All of us in the John W. Schmidt Center for Student Success want you to be successful this semester. With finals approaching, we wanted to remind you of a few tips to help ensure your success. This information is adapted from a lesson presented within the TROY 1103: College Success Strategies class that is available as a free elective.

Here are five ways to ensure success on your final exams:

  1. Create the best environment for study – make sure that you take noise level, lighting, comfort, and organization into account when choosing the best place to study. While the most comfortable arm-chair on campus might prove to be the best place to take a nap, it might not be the best choice for studying. Also, while multi-tasking might prove useful in other aspects of life, it does not work here. Having your Biology notes open while watching a science-fiction film on Netflix will likely not improve your grade. If you are looking for the best place to study, check out this blog post by Bayleigh Thompson, a senior marketing major from Mobile, AL.
  2. Determine the best time for study – The specific time of day is up to you. Choose a time when you are at your best, when your mind is clear of distractions, and when you have adequate time to devote to the material. You have to carve out this time just like any other appointment. Here’s a hint: make a calendar event on your smartphone and stick to it!
  3. Determine the best length of time for study – Study sessions should have a specific goal and purpose. These sessions should typically last from 30 to 50 minutes. No, not 3 hours! After your study sessions, take a break: go for a walk or some other activity that will get your mind off of the material for a few minutes.
  4. Choose the best study partner – Studying with your significant other will likely prove to be less than ideal. Make sure that you ask each other thought-provoking questions; go beyond the simple answers. Take advantage of each other’s strengths and support each other’s weaknesses. Be aware of too much socializing and remember that we all learn differently!
  5. Assess yourself – The only way to ensure that you are retaining the information is to assess or test yourself. If you can remember it without referencing the material, if you can teach it to others, or if you can explain it in your own words, then you can pass the test.

We wish you all the best!


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Student Support Service (SSS) is a U.S. Department of Education-funded program designed to work with college students who are first generation, low income, and with documented disabilities. We assist these students in gaining academic and self-advocacy skills necessary to persist towards an educational goal of two-year degree completion, transfer to a four-year university, and/or complete a certificate program. Services provided to program participants included: academic counseling, financial assistance, transfer preparation, study skills building, test-taking strategies, major and career exploration opportunities, cultural activities, and professional and peer tutoring.

TRiO Aspire Student Support Services at Troy University (Troy Campus) has a hands-on approach when working with students; this approach is designed to aid in retention, provide advisement and assistance to students with postsecondary course selection. Students are given information on a full range of student financial aid programs, benefits, and resources for locating public and private scholarships.  Additionally, SSS provides assistance with completing financial aid applications, education or counseling services designed to improve students’ financial and economic literacy and admission to graduate and professional programs.

SSS provides assistance to at least 555 students at three campus locations every year. Students who participate in the program come from every academic department and major on campus. To participate in the program, students must meet eligibility guidelines that are based on household income, parent’s education, or student disability.  Student Support Services at Troy University works closely with the Financial Aid Office, Office of First Year Studies, the Writing Center, Career Services, Natural Science Center and many others to provide resources and enrichment opportunities to students.

There are 30 TRiO SSS programs at higher education institutions in Alabama, and 1,081 TRiO SSS programs in the U.S. (FY 2015). Student Support Services is a part of a national effort by the U.S. Department of Education to make the opportunity for success in college available to low-income and first-generation students, and/or students with disabilities.

Troy University Student Support Services Staff include TRiO Director: Mary Griffin, Coordinator: Shantel Barginere, Academic Advisor: Courtney Garland, Project Tutor: Rebecca Money-Rembert, and Project Advisor: Atia Brown.

To learn more about the TRiO Aspire: Student Support Services Program, please contact the office at 334-670-5985.


