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If you would like to meet with me, just come! We will be seeing all students via walk-in, on a first-come, first-served basis. I will not be available Noon- 1pm.
Many Ways to Earn Credit
There are many ways to earn credit toward your degree including community and public service. Though the Commuity and Public Service Program at UAlbany, you may earn 1-3 credits for 35-100 hours of service. Want more information?
Alumni Association Scholarships
For more than 30 years, the University at Albany Alumni Association has provided scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students to help continue UAlbany’s tradition of excellence and opportunity. We are pleased to announce funding for the following student scholarships for 2017-2018.
Alumni Association Spirit Scholarship ($1,000):
Awarded to three UAlbany students who demonstrate outstanding school spirit and commitment to the University and its students.
The Agnes E. Futterer Memorial Fellowship ($1,000):
Awarded to a UAlbany senior entering graduate study in theatre or a theatre-related field at UAlbany or any other accredited institution or recognized theatre program.
The Albert N. Husted Fellowship ($1,000):
Awarded to a UAlbany senior planning for full-time graduate study in any area of study at the University or any other accredited university.
The Adna W. Risley Memorial Scholarship ($750):
Awarded to a UAlbany senior or graduate student pursuing a graduate degree in history.
The Class of 1972 Scholarship ($750 each):
Awarded to a graduating UAlbany senior planning to enter full-time graduate study at the University during the next academic year.
Bertha Brimmer Legacy Scholarship ($1,500):
Awarded to a current or incoming legacy freshman or legacy transfer student. A legacy is a child or grandchild of an alumnus/a.
Scholarship applications will be available online.
Bertha Brimmer applications are due February 24. All other applications are due March 3.
For more information, please visit http://www.alumni.albany.edu/scholarships
or call the Alumni Association at (518) 442-3080.
Palissimo will perform Bastard Feb. 3 at the Performing Arts Center. As part of the performance, the company is inviting up to 50 community members (both dancers and non-dancers) to perform with them in the work.
New York State Writers Institute
Links on Successful Note-taking Strategies
Take Notes by Hand for Better Long-Term Comprehension
Note Taking and Learning: A Summary of Research
TUESDAY is the LAST DAY to ADD A COURSE WITHOUT NEEDING A PERMISSION NUMBER!
Tuesday is the last day to drop 8 Week 1 course without receiving a "W" grade.
- CHECK YOUR SCHEDULES to make sure that everything that you expect to be there IS there and anything that you do not want there is removed!
- NEW DANES | 1st Time Students - You are able to adjust your schedule. If you need help, come in and ask to speak to a peer advisor or any advisor available.
There are many places to go for academic and emotional support. We (ASC) have listed many of these services on the ASC Chat Lounge, the Advisement Services Center blog. We have tutors in many areas. If you do not see what you need listed, just ask. If you need help and you do not know where to go, just come in and ask one of our advisors or e-mail me!
In this blog post, I want to focus on Chemistry, Biology, and Physics tutoring Services:
Your professors are always your first avenues of support. Visit them during their office hours and be prepared with questions about your subjects and, if you are thinking about a career in their areas of expertise, with questions about life
All tutoring is free and no appointment necessary. Tutors can help students with ACHM 120 and ACHM 121 Monday through Friday from noon to 8 pm in CH242B. Some subjects have special timing. Visit their office for more information.
CARSS offers small study groups in Chemistry and they fill up very fast. Faster than what you may be imagining right now. Click here to sign up.
Advising PLUS Tutoring
Students seeking help in ACHM 120, ACHM 121, ACHM 220, or ACHM 221 are urged to contact Barbara Brown at 518-442-3971 or at email@example.com for assistance in arranging a tutor.
During fall, live online support is available for ACHM 120 and ACHM 121 on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday nights between 7:00pm and midnight. For more information and instructions on working with an online tutor click here.
CSTEP tutoring for CSTEP eligible and enrolled students
Visit the CSTEP site
View the CSTEP schedules
During fall, live online support is available for ABIO 120 and ABIO 121 on Wednesday nights between 7:00pm and midnight. For more information and instructions on working with an online tutor click here.
CARSS offers small study groups in BIO212 and they fill up very fast. Faster than what you may be imagining right now. Click here to sign up.
BIOLOGY Review Sessions
In a joint effort between the Biology department and Advising PLUS, weekly review sessions are scheduled for ABIO 121, General Biology 2; ABIO 217, Cell Biology, and ABIO 365, Biochemistry. Students wishing to register for a session should contact Barbara Brown at 518-442-3971.
CSTEP tutoring for CSTEP eligible and enrolled students
Visit the CSTEP website
View the CSTEP schedules
Tutors will help with APHY 105, 106, 140, 145, 245
Free, no appointment necessary
Mon. : 9am - 2pm PH 224
Tue. : 12pm - 5pm PH 224
Wed. :9am - 2pm PH 224
Thu.: 12pm - 5pm PH 224
Fri. :9am - 5pm PH 224
CARSS offers small study groups in PHY105 and PHY140 and they fill up very fast. Faster than what you may be imagining right now. Click here to sign up.
CSTEP Tutoring for CSTEP Eligible and enrolled students
Visit the CSTEP site
View the CSTEP schedules
Check out this article in USA Today:
50 questions to ask if you’re disappointed with your fall grades.
By Billie Streufert December 31, 2015 6:30 pm
Fall grades got you down? Stay calm and persist on. You were admitted to college because your institution believes in you. All students encounter difficulty at some point. Faculty and staff are eager to support you. Consider the first set of questions below to affirm your strengths and assess your values.
- What are three things that you enjoyed or succeed at this semester?
- Where did you take initiative and practice successful habits?
