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Thesis & Essay Writing Seniors:

Come out of your carrels TONIGHT for a thesis writing workshop and Q&A hosted by the Ford Fellows and Peer Advisors!

The Ford Fellow and Peer Advisors are holding a drop-in event to discuss time management, working with advisors and applying for the thesis mentor program and will provide snacks and encouragement.

7:00pm TONIGHT 10/26 in the Shapiro Writing Center (Allbritton 311).


The Deans’ Office is looking for talented and motivated students to become SARN Peer Advisors for the 2011-2010 academic year. SARN Peer Advisors are juniors and seniors who work throughout the academic year to support Wesleyan’s faculty advising program, enhance student access to academic resources through the Student Academic Resource Network (SARN), and give individual peer advice and facilitate workshops on public speaking, time management and academic skills strategies. A job description and application can be found at www.wesleyan.edu/deans/peeradvising/.

Applications, which include a faculty reference form, are due Monday, March 28, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Questions should be directed to the Associate Dean for Student Academic Resources, Sarah E. Lazare (x2332, slazare@wesleyan.edu).

Do you want a Writing Mentor? Then apply now! Your Writing Mentor will provide one-on-one tutoring to help you with papers and written assignments over the course of the spring semester, whether you need advice about generating ideas, structuring your essay, grammar issues, or even time management. The brief application is available online and is due on Tuesday, February 1st at 5 pm.

The program is free and available for all Wesleyan students!

Email writingworks@wes or call x2440 for more information.

Learn how to break down your semester and use organization and study strategies so that you can effectively prepare for your exams. We will review ways of practicing test-taking for different exam formats.

Monday, October 4, 9:30 p.m.
Butt C Lounge

With midterms behind you, you’re probably looking forward to two weeks of relaxing at home, on campus, or at the beach. But wait – what about all that work due when you come back? Managing your time over spring break will help you to feel control for the whole month of April and not slip too far behind. This workshop will help you begin to organize your break and prioritize your academic and co-curricular activities so that you can finish the semester stress-free.  Bring your 2009-2010 Wes Planner and your syllabi. Hosted by the SARN Peer Advisors.

Wednesday, March 3 from 12:10 to 1:00 in Usdan 114.

Do you forget information immediately after reading it? Do you find yourself looking at a page with no idea of what you’ve just read? Do you become disinterested with reading the further into the material you get? Come to the Reading Retention Workshop! The skills and techniques covered in this workshop will help you read and remember readings more efficiently.

Friday, February 26 from 12:10 – 1:00 in Usdan B25 (Multipurpose Room).

Do YOU want to be a SUPER-Sophomore!?

Come to the Super-Sophomore Workshop on Thursday, February 25, 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Albritton 304 (Shapiro Writing Center) to stop slumping and start being super!

Many sophomores have an understandably difficult time transitioning into their second year of college. Peer Advisors have also gone through times where we lost focus on our work, weren’t sure if we were choosing the “right” majors, worried about our professional futures, had too much to juggle with academics, work, activities, and friends, or were just ready to get over that ambivalent hump of our sophomore lives.

HAVE NO FEAR! The workshop will be a panel discussion targeted to sophomores who want to maintain focus and understand the important and crucial decisions that come with being a sophomore. Come listen to, discuss, and receive advice on how to make the most out of your sophomore year: topics to be addressed include major declaration, study abroad, working with faculty, finding internships, and maintaining focus. Dean Phillips will also be there to provide any answers to questions that you may have. SARN Peer Advisors will lead discussion.
Come learn about what matters and about what kind of things you can do to get rid of your “kryptonite”!!

Please COME EARLY and bring your lunch!

Exam Preparation Workshop
Fri. 12/11 at 12:15
Usdan 136

Stressed about finals? Come to the SARN Exam Prep workshop and learn how to better prepare for your upcoming exams!

