Academic Counseling

Academic Counseling is a core component of your LEP experience. Students enrolled in the LEP have a designated one-hour individual weekly meeting with an Academic Counselor. You maintain consistency and continuity by meeting with the same counselor throughout your time in the LEP. First-year students are encouraged to meet with their Academic Counselors weekly, although in later years, meetings may be less frequent. When meeting with an Academic Counselor, you will work on a range of topics related to your success at DU — time management, organization, planning and prioritizing, goal setting, stress management, social engagement on campus, maintaining a work-life balance, and whatever else comes up that impacts your academics and learning.

What Do My Weekly Student Meetings Look Like? 

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"At the start of each quarter, we'll put together a 10-week calendar of homework and important assignment due dates, which helps prevent the student from missing assignments and falling behind. We'll also work on a schedule for the week, arrange any LEP tutoring the student may need, check in on progress toward goals the student has set, and discuss how the student is using their Disability Services Program approved accommodations."

–Carol, LEP Academic Counselor

What to Work On with Your Academic Counselor

In Academic Counseling meetings, you will review schedules and work plans in order to break bigger assignments into smaller, more manageable pieces. You'll also create realistic schedules that accurately estimate time for tasks, and learn how to adjust plans based on needs and circumstances. Your Academic Counselor will help you create systems and environments for effective studying, and use learning styles and strengths to determine the best ways to approach study time. You may also review and organize your emails, manage your courses in Canvas, and generally check in on your overall well-being.

Check out the Anatomy of a Typical LEP Meeting!

Academic Counseling 101

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    Support

    The Academic Counselor listens, asks questions, and when needed, provides suggestions and resources.

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    Flexibility

    Flexibility is a main focus of Academic Counseling. Counselors gauge where the student is, meet them there, work with them to determine the best plan for moving forward, and then set that plan in motion.

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    Student Directed

    Our preference and goal is for the student to accurately assess their own situations and needs. The student then works with the LEP Academic Counselor to think through the situation, decide on the best course of action, and develop self-advocacy skills in the process.

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    Problem Solving

    There are times when students can't move forward due to various factors that arise. Academic Counselors become trusted and consistent resources to help students navigate around roadblocks and get back to where they can be present and effective learners.

We Aren't Mental Health Counselors

You and your Academic Counselor will develop a deep and meaningful relationship. We understand you are navigating a developmental phase in which many life and identity questions are explored; however, it is important to remember that Academic Counselors are not Mental Health Counselors. We strongly encourage you to seek professional help outside of LEP to support mental health issues, particularly if you have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Your Academic Counselor can listen and let you know that they support and care about you, and then provide you with the contact information for more appropriate University resources, listed below.

Student Support and Advocates