Successful Tips for Students: Note Taking and Advising Sessions!

The 3 Reasons Why Taking Notes During Advising Sessions is So Important and 3 Suggestions for How to Take Good Notes!

Why Taking Notes is so Important!

1. Taking notes during advising sessions makes it possible to remember what happened.

It’s hard to remember all of the things that go on during your advising session. Taking notes helps you to keep track of everything that you discussed with your advisor. If you forget what happens, you can always refer back to your notes!

2. Taking notes helps you to stay focused.

Taking notes helps you to focus on the key points that you cover in your advising session. They help you to pinpoint the important things and helps you to prioritize your tasks.

3. Taking notes can help you to keep track of the questions you asked your advisor and may help you develop new questions you have for your advisor that you can ask them at your next advising appointment.

If your advisor helps you to find a solution to a question you asked and that same question arises in the future, you can always refer back to your notes to try to resolve your question on your own. Also, as your advisor answers the questions you have, more questions may arise. You can then make notes of the specific questions you want to ask your advisor at your next advising appointment, to make sure you can continue to progress in the tasks you want to complete.

How to Take Good Notes During and Advising Appointment!

1. Use a pen and paper.

Taking your notes on pen and paper keeps your conversation with your advisor more open and personal. It can be hard to make good eye contact with a screen front of your face. Electronic devices also are more prone to causing distractions, such as notifications or the ability to open other browsers while your advisor is explaining something, and you might miss some important information that you advisor is tell you. It may be old fashioned, but pen and paper work best.

2. Just highlight the key points.

Making categories in your notes like “Classes” and “Internships” is a great way to only highlight the key points. It’s impossible to write down everything single thing you and your advisor talk about at your appointment, but keeping track of the key points will help you to have a solid list of your questions that were answered and the tasks you developed from your appointment.

3. Learn shorthand.

It can be tough to write everything out word for word at your advising appointment. Learning how to use shorthand, such as w/ means with, helps you to get more information on the paper at a quicker pace. Having a legend of all of your shorthand and what it means may be very helpful when you look back at your notes, so you can understand what you wrote.

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Nicholas is a senior majoring in Psychology, minoring Human Development, and is earning his Coaching Certification. After graduating in May 2019, he plans to attend graduate school for Social Psychology.

Featured Student: Torrey Lucido



1)  When are you graduating? I am graduating in December 2019.

2)  What are your career plans? I plan on going to graduate school for occupational therapy and working with people with disabilities. I am particularly interested in helping patients who have suffered from brain injury.

3)  Why did you major in psychology? I have always had a passion for helping people with disabilities and have consistently worked and volunteered in the caregiving field since I was 12 years old. My dad has suffered two traumatic brain injuries, one before I was born and one a couple years ago, and watching his experience has sparked my drive to help others in similar situations.  Occupational therapy is a field where I could really help people live their best possible lives and having a background in psychology will ensure my ability to help with the mental aspect of improving physical capabilities.

4)  What do you do for fun? I love distance running, hiking and volunteering at the CP Center.

5)  What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? Making at least semester honors every semester and being a research assistant for Ryan Martin this semester.

6)  What is your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology? My favorite movie is A Long Way Down, book The Alchemist and TV show BoJack Horseman.

7)  What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating? I hope that before I graduate I will have fully utilized all the opportunities and resources given to me by my professors and the school, from internship and volunteer connections to general advice.

  8)  What else do you want people to know about you? I love 80s rock and metal and am so happy I got to see the classic (almost) Guns n Roses play twice. The first time I flew to Texas since I missed all the closer shows!

Successful Tips for Students: Ways to Get Involved!

What opportunities do you have as a Psychology or Human Development major/minor at UW Green Bay?

Here at UW-Green Bay’s Psychology and Human Development department, we have many different ways to learn. Sure we have classic lectures and labs, but we have individualized learning experiences as well! Individualized learning experiences are unique opportunities tailored to your interests (with the help of faculty).

