Cool Class: LA&S 292 – Academic Success Seminar

The path to earning a degree is often filled with challenges and obstacles to overcome. KU students never have to make that journey alone. The university is full of advisors, offices and programs designed to help students succeed in getting to graduation. In this course, students will learn study skills, time management techniques and how to utilize campus resources. Dedicated advising staff teach the course and cover topics including:

  • Test prep
  • Overcoming test anxiety
  • Effective note taking
  • Avoiding procrastination
  • Scheduling tips
  • Time-use audit

Denise Farmer, graduation advisor and LA&S 292 lecturer says one of her favorite assignments in the course is called the “Reality Schedule.” At the beginning of the semester, students document every hour of their day for a week to get a better picture of how they spend their time. Farmer said it’s often an eye-opening experience for anyone to complete this exercise. Seeing this “schedule” on paper makes it easier to manage time spent on certain projects and to create a better balance between all activities. Farmer said the class also hosts a variety of guest speakers from different campus resources.  One of the speakers is usually a faculty member who helps students understand expectations and dispels some of the more popular myths about professors (contrary to popular belief, faculty love having students visit them during office hours!).

There are four sections of LA&S 292 offered in the spring including one hybrid short-course, one in-class short course and two regular in-class sections. The course is offered during these times:

  • MW 9:00 – 9:50
  • Tu 11:00 – 11:50
  • W 2:00 – 2:50
  • Th 1:00 – 1:50

See the course catalog or email Denise at for more information.