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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I take PADR?


PADR helps you with opportunities for academic and personal skills development. PADR teaches you to be not only efficient but effective, in order to get your desired results (A's and B's) consistently! We can help you hone your study and note-taking skills, increase the effectiveness of your reading, develop memory techniques, and improve your test taking skills. PADR also helps you to develop personal management skills. Personal management skills are more than learning to budget your time. In PADR, you'll learn to manage the complexities of your life! You'll identify what motivates you to be in school, what long term goals you have, how to create stepping stones toward your larger goals, and how to keep your life in balance.

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Is it mandatory for me to take PADR?


The following students are required to take PADR: Freshmen who did not achieve a 2.0 GPA their first semester at Texas Tech; or freshmen of the College of Arts & Sciences who do not achieve a 2.25 GPA their first semester at Texas Tech; freshmen of the College of Human Sciences who do not achieve a 2.0 GPA any semester at Texas Tech; students in the College of Engineering who do not achieve a 2.5 cumulative GPA; all students returning from academic suspension; all students previously required to enroll in PADR but did not complete the course because of nonattendance or other reasons; all students previously required to enroll in PADR but failed the course; any student mandated by advisor, Dean or other College Official.

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How do I determine my status?


Probational: freshmen who did not achieve a 2.0 GPA their first semester at Texas Tech
Returning: All students returning from academic suspension. Once considered returning from suspension, your status remains 'returning from suspension' until successfully completing PADR.
Optional: It is not mandatory for you to take the course, but you opt to take the course.
Repeater: All students that are retaking PADR because they previously failed the course or were withdrawn due to absenses, or dropped the course after the Last Day to Drop a Course (with penalty).

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What happens if I miss class?


Because attendance is vital to academic success, the attendance policy is strictly enforced.

If you are enrolled in PADR as a condition of your enrollment in the University, attendance is mandatory. The PADR Program Assistant Director sends attendance reports to the dean of your college. If you are absent from your PADR class a total of six (6) times you will have five (5) business days to file an appeal. Should you fail to file an appeal within the five (5) business days you could be withdrawn from the course.

If you are enrolled in PADR as a condition of your return from suspension to the University and are withdrawn from your PADR class because of non-attendance, you have five (5) business days to file an appeal. Should you fail to file an appeal within the five (5) business days you could be withdrawn from the course. If you are passing your courses at the time of withdrawal, you will receive a grade of "W." Should you be allowed to enroll at Texas Tech in the future, you will be required to re-take PADR and pay the appropriate fees.

If you are enrolled in PADR as a condition of your academic probation (but you are not returning from suspension), you will not be withdrawn from your other courses. You must, however, repeat PADR until you pass the course; you will be required to pay the appropriate fees when you repeat the course.

Remember it is your responsibility to keep track of your absences. It is suggested you track this in your required planner. Students may verify their recorded absences by checking the attendance sheets or by contacting the PADR office by phone or email.

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I have exceeded the number of allowed absences for the PADR course.
How can I avoid withdrawal from class/university?


Once you have exceeded the number of allowed absences (number of allowed + 1 day) The first absence after the allowed absences you could be AUTOMATICALLY dropped from the PADR course. The PADR advisor will withdraw you and notify you by email. However, if there have been documented, verifiable circumstances you may file an appeal. Following are instructions of how to file an appeal for extenuating circumstances.
Complete an appeal form which you must download and return. The form is availabe by clicking:
  • Appeal Form

  • Your appeal is due to the PADR office no later than 5:00pm on the fifth University class day following your sixth absence. Certain special circumstances may allow the submission of a late appeal. Such issues should be discussed with the PADR Advisor in HH 56.

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    How much is the course fee for PADR 0201?


    There is a $200 nonrefundable course fee.

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    Am I required to purchase any books?


    Yes. You will be required to purchase the TTU Semester Workbook from any local bookstore. Your instructor may require you to purchase additional material(s) as stated in your syllabus.

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    What is the course length?


    During Fall and Spring semester, the course lasts thirteen weeks. There are two 1 hour and 20 minutes class sessions each week for Tue/Thur classes and three fifty minute class sessions each week for MWF classes. We also offer some accelerated sections which meet 4 times a week for seven weeks.

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    What happens if I fail PADR or am withdrawn from PADR?


    If you fail in PADR, You will have to repeat the course until you pass. There will be a hold on your registration and you need to take the PADR class again to clear the hold. If you are withdrawn from PADR due to absences or other reasons, you will have to repeat the course. If you are a returning student and withdrawn from PADR, you will be withdrawn from the University also. However if you are a probational student and withdrawn from PADR, you will not be withdrawn from the university but you still have to repeat the course.

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    I am trying to register for PADR on RaiderLink, but it says all sections are closed. What should I do?


    We have many sections for each PADR course. However, each course is specific to particular groups of students such as Math/Science majors or those repeating the course. Should you find you are unable to register for the desired section you may email our office at xl.pass@ttu.edu or call the PADR office at 742-3928 Monday thru Friday 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. or just stop by our office. We are located at 56 Holden Hall. We always try to accommodate students with their preferred time schedule

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    I have already taken PADR 0201 this semester.
    I am trying to register my courses for next semester but it says there is a hold from the PADR Office. Why?


    We put a hold on your registration if you are failing PADR at mid term. To clear the hold, you need to register for PADR. However, if you pass PADR you will not need to repeat the course and will be allowed to drop PADR from your schedule. If you have additional questions about this hold call the PADR office at 742-3928 Monday thru Friday 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. or just stop by our office. We are located at Holden Hall, office 56.

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    I have already passed PADR but now I am returning from suspension. Do I need to take PADR again?


    If you have ever passed PADR you will never be required to repeat the course regardless of your circumstances.

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