Information for Students
Study Skills Google site and web pages
If you need help with Math (from pre-algebra to calculus IV and beyond), Science (biology, chemistry, physics), or Business (banking, economics, finance), the Khan Academy is an online audio-visual library of modules you can access 24/7. It's an excellent website -- check it out! Also, Youtube is more than simple entertainment; it is another great educational resource.
Our Google site has online documents that will take you step-by-step through some of the more popular study skills workshops. As you read about effective study skills, you are encouraged to reflect on how you learn and practice alternative techniques.
See the Graduate Educational Information Service website for additional ideas on note-taking.
"DIY Learning Tools" Workshops
The Center offers interactive study skills workshops for University students on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshops are facilitated by Dr. Nancy Wiggers, CETL Learning Specialist, and are free of charge. Topics include time plans, action plans, lecture notes, reading notes, graphic notes, and test prep plans. All workshops are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Supplemental Instruction is not your average study group. SI sessions are run by students that have recently taken the course and earned high grades. Students will compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items in informal review sessions. SI is used in historically difficult courses and is open to all students. National statistics on the effectiveness of SI sessions at other universities clearly indicate that students who participated regularly in SI sessions earned higher grades than those who did not participate in SI sessions. For more about SI, visit the International Center for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Three historically difficult courses were supported by SI in Fall 2010. Our analysis indicates that SI improves student learning and student grades. SI will continue to be offered; BISC 162, certain sections of CHEM 106, and certain sections of ACCY 202 have been chosen as SI pilot courses in the spring. Visit our SI schedule to find a session that works for you. For more information about SI, please contact Dr. Nancy Wiggers.
Academic consultations are available to currently enrolled UM students. Consultations are personal meetings in which students' academic needs are assessed and a collaborative plan is developed to improve specific study skills and behaviors or modify study routines and habits, designed to meet the identified needs. Appointments can be made with our Learning Specialist, Dr. Nancy Wiggers, or any one of several graduate students in Counseling and Education by contacting Dr. Nancy Wiggers.
Tutoring and Help Sessions
Tutoring help rooms and help sessions are run by faculty members, graduate assistants, or select upper-level undergraduates. These services are available on a drop-in basis and are generally open to all currently-enrolled students. 2012-2013_Tutoring.pdf.
Student Housing and Residence Life offers free Academic Support for Biology, Chemistry, Math, and Spanish in the Martin/Stockard classrooms.
The Department of Mathematics also offers Lab Hours for College Algebra, Elementary Statistics, Calculus 1 & 2, Business Calculus 1 & 2, Trigonometry, and Pre-calculus.
To locate tutors for the subjects listed below, e-mail or call the contact person listed. For other subjects, contact the department.
Accountancy - Hillary Goulding 915-5009
Biology - Kim Byrd 915-7214
Chemistry & Biochemistry - Michelle Martin 915-7301
Classics - Aileen Ajootian 915-1152
Computer & Information Science - Carrie Long 915-7396
Engineering School - Ahmad Magableh 915-7407
English - Carlos Maury 915-7439
Mathematics - Leslie Kendrick 915-7071
Modern Languages - Dawna Webb 915-7298
Physics & Astronomy - Thomas Jamerson 915-5884
Political Science - Cy Rosenblatt 915-5407