Students who are looking for help with their Moodle courses and creating a study plan are in luck!  The Office of Academic Support will be holding drop-in hours at the Latham and Saratoga locations as well as through an online classroom.  “The benefit of drop-in hours is that students can stop in anytime during the drop-in hours and get help with their specific needs” stated Kate Stockton, one of the learning coaches at the Northeast Center.  “This is great for all kinds of students, those who just want a quick question answered to those who need someone to sit down and walk them through logging in to their Moodle course or developing a personalized study plan.”

There are two different drop-in hours being offered this term.  The first one will be on “Enhancing How You Learn in Your Online Courses” and it will run from 4-7pm on Wednesday January 15th and 9:30am – 12:30pm on Friday January 17th.  First term students, students taking an online course for the first time and any other students who have questions about using Moodle are encouraged to come.  Learning coaches, peer coaches and technical support will be available to help students during these drop-in times.

The other drop-in topic will be “Plan for Success – Developing Your Study Plan”.  Drop-in hours will be from 4-7pm on Wednesday January 22nd and 9:30am – 12:30 pm on Friday January 24th.  First-term students, reinstated students and students who just want to be proactive in planning their term successfully are encouraged to attend at their convenience.

In addition to helping students on these specific topics, students will also get a chance to learn more about academic support resources and meet academic support team members such as learning coaches, peer coaches and the Director of Academic Support.  For more information please email necacademicsupport@esc.edu, call 783-6203 ext. 5946 or go to www.necacademicsupport.pbworks.com.

 

Ever wonder what it takes to be an A+ student?  In our next workshop, A+ Student Strategies for Reading & Thinking Critically we will talk about and show you some of the best study strategies that strong student use.  We will go over Bloom’s taxonomy for thinking critically, reading strategies such as SQ3R and Says/Does and we will discuss how you can start incorporating these strategies into your study plan right away!

You can preview the workshop materials by going here: A+ Student Strategies Workshop Materials

A+ Student Strategies for Reading & Thinking Critically will be offered on October 2nd from 6-7pm.

Students can attend this and all of the Academic Support workshops in Latham, Saratoga or online.  To reserve your spot you can email necacademicsupport@esc.edu.  We hope to see you soon!

 

Welcome new ESC students and welcome back returning students! September classes are almost ready to begin! Are you ready for the term to begin?

Being organized is essential to being a college student. And most of you aren’t only trying to organize a school life, but also have to organize your family’s calendar and activities, your work life and community commitments as well!

If you are someone who has perfected the art of organization, feel free to send us some of your favorite organization tips and tricks! You can post them below or send us an email at necacademicsupport@esc.edu. If you are someone who needs some help or some fresh ideas on how to organize yourself, here are some tips on how to get started:

1. Schedule an appointment with a learning coach or peer coach. We can help you look at your current organizational methods and help you evaluate which ones are working and which tools and resources could help you improve your organization.

2. Make sure you have the right tools! The 2013-2014 Student Planners are in! Stop in to your center or unit today to ask for your copy. These student planners are specifically designed with the Empire State College student in mind. All important college dates and deadlines are included. We also have all of our academic skills workshops listed in the calendar pages for your reference.

3. Learn more about organizational skills, tools and methods. You can do this in a variety of ways. Youtube has a ton of videos on how college students organize themselves. There are many books, magazine articles and websites/blogs on the topic. Pinterest is another way to keep some great organization tips handy. Find something that sounds realistic and manageable for your life and give it a try!

Being organized from the beginning of the term is one of the best ways to maximize your success! From all of us in the Office of Academic Support, have a great term!!

This shares information about the Fall 2013 Pieces of Success: Workshop and Student Panel Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pieces Save the dates September 2013

 

Just in time for the last few months of the January term, Academic Support has the perfect workshop for you!

Do you feel like you need some help getting organized, maximizing your time and managing a full schedule? We have a few workshops that can help. Juggling life and school can be tricky and stressful. Our workshop “Reduce Stress & Bring Balance to Your Life” will introduce you to some stress relieving strategies and help put things into perspective. “Managing Yourself as a Successful Student” is designed to help students improve their time management and organization skills through self-management and self-awareness concepts. For students who want to learn some great reading and critical thinking strategies, “A+ Student Strategies for Reading & Thinking Critically” is the perfect workshop. Students will learn some of the best studying tactics and how to use them in their every day lives.

Some students want to improve their writing and research skills. Two of our workshops can them out! “Write Effectively & Overcome Writer’s Block” is a workshop geared to learning the process of writing. Once students know the appropriate steps in writing, they can start to become more efficient and effective writers. For those who are looking for help with research papers, “Research and Citing Sources Made Easy” is the answer.

