Alicia’s Apperceptions – Starting the Semester Out Right

Welcome back and welcome to new students! Here a few quick tips to start the semester on the right foot:

  1. Take advantage of your professor’s office hours! Ask them any questions and see how the class is going to be set up before it’s too late to drop the class. Also if you’re having trouble comprehending the information or it’s near test time, this would be an important time to go.
  2.  Organize! Have a notebook and a folder for each class and label them with the class name or section. (Ex: COM 302 or Introduction to Photography).
  3.  Put important dates into your planner! The first day, professors give you the syllabus for the semester which includes due dates for important papers, the midterm/final and when the exams are. Go ahead and put those into your planner, so you’re already prepared when it comes around.
  4.  Make friends in your classes! When you’re absent for a class, you’ll be thankful you did. Most professors will tell you on the first day, to get all missed notes from another student in the class.
  5.  Take notes! Ask the professor beforehand if they post their Power points on Blackboard. If so, listen to the professor during the lecture, and then copy down the Power Point slides later.
  6.  Read the assigned readings! A lot of times, information from the readings show up on exams.
  7.  Highlight and/or write in the book! If you brought your textbook, you can write and/or highlight in it. This will save time from not having to write down every single note as you read.
  8.  If you’re struggling in a class, make an appointment at the Learning Hub! If you are unable to do this, ask around and possibly one of your friends can or knows somebody that can help you with what you’re struggling on.
  9.  Have some fun! Go to campus activities and bring your friends. You only get to experience your college years once.
  10.  Take advantage of things on campus (Ex: OASIS, Career Center, Admissions)! Everyone is here to help make this your best college experience.
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Alicia’s Apperceptions ~ Finals Week is Coming!

OASIS’ very own Leadership Lived student worker Alicia Woodman (’17) joins our blogging team. She has great advice for students so gather ’round. Take it away, Alicia!

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Welcome back from Thanksgiving Break, fellow students. Finals are just around the corner. Below are some tips to help you get through them:

  1. Go To Your Finals- Finals are a big percentage of your grade.
  2. STUDY- Finals cover a lot of materials and there’s a chance that you’ll have more than one final in a day.
  3. Check When Your Finals Are- Finals aren’t always when class regularly meets. Check out the UIS home page for the Finals Schedule.
  4. Don’t Stay Up All Night Unless You Set Your Alarm- Setting your alarm will guarantee you’ll get up on time for your exam. Chances are you’ll be so tired from staying up, that you’ll sleep right through your exam if you don’t set your alarm.
  5. Join Study Groups!– You’re more apt to study if you’re with a group.
  6. Go To Professor’s Office Hours- Don’t understand something? Go to your Professor’s Office Hours. They’re in their office for that reason.
  7. Don’t Wait Last Minute!– Don’t wait until an hour before the final to study, because chances are there’s more material that you need to study then you can fit in to that time.
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Peer Advisor Workshops and Advising Meetings for Spring 2014 Registration

Traditional/ Gen Ed Freshmen,

Congratulations on nearing the mid-point of the spring semester. Now is the time to keep that momentum going and start planning for the Spring 2014 semester. We are looking forward to meeting with you to map out your course schedule for the spring.

General education/traditional students, here’s what you need to do. Starting today, email UISUAAC@uis.edu to register for a Peer Advisor Workshop. Here are your options for these:

10/14 Monday   1-3p

10/15 Tuesday   2:30-5p

10/16 Wednesday 1-3p

10/17 Thursday 9a-12p

10/18 Friday 9:30a-12p

The Peer Advisor Workshop is your first opportunity to create a draft spring schedule with the help of the UAAC Peer Advisors. Meet in BRK 472 for your workshop. Email UISUAAC@uis.edu  and reserve your spot in a Peer Advisor Workshop today.

Secondly, starting Oct 14 please call or send an email to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor between Oct 21-Nov 1. Appointments are on a first come first serve basis,  so it is in your best interest to make yours as soon as possible on or after Oct 14. You must register for a Peer Advisor Workshop prior to scheduling a meeting with your academic advisor. Your academic advisor is as follows:

Carmalita Kemayo – arrange appointments using Starfish

Majors:

ACC

ECO

MGT

BBA

MIS

Plus last names A-F

Lori Benedict (217)206-7471  or UISUAAC@uis.edu

Majors

BIO

CHE

CLS

CSC

Math

Plus last names G & H

Tarah Sweeting-Trotter (217)206-7471 or UISUAAC@uis.edu

STARS students

Plus last names I-L not in aforementioned majors

Mae Noll (mnoll1@uis.edu)

Last names M-Z not in aforementioned majors

After you have scheduled your Peer Advisor Workshop and your advising meeting, take a look at what classes you will need. The first year advising guides for all majors are available at http://www.uis.edu/generaleducation/freshman/advising.html.

A list of the General Education courses being offered with times, days and CRNs will soon be available on the General Education website. Registration starts the week of Nov 4. Log on to http://www.uis.edu/registration/onlinereg.html and follow the links to register for your classes at the time denoted by your time ticket.

