• Academic Skills Workshops

During the week of Orientation, the Academic Achievement Program offers sessions to all incoming students, focusing on reading and briefing cases, class preparation and participation, and after class review strategies. Professors demonstrate a class conducted in the Socratic method and discuss note-taking in a Socratic Method class.

In order to help students identify and remediate any writing problems, the Writing Clinic administers a writing diagnostic test covering grammar, mechanics, and usage. The Writing Specialist, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), works with students to improve any areas of weakness prior to the required first year writing proficiency exam later in the fall semester. Kate Stoker also works with students on Lawyering Process writing assignments and other general writing concerns.

  • Learning Styles Survey for Incoming Students

AAP provides an opportunity for all first year students to take a learning styles survey. Students can use the results of the survey to identify their preferred method of learning and develop strategies to enhance individual learning.

  • AAP Leader for each Section of First Year Substantive Courses

Upper level students work with first year students in a variety of settings under the training and supervision of .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Director of the Academic Achievement Program and .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Each semester, outstanding upper level students are selected to work with AAP in coordination with the professor of the class. The focus of the group meetings is on development of academic skills in the context of a particular substantive course. Leaders also work individually with first year students to address specific concerns. Topics addressed by the leaders include case reading and briefing, note taking in class, outlining, exam preparation, and exam writing. DU students may find more specific information about schedules and leader contact information on the AAP TWEN site.

  • Individual Conference with Professor Mary Steefel

Any student is encouraged to make an individual appointment with .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to discuss academic performance issues, particularly after receiving midterm exam results. If a first year student receives a final grade of C or below for any course, the student is required to meet with either Professor Mary Steefel or the professor for the course for an exam review. This review is intended to help the student diagnose substantive problems as well as exam writing issues.

Students with a cumulative GPA below 2.6 after the first semester will meet with Professor Mary Steefel to undertake a diagnostic review to determine the reasons for the low GPA and to develop a program to address any issues identified.

First year students on academic probation must meet with Professor Mary Steefel as well as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. These students must develop a plan for academic improvement and participate in the Academic Achievement Program.

The AAP maintains some study aids and selected materials for first year courses in the AAP Resource Center, Rm. 457. These materials may be checked out through that office.