How to Get Help When You’re Struggling in College

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First off, we want to start by saying that college is challenging, even more so when you’re a freshman. You’re in a transitory time of your life, adjusting to a new place with new people. So if you’re having a hard time, cut yourself some slack and know that what you’re feeling is normal. Also, it’s important to know that resources are available to help you succeed. In this post, we’ll explore some ways to get help when you’re struggling.

Talk to Your Professor

Your professors are there to help you succeed, and they want to see you do well. The most important thing to keep in mind: 

You get what you give.

Unlike high school, your college professors won’t go hunting for you if you’re missing an assignment or not showing up to class. They’ll just assume you didn’t want to be there in the first place. That’s why it’s so important to take the initiative and put in the effort. If your professors notice you showing up on time, asking questions, and doing the work, they will be more than willing to go out of their way to help you. Essentially: The quality of effort you put in = the quality of support you receive.

Additionally, take advantage of your professor’s office hours or approach the professor after class to arrange a time to meet 1-on-1. This will provide you with a shame-free, judgment-free place to ask every question you may have. Don’t feel like you’re a burden or using up that professor’s time either. They get paid because you pay tuition, it’s their job to support you! 

Meet with a Tutor

Many colleges offer tutoring services to students who need extra help. Tutors can help you with specific course material, provide study tips, and offer guidance on how to improve your grades. Meeting with a tutor can also help you build confidence and feel more prepared for exams.

To get started ask your advisors where you can receive additional help! Most universities offer tutoring services in the form of writing/math labs or access to grad students who host office hours.

Join a Study Group

Studying with a group can be a great way to get help and support from your peers. In a study group, you can share notes, ask questions, and work through difficult concepts together. This can help you better understand the material and stay motivated to succeed.

If you’re struggling with finding a group to study with remember Numerade’s Study Groups feature! Through our platform, you can create digital study groups with your friends and have full access to to-do lists, text chat, timers, and Numerade’s suite of study tools. You can even join existing study groups to meet other students in similar courses across the world!

Additional Online Resources

There are many online resources available to college students, such as Numerade! (Hey, that’s us!) 

These platforms offer free courses, tutorials, and videos that can help you better understand course material. Additionally, many college libraries offer online resources, such as e-books and academic journals, that can assist you with research and writing assignments.

Seek Help from a Counselor

If you’re struggling with more than just academic difficulties, it may be helpful to seek support from a counselor. Especially since it’s proven that mental health has a direct impact on your grades! Many colleges offer counseling services to students who are dealing with stress, anxiety, or other mental health concerns. Speaking with a counselor can help you develop coping strategies and address underlying issues that may be impacting your academic performance.

The Wrap-Up

College can be a challenging time, but there are many resources available to help you succeed. Whether you’re struggling with specific course material or dealing with more complex issues, it’s important to reach out for support. By talking to your professor, meeting with a tutor, joining a study group, using online resources, and seeking help from a counselor, you can overcome obstacles and achieve your goals. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.


  • Rob Shield

    Rob Shield is based out of Columbus, Ohio. As Numerade's copywriter, Rob uses their extensive background in education to inform and shape the topics and content posted to the blog for educators, parents, and students alike.