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Start the term right : September 2011


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The second in our Pieces of Success Workshop Series - "Starting the Term Off Right". This workshop covers the following topics:
- Student & Academic Support Resources
- Organizing Yourself : Learning Contracts,
- Assignments, & Maintaining a Balanced Life
- Student Panel : Study Smart & Other Success Tips

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Start the term right : September 2011

  1. 1. Starting the Term Off Right<br />Northeast Center Office of Academic Support <br />September 2011 Workshop Series<br /><br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />HABITS FOR SUCCESS<br />Understanding How You Learn <br />Self-Directed Learning<br />Asking Questions/Finding the Right Answers<br />SKILLS & STRATEGIES<br />Organization<br />Reading Learning Contracts/Course Syllabi<br />Time Management<br />Breaking Down Assignments<br />
  3. 3. HABITS FOR SUCCESS<br /><ul><li> Motivation & Self-Directed Learning
  4. 4. Understanding How You Learn
  5. 5. Asking Questions
  6. 6. Finding the Right Answers</li></li></ul><li>What motivates you to succeedthis term?<br />(Fill in the blank space below)<br />
  7. 7. How Do Adult Learners Learn?<br />Source:<br />
  8. 8. What assumptions do you have for your success this term?<br />(Fill in the blank space below)<br />
  9. 9. How Can I Improve My Learning?<br />Source:<br />
  10. 10. What Are Learning Preferences?<br /><ul><li> Most people have developed a preference for how they learn.
  11. 11. One learning style is not better than anotherand all can be improved.
  12. 12. Effective learners know how their minds work and adapt their studying strategies to any situation. </li></li></ul><li>How do you learn?<br /><ul><li> Understanding how you learn best can help you to maximize your studying strategies to match your strengths.
  13. 13. Making connections between what you are learning and your life experiences can help you better understand and retain information. </li></ul>ACTIVITY <br />Here’s a riddle we would like to share with you. <br />“The day before two days after the day before tomorrow is Monday.” <br />PLEASE ANSWER THIS QUESTION -- What day is it today?” <br />SOURCE: Visual Brainstorms <br />
  14. 14. What was your process? <br />Think about how did you try to answer the question? What was your problem solving process?<br /><ul><li> Did you talk it out?
  15. 15. Draw it out?
  16. 16. Write it out?
  17. 17. Move your finger around on a calendar?
  18. 18. A combination of the above or another way?</li></ul>Thinking about how you tried to get the answer to this question can give you a clue as to how you prefer to learn. <br />
  19. 19. The Answer <br />“The day before two days after the day before tomorrow is Monday.” <br />Here is an example of one way how to solve for the answer. Separate phrases in the sentence into the parts you know:<br /> The day before two days after = 1 day after<br /> The day before tomorrow = today <br />Tomorrow is Monday <br />If tomorrow is Monday then surely today is Sunday<br />“The day before two days after the day before tomorrow is Monday.” <br />Answer : <br />Today is <br />Sunday <br />
  20. 20. Identify Your Learning Preference<br /><ul><li> Take a Learning Styles Inventory:</li></ul>VARK Learning Styles Self-Assessment Questionnaire<br /><br />Your VARK preferences can be used to help you develop additional, effective strategies for learning related to how you:<br />take in information; <br />study information for effective learning; and<br />study for performing well on an examination. <br />Visual Study Strategies (V)Aural/Auditory Study Strategies (A)Read/write Study Strategies (R)Kinesthetic Study Strategies (K)Multimodal Study Strategies (MM)<br /><ul><li>Attend the Learning Styles Workshop:</li></ul>Workshop Schedule and Resources<br /><br /><ul><li>Meet with a Learning Coach </li></ul>Learning Coach Schedules and Contact Information<br /><br />
  21. 21. Asking Questions – DO IT!<br />“The strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it.” <br />- Rona Barrett<br />Ask questions when needed and do not let problems go unresolved! <br />Be a self-directed and <br />self-motivated learner.<br />
  22. 22. Finding the Right Answers<br />Academic Coursework<br />Your Mentor:<br />Contact your mentor for help with:<br /><ul><li> Academic records
  23. 23. Degree planning
  24. 24. Choosing studies for the next term, including cross-registration
