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Category: Education

Tips, Tools and Takes on Academics

(sponsored by the Office of Academic Engagement)

August 9, 2020

Summertime: Building an Academic Plan

Academic plans are vital when it comes to mapping out your course loads and timeframe for earning your degree. However, some students do not have a clear idea of what it is or how important it is for student success. Our special guest this episode is none other than Dr. Malikah Abdullah (Chair and Associate Professor of the Biology Department at Norfolk State University). Dr. Abdullah provides a full explanation of what an academic plan is and how it affects you as a student and tips and tools for how to create one and use it to earn your degree. 

July 26, 2020

Summertime: 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. 

July 19, 2020

Summertime: Studying Smarter Not Harder

Many times when students hear the word "study," the first emotion to rise is dread. Studying is often correlated with long hours and hassle. In this episode, Dr. Thomas F. Lewis (an Assistant Professor of Accounting for the School of Business) shares his perspective on studying, preparing for class and having the right mindset from a faculty point of view. Tune in for awesome advice on studying smarter instead of harder. 

July 12, 2020

Summertime: What’s Next? Mapping Out Life After Undergrad

While in college, undergraduate students can be conflicted about what to do next. The future can seem to be a scary thing due to uncertainty. However, with the right approach, it doesn’t have to be. This episode features Dr. Desideria Hacker (Assistant Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research at Norfolk State University). Tune in to hear helpful advice on focusing on your purpose and having an approach for mapping out options and pursing them. 

July 5, 2020

Summertime: 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! 

June 21, 2020

Summertime: From Setbacks to Success

 Almost any experience in life can lead to learning lessons, including setbacks. Many times when people have a setback, the situation is not what stops them. What stops them is the inability or lack of motivation to find a way to overcome the situation. We are all human, so, setbacks happen.This episode delivers tips, tools and takes for turning current setbacks into future success. Our special guest is none other than Ms. Meshea K. Vann, the Director of NSU's Office of Transfer Admissions and Services. Tune in to hear Ms. Vann’s personal experience with a major setback and encouraging advice for following your dreams.  

May 31, 2020

Summertime: Procrastination

Our success approach is to begin this series on starting success habits by focusing on a major one: procrastination. When thinking about a common that needs to be improved, procrastination is the first to come to mind and one of the most popular challenges among students. This episode features our first department chair: Dr. Larry Ferguson. As the chair for Secondary Education and School Leadership in the School of Education, Dr. Ferguson has wonderful advice for both faculty and students concerning how to keep students motivated and focused. Tune in to hear stellar advice for your journey of self improvement through Dr. Ferguson’s captivating narrative.

CORRECTION: Dr. Ferguson is the second faculty member from the School of Education to be featured on this podcast. Dr. Burwell ("Meet Learning Communities") is based in the department of Exercise Science in the School of Education. 

May 24, 2020

Summertime: Habits

Welcome to the start of our summertime episodes! Tune in each week to have some fun while we help you create or enhance great habits you can use when you return to the classroom. Effective (planning, study, time management, wellness, social, etc.) habits can help you succeed on campus, especially in classes. And, you shouldn't wait until 5th week or mid-term grades to put them into place. In this episode, we get you started on having a fun AND productive summer.