Early Alert Resources

Vulcan Materials Academic Success Center

If you're on this website, then it's likely that one of your instructors sent you a warning that you need additional help to be successful in his or her class. A warning is not a punishment. It is your opportunity to take action to address the issues that are preventing you from excelling academically.

Your first step should be to review the resources on this site to identify possible activities or sources that will meet your needs. You may see some overlap between the categories but it is important to recognize that problems are often multi-faceted and may require assistance from more than one source.


We recommend that you take the College Student Inventory, which will provide you with more specific information about your strengths and needs. The CSI is available to you through your academic advisor. For a complete list, visit the Advising Directory.

You may want to communicate with your instructor. He or she wants you to succeed and is your best resource for identifying the basis for the warning. Your syllabus will list office hours and contact information. Make an appointment with your instructor or stop by during office hours to discuss your situation. Professors who participate in Early Alert are available to meet with students who want to succeed.

Before your meeting, identify the issues you want to address, including:
  • Where do I currently stand in the class?
  • What can I do to perform better in class?
  • What am I missing and how can I get caught up?
  • Am I studying effectively for this class?
  • What score do I need on future tests and assignments to raise my grade to an A, B, or C?

It would be a good idea to meet with your academic advisor, another outstanding resource person. Locate your advisor by using UAB's Advising Directory.

Prepare for this meeting by asking the following questions:
  • Am I in the right class?
  • What are my options for withdrawing from a class at this date?
  • What campus resources exist that can help me improve my grade?
  • Is this class essential for my prospective major?
  • How can I set myself up for success in my classes in future semesters?


Let's face it - college can be a challenge. You're in a new environment, you have different demands on your time, and the expectations for "college level work" may be higher than you've experienced in the past. For example, you have fewer exams, with more material covered by each one, and more textbook reading to do. At the same time, you probably don’t have as much pressure from parents or teachers to get certain things done each day. With this in mind, it is not surprising that the academic strategies and skills that you once found successful may not be enough anymore. This website is designed to give you a thumbnail sketch of the academic resources available to you to address the challenges you may be experiencing.

Academic Advising
You can rely on your academic advisor for information, assistance, and encouragement throughout your time at UAB. In general, he or she is available to:
  • Help you examine your options for success the rest of the term
  • Explore ways to improve your study habits in the course
  • Connect you with any additional resources that may be needed
Advisors at UAB are focused on creating a relationship with students and helping them succeed. Click on the link above to find your advisor and start a relationship with him/her today!

University Writing Center
The University Writing Center (UWC) is open to students and faculty for individual tutoring and instructional workshops. Resources available include computer stations, small group workrooms, a 40 seat flexible classroom, and laptops available for instructional use.

Math Learning Lab
The Math Learning Lab is located in Heritage Hall, and is available to all students enrolled in undergraduate math courses. There are over 200 computers available and tutors are on site during business hours.

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Supplemental Instruction offers free, regularly scheduled study sessions for students enrolled in challenging courses. Students meet two or three times each week throughout the semester with their SI Leaders, who have successfully completed the course. The leaders help students improve their understanding of course content and their grades. To see the times and locations of SI sessions go to SI link above.

Peer Academic Coaching

Peer Academic Coaching matches interested students with a trained peer coach for guidance on how to effectively study for UAB courses. Each session is tailored to a student’s particular needs, but common topics addressed in a session may include knowing how to study, understanding your learning style, managing your time, reading effectively and taking notes, preparing for and taking tests, maximizing memory, setting goals and self-motivating, and using campus resources to get the academic results you desire. Students should bring class materials to the sessions to ensure you can implement new study techniques immediately. Ask your advisor how you can sign up for Peer Academic Coaching or contact the Vulcan Materials Academic Success Center.

Disability Support Services (DSS)
UAB is committed to making its academic programs and services accessible to students with disabilities. UAB Disability Support Services (DSS) provides a broad array of services and technologies to make the UAB campus—and a UAB education—accessible for everyone. Qualified students with disabilities are protected from discrimination based on their disability, as guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Online Student Success Resources

Written expressly with the UAB student in mind, the student success resources are self-paced academic skills modules that you can use to improve your skills in the following areas: note-taking, reading, time-management, memory, goal-setting and test-taking.

GPA Calculator

This helpful GPA calculator can help you predict your GPA each semester. You just need your number of credit hours and the grades you realistically expect to achieve. Consult your academic advisor with any questions.


Career Development
UAB Career & Professional Development provides career assessments; career counseling; information about various career fields; a resource reference library; DVDs and/or seminars about such topics as job searching, resume writing, and interview skills (for jobs, internships, or graduate school); job shadowing and internship information; job listings; and career fairs. These services are almost all free to current UAB students and alumni. This service is helpful for any student, from freshmen to seniors, from graduate students to career changers and adult returning students.

Additional Resources

"What can I do with a major in...?" This helpful page provides lists of career paths for each college major, along with ideas of how to prepare for those careers, who hires those majors, and what other internet resources may be helpful for each type of career.


Your physical and mental health plays a large part in determining your success in college. If there is a health-related concern that is standing between you and your academic progress, then you should address this concern immediately. Below is a list of campus resources that may help you resolve any health-related situations.

Policy on Medical Withdrawal

All students are responsible for adhering to UAB’s academic policies, as published in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog and the current UAB Class Schedule. The Provost may make exceptions to policies. Exceptions will only be made in extraordinary circumstances. Only in cases of serious illness, which precludes a student from attending classes, or a call to active military service can a student qualify under this policy. In such instances, students requesting an exception to policy must provide the cause-specific documentation in order for the request to be considered.