  25. 25. Problem solving related to studies and academic skills </li></ul>Your Instructor<br />Contact your instructor for help with:<br /><ul><li> Course content
  26. 26. Assignments
  27. 27. Grades</li></ul>MyESC – Academics Tab:<br /> Use this tab to: <br /><ul><li> Access your online courses
  28. 28. Engage in degree planning with your mentor
  29. 29. Choose studies for the next term, including cross-registration </li></li></ul><li>Finding the Right Answers<br />Office of Academic Support: <br />Contact the Director Academic Support and/or Learning Coaches for help with:<br /> * Writing, reading, mathematics, and statistics<br /> * Online and local tutoring services<br /> * Study skills (critical thinking, time management, and more) <br /><br />
  30. 30. Finding the Right Answers<br />Northeast Center:Joan JohnsenCoordinator of Student Services 21 British American Blvd.Latham, NY 12110Phone: 518 783-6203 E-mail:<br />STUDENT SERVICES<br />Office of Student Services :<br />Contact the Coordinator of Student Services for help with:<br /><ul><li> Disability services (list of contacts)
  31. 31. Filing an academic appeal or student grievance
  32. 32. Minority services
  33. 33. Questions about administrative procedures, incompletes
  34. 34. Problems that you have not been able to resolve with your mentor or an administrative office.
  35. 35. Occasionally a student encounters a problem that s/he is not able to resolve with his or her mentor or an administrative office. The Office of Student Services investigates and facilitates the resolution of student complaints. The role is not one of an advocate for either party, but rather as a neutral investigator of the complaint.
  36. 36. For more information on college policies, see</li></li></ul><li>Finding the Right Answers<br />Student Information Center:<br />Monday-Thursday 8:30am-6pm Fridays 8:30am-5pm <br />CALL -- 1-800-847-3000 ext.2285<br />For:<br /><ul><li>Admissions
  37. 37. Financial Aid
  38. 38. Billing
  39. 39. Registration
  40. 40. Records
  41. 41. Any Administration Services </li></ul>Technology Help Desk:<br />Sunday 1-9pm Monday -Thursday 9am-9pm Friday 9am- 5pm Closed Saturday<br />CALL -- 1-800-847-3000 ext 2420 OR GO TO --<br />For:<br /><ul><li> Issues with Logins
  42. 42. Computer Access/Compatibility
  43. 43. ANGEL Support</li></li></ul><li>Finding the Right Answers<br />MyESC- your free one-stop guide to the many resources available to you across the college.<br />Content Area Tutoring- free online tutoring provided by the college through Smarthinking<br /><br />Talk One2One - a free confidential 24/7 phone in support for students provided by the college<br /><br />
  44. 44. Finding the Right Answers<br />Know “who to” &“how to” contact them<br /><ul><li> ONLINE </li></ul><br />
  45. 45. SKILLS <br />& <br />STRATEGIES<br /><ul><li> Organization
  46. 46. Reading Learning Contracts/Course Syllabi
  47. 47. Time Management
  48. 48. Breaking Down Assignments</li></li></ul><li>Tips for getting organized<br />Keep an organized workspace – everything has a place<br />Physically organize your assignments, course materials and papers/ assignments: <br />Have a binder or notebook for each class <br />Include notes from your reading and/or class meetings<br />Have a section in the binder/ folder in the notebook for all of your work from your instructor<br />Electronically organize your assignments, course materials and papers/assignments:<br />Make folders on your computer/flash drive for specific classes/instructors to more easily access your coursework.<br />When saving your files, be sure to clearly label and date your papers/assignments.<br />Make folders in your e-mail for specific classes/instructors<br /> to more easily track assignments, correspondence, etc. <br />
  49. 49. Organizing Yourself:Using Your Learning Contracts to Help You Organize Your Time & Focus<br />A few minutes now will <br />save you many more in the future!<br />
  50. 50. Review LearningContract<br />Organizational Behavior Learning Contract<br />4 Credit Study<br />= Key Concepts<br />= Critical Thinking <br />Skills<br />= Benefit to You<br />
  51. 51. Review Learning Contract<br />= Key Concepts<br />= Critical Thinking <br />Skills<br />= Expectations & <br />Requirements<br />
  52. 52. Review Learning Contract<br />DUE BY – End of 5th Week of Term<br />= Due Date<br />= Key Materials<br />= Requirements<br />DUE BY – End of 10th Week of Term<br />
  53. 53. ECONOMICS<br />ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR<br />Planning for Your 1st Set of Assignments<br />DUE BY – End of <br />5th Week of Term<br />
  54. 54.
