Academic Courses

Strengthen learning strategies and enhance study skills with a Compass course. The Center for Academic Success works with the College of Education and New College in the College of Arts and Sciences to offer students the opportunity to enhance their study skills, strengthen learning strategies, and extend their orientation to the University by offering three compass courses. BCE 101, BEP110 and NEW 122.

BCE 101 Freshman Compass: UA (2 Credit Hours)
This course for first-year UA students provides an introduction to the nature of higher education and to the function, resources, and activities of The University of Alabama. This course is designed to help students make the transition to a large comprehensive research university, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire basic academic survival skills. The ultimate goal of the course is to equip each student with the confidence and basic skills necessary for degree attainment.

BEP 110 Introduction to Learning Strategies and Skills (3 Credit Hours)

BEP 110 provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the importance and use of specific learning strategies. This course will also engage students in reflective decision making and critical evaluation of their learning process. BEP 110 is recommended for UA students who may have experienced difficulty in adjusting to the demands and study requirements of university-level academics. This course is also recommended for beginning students whose prior educational experiences may not have adequately prepared them for the rigors of university coursework. BEP 110 is a collaborative effort involving the College of Education, The Center for Academic Success, the Career Center and the University Libraries. Students taking the course receive instruction in library skills as well as career exploration.

NEW 122 Academic Potential (2 Credit Hours)

This course will help students develop practical and efficient strategies for learning in order to succeed in college. Students will learn skills to improve note taking, listening, textbook reading, and time management; as well as methods to reduce text anxiety and improve concentration. Discussion of campus resources and learning styles will also be included in this course.

For additional information regarding these course offerings please contact the Center for Academic Success or an Academic Advisor in your College or School.