Faculty Advice on Prepping for Finals

Dr. Jennifer Lanter

Dr. Jennifer Lanter

It is often the case that students find studying to be the most difficult part of any exam. Maybe it is the overwhelming amount of material that will be covered on the exam or the thought that the covered material is not very interesting to you. Or perhaps learning the material does not come easy to you. Even if one of these is the case, there are some very practical tips that students can follow to use available study time most effectively. Here are some ideas that might help you as you study:

1.) Organizing your notes for a class will help reduce the load put on your memory, leaving you more cognitive “space” to retain the material presented.

2.) Do not just highlight and re-read course material. Taking the time to elaborate on, describe, and test yourself on the material will provide you with a deeper processing of the material (which then results in better memory)!

3.) Associate what you are learning with things you already know. Often current knowledge can provide excellent retrieval cues for newly learned material.

4.) Avoid the “illusion of learning.” Familiarity with the material does not equal comprehension and understanding of material.

5.) Take breaks while studying. Your brain needs time to consolidate the information you are learning!

6.) Distribute your studying across multiple study sessions. It can be difficult to maintain close attention through a long study session, and studying after a break gives you feedback about what you already know.

By taking the time to organize your thoughts, your material, and your study space you will be better rested and better prepared to suceed on your exams. Good luck and good studying!

Dr. Lanter is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Director of the UWGB Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning

Meet Arlene Torres – UWGB’s New Advisor and Recruiter in Southeast Wisconsin

Arlene Torres

Arlene Torres

The Adult Degree Program is happy to introduce the newest member of our team, Arlene Torres, who will serve students as an advisor and recruiter in Southeast Wisconsin, with offices on the campuses of Milwaukee Area Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College. Arlene comes to us with a great deal of experience in serving adult students, most recently working at Manpower Group in Milwaukee and at the University of Phoenix. 

Arlene originally hails from Las Cruces, New Mexico. At age 10, she and her family moved to Wisconsin where she experienced her first snow and below freezing temperatures. Arlene earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Global Studies at Ripon College, where she ran Cross Country and ended up travelling abroad to Seville, Spain in 2007. The experience abroad helped Arlene become fluent in Spanish and allowed her to travel all over Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Morocco. Arlene graduated from Ripon College in 2008 and then moved to Madison where she served as an IT recruiter at TEKsystems.

One year later, Arlene moved to Milwaukee where she served as an academic advisor at the University of Phoenix, Milwaukee campus. She continued her own studies at the University of Phoenix, completing her Master of Business Administration degree in 2013. “As an adult learner myself, I feel that I can help empower students by relating to them and helping them find the strength to make a change,” Arlene said. “As an advisor, mentor, and student advocate at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, I look forward to working with adult students as they continue to reach their personal and professional goals and make a difference within their communities.”

Arlene and her one-year old daughter, Amadi, currently live in Milwaukee.

Take a Deep Breath and…. Relax

Justin MakiBy: Justin Maki, Academic Advisor and Recruiter, Wausau

We’re now a month into the semester and it’s time to take a deep breath and allow yourself to relax. Give yourself time to escape from chaos and to focus on the present. My tip for keeping yourself healthy and focused on the present is to practice “being mindful.” Take time to support yourself and the decision you have made to continue your education. You’re probably thinking that with all the responsibilities you have going on already, when are you going to find time to relax and unwind? In reality, mindfulness can be practiced anywhere and for any length of time. This focus on your well-being will still produce results for you – even when practiced for shorter periods of time.

Something that has worked for me that I want to share is taking a moment to observe the changes in the season. Set your alarm clock five minutes earlier and take your time getting ready for the day. As you walk out of your home, feel the leaves on the ground crunching beneath your feet, notice the taste of the fresh autumn air, and see the beautiful colors of the trees. Walk slowly to your car and begin the day more relaxed. As the day continues and you have a million things on your mind, be mindful of the fact that you’re walking as fast as you can to get to the next place. Be aware that you are feeling overwhelmed. And when this happens, simply stop for a moment and allow yourself to take a deep breath and…relax.

As an adult learner, the stress of balancing work, family, home life, and being a college student can be overwhelming. Sitting down to focus on school takes a great deal of concentration. By taking the time to find a place where you can unwind both physically and mentally, you will gain the ability to concentrate and be more efficient with your school work. Freeing your mind of distractions to concentrate on a quiz, paper, or assignment will allow you to think more creatively and efficiently. Being mindful is about putting yourself in the present and noticing how both your mind and body are reacting to its environment. So remember, applaud yourself for all you do and treat yourself to a deep breath and a state of relaxation every once in a while.

