Monthly Archives: November 2016

FINALS ARE A BEAST

  beautybeast1It takes a very animated person to spend hours reading, caring for family members, working, and managing daily stresses, all while singing and dancing perfectly on key. As much as many of us want the seemingly unlimited time that Belle has to keep up with herself and achieve her dreams, we might need some additional planning or help to fit everything into one day. Here are a few tips for navigating self-care, time management, and campus resources so that you can spend more time being productive and avoid all-nighters in the library.

Be our Guest!

Being a college student can be hard, and we all wish we could have the time that Belle has. But if you use the resources provided to you, then your grades here will never be second best. Belle would suggest you read your textbooks and use the solutions manuals. These books provide information that expands beauty3on everything your professors teach in class. In addition, there are several people on campus who would love for you to be their guest. The Academic Achievement Center offers tutoring, academic coachingbeautybeast4, group study sessions, workshops and more. The Writing Center has writing assistants from each college at Towson to help you with brainstorming, writing, and polishing your final draft. Lastly, if you’re stressed it’s your professors office hours we suggest! Office hours are just for you so that you can meet with your professor and ask about anything happening in your class. If you use all of the resources provided, you can beast your finals and achieve your dreams.

Don’t Wait Until the Last Petal Falls

There are several strategies you can use to manage your time and earn your grade before the semester ends and the last petal falls!beautybeast5

First, set specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based goals for yourself. This will allow you to focus on what you need to do and create smaller steps to work toward these goals.  Next, plan ahead! Look at upcoming deadlines in order to keep focused and be productive. Organize your workload into a manageable schedule. Plan out your weekly to-do items and break down larger assignments by scheduling time slots each day when you can work on them. Creating a daily to-do list is a great way to hold yourself accountable and keep yourself organized.

It can sometimes be hard to balance all of your responsibilities as a college student, so learning how to prioritize effectively is an excellent skill to practice. Ask yourself what is important, what is urgent and what can wait. Practice self-discipline and eliminate distractions such as social media. Learn how to say no when something that is not urgent comes up during a time that you have allotted for studying, but also be sure to set aside specific times to relax, have fun and take care of yourself! The best way to learn is to study in increments, so be sure to allow yourself enough time to prepare for exams so that you do not end up cramming the night before. Lastly, beware of perfectionism, do your best but don’t set unrealistic terms for yourself.

Don’t be a Beast

bb6 It is important during this stressful time of finals to not be a beast! Therefore, during finals it is important to eat well, get sleep, and take care of yourself! Try your best to eat the best kinds of brain food, get at least 7-9 hours of sleep a night, and pay attention to the needs of your body. If you take these three simple self-care techniques then you will not be the Beast during your finals, but instead you will BEAST your finals!

 

 

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Climbing Towards Graduation: What you should know as you prepare for registration

It seems like it was just yesterday you were arriving on campus for the fall semester, but now spring is looming on the horizon. As your enrollment date draws

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near, you might be thinking you can just wing it. But hold your horses: it might be a good idea to have a plan in place before climbing Mt. Ever-Successful.

Luckily, we’ve got your back! So grab your mountain boots, your climbing gear, your academic courses—and some granola for good measure. Here are some items you should consider packing as you look towards graduation and the summit of your college career.

Supplies

Before you even take your first step, it’s a good idea to take stock of what you have. What cores and major requirements have you already completed? Which ones do you still need to complete? Are there any prerequisites for those courses? You can find the answers to all of these questions and more by accessing your Academic Requirements Report on Towson Online Services and the Course Catalog for your academic year on Towson’s website.

Undergraduate students begin registering for spring semester courses on November 8, but you should note your specific enrollment date and time by looking on Towson Online Services under your student services page.

Map

If you have 45 or more earned credits, you need to complete a Degree Completion Plan. mapThink of the plan as a map of the mountain; you can change your route along the way, but the plan at least starts you off on the right foot as you navigate the path ahead. If you haven’t completed a Degree Completion Plan yet, your advisor can help you map out the courses you still need to take in order to graduate.

If you are below 45 credits you still might consider starting a Word document or spreadsheet to organize the classes you need to take/are interested in taking in future semesters. Please note that some courses have prerequisites that must be completed before enrolling in the course.

Travel guide

Some students see their advisor as merely the person who lifts their advising hold; but they’re so much more than that! Advisors are here to guide you in knowing what courses you need to take in order to graduate. They can also be a sounding board for brainstorming and exploring new interests, new majors, and even a new career! Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, a TU native or a transfer student, advisors genuinely care about your success—both at Towson and beyond—so check in and say “hello” to them once in a while.

For general questions, you can also call, chat online or visit the Student Academic Advising Office in the  Academic Advising Center (located in the Lecture Hall above Freedom Square) to talk to a Student Academic Advisor about your academic plans, questions and/or concerns.

Alternative routes

It’s great to map out your future, but sometimes things don’t go as planned. That’s where Plan B (or C, D, E…) comes in. Depending on your enrollment date, classes may fill up quickly. When adding classes to your shopping cart, consider including alternative times/sections of classes, as well as alternative courses, just in case one of the classes you want isn’t unavailable.

Knowing your limits

It can be wonderful to challenge yourself, but you should also know your limits. It’s okay to ask for assistance or to lighten your load. Your advisor can help you assess whether your academic load is too heavy or if there is a recurring issue in your classes. You might also visit your professor during office hours or the Academic Achievement Center to receive additional assistance on coursework so those issues don’t continue.

If you do choose to take fewer courses, it is best to meet with your advisor before finalizing that process. Full-time students must take at least 12 credits per semester. Dropping below that 12 credit minimum could jeopardize your scholarships, financial aid and/or housing.topmtn

Registration may seem intimidating, but a proper plan can set you up for success. So get out there, start planning, and climb to the peak of your academic dreams!

 

Betty Kabtiymer, Student Academic Advisor

Marcus Dieterle, Student Academic Advisor

Academic Advising Center

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