Thomas More College

Academic Obstacles

If you find that your student is having some academic concerns, the list below is a great starting point for discussion. It may be a good tool to begin to pin point where the issues are.

Free Time Obstacles

  • Too much social life
  • Too overextended in my outside activities
  • Too much TV
  • Balancing athletic commitments

Financial Obstacles

  • Worried about money
  • Financial aid requirements
  • Inadequate financial aid
  • Too many debts
  • Time limit on school funds

Work-Related Obstacles

  • Work too many hours
  • Problems with the boss
  • May lose job
  • Problems with the boss
  • Conflicts with the job
  • No part-time work available
  • Must work to survive

Obstacles Related to Major

  • Selecting a major
  • GPA requirements
  • Classes unavailable
  • Major not offered
  • Not happy with major

Academic/Study Skills Obstacles

  • Learning disability
  • Poor study habits
  • Poor time management
  • Poor study environment
  • Ineffective studying
  • Inadequate study time
  • Inferior academic preparation
  • Inadequate reading skill
  • Inadequate writing skill
  • Inadequate math skill
  • Inadequate science skill
  • Inadequate subject knowledge
  • Poor note-taking skills
  • Poor concentration
  • Unhappy with instructor(s)
  • Instructor too impersonal
  • Poor academic advising
  • Unclear educational goals

Obstacles Related to Fear of

  • Failure
  • Not being perfect
  • Accomplishments
  • Pressures
  • Success
  • Commitment
  • Making decisions
  • Making mistakes
  • Difficult tasks

Personal Obstacles

  • Spouse not working
  • New independent status
  • Roommate problems
  • Relationship worries/breakup
  • Loneliness
  • Socially uncomfortable/shy
  • Housing problems
  • Value conflicts
  • Dislike TMC
  • Transition from high school
  • Dislike college & studying
  • High anxiety
  • Previous failure
  • Negative attitude
  • Parental pressure

Adapted from Brigham Young University