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Category: Education

Tips, Tools and Takes on Academics

(sponsored by the Office of Academic Engagement)

November 2, 2021

REPOST: Take Two: Pomodoro Study Methods

We are putting a new spin on our focus on success tips by launching a new type of segment called "Take Two." Each "Take Two" episode will feature podcast co-hosts focusing solely on one tip mentioned in a previous episode. Each feature will be relatively short and also share new information and links to online resources. With our second “Take Two” episode, we discussed the Pomodoro Study Method. This approach is a great technique for studying smarter instead of harder, which was the focus on Season Two, Episode Six. The Pomodoro Method (which may have other names and can be modified) encourages students to study in small increments in order to better retain the information and prepare for taking timed exams. Tune in to learn about a new technique for success (especially before finals). 

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November 2, 2021

REPOST: Take Two - Study Groups

Starting with this episode, we are putting a new spin on our focus on success tips by launching a new type of segment called "Take Two." Each "Take Two" episode will feature podcast co-hosts focusing solely on one tip mentioned in a previous episode. Each feature will be relatively short and also share new information and links to online resources. In our first "Take Two" episode, Dr. Mebane and Ms. White talked about study groups, a tip mentioned in the five week check in episode with Dr. Khadijah Miller. Study groups are a great way for students to interact with each other, develop collaboration skills and, most importantly, pass the class together. Tune in to learn more about pros and cons (yes, there can be challenges) and the importance of how they are organized. 

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October 26, 2021

REPOST: The Importance of Sleep

In this Learning Communities Self-Care Series episode, Ms. LeKenya Skelton shares the importance of sleep for your health, academic success and livelihood. Listen for tips and tools for good sleeping habits. Ms. Skelton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who supports students as a resource in the NSU Counseling Center.  

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October 19, 2021

REPOST: Being Present and Intentional

In this Learning Communities Self-Care Series episode, Ms. Arkitia Pegram-Crawley shares easy to access and important advice on being present and intentional. Listen in for tips and tools that you can begin to use now to build good habits for managing stress, including disappointments. Whether you will be new to NSU this fall or returning for your last year, this content will be informative and helpful. Ms. Crawley is a Licensed Professional Counselor who supports students as a resource in the NSU Counseling Center. Stay tuned for two follow up episodes in which two of her colleagues help us practice her recommendations. 

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October 12, 2021

REPOST: Creating Distraction Free Study Zones

With so much going on in the world, it will be a real challenge for students to stay focused on study when classes return this fall. Some classes will be online. In-person classes will require new public health pre-cautions. Spaces will not be available for larger groups. Sports and other events will not be the same. Family and friends make be affected by COVID-19. And, students still have to take classes. This special episode highlights a panel of student leaders who we asked to share academic advice on staying focused and making distraction free zones that students can think about before classes start. Our student panel consists of Ms. Jamie Turner (a recent May 2020 graduate from Virginia), Ms. Symone Thomas (a current senior from Texas) and Ms. Serenity Magee (a current sophomore from North Carolina). Make sure to tune in for their tips, tools and takes on what works. 

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October 5, 2021

REPOST: Risk-taking and Scholarships

In life, we sometimes have to decide between taking a risk and losing an opportunity all together. Sometimes that risk involves money, which is a huge factor when it comes to earning a college degree. This episode features Ms. Keisha Woodous, the Assistant Director for Client Services in the Office of Financial Aid. Ms. Woodous explains how taking a chance on applying for scholarships and networking can pay off big time. Be sure to tune in with a pen and pad to take notes on what you can do now to prepare for scholarship applications due later this year and early next year! 

 

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September 14, 2021

A Tip Top Tool for All Students: The Writing Center

The NSU Writing Center, located on the first floor of the library, is an important tool for all NSU students (including graduate students) writing about all topics (including creative projects). In this session, you can meet the Director of this Center, Ms. Street, and learn more about their services.

Top tip?

Avoid waiting until the last minute to ask for assistance. Writing consultants can help you from the first to the last stage of your writing, including pre-writing (described in this episode).

Dr Mebane and Ms Street

[ Photo credit: L to R . Dr. Mebane and Ms. Street. Screenshot taken by Dr. Mebane ]

September 7, 2021

Meet the Hosts (Fall 2021)

Part two of the start of season three of the podcast features hosts Dr. Mebane and Mr. Watkins. For new listeners, they talk about their background and interests and share tips for starting the semester, with a focus on seniors and first time freshmen.

Top Tips?

If you plan to graduate this academic year, start networking, looking for and applying to jobs. If you are new to NSU or not graduating, stay focused! 

Dr Mebane and Mr Watkins

[ Photo credit: L to R . Dr. Mebane and Mr. Watkins. Screenshot taken by Dr. Mebane ]

August 31, 2021

Welcome and Welcome Back (Fall 2021)

In this episode, Dr. Mebane and Dr. Neal open the semester with introductions (for new listeners) and tips and tools for starting the semester.

Top tip?

Adapt and adjust. The COVID-19 pandemic is not the only situation that might affect your college career. With support from offices across campus, students can learn how to be resilient and be the solution to success for others.

Welcome or welcome back, and good luck!

 

Dr Mebane and Dr Neal

[ Photo credit: L to R . Dr. Mebane and Dr. Neal. Screenshot taken by Dr. Mebane ]

May 11, 2021

Wrap Up and Congratulations!!

May / June is a special time of the year for many college students and their families. In this episode, Dr. Andrea Neal - Associate Vice Provost, Office of Academic Engagement - join Dr. Mebane and Mr. Watkins in congratulating all graduates for their achievements. We BEHOLD your accomplishments and are so proud of you!!

And, if you are not graduating this year, congratulations for ending the semester, and don't forget about all of the academic resources available to you this summer, some of which are featured in this episode (including this podcast).

Stay tuned!

[ Photo credit: L to R . Mr. Watkins, Dr. Neal and Dr. Mebane. Screenshot taken by Dr. Mebane ]

Wrap Up and Congratulations