Time Management Workshop
Sun. 12/13 at 7 pm
Exley 139

With exams and end-of-the-semester papers and projects rapidly approaching, managing your time well is more important than ever. This workshop will help you begin to organize your time and prioritize your academic and co-curricular activities so that you can finish the semester stress-free. Bring your 2009-2010 Wes Planner and your major deadlines.

Exam Preparation Workshop
Sun. 12/13 at 7:00 pm
Usdan 136

With finals approaching next Thursday, discover what methods will best aid your success in the closing weeks of the fall semester. The Exam Preparation workshop will cover the use of notes, studying, working in groups, and more.

Exam Taking Workshop
Sun. 12/13 at 8:00 pm
Usdan 136

Each type of exam question – multiple choice, short answer, true-false, essay or other, requires a certain kind of approach or understanding. Obviously there is more than one way to approach each kind of questions. Come to the Exam Taking Workshop this Sunday and learn some of basics of test taking to help you stay cool, calm and collected during your exams!

Time Management Workshop
Sun. 12/6 at 7pm
Exley 139

With exams and end-of-the-semester papers and projects rapidly approaching, managing your time well is more important than ever. This workshop will help you begin to organize your time and prioritize your academic and co-curricular activities so that you can finish the semester stress-free. Bring your 2009-2010 Wes Planner and your major deadlines.

Public Speaking
Sun. 12/6 at 7pm
Usdan 136

Those of you with poster sessions and final presentations will want to take advantage of this. Learn skills for speaking up, effectively, and efficiently to groups large and small.

Exam Preparation
Sun. 12/6 at 8pm
Usdan 108

With final exams around the corner you need methods for preparing for the last few examinations of the semester. Determining important material, memorization, and other exam prep tools will be covered in this workshop.

Taking notes in class is an important skill to develop. What is most important to write down? What do you do with your notes once you leave class? This workshop will show you different styles of taking notes and introduce you to ways to use your notes effectively. Write to peeradvisors@wesleyan.edu for more information or visit the Peer Advisor blog for a list of other workshops being offered.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 12:15 – 1:00 p.m. in Usdan 108

The Writing Programs have just learned that they will be able to hire several more writing tutors and mentors to work in the spring semester. The new tutors will serve in either the Writing Workshop, the Writing Mentor program, or as tutors in courses across the curriculum. If you would like to improve your own writing while also helping out your peers, please apply immediately!

To apply, deliver a hard copy of your application to Professor Anne Greene’s office: Downey House, Rm. 207. Include an info sheet with your name, class year, phone number, major, any second languages you speak, and a brief explanation of why you’re interested in the position; an unofficial transcript, the academic history page from your e-portfolio; and a recent writing sample, preferably with the grade and your professor’s comments.

Writing Tutors in the Workshop:

As a writing tutor in the workshop you will work four hours a week, 7-11pm, at one of our offices: Olin, SciLi, or the Shapiro Center. You will also attend the one hour Ford Teaching Seminar (ENG 492) that meets on Tuesdays at noon. Compensation for this position includes one full credit in English and $400 stipend.

Writing Tutors in Academic Courses:

Tutors in courses work with students to generate paper topics, they revise drafts, host occasional discussion sessions, and help students review and incorporate professors’ comments on writing assignments. This position has the same compensation as above and tutors attend the Ford Teaching Seminar.

Writing Mentors:

Mentors work one-on-one with three to five students for an entire semester. They too attend the Ford Teaching Seminar and receive the same compensation.

These positions are filled every semester and students can work as many semesters as they wish; returning tutors enroll in the Veteran Ford Teaching Seminar.

For more info, please feel free to contact us at Writingworks@gmail.com or Professor Anne Greene at agreene@wesleyan.edu.

Anonymous-Superman-Logo-158371-300x300Do YOU want to be a SUPER-Sophomore!?

Come to the Super-Sophomore Workshop on Thursday, October 29, 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Usdan 110 to stop slumping and start being super!

Many sophomores have an understandably difficult time transitioning into their second year of college. Peer Advisors have also gone through times where we lost focus on our work, weren’t sure if we were choosing the “right” majors, worried about our professional futures, had too much to juggle with academics, work, activities, and friends, or were just ready to get over that ambivalent hump of our sophomore lives.

