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Academic Success

We believe that all UNC students have the ability to be successful, and that success at Carolina requires commitment and hard work.

Most students find that college coursework is more difficult and demanding. You’ll likely find that you need to spend a lot of your time studying and that you have to create systems to help you stay organized and on top of your responsibilities. Research shows that persistence, sustained effort, and commitment are more predictive of academic success than intelligence.

Life stressors and personal challenges can also interfere with your academic stress. Counseling and Psychological Services, The Learning Center, and The Writing Center offers support for students struggling with concerns such as:

Additional Resources


Adjusting to Graduate School

Typical challenges and support options for adjusting to graduate school

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Avoiding Studying Traps

The top 10 study traps and how to avoid them

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How to Talk to Your Professors

Considerations to make you feel comfortable and confident in approaching your professors

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Check your V.I.T.A.L.S. to help increase your motivation

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Overcoming Procrastination

Behavioral and cognitive strategies to overcome procrastination

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Strategies to become more resilient in the face of stress

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Setting and Identifying Goals

Strategies to set and attain academic goals

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Tips to Keep You on Track

4 quick tips to keep you on track to succeed academically

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