- Who provided encouragement and can continue to help you stay positive?
- What is important to you and motivating you to pursue a degree?
- Are your choices aligned with or different than what you say you want?
- How do you feel when you submit your best work or earn good grades?
Now that you have celebrated these things, take time to identify the choices you made and the action you can take to perform even better in the future.
- If you had a magic wand, what would you change about last semester?
- What would happen if you challenged yourself to become the best you could be? What would you need to do differently?
- Did you take on too many other commitments, such as work or co-curricular activities?
- Were you struggling to cope with interpersonal issues, such as financial problems, family pressures, a break-up, roommate conflict or homesickness?
- Was your credit load too high or unbalanced?
- Did health or medical problems prevent you from focusing?
- Did alcohol or substance use impact your grades?
- Did you spend too much time playing video games, watching NetFlix, napping or socializing with friends?
- Consider the course(s) you wish you had gone differently. Did you attend class regularly?
- Did you have sufficient prior knowledge of the course material?
- Did you complete course work and assignments on time?
- Did you struggle with procrastination or give yourself adequate time for assignments?
- Did you meet with tutors or professors when you had questions?
- Did you review information that you already learned at the beginning of study sessions to warm up?
- Did you test yourself (e.g., flashcards, practice tests, etc.) to assess your understanding during study sessions?
- Did you put information into your own words to check your comprehension?
- Were you engaging in ongoing review or cramming your learning into marathon study sessions?
- Did a disability create barriers and prevent you from assessing your learning?
- Did your interest decrease because you struggled to see the relevancy of the course to your major or career?
- Did you meet with librarians or tutors for assistance with major papers?
- Did the format of the course (e.g., online, accelerated schedule, etc.) create challenges for you?
Next, brainstorm your future strategies and goals in consultation with academic advisors or learning specialists. Ask yourself and these consultants the following questions:
- What grade does the institution and/or your academic program consider passing?
- What grades will you need to secure future employment or admittance into graduate programs?
- Does your current GPA and completed credits satisfy athletic eligibility requirements?
- Do your scholarships require you to maintain a certain GPA or course completion rate?
- If you need to hit a certain GPA to satisfy eligibility requirements, what are your academic goals for the coming semester?
- What are the pros and cons of repeating the course you are disappointed with?
- What academic goals do you need to achieve to graduate on time?
- If you struggled in several courses, does your institution offer academic amnesty and would your extenuating circumstances support this request?
- What is the process for obtaining any necessary disability accommodations?
- What resources exist to help you select a major or career if you lack motivation?
- How can you schedule an appointment with a counselor if you have personal concerns?
- What roadblocks or distractions might you encounter and how can you avoid them?
- Do you believe that learning requires time, effort and effective learning strategies?
- How can you get organized and manage your time?
- How can you create graphic organizers (e.g., Venn diagrams, tables, timelines, etc.) to depict the relationships between concepts?
- What online resources do the publishers of your textbooks provide to help you learn?
- How can you effectively take notes and retain information you read?
- When is tutoring or study groups available?
- How can you apply the information you are learning to make it meaningful, useful and relevant?
- How can you use mnemonic devices and imagery to help you remember?
- How can you best manage any test anxiety or stress?
- What else can you do to pursue academic excellence?
- How can you keep your advisor updated on your progress?
If you feel discouraged, reframe this as a valuable opportunity. Whether you aspire to be a nurse, teacher or counselor, you will have more empathy with your clientele who are also facing difficulty because you coped with setbacks yourself. Plus, you are exerting grit and refining your study strategies, which enhances your ability to be a life-long learner. Stay optimistic and persistent. Another semester and a clean slate is ahead of you!
Billie Streufert serves at Augustana University, S.D., as the director of the Student Success Center. With more than 10 years of experience in career and academic advising, she is eager to help students discover and achieve their goals.
Where do you like to study? Is it in your room? Your suite? The cafeteria? Study area in your dorm? When was in college and in graduate school, I found that I worked best in an area with ambient noise. I studied in the Campus Center basement cafeteria if my friends were not there. All of the chatter would become meaningless background noise. I could work on papers in the library if, and only if, I had completed my research and I was ready to start writing.
My favorite place to study when I was in college and graduate school was any coffee or tea house. This is still the case. I would get my tea and read or work on papers for hours. I would see the same people in the cafes with their laptops and mountains of articles and books every time that I went. I think that we were a pseudo-community with unspoken rules. We watched one another's others belongings when one went to the bathroom or to get another beverage. We sometimes bought each other food. I think that we even had an understood seating arrangement. In any case, we were all intensely working on our stuff and I believe that we pushed one another to continue pressing on toward our respective goals. We were all going to be there until closing. We were all going to make it to the finish line.
- 2nd Floor Lounge in the Business Building
- The PAC lounge in front of the Recital Hall
- By the main fountain when it is nice outside
- My office when it is not busy
- The Science Library
- Dewey Library (Downtown)
- Seating Circles in the basement between the Education and Humanities Buildings
- Seating in front of Pathways into Education, Education Room 127
When are you at your best? Morning? Afternoon? Midnight? Whenever it is, plan to make the best use of this time. Structure what you are going to do, leaving time for a break. With a baby, my scheduling is so warped, that I cannot remember when I am at my best. I think it is in the morning, but I would have to sleep more to prove it.
Examine yourself, identify the kinks in your study patterns, make necessary changes, and hopefully your grades and your learning experience will improve from whatever it is. Blessed journey until the end! RM
Welcome! My name is Rachel Moody. I post weekly announcements and messages to motivate and inspire my UAlbany advisees, and any one else who visits. Comments are welcome! While you are here, have a virtual cup of tea!
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