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  • Important to explain that even though they have attended a community college or other 4-year institution, ISU academics may still be a different experience.
  • Hopefully, their concerns will be related to things that the Visor Center can help them with….if so, this will be a great starting off point.
  • Take a moment to review this list…do you see any of your courses listed?
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    • 1. “ Adjusting to ISU” Julia N. Visor Academic Center Fall 2010
    • 2. Welcome to ISU!
      • Congratulations on your decision to attend Illinois State University!
      • Our goal today is to educate you how you can ease your academic transition to ISU.
      • To do that, we will talk about what that transition might look like, as well as FREE services provided by the Julia N. Visor Center that will help you adjust to academic work at ISU.
    • 3. Introductions
      • But first, let’s get to know one another.
      • Find a partner, introduce yourselves, and answer the following questions:
        • What made you decide to attend ISU?
        • If you have a major, what is it?
        • What’s your favorite thing about ISU so far?
        • In terms of classes, is there anything that makes you nervous?
        • What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
    • 4. Introductions
      • Could I have a few volunteers describe what was discussed between partners?
      • Do we see any commonalities among the answers?
    • 5. Experiencing ISU
      • We recognize that some of you may have already experienced college academics at other institutions.
      • If so, it is likely that you had to study hard to receive the good grades that helped you gain admission to ISU.
      • Therefore, you may already have a lot of knowledge about how to do college work.
      • For some of you, ISU may be the first college/university you have attended.
      • Regardless of your previous higher education experience, you may find that you would like to gain additional help with your academics.
    • 6. Visor Center Workshops
      • For those of you who have attended previous higher education institutions, you may have already identified study strategies that work well for you.
      • As military personnel, you have likely learned how best to manage your time and stress.
      • However, if you find that you would like to learn new strategies or reinforce your current methods, you may wish to attend one of the following workshops:
        • Study Tools and Test-Taking
        • Math Study Skills
        • Stress Management
        • Time Management
        • Choosing a Healthy Lifestyle
        • Learning Styles
        • Rusty Study Skills
    • 7. Visor Center Workshops
      • To sign up for any of the aforementioned free workshops or others we offer, visit our website at .
      • All workshops are located in VRO 108.
    • 8. Visor Center Course Content Tutoring
      • In addition to our many workshops, we also offer FREE course content tutoring in the following courses:
      • Accounting: 131, 132, 230, 231
      • Biology: 101, 181, 182, 196, 197
      • Chemistry: 102, 110, 140, 141
      • Economics: 138
      • Geology: 102
      • History: 111
      • Kinesiology and Recreation: 181, 182
      • Math: 113, 119, 120, 121, 144, 145, 146, 147
      • Management and Quantitative Reasoning: 100
      • Physics: 102, 105
      • Politics and Government: 101, 106, 140
      • Psychology: 110
      • Spanish:111, 112, 115, 116, 213
    • 9. Why should I sign up for tutoring?
      • 96% of students who utilize our tutoring services pass the class!
      • You will have the opportunity to meet other students in a welcoming group environment.
      • While you may think it makes sense to sign up for tutoring after you realize you need help, it would actually be in your best interest to sign up early in the semester, as space is limited.
      • To reserve your place in a tutoring group, call (309) 438-7100, or stop by Vrooman 012 to sign up.
    • 10. Writing Assistance
      • In addition to tutoring, we also offer writing assistance in any course!
      • This can be especially helpful to you as a writing tutor can help you brainstorm ways to compose your papers, assist you in proofreading, and help you improve your writing style and flow.
      • Writing assistance is one-on-one and of course, FREE!
      • To schedule a writing assistance appointment, stop by the Visor Center in VRO 012.
    • 11. You’re a Redbird Now!
      • Regardless of whether or not you have attended a previous institution, you’re a Redbird now and we’re happy to have you at ISU!
      • In order to make the most of your ISU experience, we recommend you become involved on campus.
      • Here are some networks or Registered Student Organizations you may consider joining:
        • The Women’s Mentoring Network
          • The mission of this organization is to provide support and information to women students beginning (or returning to) college after an interruption in their formal education. Mentors are female professionals on campus who wish to create a welcoming environment for these students in an effort to ease the transition into higher education.
          • To get more information or to join the WMN, contact Michelle Schuline at [email_address] .
    • 12. You’re a Redbird Now!
      • You may also wish to join the ISU Veterans Association.
        • This mission of this organization is “to bring together those who have given their time and service to this great nation. These objectives shall always include, but never be limited to scholarship, community service, veteran’s support system, and any other bonding and service experiences that do arise.”
        • For more information or to join, contact Justin Thompson, [email_address]
    • 13. What other services might I need?
      • ISU’s Career Center has a lot to offer!
        • As you progress in your academic career, you may wish to take advantage of some of the following services
        • Internship and job search assistance
        • Job fairs and career events
        • Mock interviews
        • On-campus interview facilities
        • On-campus interviews
        • One-on-one career advisement
        • Optimal Resume
        • Resume and cover letter critiques
    • 14. How do I use these services?
      • To use these FREE services, contact the Career Center at 309-438-2200 or visit the Room 185 of the Student Services Building.
    • 15. What if I have some difficulty with my transition?
      • The Visor Center is here to help make your academic transition as smooth as possible, but if you feel as though you may be experiencing additional issues that are making your ISU experience difficult, please consider visiting Student Counseling Services.
      • Student Counseling Services provides free individual and group counseling, in addition to a variety of workshops.
    • 16. What if I have difficulty with my transition?
      • To learn more about Student Counseling Services, visit , call SCS at (309)438-3655, or visit the Student Services Building Room 320.
    • 17. Questions?
    • 18. Thank you!
      • Thank you for attending our workshop today.
      • Here is a list of our upcoming workshops:
      • We hope to see you in the Visor Center!