Week 2

Succeed Academically

Guiding Question: What must I do to succeed academically?

Learning Objectives

  1. Students will develop a schedule to help them manage their time effectively.
  2. Students will identify campus resources to help them succeed.
  3. Students will approach at least one faculty member by the end of the week.

Possible Readings

  1. Chaplain - Meaning To
  2. Burleson, Blake - Integrity
  3. Davis, Darin - Attention and Intention
  4. Hamilton, Jeffrey - Academics
  5. Riley, Hugh and Jaime Diaz-Granados - Transitions
  6. Saxon, Terrill; Tracey Sulak; and Tamara Hodges - Becoming An Active Learner
  7. Vardaman, Elizabeth - Perseverance
  8. Literary: Arthur Hough Clough, "Say not the Struggle Naught Availeth"; William Wordsworth, "The World is Too Much with Us"; Tennyson, "Ulysses"; Blake, "Jerusalem"

Suggested In-Class Activities and Supplementary Materials

  1. Have students share in class the list of student organizations they connected with during Late Night and explain why they connected with those organizations.
  2. Discuss with students the importance of connecting with faculty members. Talk to students specifically about how to approach a first conversation with faculty.
  3. Academic Success Activity

Before the Next Meeting

  1. Have students go and talk to someone in another support office on campus and bring back a flyer or business card from that office. (Include list of support offices).
  2. Have students go and meet with at least one professor.
  3. Talk to your students about the fact that, as they begin to take their first round of mid-terms, it will be important to understand their strengths and weaknesses as well as their long and short term goals. A special tool we have in place to help them better understand themselves is a student success tool called MAP-Works. Students will receive an email on September 10th prompting them to take this self-assessment. Hand out a MAP-Works highlighter to each student in class as a special reminder to "highlight" the importance of completing this activity. Instruct students to review their report after they have taken this assessment. It will give them individualized tips for success. Have them print out their report and bring it with them to the next class.