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Inventory of Factors Limiting Success

Follow these three simple steps in order to complete your "Inventory of Factors Limiting Success."


FIRST Step:  Complete this list by marking an X in front of each item that, in general, limits your success. 

SECOND Step:  Put a circle around the X for issues that bothered you the most. 

THIRD Step:  Use the results of this inventory for a discussion with your advisor.


Goals and Direction

  • Unsure of interests
  • No clear career goals 
  • Unable to decide on major (undeclared)
  • Unsure of present major 
  • Need help to match abilities to choice of major
  • Not sure I want to be in college 
  • Not sure IUP is the right place for me
  • Other:

Academic Issues

  • General lack of study skills 
  • Insufficient reading skills to cover tasks
  • Insufficient math skills 
  • Poor organization skills 
  • Poor notetaking skills in lectures 
  • Poor high school preparation 
  • Unable to understand course material 
  • Too heavy a course load (# of course credit hours __________) 
  • Faculty not available during office hours 
  • Unable to get tutoring
  • Other:

Class Attendance

  • Overall pattern of class attendance – check appropriate level:
    • 95-100% 
    • 75-94% 
    • 50-74% 
    • 25-49% 
    • Less than 25% 
  • Lack of attendance has limited my success 
  • Other:

Time Management

  • Difficulty with time management
  • Poor study environment
  • Lack of time spent on course preparation 
  • Working too many hours 
  • Too many hours in athletics
  • Too many hours in activities 
  • Too much leisure time or recreation 
  • Other:

Personal Issues

  • Physical illness
  • Physical injury 
  • Financial problems 
  • Dating or other relationship problems 
  • Housing, roommate issues 
  • Racial or other diversity issues 
  • Loneliness 
  • Can’t make friends
  • Homesickness
  • Distracted by family problems at home
  • I have substantial family commitments 
  • Use of alcohol or other substance abuse 
  • Can’t find meaning for anything 
  • Can’t handle stress
  • Feel overwhelmed much of the time
  • Feel “blue”
  • Other:


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