There are two instances in the ESC experience that tend to stress students out. Taking a Math or Science course because they need to fulfill a general education requirement causes many students unnecessary stress. One way to understand all the resources and support for taking Math courses is to attend the “Learning Strategies for Math and Science” workshop. Another area of concern for some students is crafting the perfect rationale essay. “Planning & Writing Your Rationale Essay” is designed to help students understand the organizing and purpose of this important element of being an Empire State College student.

For more information on Academic Support Workshops, please go to www.necacademicsupport.pbworks.com/workshops or email necacademicsupport@esc.edu.

March
3/4/13 Reduce Stress & Bring Balance to Your Life, 6-7pm
3/8/13 Write Effectively & Overcome Writer’s Block, 10-11am
3/11/13 Planning & Writing Your Rationale Essay, 6-7pm
3/13/13 Pieces of Success – Mid-Term Check in, 6-7pm
3/15/13 Research & Citing Sources Made Easy, 10-11am
3/25/13 Managing Yourself as a Successful Student, 6-7pm
April
4/5/13 Learning Strategies for Math & Science, 10-11am
4/10/13 A+ Student Strategies for Reading & Thinking Critically, 6-7pm
4/12/13 Planning & Writing Your Rationale Essay, 10-11am

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Students who are looking for help with their Angel courses and creating a study plan are in luck!  The Office of Academic Support will be holding drop-in hours at the Latham and Saratoga locations as well as through an online classroom.  “The benefit of drop-in hours is that students can stop in anytime during the drop-in hours and get help with their specific needs” stated Kate Stockton, one of the learning coaches at the Northeast Center.  “This is great for all kinds of students, those who just want a quick question answered to those who need someone to sit down and walk them through logging in to their Angel course or developing a personalized study plan.”

There are two different drop-in hours being offered this term.  The first one will be on “Enhancing How You Learn in the Angel Environment” and it will run from 4-6pm on Wednesday January 16th and 9:30am – 12:30pm on Friday January 18th.  First term students, students taking an online course for the first time and any other students who have questions about using the Angel platform are encouraged to come.  Learning coaches, peer coaches and technical support will be available to help students during these drop-in times.

The other drop-in topic will be “Plan for Success – Developing Your Study Plan”.  Drop-in hours will be from 4-7pm on Wednesday January 23rd and 9:30am – 12:30 pm on Friday January 25th.  First-term students, reinstated students and students who just want to be proactive in planning their term successfully are encouraged to attend at their convenience.

In addition to helping students on these specific topics, students will also get a chance to learn more about academic support resources and meet academic support team member such as learning coaches, peer coaches and the Director of Academic Support.  For more information please email necacademicsupport@esc.edu, call 783-6203 ext. 5946 or go to www.necacademicsupport.pbworks.com.

necacademicsupport.pbworks.com has been revamped to make it more user friendly.  One of the biggest changes was made to the main page.  Visitors will now be able to see a table with links under headings.  The Office of Academic Support made the changes based on faculty, staff and students’ feedback.

Sarah Spence-Staulters, one of the NEC Learning Coaches and the peer coaching coordinator, said that the “new design of the website will assist the Peer Coaches by quickly being able to find resources that will help the students.  I also feel that the new design allows for our students, the peer coaches, faculty and staff to easily view our website on their smartphones and find resources at any time and in any place.”

Kate Stockton, Learning Coach in Saratoga, thinks that the site’s remodel will make it easier for student to find the information they are looking for.  “Many times we have students who attend a workshop and ask where they can find more information or the get the workshop materials or just need a quick way to get into the online classroom.  The remodeled website is alot less cluttered and I think it’s much easier for them to find what they need and want.”

We would love to hear your thoughts on the new design!  Please feel free to email your comments and suggestions to necacademicsupport@esc.edu or in the comments section below.

The Northeast Center Offices of Academic Support and Student Services would like to welcome all new students who are starting this November!  After you register for classes there are some things you can do to get ready for your first term as an ESC student.

1. Order your textbooks – you can go to our bookstore or check out alternative places such as amazon, textbooks.com, bookrenter.com or Mary Jane Books (in Albany).

2. Get organized – set up your study place, stock up on school supplies, coordinate your childcare situation, create binders for each course, review learning contracts and add your appointments, due dates, study group meetings to your planner.

