for Two Years
  12. Limited Additional Credits
  13. May Not Continue or Ineligible to Graduate
  14. Strategies to Improve Your Standing
  15. Tips
  16. Connect at York - Get Involved

Strategies & Tips

Strategies to Improve Your Standing

Obtain balance in your life
Take personal circumstances into consideration

  • Are you working more than 20 hours a week?
  • Do you have family commitments?
  • Do you have personal commitments (e.g. volunteer work, sports, etc.)?

Adjust your priorities

  • Priorities may shift as you progress through your studies. Adjust your course load to a level that will provide you with the best opportunity to excel. This is especially important if you are below the academic standards for your program.

Ask for help

  • Consider seeking assistance from professionals when you encounter personal difficulties. Make an appointment with York's Counselling & Disability Services to receive the support you need.

Strategies to improve your grades

Plan ahead

  • Use the on-line GPA calculator to predict the grades you will need to achieve in order to improve your standing in the next courses that you take.

Consider repeating a course once

  • Please visit this page for information on York legislation for repeating courses. Repeating courses may not be a good option for students attempting to gain entry to programs such as Law, Medicine or graduate school.

Consider submitting a petition

  • If you had an extenuating circumstance that affected your academic performance and you wish to have consideration for late withdrawal from a course, consider submitting an academic petition.
  • If you did not write a final examination due to extenuating circumstances and wish to have the opportunity to write the final examination, consider submitting an academic petition for deferred standing.
  • Meet with an academic advisor before submitting your petition.

Strategies to improve learning skills

  • Visit the Learning Skills Services website for skills-building (e.g. exam prep, note taking, time management) opportunities available online and through workshops. There are also online tutorials, resources and brochures available on this website.

Strategies to improve writing

  • Seek the services of the Writing Department, which offers drop in assistance, on-line resources, ESL support and much more. Visit the Writing Department's website for more information.
  • Check out the Library resources for assistance on preparing a great essay, research paper or thesis. Please visit the Library's website to find out more about the Internet tools, learning commons, tutorials and guides available.

Strategies for financial success

  • Need to work less and study more? Consider applying for financial assistance, bursary or scholarship funds through Student Financial Services. Please complete your student financial profile before applying for bursaries or Work Study positions on campus. Please refer to the Student Financial Services website for more information.
Tips for Success

Things to consider as you progress through your degree

As a first year student:

  • Take courses in more that one area of interest.
  • Learn how and where to access student resources.
  • Begin your research for entry requirements for programs such as education, law, business and social work.
  • Get involved in activities offered through the Faculty and your college.

Second year:

  • Now that you have experienced a broad range of courses, explore your options for specialization or branching out to more than one area of study.
  • Think about studying abroad and look into the different options available and their application requirements.
  • Look for more ways to get involved and volunteer at York.

Third and fourth years:

  • Begin preparation for courses that require major research papers or thesis.
  • Take the opportunity to study abroad.
  • Begin conversations with your professors to secure reference support for graduate school or employment.
  • Prepare your application for graduate school.
  • Understand your grade report decision.

Get to Know Your Professor

  • Take the time to talk to your professors.
  • Find out your instructor's office hours and meet with them before or after class or for coffee.
  • Most graduate program applications require reference letters from one or more professors, so it is a good idea to approach them early.

Be proactive

  • Don't wait until a deadline has arrived to take action. If you're having difficulty in your academic or personal life, take immediate action or seek assistance.
  • Keep an eye on the published course drop deadlines. Evaluate your performance and take appropriate action prior to the drop deadline rather than remain in a course that will adversely affect your academic standing.

Options after the drop deadline date has passed

  • You may repeat a pass or failed course once.
  • If you had extenuating circumstances you may petition for late withdrawal.
  • If you were unable to write the final exam or complete term work, you may request deferred standing.
  • Academic Petition information is available on-line.

Unsure of what to do or how to proceed?

Seek advice through Student Academic Advising Services, located at 103 Central Square