Class Session #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.

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 survey called New 2 BU.  This fall all incoming students are encouraged to participate in a New 2BU Survey. A unique survey link will be sent to new student Baylor email accounts on September 16. NSE instructors will have the opportunity to view student reports after they complete the survey in the Student Success Collaborative platform. The assessment will connect students with campus resources that will allow them to proactively make meaningful changes to their behavior as they see fit.