We can not stress enough the importance of scheduling and following through with your advising appointment as requested. You will have a hold placed on your account which will prevent you from registering without meeting with your advisor. If you have any questions about the advising process, please contact your academic advisor.

 

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New Year’s Resolutions

At a doctor’s office I read an article in a magazine about making good resolutions for the new year. It said to examine those parts of your life that get you down or situations or relationships that heighten your anxiety level and then analyze those and think of new ways of responding to these in 2013. It is not too late to follow the advice in that article and make resolutions that address specific areas that cause you frustration time after time. Ask yourself “If I am having a great day, what or who can and does ruin it?”
Then ask yourself how you could respond so the things on your list don’t shake you next time.  Think of ways you could look at the situations and how you can respond when in these situations in 2013.
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? If so, we would love to hear them. How are they going? If not, ask yourself what are your top 3 day-ruiners or what habit or lifestyle choice hindered your academic performance last semester. Then ask yourself how you could save your day from being ruined when they happen. If you are short on strategies, then drop us a line at MNoll1@uis.edu and tell us what can ruin your day. Don’t worry that it’s too big or too small. If it’s ruining your day time and time again, you need some resolutions, and we will help you create them.
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Making the Most of the New Year

A new semester is now in full swing. It is your chance to implement lessons learned from last semester. Regardless of your major or the class, you are here for a reason and should strive to make the most of every course you are in this spring at UIS. Here are strategies for doing just that.

Pay Attention. Keep your eyes wide open. Watch what is going on up on the board, where your instructor is going on the computer, and what your classmates are saying in class discussion. Make eye contact with your instructor when she or he is speaking.

Listen Up. Give your full attention to classroom discussion, lectures, and announcements. Texting, IM, email and social networking can wait until after class. The break in communication with your friends will give you and them space, which is both necessary and healthy for your relationships.

Speak Up. Ask questions about anything you don’t understand. Offer answers when your instructor asks the class questions. Take part in discussions by saying what you think about a topic. Class participation can make or break your final grade. Do think before you speak, however, because asking too many under-considered questions might reveal that you were not listening. Also you don’t want to dominate every class discussion or interrupt your peers or instructors.

Hands On. Use your clicker to respond to class surveys or quizzes. Take notes to help the information sink in and don’t be surprised by how note-taking jogs your memory later. Engage in all learning activities and with any technology tools offered by your instructors for learning such as Blackboard, podcasts, lecture capture, wikis, or blogs. A unique part of your UIS education is the wide variety and frequent use of state of the art educational technologies. These will help you retain the material better and offer the added benefit of allowing you master new technologies that will make you more knowledgeable and marketable.

Stay tuned. Even when you are not in class you can improve your class performance by keeping engaged with the material between class meetings. Listen to the news that relates to your class subjects. Read your assigned material and take notes. Do crossword puzzles. Read a daily paper. Journal or blog about your passions. Plan out your weekly schedule. Email your parents or write your grandparents about what you learned at UIS this week. Keep your mind active, even on the weekends.

Source: American Girl Scholastic: Middleton, WI 2005.

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Freshmen: Peer Advisor Workshops for Spring 2013 Course Planning

UIS Traditional Freshmen,

As referenced yesterday, the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center is hosting a series of workshops dedicated to helping you build your schedule for spring 2013 semester. You must attend one of these pre-advising workshops before you meet with your academic advisor to select fall classes. Each workshop will help you draft a schedule of fall classes.

Listed below are the dates and times for the Peer Advisor Workshops. Please contact the UAAC to reserve a spot. You may call, email, or setup an appointment in person. Once a session is full, it will be closed, and you will need to select another session. Please report the UAAC in Brookens 472 for the workshop. Again, when calling to set up an advising appointment with your Academic Advisor in the UAAC, we will check to ensure that you have signed up for and attended one of the sessions below. Please be aware that attendance at one session is required as is pre-registration.

Workshop dates are:

Monday October 8 – 12pm-2pm       

Tuesday October 9 – 1pm-3pm

Wednesday October 10 – 11:30am-2pm

Tuesday October 16 – 10am-3pm

Thursday October 18 – 11am-2pm

The Peer Advisor Workshop is your first opportunity to create a draft spring schedule with the help of the UAAC Peer Advisors. Please email UISUAAC@uis.edu  and reserve your spot in a Peer Advisor Workshop today.

We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to helping you craft a spring 2013 schedule with you.

Undergraduate Academic Advising Center

BRK 472 (4th Floor Brookens Library) 217-206-7471 uisuaac@uis.edu

 

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Peer Advisor Workshops and Advising Meetings for Spring 2013 Registration

Traditional/ Gerneral Education freshmen, congratulations on nearing the mid-point of the fall semester. Now is the time to keep that momentum going and start planning for the Spring 2013 semester, which begins in January 2013. We are looking forward to meeting with you to map out your course schedule for this spring. 

