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Academic Support Offers Drop-in Hours

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

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, call 783-6203 ext. 5946 or go to

Coming up next: A+ Student Strategies for Reading & Thinking Critically

Friday, September 27th, 2013

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  We hope to see you soon!

September 2013 Term is Almost Here! Steps for Getting Ready for the Term

Friday, August 30th, 2013

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 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!!

March and April Academic Support Workshops

Monday, March 4th, 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 or email

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
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

NEC Academic Support’s Website has a new look!

Friday, December 7th, 2012 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 or in the comments section below.

Before the January Term Begins

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

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 ( 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.


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 or call (518)783-6203.

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


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.


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.

As the September Term winds down…

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

It’s that time of the term again…the long awaited and dreaded end of term. Long awaited because you want the break and dreaded because of all the work that is left to do.

If you are having concerns about how to to finish on time, you have several options to help support you at this time of the term.  Make an appointment with a Learning Coach or Peer Coach or look at all the materials on the NEC Academic Support webpage.

Or, join us on Friday, December 2nd (morning) and Wednesday, December 7th (evening) we will be hosting the final offering in the September 2011 term.

The End is in Sight

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

Daytime – December 2nd (Friday) — 9:30 to 11:30 am

Evening- December 7th (Wednesday) — 5:30 to 7:30 pm


Join us online ( or onsite in Latham or Saratoga

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

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

Why Do I Enjoy New Student Orientation?

Friday, September 23rd, 2011


Here in Latham, it was New Student Orientation Day yesterday.

For me New Student Orientation Day is exciting . It’s a day to welcome new Northeast Center students and introduce them to the Center’s staff, faculty, and administrators. It reminds me how exciting this can be for you if you are a new student. It also reminds me how nervous you can feel when they sit down at orientation.

 We do our best to make each of you feel welcome and that you have made the right choice in coming through that front door of the Northeast Center. I also encourage you to ask questions as new (and experienced) students. Your questions help all of us here at the Center to know what information is important to you. Sometimes those of us, who work here every day, forget how complicated ESC can be when you start out.

 Here are some of the questions that our newest students asked at yesterday’s orientation in Latham, along with some information that I hope sends you in the right direction.

How can I find out about scholarships to help me pay for college?

Scholarship information can be found in a couple of places on the Empire State College website. You can look at the following links:   This is the link to the ESC Foundation web page. The ESC foundation awards scholarships to students in the Fall of each year. At the Northeast Center, Student Services receives a list of the Foundation scholarships and all eligible students each summer. We email each eligible student the list of scholarships and ask students to let us know which of the scholarships they think they are eligible for. This information, along with recommendations from mentors is forwarded to the Student Accounts office where awards are determined, and students are notified.

Please carefully read over the general guidelines for Foundation Scholarships on the web page.  This is the link to the ESC main Financial Aid page. On this page there is a bulleted list of links. If you click on this link “Financial Aid Programs and Eligibility Requirements”, you will be directed to a page that includes information about many other sources of aid and scholarship opportunities.

 What are “residency classes”?

Residency programs offer you the opportunity to take undergraduate studies in a blended-model that combines face-to-face group meetings with an online component.

 The format for residency programs varies, but in general a residency provides a face-to-face group meeting combined with an online component. You register for a residency course during the standard registration period. You first access the course materials generally on line (through Angel) and have readings and/or assignments to work on before you meet face to face in a group with other students who are enrolled in the same course. These meetings are usually held at the Northeast Center or a local venue that is connected to the residency theme. During the face to face meetings, you have the opportunity to network with, and hear from, professionals and community leaders and attend career building workshops. Many students find residency programs to be a preferred mode of study that provides the support to accomplish their goals while balancing the demands of work, life and family responsibilities.

A sample of the residency programs can be seen at this web site:

 Where can I use my student ID?

Your ESC ID card can be used at other SUNY and CUNY libraries. You can also use it to get student discounts at some local businesses. Bookstores and movie theaters often have a student discount policy. Here at NEC, I would like to collect information on local businesses that offer discounts to ESC students. If you know of a business that gave you a student discount, please email me at:

I look foward to your comments, Joan Johnsen