Friday
08/17/18

Goals and your Academic Plan

Posted August 17, 2018 in New Students, Study Tips, Time Management

Goals and your Academic PlanSetting goals will help you build and evolve your academic plan

A great way to meet your goals and stay on track for graduation is to develop an academic plan. An academic plan allows students to map out short, medium and long-term components designed to meet an academic goal.  A plan allows for:

Constant goal setting

Evaluation

Renewal of the plan

Learning to set goals (maybe just for the first term or the first year) and then be able to evaluate your outcomes is a skill you will use again and again. Planning is continuous and life-long:

Did you meet your goal?

  Were you satisfied? Why or why not?

  Do you have to change your plan?

Read more at Undergraduate Academic Advisement – Staying on Track

Friday
07/20/18

Fall 2018 Semester Academic and Registration Dates

Posted July 20, 2018 in Important Dates, Study Tips, Time Management

Fall Semester 2018 – Important Dates and Tips

Time Management Tip:  Enter the dates listed below into your planner or e-calendar.

August 2018

Monday, August 27, 2018

  • Classes Begin. First Day of Fall 15 Week (Standard) and 7 Week 1 Classes (first half of semester courses)

August To-do List: 

  • You should receive a Course Syllabus for every course during the first week of the semester. Many instructors will save their course syllabus in UBLearns. Read more at Undergraduate Catalog – Course Syllabi. Create a folder in your UBPortfolio whereby you can save all of your course syllabi.
  • If you have earned prior college credit or alternative credit such as AP, IB, or CLEP and you requested that Official Transcripts were sent to UB, do you see the courses listed in your HUB Academic Requirements report (Courses section)?
  • Time Management Tip: Find the critical dates (dates upon quizzes, tests, papers are due) from each syllabus and enter them into your planner or e-calendar.  For each critical date create a student schedule to a weekly study plan.

September 2018

Monday, September 3, 2018

  • Labor Day Observed

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Friday, September 28, 2018

  • Last Day to Resign from 7 Week 1 Classes

September To-do List: 

  • Check you HUB Final Exam Schedule, read more at Registrar – Final Exam Schedule
  • Do you know where to go to speak with your instructor during their Office Hours?  Read more at Undergraduate Catalog – Course Syllabi.
  • Time Management Tip: Using your e-calndar, enter your classes.  Enter them as recurring appointments. In the notes section add instructor contact information.
  • Study Tip: Have you created a weekly study plan to learn and retain material for your fist set of tests, which typically occur toward the end of September.
  • Study Tip: Have you found tutoring or extra help for you subjects? Read more on the Undergraduate Advisement page for Tutoring.

October 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

  • Last Day of Fall 7 Week 1 Classes

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

  • First Day of Fall 7 Week 2 Classes (second half of semester courses)

Friday, October 19, 2018

  • Last Day to Drop/Add Fall 7 Week 2 Classes

Saturday, October 20, 2018

  • Courser Resign Period begins for Fall  7 Week 2 Classes (second half of semester courses)

October To-do List:

  • Time Management / Study Skill Review:  Based upon the grades you received on your first series of tests, do you adjust
  • Check you HUB to ensure that you do not have any HOLDS read more at Registrar – Holds.
  • Spring 2019 Class Schedule will be available mid-October.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss plans for Spring 2019.
  • Check your Mid-term Grades using HUB – View My Grades.  Read more at Registrar: Mid-semester Review
  • Mid to late October, check your HUB Enrollment Date and Time.  This will when you can begin registering for Spring classes.
  • Send your UB Curriculum Thematic and Global Pathway selections to HUB.  Once done you can view your selections in your HUB Planner.
  • Study Tip:  Review your returned tests. If you did not understand things, go back and review and or speak with the instructor.  You may need to know the material for the final exam.

November 2018

Friday, November 9, 2018

  • Last Day to Resign Fall 15 Week (Standard) Session Classes

Friday, November 16, 2018

  • Last Day to Resign Fall 7 Week 2 Classes

Wednesday, November 21Saturday, November 24, 2018

  • Fall Recess

Monday, November 26, 2018

  • Classes Resume

November To-do List:

  • Know how to read your HUB Academic Requirements report
  • Know how to use the HUB Schedule Builder
  • Know how to send courses from HUB Schedule Builder to your HUB Enrollment Shopping Cart.
  • Know how to Enroll/Register for classes from your HUB
  • Start preparing/reviewing for your final exams

December 2018

Friday, December 7, 2018

  • Last Day of Classes

Saturday, December 8Sunday, December 9, 2018

  • Reading Days

Monday, December 10Monday, December 17, 2018

  • Semester Final Examinations

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

  • Winter Recess Begins

January 2019

January To-do List:

  • Compare your final grades earned to those required as listed for your intended major using the Undergraduate Catalog.
  • If you have a Grade Point Average below 2.00, you have a Grade Point Deficit.
Monday
11/27/17

Have you Started Preparing for your Final Exams?

Posted November 27, 2017 in Study Tips

Week 14 - Have you begun to study for your final exams

The last of classes for the 2017 Fall Semester will be Friday, December 8, 2017.  The Final Exam Period begins Monday, December 11 through Monday, December 18, 2017.

Have you started preparing for your finals?

Below is an article titled “Scientifically, The Best Ways To Prepare For Final Exams” by Shaniese Alston for the BIG IDEAS –Blog of The State University of New York.

 Finals week can be a stressful time for all students–I know it is for me. So, knowing how to properly prepare for finals is the key to avoiding stress and acing every single one of your exams. Of course, all students would love to relax by receiving massages or by the healing power of dogs before finals (I sure would!).