3. Start to communicate – Send a short introduction email to your mentor and course instructors.  Make sure to get clarification on any questions you have whether they pertain to registration, course assignments, financial aid or anything else.  Check out page 152 in the student planner for information on “who to contact”.

4. Sign up for workshops – The Academic Skills workshops are listed in the student planner and also on the necacademicsupport.pbworks.com site.  The library @home workshops schedule and registration information is available at www.esc.edu/library.

Keep in mind that as an independent learner much of your learning needs to be completed between your appointments and/or study group meetings.  Make sure to plan each week and every day to make sure you have budgeted enough time for each course.  A good rule of thumb is to budget about 10-14 hours each week per 4 credit course.

For more assistance in setting up an individualized study plan, feel free to contact the Office of Academic Support – necacademicsupport@esc.edu.

The September 2012 Term begins on Monday September 10th. Before the term starts, we are offering a workshop for new students to help them learn more about registering, buying books, being a successful learner, communicating effectively with instructors and mentors, and engaging with a student panel to learn some tips for a successful first term at SUNY Empire State College.  Some of the information is also a great refresher for continuing students or students who have stopped out for a while.

We hope you will join us.

“Before the Term Begins”

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 6-7pm

Join us onsite in Latham or Saratoga or online (http://bit.ly/NECWorkshops)

See details below….

Completing orientation is only the first of many pieces to your success at SUNY Empire State College’s Northeast Center (NEC). Now that you have met your mentor and learned about the many resources available to you, you are ready to put together the other pieces that will help you have a successful first term.

At three important stages during your first term, we are offering workshops and interactive sessions conducted by staff and current students in order to provide you with the additional resources and effective strategies crucial to helping you piece together a successful academic experience.

The second event in the series is titled “Start The Term Off Right” and is offered September 26th (Wednesday) from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Please see the details for that workshop and the others below.

You may attend face-to-face in Latham or Saratoga or online.

To reserve your spot in one of our face-to-face locations, or to receive information about how to access the online session, please email (NECAcademicSupport@esc.edu) or call
(518)783-6203

Please indicate the date, time, and location (Latham, Saratoga, or online)
that you would like to attend.

Before the January Term Begins

The January 2012 Term begins on Tuesday, January 17th.  Before the term starts, we are offering a workshop for new students to help them learn more about registering, buying books, being a successful learner, communicating effectively with instructors and mentors, and engaging with a student panel to learn some tips for a successful first term at Empire State College.  Some of the information is also a great refresher for continuing students or students who have stopped out for a while.

We hope you will join us:

January 11th (Wednesday) — 6:00 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Join us online (http://bit.ly/NECworkshops) or onsite in Latham or Saratoga

See details below….

Completing orientation is only the first of many pieces to your success at SUNY Empire State College’s Northeast Center (NEC). Now that you have met your mentor and learned about the many resources available to you, you are ready to put together the other pieces that will help you have a successful first term.

At four important stages during your first term, we are offering workshops and interactive sessions conducted by staff and current students in order to provide you with the additional resources and effective strategies crucial to helping you piece together a successful academic experience.

The second event in the series is titled “Start The Term Off Right” and is offered February 1st (Wednesday) from 6 p.m.-7 p.m.  Please see the details for that workshop and the others below.

Pieces Save the dates Jan 2012 - click this to find out more about the other workshops in this series.

This Open House is available to any SUNY Empire State College and you may attend face-to-face in Latham or Saratoga or  online.

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Start The Term Off Right

Each offering will have a workshop, a student panel, and light refreshments.

  • Starting the Term Off Right
  • Student & Academic Support Resources
  • Organizing Yourself : Learning Contracts, Assignments, & Maintaining a Balanced Life
  • Student Panel : Study Smart & Other Success Tips

Evening- February 1st (Wednesday) — 6:00 p.m. – 7 p.m.

To reserve your spot at one of our face-to-face locations or to receive the link for the online session, please email NECAcademicSupport@esc.edu or call (518)783-6203.

Please indicate the date, time, and location (Latham, Saratoga, or online) that you would like to attend.

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The next Open House/Workshop in the series is in late February and the final is in April.

Midterm Check-in

  • What’s Going Right? What Can Go Better?
  • Critical Thinking & Reading
  • Using the Library and Doing Research
  • Student Panel: What I Should Have Done & Other Success Tips

Evening- February 29th (Wednesday) — 6:00 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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The End is in Sight

  • Finishing On Time
  • Stress Management
  • Student Panel: Planning Your Next Steps
  • & Other Success Tips

Evening- April 11th (Wednesday) — 6:00 p.m. – 7 p.m.