Wednesday
09/16/20

Creating your Study Plan Template in an on-line Calendar – Step 1: Entering your Semester Classes

Where are you going to enter information for your Study Plan?

  1. From each course syllabi ,use a color high lighter to highlight the date, time, and location for each assignment, quiz, test, paper, project, or presentation.
  2. Decide upon what type of planner you will use.  Some students prefer to use a paper planner, others use an on-line calendar. Your UBmail is powered by Google, so some UB students are creating a Study Plan in Google Calendar.
  3. Some students may use a desk sized calendar
  4. Some students will also incorporate a wipeboard.

A graphic showing showing a weekly view of a class schedule

Enter your Class (Synchronized courses)  into Calendar

Is one of your semester goals to do well in your semester classes?  If so, then you will want to start by creating your own Study Plan Template using your online Calendar.  Once you have this calendar set up for the semester, you can synch it with your phone, and even add reminders.

Synchronous Courses Synchronous” describes remote courses that occur at a set day and time. At UB, this means all faculty and students will participate in the course at the same time per the schedule. Course information will be shared during this scheduled time. All students are required to participate in class activities at the scheduled time. You will know your class is synchronous because there will be a specific day and time listed on your class schedule. Source: Important Fall 2020 Schedule Information

  1. Print out a copy of your Semester Class Schedule
  2. Open up your on-line Calendar.  Your UBmail is Powered by Google, so you might find it beneficial to use the Google Calendar.
  3. In most cases you want to initially just view the week from Monday through Friday. But if you have a Lab on Saturday, you will want to see Monday through Saturday.
  4. Enter the first class from your schedule into the first meeting of the class. A pop up box will show up
  5. Add Title – example PSY 101 – Lecture
  6. Select the Time Range for the class (Start time and End time) – Example 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  7. Click the “Does not repeat” drop down arrow.  Then select Custom, from here you can select the days of the week that the course is offered. Example: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. If you have an in-person class, then you will also enter the Location (Building and room number) for that class.
  8. End date, select Custom recurrence and from the calendar select the last meeting time for this course.

Create your own meeting pattern for courses on your schedule that do not list a meeting pattern.

Asynchronous Courses: “Asynchronous” describes remote courses that do not occur at a set day and time. At UB, this means students are able to participate in and complete their coursework on their own schedule. Faculty may provide recorded lectures or videos for review. Students may also be asked to participate in discussion boards with their classmates. You will know your class is asynchronous because there will not be a specific day and time listed on your class schedule. Source: Important Fall 2020 Schedule Information

  1. Look at the your calendar, and find time slots that are open ideally either three days a week for an hour, or two days a week for an hour and a half.
  2. Try to keep breaks of at least an hour between your classes.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
03/31/20

Check Out Tutoring and Academic Support Services

See an academic coach to get tips on learning online, managing your time, staying organized, note-taking and studying effectively.

Need someone to talk to about your academics?

Book a one on one online appointment with an Academic Coach.

Tutoring & Academic Support Services

https://advising.buffalo.edu/tutoring/index.php

Tuesday
02/11/20

UB Wellness Coaching: Empowering You to Reach Your Goals

Photo promoting UB Wellness Coaching

UB Wellness Coaching: Empowering You to Reach Your Goals

Taking a positive approach to personal development, Wellness Coaches focus on helping students set and achieve meaningful goals.

What is Wellness Coaching?

The UB Wellness Coaching Program seeks to help students define specific goals related to their overall health and wellness, and to identify and implement actionable steps to achieve their goals.

Using a strengths-based and non-judgmental approach, UB Wellness Coaches assist students in pursuing goals related to academic, physical, social, emotional, relational or spiritual wellness.

Examples of Wellness Coaching Topics

  • Academic Success
  • Active Living
  • Eating Habits
  • Financial Wellness
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Sleep Habits
  • Social Connection
  • Stress Management
  • Time Management

Who Can Benefit from Wellness Coaching?

Wellness Coaching is a short-term option for students who have a goal in mind and need help formulating a plan to reach that goal. Students meet with their coach for an initial 45-60 minute session to discuss goals, values, and motivations for making the behavior change. After that, students may meet with their coach to follow up one or more times for 20-30 minutes to adjust the strategy and assess progress.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment, please call 716-645-3636.
Friday
01/17/20

Can you earn better grades? But unsure how to go about it?

Need to improve your grades? Consider take LAI 203: Academic Success Strategies

Consider taking: LAI 203: Academic Success Strategies

Course Description:
This course is designed for continuing students who need more focus on study skills and time management to be able to meet the challenges of academic courses.

The course provides opportunities to develop a mindset and series of strategies that if used and applied will help the student to achieve success.

The course will give the student exposure to critical thinking skills and theories along with application throughout the semester and beyond.

Thursday
09/05/19

MATH Place – FREE TUTORING

Thomas J. Edwards Learning Center, State University of New York at Buffalo

211 Baldy Hall

What is The Math Place?

The Math Place is a FREE Peer tutoring service specifically designed for undergraduate UB students enrolled in Learning Center or Mathematics classes.

What math courses do you offer tutoring for?

Tutoring is available for the following courses ONLY:

  • ULC – 147, 148
  • MTH – 121, 122, 131, 141, 142

How can I use it?

This is a free drop-in tutoring service. If you need help with your homework assignment or upcoming quiz/test, our tutors will be happy to help you. Be sure to bring your textbook, calculator, and notes so that tutors can refer to them in order to answer your questions in an efficient manner.

Fall 2019 Hours of Operation

  • OPENS – Tuesday, September 3
  • Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday: CLOSED
Wednesday
02/06/19

Looking for Free Tutoring in Math? Check out the Math Place!

WHAT IS THE MATH PLACE?

The Math Place, 211 Baldy Hall, is a FREE Peer tutoring service specifically designed for undergraduate UB students enrolled in Learning Center or Mathematics classes.

WHAT MATH COURSES DO YOU OFFER TUTORING FOR?

Tutoring is available for the following courses ONLY:

ULC – 147, 148

MTH – 121, 122, 131, 141, 142

HOW CAN I USE IT?

This is a free drop-in tutoring service.  If you need help with your homework assignment or upcoming quiz/test, our tutors will be happy to help you. Be sure to bring your textbook, calculator, and notes so that tutors can refer to them in order to answer your questions in an efficient manner.

SPRING 2019 Hours of Operation

OPENS – Monday, February 4th

 Monday – Thursday:  10:00 am to 6:00 pm

 Friday – CLOSED

Friday
08/17/18

Goals and your Academic Plan

Setting 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

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-calendar, 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?

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.

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.

Original article: Scientifically, The Best Ways To Prepare For Final Exams by Shaniese Alston, SUNY