Academic Advising

There are many things that I can advise on, however it is individualizing the student’s plan for them.

In my experience I have found some valuable tools that I hope can help with certain planning, time management and achieving one’s goals.

To-Do Lists

While some students benefit from a planner, others keep track of assignments more effectively using a to-do list. Consider posting deadline reminders on your screen, using a post-it. Write down deadlines, advisory opportunities, and plan your homework time.

Use your phone’s calendar to set reminders, Google Keep is a great resource for lists, or even printable lists can help remind you about certain items that you need to do.

When planing out when to do assignments, especially bigger projects
1. Break down the task into manageable steps (Figure out your layout, brainstorm, how many drafts?)
2. Estimate the time needed to complete the task (Figure out the due date and maybe give yourself a few days before you want it to be due just for verification that you are ready to turn it in).
3. Decide when you will begin the task and set a reminder alarm (if possible, please sit at a desk and put away your phone and all distractions)
4. Begin the task and contact your professor if you have additional questions
5. Have someone proofread it or get someone else’s opinion 6. Submit the assignment😎

Over time, this will become a routine

Time Management

We all have problems with time management, sometime in our lives.

To help you arrive on time to class, create alarms in your phone/computer that match your current schedule of classes

Goal Setting: It is important to set academic goals that are measurable, have end dates, and are achievable. Start with short term goals “This week I will submit all of my assignments on time. To do this, I will plan my homework time, and submit all assignments the night before class”

Time Management Video

Creating a Time Management Inventory– This is a great tool hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Great TED Talk about how a student changed her study habits through time management and setting goals.

The Pomodoro Time Management System

Comprehension of the Topic/Materials

How to Annotate a Text -Note taking while reading can be helpful for memory retention. Sometimes a drawing, short sentence, or brief overview can help you when it is time to study for the quiz/test.

Strategic Highlighting

Memory Tips Video

Tips For Reading Textbooks and Comprehending Content

Reading Comprehension Tips-While reading, consider using post-its to record the (who, what, where, when, why) or summarize the main point. Here are some studying tips: Study Skills PPT

Taking Notes

PPT: Learning to Take Notes 

Concept Maps: Graphic Organizers

Cornell Notes Template

Learning to Take Cornell Notes

Guide to Note taking

Learning Self-Care

It is important to prioritize sleep, healthy eating, exercise, relationships with friends/family, recreation, and mental health management. Without self-care, it is very difficult to learn and handle life’s up and downs. 

Sleeping and Learning

Growth Mindset

What is Grit?

Testing Anxiety: What is it? How to handle it

Bouncing Back From a Low Grade

The Wheel of Life divides into 8 categories:
(You can download the Wheel of Life as an editable Word document):
Wheel of Life Word Doc

  • Personal Growth
  • Career
  • Academics/College Life
  • Fun and Recreation
  • Relationships
  • Physical Environment
  • Health
  • Money