Program for Academic Excellence

The Program for Academic Excellence is an umbrella under which the Guaranteed 4.0 Learning System is offered to Notre Dame students. Guaranteed 4.0 teaches you how to learn in ways that work in concert with your brain function in order to maximize study efficiency. Students who adopt the system invariably experience greatly increased academic performance while greatly reducing the time spent studying. If you would like to learn more, you have three options:

  • Enroll in FYS 10300, Foundations of Academic Excellence. This is a one-credit course that immerses you in the Guaranteed 4.0 system. Instruction is provided through in-class videos and discussion. The bulk of graded coursework is a practicum in which you apply the Guaranteed 4.0 system to the other courses you are taking, thus getting the added bonus of deep learning of academic material for all of your courses. FYS 10300 is offered in multiple short sessions that begin either at the start of the academic year, immediately after Fall Break, or at the beginning of the Spring Semester. Please see the First Year course offerings for the current schedule.

  • Attend a Guaranteed 4.0 Seminar at which you will learn the most essential parts of the Guaranteed 4.0 system. These seminars are offered periodically throughout the year.

  • Meet individually with the Director of the Program for Academic Excellence (use the online calendar below to schedule an appointment).

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Phil Sakimoto
Director, Program for Academic Excellence

(574) 631-6578

Scheduling a Consultation

Use the online calendar below to schedule a consultation with Dr. Philip Sakimoto, Director of the Program for Academic Excellence.