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Pieces of Success:Pieces of Success:
Before You BeginBefore You Begin
• Introductions
• Overview of Pieces of Success Series
• Essential Pieces Before the Term Begins
• Setting Term Long Goals...
www.commons.esc.edu/necsuccess
S.M.A.R.T.E.R.S.M.A.R.T.E.R.
CardCard
http://bit.ly/SMARTERCard.
Define your “ONE THING” goal for this term….
Essential PiecesEssential Pieces
Before the TermBefore the Term
BeginsBegins
Long-Term Goals
You Are
Here
On Route To…
Term-Long Goals
You Are
Here
On Route To…
What is your goal, what would you like to have
done, accomplished, experienced…....
S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Specific
• ‘My goal is to earn a college degree’
vs.
• ‘My goal is to earn a bachelors degree in business...
Examples
• Latham participant:
• Saratoga participant:
• Online participant:
Let’s pick one and see how ‘SMART’ it is…
Working a goal
through…
• Specific
• Measurable
• Achievable
• Relevant
• Trackable
Resources to Keep in Mind…
You Are
Here
On Route To…
Second ‘Pieces’
Workshop
9/25
Third ‘Pieces’
Workshop
10/30
Being A Successful Learner
In all Modes of Study
Essential PiecesEssential Pieces
Before the TermBefore the Term
BeginsBeg...
This is not learning at Empire State College
What Does LearningWhat Does Learning
Look Like at the Northeast Center?Look Like at the Northeast Center?
GOOD CLEAR COMMUNICATIONGOOD CLEAR COMMUNICATION
IS THE FIRST PIECE TO YOUR SUCCESSIS THE FIRST PIECE TO YOUR SUCCESS
MODES OF COMMUNICATION:MODES OF COMMUNICATION:
PHONE & EMAILPHONE & EMAIL
• Know your mentor's usual schedule, and try to ...
MODES OF COMMUNICATION:MODES OF COMMUNICATION:
IN PERSONIN PERSON
•Keep the mentor informed about your time limitations: H...
Independent
Studies
Study
Groups
Online
Classes
Residency
Studies
An independent studyindependent study consists of a student and
instructor (either your primary mentor or another
Empire S...
Independent Study - Study TipsIndependent Study - Study Tips
•Set up first appointment/call
•Clarify a schedule of interac...
Study
Study
Group
Group
In a study groupstudy group, small groups of students meet
together with an instructor to explore ...
Study Group - Study TipsStudy Group - Study Tips
•Get all of your class meeting dates into your time management
system.
•C...
Online
Online
Courses
Courses
Online coursesOnline courses are structured and designed for
groups of students. They offer ...
Online Courses - Study TipsOnline Courses - Study Tips
•Do the STUDENT TECH TUTORIAL
•REVIEW the Course OVERVIEW/SYLLABUS ...
Residency
Residency
Courses
Courses
Residency coursesResidency courses are structured and offer you the
opportunity to int...
Residency Course - Study TipsResidency Course - Study Tips
•Review your learning contract and make sure you can attend all...
Academic Support Resources & ServicesAcademic Support Resources & Services
•Individual AppointmentsIndividual Appointments...
MyESC & Other Key Resources
Essential PiecesEssential Pieces
Before the TermBefore the Term
BeginsBegins
Click
SITE MAPSITE MAP
to get a
complete
overview of
what is
available
via My ESC
WWW.ESC.EDU/MYESCWWW.ESC.EDU/MYESC
Questions?Questions?
Visit us on the WWW -Visit us on the WWW - http://commons.esc.edu/necsuccesshttp://commons.esc.edu/ne...
Student PanelStudent Panel
Extra stuff if needed
ESSENTIAL RESOURCES
Essential PiecesEssential Pieces
Before the TermBefore the Term
BeginsBegins
Buying Textbooks
Avoid sticker shock and avoid breaking your bank or back.
MyESC is the place
to be.
Click on “Bookstore” under the quick links section.
First you will need
to read your
learning co...
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Are you unsure what to expect in your first term?
Do you need to brush-up on organization, time management, and goal setting?
Do you need help keeping the momentum going throughout the term?

Completing orientation is only the first of many pieces to your success at SUNY Empire State College’s Northeast
Center (NEC). Now that you have met your mentor and learned about the many resources available to you, you are
ready to put together the other pieces that will help you have a successful first term.

At three important stages during the
term, we will offer workshops and
interactive sessions conducted by staff
and current students to provide you with
additional resources and effective
strategies to help you piece together a
successful academic experience. We
highly recommend this series for new
students, but all students are welcome
to participate each term.

