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Help Seeking

Willingness and tendency to reach out for help when working through a problem

If you went to the tutoring center on your average college campus, who do you think you’d find? More students currently getting a B, trying to get an A? Or more students currently getting a D trying to work up to a C?


You’d probably find more students with a B working towards that A.


This is because seeking help is one of the best strategies to foster learning. If you think about it, going to college in and of itself is a way of asking for help. You’re looking to learn from your instructors, looking for guidance from your advisors, and looking for collaboration from your fellow students.


Keep in mind that, whenever you run into a challenge, there is certainly value in working and persisting to address that problem on your own. BUT, when it gets to the point that you’ve exhausted your effort, done all that you can, ask someone for help. Your instructors, advisors, and other faculty and staff are here just for that purpose.

Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something and to learn something new.
Barack Obama

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Strategies to Use

  • If you’re uncomfortable asking for help, take a quick walk the next time you’re on campus. Find an office or program that you don’t know, and ask someone at the front desk what they do there. You’ll find that people aren’t all that scary, and actually looking forward to lending a hand.

Resources at NCCU

  • UNIV 1100 (NCCU's First-Year Seminar) can be a great way to not only learn about these resources, but also to pick a few other skills (e.g., time management, research skills) that will be immensely helpful for your time in college.

  • The Office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides accommodations and support services to NCCU scholars with a learning difference, disability, or medical condition to ensure all Eagles have access to academic success.

  • The TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) offers student participants academic, professional and personal guidance in one-on-one and group meetings, tutoring, economic and financial literacy development, career and cultural excursions, and leadership development through service on the SSS Leadership Council.

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