HAVE NO FEAR! The workshop will be a panel discussion targeted to sophomores who want to maintain focus and understand the important and crucial decisions that come with being a sophomore. Come listen to, discuss, and receive advice on how to make the most out of your sophomore year: topics to be addressed include major declaration, study abroad, working with faculty, finding internships, and maintaining focus. Dean Phillips will also be there to provide any answers to questions that you may have. SARN Peer Advisors will lead discussion.

Come learn about what matters and about what kind of things you can do to get rid of your “kryptonite”!!

NOTE: This is a very limited event. In order to have a more intimate discussion, we will only be accomodating the first 14 sophomores to arrive. Please COME EARLY!! (Bring your dinners if you want!)

Two academic skills workshops will be offered this Sunday, October 4 from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. — Exam Preparation in Usdan 110 and Reading Retention in Usdan 136.

For more information about the schedule and peer advisor drop-in hours, see http://www.wesleyan.edu/deans/peeradvising/dropins.html#workshop.

  1. Review your syllabi to determine major topics. Review class notes and identify the topics you know, those you need to review and those you need to learn. Know the topics that the professor emphasized. If a professor says “Know this!” then learn and practice that information.
  2. Organize your time. Use the Semester Planning Calendar in your WesPlanner. Make a study schedule. In your study schedule, assign times to study each topic reserving more time for more challenging topics. Study in chunks of time and take 5-10 minute breaks every hour. Study breaks will help yo clear your mind, rejuvenate and increase your learning capacity. For more on managing your time, make an appointment with a SARN peer advisor at sarnadvisors@wesleyan.edu.
  3. Pull the information apart and put it back together. Create graphs, diagrams, charts, and timelines.  The Ohio University Study Tips website has many samples demonstrating how to map out and review information. Teach the subject to another person. Act out the information. Draw pictures. For some subjects, mnemonics may help you remember sequences or lists. Actively make associations. For example assign colors to certain groups of related information (i.e. Foucault’s theories are green and Kant’s are blue). Make use of available tools (i.e., professors, BlackBoard, TAs, Math Workshop, Mentor Program).
  4. Anticipate exam questions. Create exam questions that elicit answers which fully describe processes, compare theories, apply facts to theories, synthesize information and analyze information. Make sure to create questions that draw out the major themes of the course. Exchange questions with classmates or ask a professor to review your questions. Review and work through problems from previous assignments, labs, quizzes, and exams.
  5. Answer anticipated exam questions in the manner you will be expected to perform (in writing, on paper or computer). Prove that you know and can apply the information by demonstrating your understanding of the process. Analyze, synthesize, compare, apply and describe! Take a practice test in the room in which you learned the information or will take the exam.
  6. Conduct focused study groups. Create a planned approach to conducting your study groups. At one study group you might assign classmates certain subjects to teach to the group. At a study group intended solely for review, create exam questions to share with your classmates, answer them, and then critique each other on the answer.
  7. Practice your handwriting. Professors must be able to decipher your writing in order to evaluate your work.
  8. Sign up for an Exam Prep consultation with your Peer Advisor by sending an e-mail to sarnadvisors@wesleyan.edu.
  9. Go to Finals Prep and Exam Taking workshops. Look for the SARN peer advisor link in your e-portfolio for the schedules.
  10. Contact Dean Phillips if you are having problems.  The end of the spring semester is an especially stressful time of year and Dean Phillips (dphillips@wesleyan.edu or 860.685.2757) can help you work through any problems your may be having, academic or otherwise.

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Peer Advisors offer a menu of workshops on time management, reading retention, note taking, procrastination prevention, exam preparation and exam taking on most Sunday and Monday evenings in Usdan 136 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. throughout the semester.  Workshops are open to any student on campus and all class years are encouraged to participate.  You may request a workshop for your student organization, class, or study group by writing to sarnadvisors@wesleyan.edu.  The topic of tonight’s workshop is time management.

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