Back to Home
Strategies for Success

You've invested in yourself with Davenport University. Now, invest in your future by getting the most out of your experience.


  • Every class provides a syllabus. Live by each syllabus from Day 1 to finals and you'll be happy.
  • Speak with your Disability Services Coordinator about meeting with instructors as classes begin, to explain any accommodations you may need and how they will affect the classroom setting.
  • You are busy. Get a planner, digital or otherwise, to keep track of assignments, exams and meetings.
  • Know, test and use your DU email account! This is the email DU (and your instructors) will use to contact you.


  • Attend every class session. Get what you are paying for!
  • If you must miss a class, let the instructor know as soon as possible before your absence, including the reason and your plan for covering anything you'll miss.
  • Read all assignments before class. 
  • Complete and turn in your assignments on time.  Homework credit affects your grade. Feedback on assignments is for your benefit and will help you succeed.

Getting Help

  • Tap into the tutoring schedule for classes where you may struggle. Tap into this winning strategy early in the term and you'll finish strong.
  • Connect with other students so that you can share information, clarify assignments and materials, study, and collaborate.
  • Helping you is our job. If you don't understand something, please ask your instructor. Ask in class or by email, but please ask! 
  • Check in with disability services and your instructors to let them know how your accommodations are working, and to confirm that you are on track.  
  • Suggested disability services check-in schedule:
  1.  Before classes begin
  2.  Following Week 2 
  3. Following Week 4 
  4. Before midterms 
  5. Before final exam/assignment  
  • Take advantage of campus support early and often. It's all for you.


Tips to tip off the year in your favor!

  • It's always important to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. Here are some tips to help you succeed in creating a healthier you.
  • A.S.P.I.R.E. to be great in all aspects of your education, career and personal life. The A.S.P.I.R.E. study system can be implemented in may different areas of you life, use it to your advantage.
  • Learn to effectively study with understanding times, places, and habits to help you effectively retain information.
  • Ever wonder why you pick up some things more quickly than others? Well there are three basic learning styles; Auditory, Visual and Kinesthetic. Find out which one you are here.
  • Stress can be rather overwhelming, learn how to manage the stressful things in life.
  • Taking notes can be essential to help retain information. Here are the Top Five Tips for note taking.
  • Whether studying is or is not your strong suit, here are some great study tips to help your study habits flourish.
  • Time is one of the most valuable assets in anyone's life, learn how to manage your time with these ten steps.
  • Getting ready for that upcoming test can be stressful and hard to figure out where and when to start. Here is a One Week Study Guide to help you prepare for that upcoming test.