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    1. 1. Preparing for the American Classroom finding academic success at VCU Dr. Amber Bennett Hill Academic Advisor for international students
    2. 2. The American classroom is student-centered . <ul><li>independence </li></ul><ul><li>initiative </li></ul>
    3. 3. American Faculty <ul><li>available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>during office hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>by appointment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>willing to help </li></ul><ul><li>overworked! </li></ul>
    4. 4. Workload in Classes <ul><li>heavy </li></ul><ul><li>multiple assignments </li></ul><ul><li>variety of assignments </li></ul><ul><li>attendance </li></ul><ul><li>participation </li></ul><ul><li>individual and group work </li></ul><ul><li>the syllabus </li></ul>
    5. 5. Courseload <ul><li>12-15 credits is normal </li></ul><ul><li>various disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>3-5 hours of class work per hour of time in class = A FULL-TIME JOB </li></ul><ul><li>extracurricular activities </li></ul><ul><li>a social life! </li></ul>
    6. 6. 3 Tier Core Curriculum Culminating experience in the major Tier 3 Academic and Research writing (3 credits) Quantitative literacy (3 credits) Science (3 credits) Humanities and Fine Arts (3 credits) Social Science (3 credits) Tier 2 UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I (3 credits) UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II (3 credits) Tier 1
    7. 7. Focused Inquiry <ul><li>A 2-semester course with the same students and instructor </li></ul><ul><li>Focused Inquiry I – UNIV 111 (usually Fall) </li></ul><ul><li>Focused Inquiry II – UNIV 112 (usually Spring) </li></ul><ul><li>Students will read the same materials and participate in shared experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Class sizes are limited to 22 students to encourage discussion and create a classroom community of learning and collaboration </li></ul>
    8. 8. Key Areas for Evaluation <ul><li>critical thinking </li></ul><ul><li>reading </li></ul><ul><li>writing </li></ul>
    9. 9. Critical Thinking <ul><li>ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>talk with others </li></ul><ul><li>demonstrate in every class you take </li></ul><ul><li>understand the strengths and weaknesses of an argument </li></ul>
    10. 10. Reading <ul><li>often a large amount: 30-50 pages per class is a good average </li></ul><ul><li>provide baseline of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>keep up with reading (use the syllabus) </li></ul>
    11. 11. Writing <ul><li>a clear and concise thesis </li></ul><ul><li>one idea per paragraph </li></ul><ul><li>student’s original analysis and evaluation of sources </li></ul><ul><li>question authority </li></ul><ul><li>linear and straightforward story </li></ul><ul><li>cite all sources </li></ul>
    12. 12. The Honor System “VCU recognizes that honesty, truth and integrity are values central to its mission as an institution of higher education.  In a community devoted to learning, a foundation of honor must exist if that community is to thrive with respect and harmony.  Therefore, members of the academic community are required to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of honesty and integrity .” http://
    13. 13. Academic Honesty <ul><li>“ any deliberate and dishonest act that results, or could result in, a student receiving an unfair advantage in an academic matter” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>plagiarism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>cheating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>helping someone else </li></ul></ul><ul><li>the VCU Honor System </li></ul>
    14. 14. The VCU Honor Pledge <ul><li>… applies to ALL work for credit, unless your professor says otherwise: </li></ul><ul><li>“ On my honor, I have neither given nor received aid on this assignment, and I pledge that I am in compliance with the VCU Honor System.” </li></ul>
    15. 15. Challenges <ul><li>schedules </li></ul><ul><li>time-management </li></ul><ul><li>organization </li></ul><ul><li>following through on tasks </li></ul><ul><li>communication </li></ul><ul><li>accept criticism and use feedback </li></ul><ul><li>be flexible </li></ul>
    16. 16. Support <ul><li>your professors </li></ul><ul><li>Global Education academic advisors </li></ul><ul><li>your academic advisor </li></ul><ul><li>the Writing Center </li></ul><ul><li>the Language Resource Center </li></ul><ul><li>the English Language Program </li></ul><ul><li>the Campus Learning Center </li></ul><ul><li>Global Education Peer Mentors </li></ul><ul><li>Counseling Services </li></ul><ul><li>Health Services </li></ul>
    17. 17. Career Development in College <ul><li>Gather information about potential career options </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Talk with your professors about your work interests </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learn about your options and limitations as an international student </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Meet with a career consultant at the University Career Center </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Career Development in College <ul><li>Gather information about potential career options </li></ul><ul><li>Expand your knowledge and experience </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Attend career development workshops this spring </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Take courses that will help you further develop your current skills </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer or do a student internship </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Speak with current professionals in the field </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Seeking a Graduate Degree in the U.S. <ul><li>Preparing for graduate school </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What type of graduate degree do you want? Masters? M.B.A? Ph.D.? J.D.? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Which universities offer the graduate programs you are interested in? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How long will your program last? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When do you need to apply? </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. <ul><li>Preparing for graduate school </li></ul><ul><li>What you need to accomplish before you apply </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain a strong GPA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write a Statement of Purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a Resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obtain Letters of Recommendation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take the necessary graduate entrance examination (GRE, GMAT, etc.) </li></ul></ul>Seeking a Graduate Degree in the U.S.
    21. 21. Career Development Workshops <ul><li>February </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exploring Career Options and Resources as an Undergraduate at VCU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What Types of Graduate Programs Should I Consider? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What Students Need to Know about the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What Students Need to Know about the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>March & April </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Long-term Workshop Series </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparing to take the GRE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparing to take the GMAT </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. What to do now… <ul><li>make an appointment with Dr. Hill </li></ul><ul><li>make an appointment with your academic advisor </li></ul><ul><li>read all your syllabi and mark your calendar </li></ul><ul><li>introduce yourself to all of your professors, preferably at their office hours </li></ul><ul><li>introduce yourself to at least three people in each of your classes </li></ul>
    23. 23. <ul><li>Amber Bennett Hill </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Franklin Street Gym, room 221P </li></ul>