The Adaptive Needs program at Troy University is committed to providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations to students with physical, emotional and learning disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

We encourage students with disabilities to reach out to the Adaptive Needs office, disclose their needs, and complete the application process.  The student is responsible for providing the appropriate documentation from the treating physician, which is defined as follows:

  • Clearly stated diagnosis
  • A Copy of any assessments or evaluation instruments used.
  • Current treatment and medication
  • Recommendations

Accommodations are based on diagnosis and need; some examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Extended time to complete tests or in class writing assignments.
  • Quiet testing areas
  • Note taker
  • Scribes or Testing reading
  • Assistance in ordering adaptive equipment
  • Permission to record lectures

Please visit us at 102 Eldridge Hall for more information or you can call us at 334-808-6185 or email us at Alison Hughes, coordinator or Jennifer Sewell, disability specialist


The Office of Student Development provides a variety of services designed to aid in the academic, emotional, physical, and vocational development of Troy students. Professional staff members strive to help students recognize problems which may impede their likelihood for success and offer services and resources to address their needs. The Office of Student development also assists in the operation of academic registration, drop/add, and withdrawal procedures. The Student Development Department oversees the operations of the units which comprise the department: Adaptive Needs, Career Services, Conditional and Undeclared Student Advisement.Later on, you will hear from our other units, but we would like to speak to the withdrawal process. Withdrawing from the University is never an easy decision to make.

A withdrawal from the University is defined as a removal or withdrawal from all courses for the current semester and/or term. A withdrawal from classes during a semester or term does not remove you as a student from the University. Students may not withdraw after the posted withdrawal deadline. Withdrawing will impact your current financial support, including scholarships, grants, loans, and other such forms of assistance leaving an outstanding financial obligation on your university account. On-campus residents will be assessed all applicable fees, for example, housing, meals, etc. Extenuating circumstances such as military deployment must be properly documented before an exception can be considered.

A withdrawal should not be requested without careful consideration of the consequences that will be incurred, and it is not the only alternative to receiving a failing grade. Students should take every advantage of the resources available to them to ensure success. If there is any way that we can help, please let us know!

-Teresa Rodgers, director & Kerry Andress, assistant director


The Natural Science Center provides tutoring to Troy University students in the areas of mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics. The Natural Science Center also provides facilities for individual student study. Students do not have to make an appointment to visit the center for tutorial assistance, but here is our availability by subject matter. The Center also maintains a library of reference books, class texts, and practice tests that are available for students to use.

Our goal is to help you be the best student you can be and to help you achieve your potential and goals in your mathematics and science studies. If you have questions, please contact us at (334) 670-3139 or by email, Natural Science Center services are FREE to Troy University students.

– Robert H. Sheppard, coordinator

blog-image-cwComputerWorks is a computer lab located in 135 Eldridge Hall. Students can use the computers to access the internet using their Trojan Web Express login. Students can use Microsoft Office Suite which includes Word for word-processing, PowerPoint for slide presentations, Excel for spreadsheets and charts, Publisher for creating publications, Access for creating databases, Microsoft Office Picture Manager for viewing and editing photos, and Adobe Reader. Students may use Internet Explorer to view faculty web pages (Spectrum), and student web pages (Prism), Blackboard, Web Express, Trojan email, and The computers in ComputerWorks have recently been upgraded to Windows 10.

ComputerWorks continuously provides tutorial services to lab users who need help with the operation of computer hardware and scanners as well as navigation through software programs installed on the computers.

– Lottie Summerville, coordinator


For 24 years, Elaine Bassett served Troy through her work at the Writing Center, guiding countless writers and giving hundreds of tutors the opportunity to support and instruct their fellow students. Elaine created a Center that serves as a welcoming, inclusive space. As the new coordinator, I have big shoes to fill. But Elaine’s tremendous legacy has provided us a starting point for our work in 2017 and beyond.

In Spring 2017, the Center employs 10 tutors with majors ranging from English to business, from psychology to environmental science. So if students need help with an English, we have that covered and are always ready. But we also help students writing article summaries for business, case studies for nursing, science papers, and research essays in the social sciences. 43% of our visits tend to focus on freshman composition. But that other 57%? It’s everything else.

The Center is open from 8-4 Monday through Thursday and 8-3 on Fridays. This semester, we’ve added hours at the library so students can see a writing tutor on Thursdays from 5-7 and on Sundays from 2-3 p.m. Just ask at the library main desk; they’ll point you to a tutor.

We look forward to working with our students! Follow us on Facebook!

– Trish Harris, coordinator