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Academic Skills

The Banacos Academic Center is home to the University Tutoring Program, as well as MTEL ComLit Preparation, Disability Services, and our program for students with Learning Disabilities.

Academic skills and strategies are important tools to develop at any stage of a college student’s career.  The Banacos Academic Center provides limited support to any student who desires to improve academic skills.  Group and individual sessions are available throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. 

FALL SEMESTER SCHEDULE AVAILABLE BELOW!

PLANNING TOOL KIT AVAILABLE BELOW!

To sign up for an academic skills workshop, please go to our Academic Skills and MTEL ComLit Preparation Scheduler. Please use one of the following browsers:

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Below is the schedule for the Academic Skills Workshops for the fall semester.  Students should note that a progression format is used over the course of the semester, moving from managing time efficiently to preparing for and taking final exams.  Each workshop will build on earlier session topics, though students may elect to participate in some and skip others since each session will cover a complete topic.  The techniques offered for acquisition should help in all classes.

There will be two identical sessions each week on the same topic to help provide scheduling options for students:  one will be on Mondays from 1:00 to 2:00 and the other will be on Tuesdays from 1:00 to 2:00.  The aim of this workshop series is to offer academic success strategies on topics addressing student concerns as the semester moves forward.  These workshops are open to all students and are held in the Banacos Academic Center conference room (Parenzo 159).

To sign up for an Academic Skills workshop, students should register, find the schedule, and reserve a seat on-line at http://www.westfield.ma.edu/banacos/scheduler/.  These workshops are highlighted in red on that scheduler.  If a workshop is full, students may put their names on the Wait List.  Email academicskills@westfield.ma.edu with questions.  (If you cannot attend after reserving a seat, please cancel three hours ahead so another student may participate.)

Students are asked to bring a NOTEBOOK, one SYLLABUS with assignment schedule, that COURSE TEXTBOOK, and a PEN to each workshop they attend [as well as the specific materials noted below for particular workshops].   

Week 1,  9/18 & 19

Academic Skills for Strong College Work:  Scheduling and Managing Homework & Time (Please bring a notebook & your planner/agenda/calendar.)

Week 2,  9/25 & 26

Syllabi, Assignments, & Test/Paper Content:  Connecting Class Clues for Success (Please bring the syllabus & assignment schedule from one of your classes.)

Week 3,  10/2 & 3

Reading:  Be Alert for Key Words, Order, Punctuation, & Page Layout for Comprehension (Please bring one of your course textbooks or reading assignments.)

Week 4,  10/9 & 10

NO WORKSHOPS THIS WEEK DUE TO Columbus Day holiday on Monday

Week 5,  10/16 & 17

Productive Note-taking and Use:  In-class, While Reading, and to Review & Learn (Please bring one of your course textbooks or reading assignments.)

Week 6,  10/23 & 24

Tests & Mid-term Exams:  Preparation (Review Sheets, Study Guides, etc.) & Test-taking (Please bring a test from one of your classes/textbooks & a review sheet and/or study guide if you have one.)

Week 7,  10/30 & 31

Reflecting on Mid Term Progress:  Planning/Prioritizing NOW for the Rest of the Semester (Please bring at least one course notebook and your planning calendar.)

Week 8,  11/6 & 7

End the Exam Cram:  Study Smarter Not Harder By Preparing for Final Exams NOW! (Please bring pertinent materials from one of your courses.)

Week 9,  11/13 & 14

Grammar:  Brush Up on Basics to Improve Your Reading and Your Writing  (Please email to address above ahead of time or bring samples of and/or questions about grammar issues.)   

Week 10,  11/20 & 21

Open Academic Skills:  Faculty Suggestions & Student Requests – Bring Your Questions! (Please email to address above other topic requests not listed, and bring samples of areas of concern or repeat topics)

Week 11,  11/27 & 28

Oral Presentations:  Planning, Practice, and Construction of Useful Power Point Slides (Please bring pertinent materials from one of your courses, including an assignment sheet/presentation guidelines.)

Week 12,  12/4 & 5

Preparing for Final Exams:  Anticipating, Gathering Materials, and Practicing Responses (Please bring pertinent materials from one or more of your courses, including a review sheet and/or study guide.)

Week 13,  12/11 & 12

Drop-in Time for The Last Push:  To Take Exams, Finish Projects, & Give Presentations (Please bring pertinent materials from one or more of your courses, including an assignment sheet and/or study guide.)

DROP-IN TIME reminder

Drop-in hours are Mondays and Tuesdays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

No reservation is needed, and assistance is offered on a first come, first served basis.  Students should be registered in the online system referenced above before arrival or may do so once they arrive.                  

 

Please write to academicskills@westfield.ma.edu for more information.

Planning Toolkit

Below are the pieces of the Academic Skills Planning Toolkit. Please feel free to grab a few friends, teammates, club members, or classmates, and work together to carve out a regular weekly schedule.  this schedule should be one that includes all aspects of your regularly scheduled week including classes, meals, calls home, play time, appointments, worship, laundry, checking email, taking care of business, club time, study time (which class and where!) and review time for each class. Bring color pencils or pens to color code your schedule.

Read this first: Dear Tool Kit User

Here are the handouts:

The regular weekly schedule serves as a tool for you to think through your week and how you organize it.  Please be reasonable, realistic and respectful of yourself!

Staff:
Sarah E. Lazare, Director
Katy Milford, Coordinator of Academic Skills and MTEL ComLit Preparation

last updated 9/19/17, sel