Thursday, October 30, 2014

MAP Conference

The annual Manitoba Advising Professionals conference is coming up next week, Friday, November 7th at the Holiday Inn, Winnipeg Airport.

The program for the conference can be found HERE

Registration deadline is tomorrow - Friday, October 31st.

Hope to see a good group from the U of M there!

- Kristin

Thursday, September 11, 2014

All good things...

The real reason for this post is to remind you all that the deadline for the Advisor Exchange Executive nominations is one week from today. Up to now, we have not received any nominations for either position. 

I would also like to take a minute to let you know why you should consider letting your name stand...

Both of the positions up for election this year (President and Communications Chair) will provide you with many opportunities to gain valuable committee and communication experience. The time commitment is minimal and the job can be what you make it.

I have sincerely enjoyed my time as President of the Advisor Exchange.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Found this on the NACADA Facebook page this morning. Can't wait for the Annual Conference in October. Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Summer Session

Good day fellow advisors,

I hope your end of term processes have wrapped up nicely and that you are looking forward to the next academic year. Of course, there are still many students on campus who are taking Summer Session courses! The following are some helpful resources that can be shared with students year round, but will be particularly helpful for those that find themselves on campus this summer:
o   I always discuss sleep and exercise with students when we talk about study time and mid-term or exam preparations. The following article shows MRI brain scans that perfectly illustrate how 6 different research-tested methods improve memory, including incorporating foods that have been proven to improve memory scores.
  •         The Student Counseling Centre is offering a variety of workshops this summer – please see their brochure here:
o   Counseling workshops include: Managing Your Mood (MYM), More than My Body (body image group),
o   Career Counseling workshops include: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Strong Interest Inventory (SII), career planning (2 sessions)
  •         The Academic Learning Centre continues their Writing Tutor program out of Dafoe Library throughout the summer for students who need assistance with editing their assignments.
  •          The Academic Learning Centre also has a rich cache of English language resources for any English as Additional Language (EAL) students that you advise.
  •          Summer Session via Extended Education is offering Math Boot Camp for any students that are coming to university in the fall and want to strengthen their high school math skills before they register for university level Math courses: (scroll down)
  •          University 1 has a fantastic “How Do I…” page that has shortcuts to many commonly asked questions at the U of M, from how to purchase a gym pass to how to obtain a locker.
o   U1 also has a great ExamSurvival Tips webpage with lots of information on best study practices for finals: 

Have a fantastic summer, and good luck during the busy registration period in July!

Nicole Gareau-Wilson

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Happy New Year! 

It is once again January, the start of the winter term and of another calendar year. Advisors are busy wrapping up fall term assessments and also preparing for the term, and year, ahead. The Revision Period can be such a frenetic time that I wanted to pause for a moment and remind everyone about some of the great resources and workshops going on campus this term:

UMSU Student Groups: Do you have students who are looking to get more involved on campus, make friends, and build their resume? UMSU has 110+ student groups to choose from! You can find a listing of groups here.   

U of M Help Centres: There are so many great Help Centres on campus, many of which are staffed by graduate students and offer free services. Click here for the locations of the Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Science (SSA) and other Help Centres on campus.

Khan Academy: This free online Math resource pretests students to determine gaps in mathematical understanding; this information is then presented visually in graphs. Khan Academy then creates practice problems to target these specific gaps, and students can watch their progress on these graphs. I get a lot of positive feedback about this site from my Engineering students!

Our amazing Academic Learning Centre (201 Tier Building) has many great resources on their website, including all full list of the current term’s academic skills workshops and online workshops.  

ALC Winter Academic Skills Workshops:

Fridays, 2:30-3:30, 108 Drake (preregistration not required):

Friday January 31: Preparing for Midterms
Strategies for preparing for multiple choice and essay exams

Friday February 28: Reassess Your Learning Strategies
Improve academic performance after midterm exams.

Friday March 7: Learning Strategies for High-Content Courses
Learn large amounts of information effectively for the long run, especially in courses such as BIOL 1410, BIOL 1412, PSCY 1200, NURS 1260, and NURS 3290.

Friday March 28: Preparing for Final Exams
Tips and proven practices for preparing for final exams.

Tuesday April 8: Preparing for Final Exams
Tips and proven practices for preparing for final exams
Engineering (EITC E2) 110, 1:00-2:00

  • taking class notes
  • reading textbooks
  • organizing your time effectively
  • writing multiple choice tests
  • writing an academic paper
  • reading journal articles 

      The ALC also offers a Tutor Registry, where students can find a tutor or volunteer to become one.
      U of M Tutor Registry: If you know students who need subject-specific tutoring, or if you know of academically successful students looking to build their resume, the U of M Tutor Registry can help each type of student! Click here to view the current PDF list of tutors, updated as of Jan. 27, 2014.

I really could keep listing resources, but I must return to my winter term to-do list. Keep an eye out for exam preparation resources for students in an upcoming blog post – have a lovely day!

Thanks to Nicole Gareau-Wilson, UMAE Membership Chair, for submitting today's posting.