Your college or department may require or recommend—often as a condition of scholastic probation—that you complete a certificate program with the Academic Success Center. We offer several different certificate program options each semester and strongly encourage you to start working on a certificate program within the first few weeks of the semester.
In order to complete a certificate program, follow the 3 steps below:
Step 1: Attend “Fresh Start Orientation”
The first step is required. You must register for and attend a Fresh Start Orientation. Fresh Start sessions are only available during the first several weeks of the semester. At Fresh Start, you will sign-up for your certificate plan. Register at ers.tamu.edu.
NOTE: You are required to attend the Fresh Start Orientation each semester that you are asked to complete a certificate program, even if you have attended one in a previous semester.
Step 2: Register for a Certificate Program Option
At the Fresh Start Orientation, you will choose one of these options for completing a Certificate/Success Plan:
- ASCC 101: This is a semester long, 2-credit hour course. You may only choose this option if the course fits your schedule and you register before the drop/add deadline, which is on the 5th class day of each semester. To successfully complete ASCC 101, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher.
- Commit to Success: Commit to Success is a multi-session workshop series with a total of 6 hours of instruction. Among the topics covered are time management, note taking, text-book reading, test preparation, memory, metacognition, motivation, and effective study strategies. This workshop has a required attendance policy.
- Motivation Matters: Motivation Matters is a multi-session workshop series with a total of 6 hours of instruction. It is recommended to students who have previously completed a certificate program or who are close to graduation. The topics covered will help you develop strong mental skills that are conducive to academic success and to success beyond your time at Texas A &M. This workshop has a required attendance policy.
- GRIT: The GRIT workshop is organized around three major topics that include the fear of failing, mindsets that affect academic performance, and developing resilience to overcome previous failure. Classes are designed to include brief lectures, group participation, videos, and tangible activities to understand and apply information being discussed in the workshop. This workshop has a required attendance policy.
- Academic Coaching (One-to-One): Academic coaching consists of one-on-one meetings with one of our Academic Coaches. At an initial coaching session, you and your Academic Coach will collaborate to develop a plan of action to help you develop effective study strategies and connect you to appropriate academic resources. There are not a fixed number of coaching appointments required in order to earn a certificate. Since this option is tailored to your specific needs, your academic coach will determine when you have successfully completed this option and have earned a certificate. In select instances, you may be assigned to a small group that meets together for support and coaching. You will be given information at Fresh Start about how to schedule your first coaching appointment.
- Academic Coaching (Group): In group coaching, a small number of students meet with an academic coach once per week for four weeks to discuss a range of academic issues and best practices that enhance academic performance. Topics vary dependent on the interests and needs of group members. Attendance at all four sessions is mandatory and all student participants are expected to contribute to discussions.
Step 3: Completion and Certificate
Once you have successfully completed your certificate program, go to http://academicsuccess.tamu.edu/and print your certificate of completion. It is our recommendation that you take a copy of your certificate to the college or department that required/recommended you work with us. You will need to complete all of the requirements for the option by the deadline set out by your college or department.