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.

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