Student Health and Wellness

Student Health and Wellness provides medical services to UAB students who are enrolled in the program. Student Health emphasizes preventative medicine and provides information on medical matters of interest to students. The service maintains a professional relationship with the student and the strictest confidentiality is maintained.

Medical Insurance

Hospitalization and major medical insurance coverage is available at attractive rates to students enrolled in the Student Health Services. Spouses and children of eligible graduate students may also obtain coverage under this policy at a proportionate increase in premium. Students who are already covered by hospitalization insurance that offers coverage equivalent to that in the UAB student hospitalization policy may sign a waiver to this effect and not be required to take the UAB policy. Failure to sign and file a waiver with the Student Health Service will result in automatic coverage with Student Health Service insurance and the student will be billed.

Campus Recreation Center
Designed exclusively for the UAB community, the Campus Recreation Center offers features you won’t find in any other local fitness center. The striking new facility is scoring points and setting standards with its innovative approach to fun and fitness. You can discover everything under one roof at the Campus Recreation including an indoor track, court sports, aquatics, weight and fitness areas, a climbing wall and outdoor recreation, exercise classes, intramural sports, nutrition education and more.

Disability Support Services (DSS)
UAB is committed to making its academic programs and services accessible to students with disabilities. UAB Disability Support Services (DSS) provides a broad array of services and technologies to make the UAB campus—and a UAB education—accessible for everyone. Qualified students with disabilities are protected from discrimination based on their disability, as guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


When all is said and done, it's not the circumstances that cause problems; it's the stress you feel BECAUSE of the circumstances. Stress is the most pervasive cause of problems for UAB students. Two key symptoms associated with stress overload are short-term memory loss and inability to concentrate. What could be worse for a student trying to succeed in an array of challenging classes? It doesn't matter how smart you are if you are being crushed by pressures caused by stress. Learn how to beat it. This might be the most important lesson you learn during your college experience! Click on the articles below to find more information about causes of stress, types of stress and ways to manage stress more effectively.

How Can I Ease College Stress?
Counseling Services
Free, confidential counseling related to personal growth, human development, and interpersonal relationships is available through the Student Health and Wellness Center. Counselors are especially trained to work with college-age students, but are also equipped to relate well with adult returning students.

Women’s Advocacy and Counseling
The Women’s Center offers personal (non-academic) counseling services to currently enrolled UAB students. These services are confidential, are provided by a Licensed Professional Counselor, and are free of charge to all UAB students. Issues dealt with by the Women’s Center Counselor include (but are not restricted to) eating disorders, relationship problems, sexual assault and abuse, sexual harassment, and stress management. Personal counseling is the primary component of the Women’s Center’s services.


Financing a college education may be one of the biggest challenges that a student can face. It is also one of the best investments you can make towards your future. This website is designed to provide you with resources and helpful information to make sound financial decisions both now and in the future.

Financial Aid

This link serves as a checklist for applying for financial aid. The process of completing the paperwork and receiving financial aid can be extremely complicated at times. However, there are trained professionals at UAB who are here to make the process both understandable and manageable for every student. If you find you need help at any point with understanding or applying for financial aid, you can call 205-934-8223 or visit the Financial Aid Office located at the Hill University Center room 317. Make sure to ask to speak with a financial aid counselor.

Additional Resources
This is a one stop, national financial aid resource. It will allow you to search for national scholarships and loans. You may also need to calculate your budget for the semester, interest rates of your financial aid, or projected college cost for your four years…no worries! This website has dozens of financial calculators that can be of assistance to you. Finally, this site also contains other very useful resources such as frequently asked questions about financial aid and instructions on how to accurately complete the necessary documents to receive your aid.

Need-Based Loans, Grants, and Programs
There are loans, grants, and programs available to students who demonstrate financial need. Take advantage of the low interest rates and long-term payment options if you qualify for a need-based loan. If you qualify for a grant, unlike a loan, you do not have to repay the money. Work-study is also a major resource for students who qualify to participate in this program since it allows them to work on-campus. In order to qualify for any of these, all you need to do is complete your FAFSA. If you have questions, please contact Financial Aid located at 317 Hill University Center at 205-934-8223.

Non-Need-Based Loans, Grant, and Programs

Low interest rates and long-term payment plans are a definite benefit to these loans for students considered non-need-based. Grants and programs are more limited for students deemed without financial need, but some do exist. Once again, you will need to complete your FAFSA in order to qualify for these. If you have questions, please contact Financial Aid located at 317 Hill University Center at 205-934-8223.

Additional Information

This is the FAFSA site which can also help you understand any pending questions you may have about completing the FAFSA paperwork.

UAB Job Listings

UAB is one of the largest employers in the state of Alabama. Consider working where you go to school. It will cut down on travel time between school and work. The time you save by not traveling can be time spent studying for your next test.

The Pitfalls of Credit Cards

This article describes the potential pitfalls of credit card use and presents information that you should know about long-term consequences of bad credit.


You can rely on your academic advisor for information, assistance, and encouragement throughout your time at UAB. In general, he or she is available to:

  • help you identify your goals and develop educational plans to reach them;
  • help you understand degree requirements, course selection, and schedule planning;
  • refer you to resources across campus that can boost your academic performance;
  • help you understand academic policies and procedures; and
  • provide information about potential areas of study.

You should meet with your advisor well in advance of registration so that you have time to talk about your interests and goals, discuss your degree requirements, and review the courses you have chosen for the next semester. It’s also a good idea to meet with your advisor during each semester if you have questions, want to explore your options, or need to discuss any difficulties.

Advisor Contact Information