Academic Planning Plus (AP+)

If you want to take your academic planning one-step further, we can help you create a plan that covers all aspects of your academic journey — we call it AP+.

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It is important when creating your plan to make sure it is balanced between your classes and academic goals, and all other aspects of your life (personal goals, work, family, friends, community, etc.). It’s often very challenging to coordinate these aspects. Here are a few ways to help you balance your plan and integrate goal setting and reflection:

  • Reflect and identify your personal, academic, and future career goals. What do you want to achieve in four years? Ten years? By retirement? Factors these into your plan.
  • Adjust for life events. Are you getting married? Do you need to take a break for a family emergency or a pregnancy? Discuss with an advisor if a Leave of Absence would be right for you.
  • Evaluate how you spend your days, hours, minutes, and seconds.
  • +    Make a class schedule or a 24-hour scheduler.

    +    Use the daily hourly schedule tool to evaluate your priorities in a day or a week.

  • Create a semester-at-a-glance.
  • Looking for a low-maintenance daily planner? Try the Bullet Journal method. It also works for taking notes!
  • Take 15 credits each semester to finish your degree within four years!
  • Choose General Education courses and electives that match your interests and goals, and will help you with your future pursuits.
  • Incoming Freshman? Start taking college courses in the summer through the Early Start Program.
  • Continuing or transfer student? Consider taking courses in one or two of the Summer Sessions to advance in your coursework while paying in-state tuition.
  • Enrich your academics by joining the Honors Program! Their Selected Studies option is perfect for freshman and sophomore students who want smaller and discussion focused courses. Their Upper Division option is ideal for juniors and seniors who are thinking about applying to graduate school and/or want to write a thesis or produce research. Departments with an honors track in AH/LLL include:
  • +   American Studies

    +   English

    +   Creative Writing

    +   History

  • Considering a career in health, medicine, or law? Visit the Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center (PAC) to integrate pre-requisites and testing into your plan.
  • Are you considering graduate school? Research programs at UH Manoa through the Office of Graduate Education or UHM Catalog. Gradresources.org and VersatilePhD are also great resources for students considering advanced degrees.