Before You Begin HIGHLY recommended for new students
Being a Successful Learner
Communicating Effectively with your Mentor and Instructors
Setting Term Long Goals
Student Panel : The Balancing Act & Other Success Tips

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  • Introductions – 5 minutes Overview of Pieces of Success Series – 2 minutes Essential Pieces Before the Term Begins (35 minutes) Setting Term Long Goals Being A Successful Learner Communicating Well with Mentors & Instructors Q&A Student Panel – 15minutes Individualized Questions with NEC staff
  • SMART GOALS – add some stuff here…. Give them the tools to work with someone – Have some handouts
  • Starting off the ‘goals’ discussion by pointing out the assumed obvious: the ultimate long term goal for students in graduation. Assuming this is the perspective students have coming in: the goal is graduation, they’ll get there one term at a time and its now time to hold on for the ride.
  • Wanting to refocus that assumed perspective from long-term to graduation to the ‘here and now’, and start setting goals to be successful in the first-term, and that there are check-points along the way they need to be aware of to make it to the end of the term. Aside from ‘making it to the end of the term’, prompting them for additional goals (done, accomplished, experienced).
  • Reviewing the components of SMART Goals; will keep this slide up while students are writing out their goal statements for the term.
  • Asking for three examples, one from each location; one will get worked collaboratively through the SMART Goal components
  • A reminder for working the shared example through the different components
  • Plug for the 2 nd and 3 rd ‘Pieces’ workshops as a transition to additional success strategies, turn it on over to LDW 
  • Not always, but sometimes, adult learners feel reluctant to ask questions or ask for clarification if they are confused.
  • Not always, but sometimes, adult learners feel reluctant to ask questions or ask for clarification if they are confused. Silence usually leads a mentor to assume that everything is progressing smoothly. Your mentor cannot know if you are having difficulties with studies unless you let him or her know. So, speak up and let your mentor assist you in having the most successful experience possible. Discuss the most effective modes of communication with your mentor - face-to-face meetings, phone calls, e-mail or any combination.
  • Not always, but sometimes, adult learners feel reluctant to ask questions or ask for clarification if they are confused. Silence usually leads a mentor to assume that everything is progressing smoothly. Your mentor cannot know if you are having difficulties with studies unless you let him or her know. So, speak up and let your mentor assist you in having the most successful experience possible. Discuss the most effective modes of communication with your mentor - face-to-face meetings, phone calls, e-mail or any combination.
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    1. 1. Pieces of Success:Pieces of Success: Before You BeginBefore You Begin
    2. 2. • Introductions • Overview of Pieces of Success Series • Essential Pieces Before the Term Begins • Setting Term Long Goals • Being A Successful Learner • Communicating Well with Mentors & Instructors • Q&A Student Panel • Individualized Questions with NEC staff AgendaAgenda
    3. 3. www.commons.esc.edu/necsuccess
    4. 4. S.M.A.R.T.E.R.S.M.A.R.T.E.R. CardCard http://bit.ly/SMARTERCard.
    5. 5. Define your “ONE THING” goal for this term…. Essential PiecesEssential Pieces Before the TermBefore the Term BeginsBegins
    6. 6. Long-Term Goals You Are Here On Route To…
    7. 7. Term-Long Goals You Are Here On Route To… What is your goal, what would you like to have done, accomplished, experienced….by the end of the term?
    8. 8. S.M.A.R.T. Goals Specific • ‘My goal is to earn a college degree’ vs. • ‘My goal is to earn a bachelors degree in business administration within three years’. Measurable • How will you know you reached your goal? What will be different? Achievable • Is this possible? Relevant • Does this fit into what you want (personally, professionally)? Trackable • How will you chart your progress?
    9. 9. Examples • Latham participant: • Saratoga participant: • Online participant: Let’s pick one and see how ‘SMART’ it is…
    10. 10. Working a goal through… • Specific • Measurable • Achievable • Relevant • Trackable
    11. 11. Resources to Keep in Mind… You Are Here On Route To… Second ‘Pieces’ Workshop 9/25 Third ‘Pieces’ Workshop 10/30
    12. 12. Being A Successful Learner In all Modes of Study Essential PiecesEssential Pieces Before the TermBefore the Term BeginsBegins
    13. 13. This is not learning at Empire State College
    14. 14. What Does LearningWhat Does Learning Look Like at the Northeast Center?Look Like at the Northeast Center?
