Struggling with a particular class or type of coursework can be extremely frustrating and can even be the difference between success and failure in a chosen degree area or program.

Whether the subject matter is really difficult or you just aren’t getting it due to the way the professor is presenting it or the way in which the class is structured, sometimes particular coursework may not seem to seep in as necessary.

Therefore, you could end up having to seek outside assistance to better understand the information with which you’re dealing.

If that’s the case, here are a few options to consider for extra help when coursework just isn’t clicking for you.

Speak with the Professor

Sometimes all it takes is to talk with the professor, graduate student or student aid who might be teaching your class.  Remember, these people aren’t mind readers, and they may not realize you’re struggling with the subject matter unless you speak up.

While it can be somewhat intimidating having to speak with a college professor, they could be more than willing – if not to help you – to at least guide you in the right direction to find assistance, find other material that could be beneficial to your understanding of the subject matter, or maybe even offer ways to increase your grade or do some extra credit.

Looking for a Tutor or Class Assistance Groups

Whether you’re taking classes at a college campus or online, there may be opportunities to find and interact with a tutor or class assistance group.  There may be a fees associated with taking on a tutor for private study lessons, but the interaction you get could be more beneficial for getting a better grasp upon the material.  Otherwise, you might be able to find online study groups where you can ask questions or go to support groups on campus.

Get a Class Buddy or Two

Sometimes just having someone from class to be there to help you out once in a while can be a great asset when you’re struggling with coursework.  From being able to share notes and help each other with questions, getting together for study sessions, and doing some test prep together, to covering taking notes when one of you is sick or otherwise unable to attend class, a class buddy or two can really come handy.

While you don’t necessarily have to be best of friends or anything like that, you might begin to find that at least having someone you can count on in class can be an added resource.

This person can be there when you’re having an issue or two getting a grasp on the coursework material or maybe just keep you from having to pester the professor when you just have a general question or two.

Go to Extra Classes

Sometimes when you just don’t get it, you just don’t get it.  It may be in the way the information was presented.  It may be that the subject matter is just beyond you without the help of a personal tutor.  However, it could just take hearing or having the coursework presented to you again to fully understand it.

While it’s not necessarily the most pleasant idea to consider, it might be worthwhile to get permission to attend extra sessions for a particular class in which you’re struggling in order to have a second go at the material and hear the professor go through it one more time.  It could be that second presentation that finally allows the material to start to soak in.

Disclaimer: The author is not a licensed educational professional or academic advisor.  This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal, financial or educational advice.  Any action taken by the reader due to the information provided in this article is solely at the reader’s discretion.