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									                     ACADEMIC SUPPORT CENTER
                                NEWSLETTER
January 2008                                                           Volume 4, Number 1




                                A NEW BEGINNING
A new year always brings the hope of a new beginning, a casting off of the old and a
new resolve to make the coming year a better one than the last. You may already
have made a list of resolutions. I would encourage you to make some academic
resolutions as this new semester begins; however, hoping for a better semester doesn’t
happen without planning, hard work, and perseverance.

If you have resolved to perform better academically this semester, let me give you
some advice on what you can do to make that become a reality.

The first thing you can do is attend the GPA 911 Workshop on January 17 at 5:30
p.m. in the Science Building Computer Lab [SCI 228]. This hands­on workshop will
cover
   · How to calculate your GPA and project what grades you need to reach your
         academic goal
   · Strategies for academic success this semester
   · Questions you may have, including
              o Where can I find help on campus?
              o What happens if my GPA falls below what I need to maintain
                 scholarships?
              o Should I consider adding or dropping a class?
              o How can I plan spring courses to maximize my chances of success?
              o Can summer school help raise my GPA?
              o What’s the difference between my Berry GPA and my HOPE GAP?

The second thing you can do is follow the ten steps to success listed below:
    1] Study every day, including weekends.
        ­­ Study the hardest subjects first while your mind in fresh.
        ­­ Study during the day when your mind is more alert. Use that hour between
        classes to review your notes.
        ­­ Study in the early evening.
        ­­ Develop a study schedule and stick to it—no exceptions.
        ­­ Study in a quiet place with no distractions.
        ­­ Review your lecture and text notes at least once a week, more if it is a class
        that requires remembering many facts, definitions, concepts, etc. [math and
        sciences].
    2] Plan ahead. Then there will be no surprises and no “all nighters.”
        ­­ Use a planner—You should have a daily planner, a weekly planner, and a
        monthly planner.
        ­­ On the first day of class, read the syllabus and put every due date for each
        class in your daily planner.
        ­­ Take a few minutes each evening to write down a “to­do list” for the next day
        and check them off when completed.
        ­­ On Sunday evening, fill in your weekly planner with everything that is due
        that week.
        ­­ On the first of the month, fill in everything that is due that month on an
        erasable monthly planner [one that you put on the wall] so that you can plan
        for papers, tests, projects, etc. well in advance of the due date.
    3] Always start early on big assignments. Begin working on papers,
    research papers and other long assignments the first week of class. Develop a
    schedule of when to do each step of the project. Procrastination is your enemy.
    4] Read your text and assigned readings before going to class.
        ­­ Be an active reader.
                ­­Take notes on your reading assignments.
                ­­ Don’t just underline or highlight text. You won’t remember any of it
                later. You’ve got to think about what it means.
                ­­ Write questions in the margins.
                ­­ Cover the text with your hand and try to put it in your own words.
        ­­ Compare your lecture notes to your reading notes.
   5] Go to every class.
   6] Attend all help sessions provided by the professor, and go with questions.
   7] Take advantage of any extra credit opportunities.
   8] ASK for help early in the semester; talk with the professor and/or contact
tutorial services.
   9] Eat a well­balanced diet, get enough sleep, and exercise
regularly.
  10] Schedule time to have some fun.
 If you need help creating a workable schedule…
 If you need help with study skills…
 If you need a tutor…
 If you need accommodations for a learning, psychological, or physical disability…
 Contact the Academic Support Center for help
 Martha Van Cise, Director 
 Office: Krannert 326 
 Phone: (706) 233­4080 
 E­mail: mvancise@berry.edu
                                     Tutorial Services
   The Academic Support Center has tutorial services available free of charge for any
   student who needs help. Student tutors who understand what it is like to be a
   student are employed to provide coaching in the various disciplines.
   If you need a tutor, email your request to tutoring@berry.edu.

   Go to the Academic Support Center website to find information on:
   Tutorial Services
   Study Skills Websites
   Discipline­Specific Websites



                                 Disability Services
   In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Resolution 504, Berry
   College accommodates students with documented disabilities.
   If you have a documented disability or suspect you may have a learning disability,
   make an appointment to meet with Martha Van Cise, ASC director, as soon as
   possible to discuss your options.

   A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course,
   program, service, job, activity, or facility that enables a qualified individual with a
   disability to have an equal opportunity to attain the same level of performance or
   to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to an individual without a
   disability.

   The purpose of academic accommodations is to adjust for the effect of the
   student’s disability, not to dilute academic requirements. All students at Berry
   College are evaluated and assigned grades based on the same standards;
   students with disabilities are held to the same standards and not given easier work
   or held to a lower standard.



                    Berry College Academic Support Center 
                                   Box 5043 
                              Mt. Berry, GA 30149 

                             Martha Van Cise, Director 
Office: Krannert 326 Phone: (706) 233­4080 Fax: (706) 368­6969 

                    E­mail: mvancise@berry.edu     tutoring@berry.edu

								
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