Volume 1, Issue 1 December 2009 Inside this issue: Director’s message Chi Alpha Epsilon Go for Dean’s List Honor Society Academic Tips Leadership Institute Director’s Message As a student eligible for or active in the Student Support Services Program, I want to talk to you about the reason why SSS exists through my own personal story. My parents were amazing and some of the smartest people I knew, but neither of them finished school be yond 7th grade. My parents were not able to help me figure out the best academic path in high school, they were not able to help me with applying for college, competing for scholarships for college, or filling out appli cations and financial aid forms. I wanted to go to college because I believed that getting a college degree would allow me to live the life I wanted and the financial ability to eventually take care of my parents when they were unable to care for themselves any longer. When I got to college, I was not prepared for what I saw: I expected solemn corridors with intellectuals walk ing by speaking in hushed tones. What I experienced were the parties, the clubs I could join, the social at mosphere and unstructured freedom, which was hard balance while trying to focus on schoolwork. I never described to my parents what I was experiencing that first year because I was terrified they would make me go homeI was pretty sure they didn’t want me to be that far away to begin with. I didn’t know how to explain my frustration with feeling like the only one who did not know what to do, when to do it, who to ask, or what to ask. I was terrified of my faculty. I was afraid someone would figure out that I didn’t belong there, and that eventually someone would realize I was a fraud. I was not a perfect student in college: actually I was a bit of a mess. It took me a long time to figure out how to study, what to study, what studying meant. It took me a long time to learn that asking for help was not a source of shame and that no one would see me as not smart enough if I did ask for help. Despite those hur dles, I made it out of college and into graduate school. I took advantage of a program similar to SSS. It gave me help with figuring out my major; deciding what classes to take; finding balance between school and fun; figuring out financial aid; learning how to study effectively; assistance with applying to graduate school; and provided me with a mentor who became a confidant as I moved through college. I would not have succeeded in college without these interventionsI certainly would not have made it to graduate school. Student Support Services exists to give you the support that you need to be successful: academically, per sonally, socially. We are a collection of professionals who have been exactly where you are and we under stand. If you have not made a connection with SSS this year, it is not too late. Come on inwe are waiting for you! Dr. Harri Williams Director, SSS Page 2 Go for Dean’s List! Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society UVM SSS has begun the process of starting a chapter of an honor society. CHI ALPHA EPSILON was established for SSS members to encourage aca demic success. We will have interest meetings in late November to answer questions about the Chi Alpha Epsilon Society. To join, you must have a 3.0 semester GPA for two consecutive semesters and you must be an active member of the SSS program. More than 150 chapters of Chi Alpha Epsilon exist across the United States. Additional information about XAE follows. You can also check their website: xaehonor.org. CHI ALPHA EPSILON OVERVIEW Founded at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Chi Alpha Epsilon was organized in 1989. Responding to an increased need to acknowledge the continuing successes of students in the Academic Development Program and recognizing that students who share similar experiences could serve as sig nificant models for others, a Greek letter honor society was proposed by Dr. Elbert Saddler. A university psychologist and counseling coordinator for the ACT 101 Program, Dr. Saddler identified eligible students and alumni to form the nucleus who are now the Founding members of XAE. PURPOSE Chi Alpha Epsilon was formed to recognize the academic achievements of students admitted to colleges and the universities through nontraditional cri teria and serves developmental, SSS, McNair Scholars, and Educational Op portunity Program students. Its purposes are to promote continued high aca demic standards, to foster increased communication among its members, and to honor academic excellence achieved by those students. The involve ment of eligible alumni enables networking for members. Programs spon sored by the society encourage other students toward this accomplishment. The honor society also has the potential to be a significant political force in the support of funding for developmental studies and educational opportunity programs nationwide. MOTTO Our motto is: "The Tassel is worth the Hassle" INTERESTED & WANT TO HELP? We can definitely use some help in forming the Honor Society and getting it recognized at UVM. We also need help fundraising and recruiting new mem bers. Interested persons should contact Harri Williams (email@example.com) Page 3 Volume 1, Issue 1 Academic Tips It’s hard to believe the semester is coming to an end. Academically, though, are you ready to finish strong? How prepared are you to end the semester strong? Are you ready for finals? Are you stressed about it? Are you wondering where to study? If YES is the answer to any of these questions, Do Not wait until it is too late. Are you ready for finals? You may want to consider utiliz ing the Learning Coop’s Learning Skills tutors to help you prepare. Make an individual appointment with a peer academic counselor to develop a study plan for finals, test taking or memory strategies, “Success is the and help with handling the stress of finals. sum of small How much do you know about studying for tests efforts, repeated and exams? Take this brief True/False quiz to day in and day out” test your knowledge. Robert Collier 1. ___ An 8hr. study session right before the exam is more beneficial than four 2hr. sessions spread out over a period of days 2. ___ When studying, you should study the difficult or boring subjects first 3. ___ The average amount of time one can concentrate before losing 80% of concentration is 75 minutes. There is no 4. ____ When you study in the same place, day after day, magical way to your body and mind become trained to the task. success! 5.____ The best way to get going on a major project is to com‐ plete a small task and check it off the list. Check out the answers on the next page! ANSWERS for quiz on the previous page: 1.FALSE ‐ Studying is not a marathon! Try to visit your material often in smaller Student Support Services blocks of time. This will help you commit the material to your long‐term mem‐ ory! 2. TRUE ‐ When your mind is fresh tackle the hard stuff! 3. FALSE ‐ Deep concentration and focus is best maintained for 30 ‐ 40 minutes and requires practice! Try to schedule your exam studying in frequent small blocks of time rather than an 8 hour block of time. Best Places to Study: 4. TRUE ‐ Have you found a good place to study yet on campus? Try the library or a study space in your residence hall. It is important to find the right environ‐ ment. Bailey/Howe Library 5. TRUE ‐ The most painful part of a large project is anticipation! Avoid procrasti‐ Dana Medical Library nation and get started with a small task! Billing Lounge To discuss these questions more or to find out more tips for your finals studying Roomavoid distractions! please visit the Learning Co‐op and make a Learning Skills appointment Davis Center Learning Skills: Help with learning skills hap pens during individual appointments with a peer aca demic counselor. The tutor will assess which skills need to be strengthened and address the highest priority. Ex ample skills include: time management, test taking, read ing textbooks, creating a study system, note taking, memory strategies, identify a learning style, motivational 802 6564075 issues/goal setting, and handling stress. 244 Commons, L/L Center www.uvm.edu/~learnco How to make an Appointment? The best way to make an appointment is to come in the Learning Cooperative: 244 Living /Learning Center, one floor up from the Marche. You can also call at 802 656 4075 Leadership Institute Look for application for next spring on the website or by email. Applications are due January 15th!!
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