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Student Academic Success Sessions

The Student Academic Success Sessions are supplemental education programs designed to impart the necessary academic skills to attendees through one hour, engaging, professionally presented workshops.

Fall 2015 Session Schedule

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Starting the Semester Off in the Right Direction
Wednesday, September 2 @ 3pm
MUC: Illinois Room
Kara Shustrin, Student Affairs
Learn to balance the new responsibilities and expectations that college students face and become aware of how you use your time. Learn skills that will position you for a strong start to the semester.
Motivation for Success
Monday, September 14 @ 4pm
MUC: Illinois Room
Vicky Dean, University Housing
Becoming motivated is the first step toward earning success. Find the strategies that work for you and learn to build on your strengths as a student. Get motivated to make the most of your college experience!
Pitfalls of Procrastination*
Tuesday, September 15 @ 5pm
MUC: Illinois Room
Kalisha Turner, Office of Academic Advising
Learn to recognize the causes and negative consequences of procrastination and learn ways to combat it. Receive tips on management, prioritization and organization as you develop new habits for living (mostly) procrastination free. 
Getting Involved on Campus
Monday, September 21 @ 3pm 
MUC: Illinois Room
Michelle Welter, Kimmel Student Involvement Center
Learn how to get involved on campus through fraternities and sororities, academic clubs, intramural sports, and more. 
Academic Success (Study Skills, Time Management, Organization)*
Tuesday, September 29 @ 4pm
MUC: Illinois Room
Kevin P. Thomas, Office of Retention and Student Success
Learn to overcome stress, develop effective study habits, and organize and prioritize your work so that you can meet deadlines in a timely manner. Learn to avoid procrastination, manage a busy schedule and gain tips on how to better manage your time. 
Overcoming Homesickness*
Tuesday, October 6 @ 5pm
MUC: Illinois Room
Cathy Passananti, Morris University Center
The transition to college can be stressful and emotional. Receive tips on overcoming homesickness, maintaining relationships back home and building a new life at SIUE. 
Test Anxiety*
Wednesday, October 14 @ 3pm
MUC: Illinois Room
Jamie Linsin, Counseling Services
Develop effective study habits and find the strategies to feel prepared for exams. Learn skills to conquer test anxiety that many college students experience. 
Healthy Balance in the College Atmosphere*
Wednesday, October 21 @ 4pm
MUC: Illinois Room
Riane Greenwalt, Health Services
Learn to manage the demands of coursework, working at a job (if applicable), and your personal life. Students are expected to have both a personal and professional life in college, and this session can help you balance the two realms. 
Social Media and Your Professional Image
Monday, October 26 @ 5pm
MUC: Illinois Room
Susan Seibert, Career Development Center
Learn tips and techniques to help make your social media presence have a positive effect on your professional image. The use of Facebook and LinkedIn as part of your job search will be discussed as well as how to clean up your online presence to make a positive impression with employers. 
How to Read in College
Monday, November 2 @ 3pm
MUC: Illinois Room Room
Connie Dake, Learning Support Services
Reading expectations in college are much higher than reading expectations in high school. Learn how to make strategic decisions about how to read material so that you fully comprehend and retain the information. 
Career Exploration
Tuesday, November 10 @ 4pm
MUC: Illinois Room
Susan Seibert, Career Development Center
If you are unsure of a major or career path you would like to pursue, this session will help you explore career options, get involved within your chosen path, and answer questions you may have regarding different majors and careers. 
Transitions Within the University
Wednesday, November 18 @ 5pm
MUC: Illinois Room
Tyler Phelps, Office of Academic Advising
Learn about changing majors and navigating the system to change your courses and stay on track to graduate
Finals Preparation*
Tuesday, December 1 @ 3pm
MUC: Illinois Room
LaVeasey Carter, Office of Academic Advising
Get ready to tackle the most stressful week of the semester!  Learn to study effectively and prioritize to ensure a successful finals week.  Being prepared will help you earn the grades you have worked for.

*Session counts towards Health Experience designation with the Lincoln Plan- General Education Requirements.  Students must attend five unique SASS Health Experience designated sessions to complete the requirements during their college career. 

Students Academic Success Sessions (SASS) are a supplemental education program designed to impart necessary academic skills to attendees through one hour, hands-on, professionally presented workshops.  The series strives to make sure that the session topics are important and useful to all SIUE students.  The Office of Retention and Student Success appreciates the contributions of all the presenters whose work makes the SASS series a success.

Students must arrive on time in order to attend.
Sessions are open to all students.
For questions, please contact the Office of Retention and Student Success at (618) 650-5930.
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