    15. 15. GOOD CLEAR COMMUNICATIONGOOD CLEAR COMMUNICATION IS THE FIRST PIECE TO YOUR SUCCESSIS THE FIRST PIECE TO YOUR SUCCESS
    16. 16. MODES OF COMMUNICATION:MODES OF COMMUNICATION: PHONE & EMAILPHONE & EMAIL • Know your mentor's usual schedule, and try to call when he or she is normally in the office or schedule a phone meeting. • If your mentor is not available when you call, leave a clear message: • Your name; when you called; why you called; what you want to accomplish/what action you need to have him or her take; when, where, and how you can be reached. • If you are sending e-mail, get to know your mentor’s e-mail habits, in other words the days of the week or times they tend to check and respond to e-mail. • If you haven’t heard back from your mentor after a reasonable amount of time, when you’ve left either a phone message or sent an e-mail, try using another mode of communication. • A few business days is the norm for email, phone might be a bit longer if your mentor is traveling or working from another office. • If it has been a long time (more than two weeks), call the main center or unit phone number to see if the mentor is on vacation, out sick or involved in meetings.
    17. 17. MODES OF COMMUNICATION:MODES OF COMMUNICATION: IN PERSONIN PERSON •Keep the mentor informed about your time limitations: How long can you stay. How much time will be needed for the conference. Do not make appointments for times you know you will be exhausted or distracted. •Arrive on time. When mentors see students one after another, it is difficult to extend meeting times without impacting someone else’s schedule. •If you are running late or if you cannot make it, call or email your mentor. Give as much advance notice as possible. Don't be a no-show! •Bring with you a clear idea of your goals for the meeting. Try to get a clear idea of your mentor's goals for the meeting. •Do not end a meeting without being clear about what you are going to do next. •Set a time and goal for the next meeting. Get as much structure in your assignment as you feel is needed.
    18. 18. Independent Studies Study Groups Online Classes Residency Studies
    19. 19. An independent studyindependent study consists of a student and instructor (either your primary mentor or another Empire State College faculty member) meetingmeeting together one-to-one.together one-to-one. •Understand all of your learning contract (LC) • An LC specifies the topics to be studied, the activities to be carried out as part of the study (books to be read, papers to be written, problems to be solved, etc.) and the standards and expectations for successful completion and mastery of the subject. •MakeMake contactcontact with your instructor about once every two weeks to maintain progress on the work. •Make sure you bring up any questions orbring up any questions or problemsproblems for clarification, so your instructor can provide guidance and advice about how to proceed. •The two of you togethertogether will be able to better planplan and organize the work to be doneand organize the work to be done for the next interaction.
    20. 20. Independent Study - Study TipsIndependent Study - Study Tips •Set up first appointment/call •Clarify a schedule of interactions & due dates •Set deadlines if none or open-ended deadlines are provided •Get your books •Understand the assignments •Get organized - folders, notebook, online documents •Schedule regular devoted time to work
    21. 21. Study Study Group Group In a study groupstudy group, small groups of students meet together with an instructor to explore a topic that is frequently an interdisciplinary or timely subject. The group provides discussion opportunities and access to films, guest speakers, and other learning resources (including other students). •Study groupsStudy groups typically meet every other weektypically meet every other week and learning on the non-meeting week is through students’ individualized learning, through engagement with other resources, activities, and/or projects. •Understand all of your learning contract (LC)learning contract (LC) • The LC for a study group is usually very structured with assignment due dates and attendance expectations. •Be sure toBe sure to attend all study group meetingsattend all study group meetings andand engage in learning outside of class time.engage in learning outside of class time.
    22. 22. Study Group - Study TipsStudy Group - Study Tips •Get all of your class meeting dates into your time management system. •Clarify a schedule of interactions & due dates •Set deadlines if none or open-ended deadlines are provided •Get your books •Understand the assignments •Get organized - folders, notebook, online documents •Schedule regular devoted time to work
    23. 23. Online Online Courses Courses Online coursesOnline courses are structured and designed for groups of students. They offer you the opportunity to interact with other students as well as the course instructor and in online discussions of the course material and group projects. •Online courses are generally small groups (15-20)generally small groups (15-20) of student and an instructor. •Online courses allow you to communicatecommunicate with your instructor and other members of the course at timesat times that are convenient to youconvenient to you. But, you will have deadlines to meet. •All your course interactions happencourse interactions happen within an onlineonline password protected environment called ANGELANGEL (now owned by Blackboard so you might see Blackboard too). •Do the STUDENT TECH TUTORIALSTUDENT TECH TUTORIAL & come to our Drop In HoursDrop In Hours during PREVIEW WEEKPREVIEW WEEK or meet one on one with a Learning Coach.
