Academic Coaching Blog

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Many students want to know how to be more assertive in the classroom. To address this concern, I want this post to help you consider some of the reasons behind the desire to speak up in class. The first question I have for you is, how is speaking up in class good? I want you to make a list of reasons before you read on. Stop here until you have at least 3 reasons why speaking up in class is good. Here are the reasons I came up with: Speaking up in class (either bringing forth a question or answering someone else’s question) helps voice an opinion someone else might not have contemplated and therefore adds to the perspectives in the room. Speaking up in class helps... Continued
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The holiday season was a time for many students to recuperate after fall semester. For some students, winter break might have served as a welcomed relief after struggling through a challenging semester. For other students, winter break might have been a well-earned reward for working diligently and doing well in the fall. Whatever the case may be, coming back to a new semester comes with a slew of new challenges. Consequently, it is important to learn how to combat these challenges by utilizing effective strategies to help lay a good foundation for academic success in the spring.  STEP 1: Reflect. The beginning of the semester is a great time to reflect on your academic... Continued
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Over the years, many students have found themselves facing the effects of “Freshmen 15,” the added weight that piles on without warning once dorm life begins. Faced with the struggle to juggle study habits, class schedules, extracurricular activities, and a fast food centered social life, healthy eating and nutrition fall by the way side. Yet nutrition is at the very center of every person’s wellbeing. It affects how well we think, how good we feel, and our overall capacity to work. So here are a few tips that you should keep in mind to help optimize your eating habits.
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Hello students! Can you believe it’s November already? By now, you have probably taken many tests and exams for your courses. Maybe you are great at test-taking or maybe you need some help. The purpose of this post is to share some test-taking tips that any student can utilize before, during and after taking a test. It is important to develop your own test-taking approach, but listed below are general tips to improve your performance on exams. Before the test Decide on a game-plan:  Have a strategy before you write your name on the exam. What are you going to do first? What types of questions will you be asked (multiple-choice, short answer, essay... Continued
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The first week of classes can be a very difficult experience for students. Time management, avoiding stress, and a slew of other concerns can make the beginning of the semester a bit daunting. One way to alleviate the stress of a new school year is to properly utilize syllabi. A syllabus is an important tool both professors and students use to organize their time throughout the semester. Additionally, a syllabus can become a useful resource when used to map out specific academic goals in the beginning of the semester. The following are helpful tips on how to make the most out of your syllabi. Use the course schedule! During the first week of classes, set aside time to... Continued