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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.

Spring 2014 Session Schedule

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Starting the Semester on the Right Foot

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 5 p.m.
MUC Hickory/Hackberry Room
Tyler Phelps, Assistant Director for Transitional Services, Office of Academic Advising

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.


Getting Involved on Campus

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 3 p.m.
MUC Mississippi/Illinois Room
Michelle Welter, Associate Director, Kimmel Student Involvement Center

Learn how to get involved on campus through fraternities and sororities, academic clubs, intramural sports and more.


Overcoming Homesickness

Monday, Feb. 3, 4 p.m.
MUC International Room
Dr. Andy King, Director, Counseling Services

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.


Overcoming Test Anxiety

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 3 p.m.
MUC International Room
Shawn Brodie, Academic Advisor, Office of Academic Advising

Develop effective study habits and find the strategies to feel prepared for exams. Learn skills to conquer test anxiety that many college students experience.


Avoiding Procrastination

Monday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m.
MUC International Room
Jessie Uitermark, Academic Advisor, Office of Academic Advising

Learn to recognize the causes 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!


Motivation for Success

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m.
MUC Mississippi/Illinois Room
Vicky Dean, Assistant Director of Residential Education, University Housing

Becoming motivated is the first step to 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!


Balancing Outside Factors

Monday, March 3, 6 p.m.
MUC Missouri Room
Alexandria White, Community Director, University Housing
Teri Cotton, Resident Assistant, University Housing

Learn to balance the pressures of your college education and outside personal and professional obligations. Learn to manage your time to meet all of your obligations successfully.


Navigating the Academic Process

Monday, March 17, 2 p.m.
MUC Mississippi/Illinois Room
Ian Toberman, Academic Advisor, Office of Academic Advising

Learn to navigate the academic processes of SIUE. From general education to CAPP, find the critical information you need to to know about advising, registration and more.


Inside Student Success: A Look Toward Graduation

Wednesday, March 26, 5 p.m.
MUC International Room
Vicky Dean, Assistant Director of Residential Education, University Housing
Dr. Kevin Thomas, Director of Retention and Student Success

Observe an in-depth interview (think Bravo’s “Inside the Actors Studio”) to learn tips on how to succeed in college. The interview will highlight frequent questions and details on resources available for your success.


Working on Campus in Fall 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 3 p.m.
MUC Mississippi/Illinois Room
Career Development Center and Student Employment staff

Become familiar with the process of getting an on-campus job. Learn to navigate the system to be prepared to apply for a position in July.


Transitions Within the University

Wednesday, April 16, 6 p.m.
MUC Maple/Dogwood Room
Tyler Phelps, Assistant Director for Transitional Services, Office of Academic Advising

Learn about changing majors and navigating the system to change your courses and stay on track to graduate!


Finals Preparation

Wednesday, April 23, 2 p.m.
MUC Maple/Dogwood Room
Jamie Matthews, Community Director, University Housing

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.


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.