News From the ASC

Wednesday November 20, 2019 is the last day to apply for an ASC tutor. It’s not too late! Stop by the ASC to fill out an application or print, fill it out and stop by our office to set up an appointment to receive your tutoring information. You must drop off your application and set up your appointment by 5:00pm Wednesday 11/20/19.

Please join us Wednesday, November 20 for our De-Cram Your Exams workshop from 5:30- 6:30pm in Maas Conference. Feel free to bring over your dinner! If you can’t make the workshop you can make an appointment with as ASC staff member to get the information and worksheets.

The ASC is here to help! Please connect with us to see how we can partner with you for your academic success.

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Tutoring Slots are Filling up!

The ASC has been assigning a lot of tutors! Some courses are getting close to filling and wait lists will have to be started. If you are considering applying for a tutor we encourage you to do so soon! You can work with a tutor once or the entire semester! The best way to determine if you are interested in having a tutor is to attend an information session- and then applying is easy on line! The Information sessions to get a tutor are offered M/W at 12:00 & 12:30 in VZN 298 and T/TR at 11:00 & 11:30 BSC 004. Alternatively, you can stop by our office to set up an individual appointment. Check the ASC website for more information and helpful resources!

Interested in a Tutor?

The Academic Success Center (ASC) will begin accepting applications for tutors starting Wednesday September 4, 2019. If you are interested in applying for a tutor plan to attend a 15 minute information session. Only one session per year is required. You may also make an individual appointment by stopping by the ASC. 

Information sessions to get a tutor are offered:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays at 12:00 and 12:30 pm in VZN 298
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays at 11:00 & 11:30 am in BSC 004

Please see the ASC website for more information. 

Watch our blog for study tips and suggestions to help you be successful! We want you to have a great semester! Please stop by to see how we can help!

Are you procrastinating? Watch this video for inspiration!

Exams are looming! Projects are impending! Are you struggling to get motivated? Watch this video created by students from Indiana University Bloomington for some inspiration and encouragement! (It’s only 3 minutes so the ASC gives you permission to pause your studies to watch it!)

Beat Procrastination! Eat that Frog!

ASC Count Down to Final Exams

Proven Methods for Improved Final Exam Preparation and Focus
Based on a 2013 article by Shaniese Alston, Office of New Media of the State University of New York

  1. Say NO to cramming: Study in 20-50 minute increments and give yourself 5-10 minutes in between. By distributing learning over time versus cramming, you will typically gain more long-term retention of the material.
  2. Say YES to cardio: Research shows that just 20 minutes of cardio can improve your memory. Whether you opt to dance, jog, walk, bike or swim, exercise will increase your energy level and reduce the effects of stress.
  3. Eat superfoods/antioxidants: Everybody knows you should eat breakfast the day of a big test. Cameron Holloway, a senior clinical researcher at the University of Oxford suggests that high-carb, high-fiber, slow-digesting foods like oatmeal are best (oatmeal is more filling than cereal) and that eating a balanced diet that includes fruit and vegetables helps your brain hold steady.
  4. Alternate study spots: Shake up your finals routine! Spending all night in the library can be draining. According to the New York Times, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. Why? Supposedly, the brain makes subtle associations between what it is studying and the background sensations it has at the time. Try alternating your study spots between the library, a study room, and a quiet coffee house.
  5. Time management: Cramming causes anxiety, which lowers your ability to retain information. By creating a balanced study plan and schedule, you will be able to study each subject in its entirety and ultimately boost your test performance.
  6. Avoid the all-nighter: According to a 2008 study by Pamela Thacher, Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Lawrence University, all-nighters impair reasoning and memory for as long as four days resulting in lower grades. According to Dan Taylor, director of a sleep-and-health-research lab at the University of North Texas, you should review the toughest material immediately before going to bed the night prior to the test. It makes it easier to recall the material later.
  7. MINIMIZE distractions: Research shows that while many students prefer to study while listening to music, texting friends, or watching television, they are less likely to retain information that way. If you must listen to music, stick to instrumental music and consider downloading these study tools to keep you focused!
  8. MAXIMIZE practice-testing: You may have thought highlighting, re-reading and summation would be effective ways to study. Think again! A 2013 study, Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques, found that these techniques do not consistently boost students’ performance. Practice testing through the use of flashcards, or taking practice exams was observed to be a highly effective studying technique.

Use these study tips to create and implement your own survival plan for finals week this semester. Need help or encouragement? Stop by the Academic Success Center in VanZoeren 261 for you own personalized study session.

ASC Study Tip- It’s not too late to get a tutor!

The Academic Success Center (ASC) will continue to take requests to get a tutor until April 12. Please see the ASC website for how to apply and typical courses tutored. If you had a tutor last semester you will only need to fill out an on-line request and an application will be emailed to you! If you did not have a tutor last semester you will need to complete an application and bring it to the ASC to make an appointment to receive information about tutoring expectations and your tutor’s contact information. It’s not too late! A tutor can still make a difference!

ASC is Hiring Tutors for Fall 2019

The ASC is taking recommendations from professors for tutors in their disciplines. If interested in becoming a tutor for the ASC, please contact a professor and have them send a recommendation to the asc@hope.edu. Recommendations will be gathered through next week (3/22) and information meetings will be presented following Spring Break. The ASC usually hires between 50- 70 new tutors! The position is very flexible with a minimal number of hours a week required. Please see the ASC website to see if you qualify and ask a professor for a recommendation!