Academic Strategies

The Banacos Academic Center is home to the Academic Strategies Program, as well as the University Tutoring Program, 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. 

See the PLANNING TOOL KIT AVAILABLE BELOW! RAs, Team Captains and club leaders may want to use the toolkit to help students get organized. 

Spring 2021 Academic Strategies Sessions

Please fill out this sign up form to reserve a space and to recieve 1) an .ics file to add to your online calendar AND, 2) The Zoom link for the session. Please sign up for each session you would like to attend.  You will receive an email back with an .ics file for each session attached to the email. Click on the .ics file for your session and add it to your online calendar! Each .ics file has the Zoom link for that session, too. Descriptions and times for each session are below.

 

Create Your Own Study Guide

  • Monday, April 26, 2021, 3:10 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 22, 2021, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 29, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Take control of your course material!  Don’t wait for the instructor to tell you what is important. They have already done that in the course syllabus and in your classes. Use this information to CREATE YOUR OWN STUDY GUIDE!  Remember that some instructors don’t even give you study guides.  During this session, you will begin a study guide that you can update each week for your studying pleasure!

Creating Useful Notes

  • Monday, April 26, 2021, 10:25 - 11:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Writing notes during class and while reading helps you practice and process course information.  Think of them as more than just a recording of what happened in class. Think of them as a tool to help you study and learn information.  During this session, you will learn different ways of taking notes and how to use them.

Exam Preparation

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 9:10 - 10:10 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 22, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 29, 2021, 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

The most effective way of preparing for exams is to learn throughout the semester instead of cramming for exams a day or so before.  In this session we will address ways to PROVE to yourself that you know the course material and how to space studying for better retention of course material. 

Reading for Remembering and Understanding

  • Tuesday April 20, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 10:25 - 11:15 a.m.

Have you ever read for an hour and not remembered much of what you read?  Do you read the same line or paragraph over and over again and still not understand what you just read? Reading alone is not enough for most people to process and learn information. The reading material needs to processed, summarized, and discussed to understand and remember it. Come learn some strategies and techniques to make the most of your reading time.

Time Management

  • Monday, April 26, 2021, 9:20 - 10:10 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 22, 2021, 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Managing work from classes is challenging enough.  Now many students are balancing much more – work, family, and which room can I Zoom in!  Come learn of some basic strategies to manage all that you have to do during the week.

Sign up for an Academic Strategies Session!

Request a Zoom Session

The Banacos Academic Center provides limited support to any student who wants to strengthen academic performance. We want to know the times you are available for academic strategies group sessions on topics such as time management, quiz and exam preparation, reading for remembering and understanding and using notes effectively.  Please fill out the Academic Strategies Sessions form to tell us when you are interested in meeting and what you are interested in meeting about.  

 

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
 

last updated

1/23/21, sel