General education/traditional freshmen students, here’s what you need to do. Starting today, email UISUAAC@uis.edu to register for a Peer Advisor Workshop. Here are your options for these:

Monday October 8 – 12pm-2pm       

Wednesday October 10 – 11:30am-2pm

Tuesday October 16 – 10am-2pm

Thursday October 18 – 11am-2pm 

The Peer Advisor Workshop is your first opportunity to create a draft spring schedule with the help of the UAAC Peer Advisors. Meet in BRK 472 for your workshop. Email UISUAAC@uis.edu  and reserve your spot in a Peer Advisor Workshop today.

Secondly, starting October 15 please call or send an email to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor between October 22-November 2. Appointments are on a first come first serve basis,  so it is in your best interest to make yours as soon as possible on or after October 15. You must register for a Peer Advisor Workshop prior to scheduling a meeting with your academic advisor. Your academic advisor is as follows:  

Carmalita Kemayo (217)206-7471 or  UISUAAC@uis.edu Majors:

ACC

ECO

MGT

BBA

MIS

BIO

CHE

CLS

MAT

 

Tarah Sweeting-Trotter (217)206-7471 or  UISUAAC@uis.edu Majors:

STARS

ENG

HIS

VSA (ART)

SWK

CSC

LIS

 

Mae Noll (mnoll1@uis.edu) Majors:

COM

CRJ

LES

POS

PSY

SOA

Undeclared

 

After you have scheduled your Peer Advisor Workshop and your advising meeting, take a look at what classes you will need this spring. The first year advising guides for all majors are available at http://www.uis.edu/generaleducation/freshman/advising.html.

A list of the General Education courses being offered in Spring 2013 with times, days and CRNs will soon be available on the General Education website. Registration starts the week of November 5. Log on to http://www.uis.edu/registration/onlinereg.html and follow the links to register for your classes at the time denoted by your time ticket.

We can not stress enough the importance of scheduling and following through with your advising appointment as requested. You will have a hold placed on your account which will prevent you from registering without meeting with your advisor. If you have any questions about the advising process, please contact your academic advisor.

 

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The Time Is Coming

Here we are in mid-September already. This time of year classes move beyond the get to know you and the subject matter phase and become more demanding. Add on meetings and work and social time with your new friends, and you may suddenly find yourself feeling a bit panicky about time, or the lack thereof. It may be time to take a look at your daily routine and regain control of your time.

What works for me is that I write everything in a long list that I need to do and then I block out time for each thing on the list. I have a full 2012 calendar where I can write down what week I will be doing specific tasks and also write down events and appointments. Then I make a more detailed weekly schedule every weekend for the week ahead. More than likely you have used some sort of a time management system at some point in your life. What has worked for you?

Maybe you are starting from scratch with time management. Next week, on Thursday Sept. 20 in UHB 2011 from noon-1p, the Center for Teaching and Learning is giving a workshop on time planning. The presentation will cover creating a planner or making adjustments to your current planner, and how to use your smart phone as a tool for planning.

If you go to the workshop, let me know (email mnoll1@uis.edu) what you found valuable there. Also let me know if you have a time management strategy that you think I should share with other UIS students.   

 

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The Master Course List Has Arrived

I am sure you sensed the excitement in the air on campus. Yesterday something new was announced in the Office of Undergraduate Education at UIS. We now have a fully functional Master Course List for General Education and ECCE classes.

The Master Course List is a complete list of all General Education and ECCE courses offered from fall 2006 to the present. The dates following each course title indicate the term in which the course was first offered and its most recent term of activation. Active courses may be offered in the current term, but students and advisors should refer to the the Dynamic Course Schedule to see if the course is currently being offered. They will also want to continue to refer to the Semester Course Lists

The Master Course List should be a nice tool for students to use to explore the classes available to them, sort of like online shopping. If you see a class that interests you, talk to your advisor about how it could possibly fit into your academic future.

 The Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, Karen Moranski, is pleased with the new announcement and says that she hopes this Master Course List, which we have long anticipated, will be helpful to faculty, staff, and, most of all, students.

 

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Settling into Fall & Planning for Spring

Last week our Peer Advisors put together the schedule for Peer Advising Workshops for Spring 2013 course scheduling. They will take place in October, and more information will follow in late September by email to your UIS student email account about how to register. Peer Advising Workshops are stop #1 on the journey to creating your Spring class schedule. In addition to attending a Peer Advising Workshop, you will also meet with your assigned academic advisor. This semester we have divided advisees by majors as follows:

Carmalita Kemayo- ACC, ECO, MGT, BBA, MIS, BIO, CHE, CLS, and MAT

Tarah Sweeting- Trotter- STARS, ENG, HIS, VSA, SWK, CSC, and LIS

Mae Noll-COM, CRJ, LES, POS, PSY, SOA, and UND

Are you starting to feel like you are in a groove for your fall classes? Are you excited about starting to plan for spring classes?

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