Academic Strategies

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

Academic 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 wants to strengthen academic performance. Group and individual sessions are available throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. 

FALL SEMESTER SCHEDULE AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER!

PLANNING TOOL KIT AVAILABLE BELOW!

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

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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.  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 Strategies 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 waiting list.  Please cancel 3 hours ahead if you cannot attend so another student may use the seat.

Email academicstrategies@westfield.ma.edu with questions. 

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].   

Below is an example of a Spring schedule of workshops.

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

Week 3,  9/18 & 19

Week 4,  9/25 & 26

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

Week 5, 10/2 and Week 6, 10/10

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

 

[NO Wed 10/3 or Tues 10/9 (Mon schedule) workshops due to Columbus Day scheduling]

Week 7,  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 8,  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 9,  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 10,  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.)

DROP-IN TIME

2 - 2:45 p.m. Tuesdays    

 

WEEKLY DROP-IN TIME for individual concerns is on Tuesdays from 2:00 to 2:45 in Parenzo 168 office.  Drop-in time does not require a reservation, and assistance is offered to students in order of arrival.  Students should be registered in the online system referenced above before arrival, or they may register once they arrive.     

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

Planning Toolkit

Below are the pieces of the Academic Strategies 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 Strategies and MTEL ComLit Preparation

last updated 9/11/18, sel