The University Success Center

Strategies for Academic Success

student studying

"I rarely studied in high school and made all A's and B's. Now that I am moving on to college, I am really worried. What will it take to make decent grades? Keep my head in a book all of the time? No! I want college to be fun!"

"I have been at UNA for 2 semesters and I just don't understand why my grades are not better. I don't miss class that often and I study the night before a test. Help me figure this out. What does it take to be academically successful?"

Many students find that they can identify with one of the above student scenarios. Some students enter university study worrying whether or not they will be able to do what it takes to make good grades. Others realize after a semester or two that what they are doing in their studies is not enough to meet the academic standards set by the university or their own personal standards. Whatever the situation, the following information and web links are made available to students who want to uncover new strategies for academic success.

Study Skill Sites

The following are links to websites containing general study skill information as well as information for studying particular subject areas.

Academic Success Center

The Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection

--offers a variety of online pamphlets containing information on time management, study skills, etc., including public speaking anxiety, relaxation techniques, and assertive communication.

Study Skills Self-Help Information

--contains on-site links to various study skills self-help topics (ex.--time-scheduling suggestions, concentration, control of the study environment, and proofreading).

Study Strategies

--contains self-assessments and information to help students develop healthy study strategies.
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Reading and Writing Skills

How to Read Essays You Must Analyze

Plagiarism - Up close and personal

--an excellent UNA guide to help the student avoid plagiarism.

Avoiding Plagiarism

--provides a practical guide to help students know when plagiarism has or has not occurred.

Overview of plagiarism

--lists on-site links containing strategies to avoid plagiarizing; gives examples of acceptable and unacceptable paraphrasing.

Math Skills

Reducing math anxiety

How to Solve It

--helps students gain general understanding of various math problems and devise problem-solving methods.

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Career Planning and Exploration

Occupational Outlook Handbook

--lists descriptions for approximately 3,000 occupational areas providing information in the following areas for each occupation: nature of the work, earnings, training and education needed, skills required, working conditions, advancement opportunities, projected growth, related jobs, employment, and sources of additional information.

Black Collegian magazine

--offers useful information and advice on careers, graduate/professional schools.

Careers and internships

What do I do with a major in...?

--provides information about what one can do after they graduate with a particular degree.

Career Planning and Development

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Success Center Staff

Dr. Robert Koch Jr.

University Success Center Director

Center for Writing Excellence Director

The Commons 223

256.765.4131

rtkoch@una.edu

 

Ms. Tammy D. Rhodes

Administrative Assistant

The Commons 204

256.765.4722

256.765.4764 (FAX)

tdrhodes@una.edu

 

Dr. Amy E. Crews

University Advising Services Director

Active Suspension Coordinator

The Commons 221

256.765.4437

aecrews@una.edu

 

Dr. Robert Koch Jr.

Interim First-Year Experience Coordinator

The Commons 223

256.765.4131

rtkoch@una.edu

 

Dr. Kathleen Richards

Center for Writing Excellence

Assistant Director

Collier Library Basement

256.765.6015

karichards@una.edu

 

Prof. Marlow B. McCullough

Mathematics Learning Center Director

The Commons 217

256.765.5084

mmccullough@una.edu

 

Learning Support Coordinator

Academic Advisor

The Commons 220

256.765.4722

 

Ms. Kenda H. Rusevlyan

Testing Coordinator

University Advisor

The Commons 214

256.765.4773

khrusevlyan@una.edu

 

Ms. Elizabeth C. Haggerty

University Advisor

The Commons 213

256.765.4722

echaggerty@una.edu

 

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