Finding Balance as an Adult College Student

Jon Koch
By: Jonathan Koch, Academic Advisor,
UWGB’s Adult Degree Program/Milwaukee and Waukesha

For many, the beginning of a new fall semester brings about a mixed bag of feelings. For some it’s an exciting time full of new possibilities, while for others it is the beginning of added complexities. As an adult student, college can quickly become a juggling act of work, family, homework, and countless other responsibilities. If you’re like me, sometimes it helps to know you’re not alone. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, “of undergraduate students enrolled part time in four-year institutions in 2011, young adults (25 and older) made up 50 percent of the enrollment at public institutions.” You are definitely not alone…

Prioritizing can sometimes be our greatest challenge and that’s why it is so important to find balance. As this semester begins, make an effort to stay ahead and avoid the snowball effect of procrastination and getting behind. Ask for help before it’s too late by communicating with your professors and your advisor! When possible, try to construct consistent study habits – scheduling your study time so that everyone knows you are unavailable during certain times. Always be honest with yourself and don’t bite off more than you can chew. Finally, take time for yourself and family. School is important, but without health and happiness school will be a much more daunting and task.

Understanding “D2L” as you Prepare for your Online Courses

Mike HerrityBy: Mike Herrity, Academic Advisor

Fall 2013 is nearing with classes officially beginning September 3rd. Remember, all web-based courses use the University’s online course delivery platform, “Desire to Learn,” or “D2L.” To get to D2L go to UWGB’s homepage, www.uwgb.edu, select Current Students, then click on “D2L.”  If you are not familiar with D2L there is an ADP Online Orientation course for you to use to get the feel of how this system works. Most courses will actually be available to look at starting August 27th.  While you cannot submit assignments before 9/3/13, you have the chance to see the course content and requirements early. Last, if you encounter problems with D2L or have concerns about the course(s) you are taking, do not delay. Contact either your advisor or in the case of a technical problem call 920 465-2286.

“Critical Thinking” Course Options Expanded

 Rob Tracy

By: Rob Tracy, Academic Advisor, UWGB’s Adult Degree Program/Fox Cities Area

As an Adult Degree student at UW-Green Bay pursuing the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Applied Studies degree with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies, you are required to complete one “Critical Thinking” course.  Now students have several more options to choose from in order to meet this requirement.  Here is a list of the new courses. Click the course name to view course descriptions and additional information about each course.  Remember that if you see a course that piques your interest but you have already fulfilled the Critical Thinking requirement, please check with your advisor as these courses can often fulfill requirements other than “Critical Thinking,” or can even be used as elective credit.

HUM DEV 342, Cross-Cultural Human Development

HUM STUD 483J, Humanities, Business and Critical Thinking

HUM STUD 360, Globalization and Cultural Conflict

FNS 385, Perspectives on Human Values: First Nations

Check out a listing of all courses available in the fall by viewing the Adult Degree Program’s Online Schedule of Courses.

Check Out the New Adult Degree Student Handbook

Annie FleschBy: Annie Flesch, Transfer Coordinator

The Adult Degree Program has recently completed work on a new resource for students in the program. The ADP Student Handbook is designed to be a brief overview of the information and resources you will need as a student at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The Handbook discusses our mission, communicates our goals, and articulates that which makes us different, as well as the degrees we offer and services that we provide. It outlines resources, including: tips for online learning, how to navigate the Student Information System, guidelines for course registration, and various campus resources to utilize. Additionally, it will acquaint you with important policies and procedures such as: academic integrity, netiquette, academic rules and regulations, and forms you may need to use. It also discusses tuition, fees, and scholarships. Finally, the Handbook discusses graduation and how to become involved in the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association.

Please click here to review the information in the handbook, which you can find on the Adult Degree website under Student Resources. It is a great resource to refer to throughout your career at UW-Green Bay!

New “Student Payment Agreement” to Take Effect This Fall

Mike HerrityBy: Mike Herrity, Academic Advisor

Yes, you have to complete one every semester. Why the heck would we make you do this? Believe it or not we are not trying to make life more of a hassle for you! UW-Green Bay, as well as many other colleges and universities, has encountered enough students who dispute needing to pay their tuition and other charges that legal counsel has recommended that we have students acknowledge their financial obligation to pay their bill every semester. Beginning with fall 2013, and each semester to follow, a Payment Agreement hold will appear in the “Holds” area of your Student Center in SIS. All you need to do is click on the hold details link and follow the instructions to complete the process and your hold is immediately removed. If you encounter any problems call your advisor in the Adult Degree Program for assistance.