But, we all know this isn’t really possible. There needs to be a uniform way to assess our performance as students and it has to happen at some point (hence, “finals”). So how else can we lower stress and know that we’re on the right track to excel in each course? Well, here are some proven methods that will have you focused and better prepared for final exams.

1. Say NO to cramming: Study in intervals! Studying in 20-50 minute increments and giving yourself 5-10 minutes in between is more beneficial than cramming.  Distributing learning over time typically benefits long-term retention more than a short period.

2. Say YES to cardio: Science says that just 20 minutes of cardio can improve your memory. Whether you’re dancing, jogging or busting a sweat by walking, exercise will increase your energy level and reduce the effects of stress. Very important!

3. Eat superfoods/antioxidants: Everybody knows you should eat breakfast the day of a big test. Research suggests that high-carb, high-fiber, slow-digesting foods like oatmeal are best (oatmeal is more fulfilling than cereal). But what you eat a week in advance matters, too. When 16 college students were tested on attention and thinking speed, then fed a five-day high-fat, low-carb diet heavy on meat, eggs, cheese and cream and tested again, their performance declined. The students who ate a balanced diet that included fruit and vegetables, however, held steady, says Cameron Holloway, a senior clinical researcher at the University of Oxford.  When you study, your brain consumes glucose, so  take a five-minute break every hour to let your body produce more fuel for your studying. Eating a healthy snack is very beneficial and can make a significant difference (almonds, fruit, and yogurt are good choices).

4. Alternate study spots: Shake up your finals routine! Spending all night in the library can be draining. According to the New York Times, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. In an experiment, psychologists found that college students who studied a list of 40 vocabulary words in two different rooms — one windowless and cluttered, the other modern, with a view on a courtyard — did far better on a test than students who studied the words twice, in the same room. Why? Supposedly, the brain makes subtle associations between what it is studying and the background sensations it has at the time. Try alternating your study spots between the library, a study room, and a quiet coffee house.

5. Time management: Cramming causes anxiety, which lowers your ability to retain information. By creating a balanced study plan and schedule, you will be able to study each subject in its entirety and ultimately boost your test performance.

6. Avoid the all-nighter: Almost every college student pulls an all-nighter, but it is a bad idea. Based on a 2008 study by Pamela Thacher, Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Lawrence University, all-nighters impair reasoning and memory for as long as four days.  As a result, you will receive lower grades. But that’s not all; you would then be forced to wake up earlier than expected–and that’s bad too. According to Dan Taylor, director of a sleep-and-health-research lab at the University of North Texas, this will interfere with rapid-eye movement (REM), which aids memory. So, get a good night’s sleep and expect to perform better on tests. (Quick tip: Review the toughest material right before going to bed the night before the test. It makes it easier to recall the material later, adds Taylor!)

7. MINIMIZE distractions: Research shows that while many teens prefer to study while listening to music, texting friends, or watching television, they are less likely to retain information that way. If you must listen to music, stick to instrumental music and consider downloading these study tools to keep you focused!

8. MAXIMIZE practice-testing: You may have thought highlighting, re-reading and summation would be effective ways to study. Think again!  A 2013 study, Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques, found that these techniques do not consistently boost students’ performance. Practice testing through the use of flashcards, or taking practice exams was observed to be a highly effective studying technique.

Link to article: Scientifically, The Best Ways To Prepare For Final Exams, By

Thursday
02/04/16

Need Help in Math

Posted February 4, 2016 in Study Tips

Improve your math skills

The Math Place (Thomas Edwards Learning Center)

The Math Place will be open on Monday, February 1st, 2016. Final day of tutoring is Thursday, May 5th, 2016.
We are located in 211 Baldy Hall, 645-2394

What is The Math Place?
The Math Place is a free tutoring service specifically designed for students enrolled in Learning Center mathematics courses (ULC 147 & 148), and MTH 121, 122, 131, 141, 142

Students should feel free to drop in any time the Math Place is open for help with their math work.

How Can Students Use It?
Students can bring problems or questions to the Math Place and the tutors will provide assistance. Students should remember to bring their textbook and notes in order to aid the tutors in explaining the relevant material.

What are Math Place hours?

Mondays-Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

EVENING HOURS (4:00 – 6:00 p.m.)

(offered in co-operation with the Undergraduate Student Association)

Thursday
01/28/16

What goes into Your Study & Review Plan?

Posted January 28, 2016 in Did You Know?, Study Tips

Study infographic

Friday
01/22/16

Looking to improve your study skills, habits, and grades?

Posted January 22, 2016 in Study Tips, Tutoring

Looking to Improve your Learning Strategies

Are you looking for ways and method by which you can improve your grades this semester?

If so then you will want to read about Learning Strategies and also take a look at the handouts that have been developed by the Academic Skills Center at Dartmouth College.

Learning Strategies

Here is the link to their Study Skills Handouts

Tuesday
12/22/15

Preparing for Next Semester’s Coursework

Posted December 22, 2015 in Did You Know?, Study Tips, Tutoring

Khan Academy

A fantastic free on-line tool called Khan Academy offers a great way for you to review or prepare for math courses with a feature called Mission.

Get started with a mission warm-up

First you’ll do a few math problems to help us figure out where we should start. Don’t worry if you don’t know something, we’ll help you learn it later.
Practice at your own pace

Your mission dashboard will give you tailored recommendations on what to learn next. You can follow these or choose different skills to practice. Either way, we’ll keep track of your progress.
Retain knowledge with mastery challenges

Mastery challenges mix skills you’ve practiced in the past to help you remember what you’ve already learned. They’re also a great way to earn more points, badges, and avatars.

Check it our for yourself: Khan Academywww.khanacademy.org