    24. 24. Online Courses - Study TipsOnline Courses - Study Tips •Do the STUDENT TECH TUTORIAL •REVIEW the Course OVERVIEW/SYLLABUS to access the course content, schedule of interactions & due dates •Set deadlines if none or open-ended deadlines are provided •Review the entire module BEFORE you do any assignment. •Get organized - folders, notebook, online documents •Schedule regular devoted time to work
    25. 25. Residency Residency Courses Courses Residency coursesResidency courses are structured and offer you the opportunity to interact with other students as well as the course instructor before, during and after the residency. The residency is a face-to-face series of meetings that typically have a plenary sessions focus on the theme and related topics and small group seminars. Interactions before and after the residency happen in online environments, and occasionally might include other face-to-face/online meetings. •Residency courses are generally small groupsgenerally small groups (10-20)(10-20) of student and an instructor. •Your course will most likely use ANGEL or another online environment for you to communicatecommunicate with your instructor and other members of the course at timesat times that are convenient to youconvenient to you. But, you will have deadlines to meet. •All the work for a residency course does not take place at the residency. You will have work before and after as well as at the face-to-face meeting(s).
    26. 26. Residency Course - Study TipsResidency Course - Study Tips •Review your learning contract and make sure you can attend all of the required meetings. Some residencies happen over the course of several days or single days at different times of the term. •A laptop is useful if you want to take notes or access class materials onsite at the residency. Most residency sites have free wireless. •Some residencies require travel. Be sure to read through all the information you are sent about residencies and prepare accordingly for your travels. •Get organized - folders, notebook, online documents – Be sure you know how to use the online components of the residency course. •Schedule regular devoted time to work before, during & after the residency.
    27. 27. Academic Support Resources & ServicesAcademic Support Resources & Services •Individual AppointmentsIndividual Appointments • Learning Coaches - work with students in all areas of the writing process and related study skills strategies including time management, organization, reading efficiency, goal setting, critical thinking, library research skills, note-taking, and learning skills. • Peer Coaches - assist other students by focusing on enhancing general study skills, tutoring in specific content areas, navigating through college resources, and developing study strategies within their Areas of Study. •WorkshopsWorkshops (online & onsite – Latham & Saratoga) •Credit and non-credited studies/coursesstudies/courses •Content Area TutoringContent Area Tutoring - FREE online tutoring provided by the college through Smarthinking •Customized Organizational ToolsCustomized Organizational Tools • Datebook & Terms-at-a-glance •Other resources available online at http://necademicsupport.pbworks.comhttp://necademicsupport.pbworks.com Academic Support Resources & ServicesAcademic Support Resources & Services •Individual AppointmentsIndividual Appointments • Learning Coaches - work with students in all areas of the writing process and related study skills strategies including time management, organization, reading efficiency, goal setting, critical thinking, library research skills, note-taking, and learning skills. • Peer Coaches - assist other students by focusing on enhancing general study skills, tutoring in specific content areas, navigating through college resources, and developing study strategies within their Areas of Study. •WorkshopsWorkshops (online & onsite – Latham & Saratoga) •Credit and non-credited studies/coursesstudies/courses •Content Area TutoringContent Area Tutoring - FREE online tutoring provided by the college through Smarthinking •Customized Organizational ToolsCustomized Organizational Tools • Datebook & Terms-at-a-glance •Other resources available online at http://necademicsupport.pbworks.comhttp://necademicsupport.pbworks.com
    28. 28. MyESC & Other Key Resources Essential PiecesEssential Pieces Before the TermBefore the Term BeginsBegins
    29. 29. Click SITE MAPSITE MAP to get a complete overview of what is available via My ESC WWW.ESC.EDU/MYESCWWW.ESC.EDU/MYESC
    30. 30. Questions?Questions? Visit us on the WWW -Visit us on the WWW - http://commons.esc.edu/necsuccesshttp://commons.esc.edu/necsuccess ContactContact Northeast Center Office(s) of Academic Support or Student ServicesNortheast Center Office(s) of Academic Support or Student Services E-mail NECAcademicSupport@esc.edu or NEC.StudentServices@esc.edu Phone 518-783-6203 Mail SUNY Empire State College Northeast Center 21 British American Blvd. Latham, NY 12110 Helping You Connect the PiecesHelping You Connect the Pieces for Academic Successfor Academic Success
    31. 31. Student PanelStudent Panel
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    33. 33. ESSENTIAL RESOURCES Essential PiecesEssential Pieces Before the TermBefore the Term BeginsBegins
    34. 34. Buying Textbooks Avoid sticker shock and avoid breaking your bank or back.
    35. 35. MyESC is the place to be. Click on “Bookstore” under the quick links section. First you will need to read your learning contract to find the title and ISBN# of the books you will need for the course.
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