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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

How can I improve my Help Seeking?

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 Creighton

  • Academic Success provides opportunities for students to thrive in Creighton’s rigorous academic environment through peer-to-peer learning, professional counsel, targeted programming, and campus partnerships. With a proactive and holistic approach, our services support students' efforts to maximize learning, develop autonomy, and improve overall success, all in a friendly and accessible setting.

  • To combat food insecurity at Creighton, the Creighton Cupboard provides complete meals for undergraduate, graduate and professional students who identify as food insecure. The pantry is supported by Division of Student Life staff and student employees. This initiative is also made possible by support from our partners Creighton Dining and Creighton Students Union. The Creighton Cupboard is one of more than 650 on-campus food pantries in the United States

  • If you're curious about your financial status, could use some help planning your finances, or need a quick emergency loan, visit the Business Office. They have tons of information and a live chat function to help you quickly and easily.

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