  55. 55. Planning for Your 1st Set of Assignments<br />ECONOMICS<br />
  56. 56.
  57. 57. Breaking Down an Assignment<br /><ul><li> First, you have to understand the problem.
  58. 58. After understanding, then make a plan.
  59. 59. Carry out the plan.
  60. 60. Look back & ask – How could the plan be improved?
  61. 61. Source: George Pólya (1945) How to Solve It</li></ul>FIRST -- UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEM (Assignment)<br />Assignment: <br />Your goal is to write a 3-4 paged paperthat is an in-depth analysis of yourself in personal, professional and academic contexts. <br />(Enhancing the Academic Eye, Fall 2010)<br />
  62. 62. Understand/Analyze the Problem<br />Assignment: Your goal is to write a 3-4 paged paperthat is an in-depth analysis of yourself in personal, professional and academic contexts. <br />(Enhancing the Academic Eye, Fall 2010)<br />First – analyze the question<br />What kind of a paper is it? (i.e. reaction, persuasive, research, journal, literature review)<br />What are the action words in the assignment? (analyze, apply, argue, compare/contrast, describe, discuss, define, evaluate, critique, interpret, react, summarize, synthesize)<br />What are the rules of the paper? (length, line spacing, topic, deadline)<br /> <br />
  63. 63. Make Your Plan: Outlining<br />Assignment: Your goal is to write a 3-4 paged paperthat is an in-depth analysis of yourself <br />in personal, professional and academic contexts. <br />(Enhancing the Academic Eye Fall 2010)<br />INTRODUCTION – Ask yourself, why am I writing this?<br /> State your purpose by restating the key parts of the question - this helps the reader (instructor) know you understood what was being asked of you and you are aiding the reader (instructor) in understanding what you are going to talk about.<br /> <br />BODY – Can take different forms. <br />Could be strengths as the focus in each of the three areas (academic, personal and professional) and then the limits in those areas as separate paragraphs<br />OR<br />Each area (academic, personal and professional) as a separate paragraph with strengths and limitations both discussed under that particular area<br /> <br />CONCLUSION - make a plan for success including a connection to the strengths, limitations, and your learning style.<br />
  64. 64. Make Your Plan: Mind Map<br />Assignment: Your goal is to write a 3-4 paged paperthat is an in-depth analysis of yourself in personal, professional and academic contexts. <br />(Enhancing the Academic Eye Fall 2010)<br />
  65. 65. Carry Out Your Plan<br />REVIEW WHAT YOU KNOW<br />You know how long it has to be – 3-4 pages<br />You know what the topic is<br />You have started organizing your ideas<br />WORK ON WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW/DO<br />Gather information<br />Brainstorm<br />Ask questions if unsure<br />Write a rough draft<br />Get Feedback<br />Your instructor,, or set up an appt. with a learning coach<br />Revise your draft – EDIT using feedback<br />Review again - read out loud, look over, resubmit to Smarthinking<br />When you feel like you have your Final Draft -- Submit<br />