Internships: Internships are a great way to gain real world experience while you’re going to school. It’s also a useful way to explore your interests. For example, let’s say you think you want to become a school counselor one day. Getting an internship within a school working with a school counselor is a great way to see what counselors do on a daily basis. This can help you realize “Yes! This is exactly what I want to do!” or maybe “You know, this isn’t what I thought it would be and I think I’m going to explore other career options.” Either way, you get the opportunity to see the career/field you are exploring first hand.

Research Assistantships: If research methods was your favorite class and you love being a part of scientific research, then being a research assistant (RA) may be something you want to look into. Research assistants work with professors to conduct research by doing things like literature reviews, creating questionnaires, data collection, data entry, statistical analysis, etc. How do you get a research assistantship? There’s a couple of ways:

#1. Check the Psych/Hum Dev want ads. If professors are on the lookout for RAs, they will likely post something in the want ads with a description of what they will be doing.

#2. Ask a professor if they need an RA. If there is a professor who studies a field you are interested in, ask them if they are in need of any research assistants.

#3. Professors may ask you! If a professor thinks you would be a good fit, they may reach out and ask if you are interested in being their RA.

Teaching Assistantships: A teaching assistant (TA) gets the opportunity to assist faculty in the classroom. This could mean learning about pedagogical techniques, but also helping to form exams and giving 1 or 2 lectures. How do you get a teaching assistantship? It’s the same process as a research assistantship!

#1. Check the Psych/Hum Dev want ads. If professors are on the lookout for TAs, they will likely post something in the want ads with a description of what they will be doing.

#2. Ask a professor if they need an TA. If there is a professor teaches an intro class that you already took, it’s likely they’ll be looking for TAs..

#3. Professors may ask you! If a professor thinks you would be a good fit, they may reach out and ask if you are interested in being their TA.

Independent Study: If you find that there is a certain topic you are very passionate about and is not offered as a class, you should consider doing an independent study. Independent study consists of working with a faculty on developing learning activities on a topic you are interested in. Independent study is offered on an individual basis. To get an independent study, talk to your advisor and they can help you find a professor who has similar interests to you.

Honors Project: Honors projects are very similar to independent study, but they require more in depth work and have a GPA requirement. With an honors project, you the student would be conducting research on a topic you find interesting. You would work with a faculty advisor to help develop a research project, and then collect data, analyze it, and even present it.

If you have any questions about individualized learning experiences, talk to your advisor or make an appointment with the Psychology and Human Development Student Success Center! We are here to help answer questions you may have and to help guide you in the right direction!

Grad School in Human Development/Psychology: Many students go to graduate school because their career goals require them to. For example, students who want to work as therapists, licensed psychologists, social workers, college professors need additional schooling. Applying for graduate school is different from applying to undergraduate is quite different in a few ways:

#1. You don’t go to grad school and then choose a field you want to study. You need to apply to the specific program at the specific university you want to attend.

#2. Graduate school admission is highly competitive. Many programs receive more applications than they can accommodate and will be selective in their admissions process.

#3. By going to graduate school, you can earn a master’s degree in about 2 years or a doctoral degree in about 4-6 years after completing your undergraduate degree. You do not necessarily need to earn a master’s degree before getting a doctoral degree and you may be able to enter a Ph.D. program right away after finishing your undergrad career.

If you’re not sure where to start in the grad school process, talk to your advisor! The blog for the UWGB Psychology department, The Psych Report, has a short series of videos discussing various topics related to applying to grad school such as writing personal statements, prepping for the GRE, and other important topics. Check them out at If you are looking for more resources, head to the UWGB Career Services webpage at

Jobs in Human Development/Psychology: A degree in Psychology provides a multitude of opportunities for careers.There are options in human services, business, educational settings, and so much more. Not all jobs require a master’s degree! The Psych Report has a series of short videos discussing various topics related to preparing for your post-college career. Topics covered include creating a portfolio, why you need a resume, and other important topics. You can check out the videos here:

Career Services at UWGB are experts at helping students with career counseling, resume building, interviewing skills, searching for jobs, and so much more! Make an appointment with an advisor to answer any questions you may have!

When in doubt, talk to your advisors! They are all wonderful people and want to help you during your time as a student, as well as to help you prepare for your future.

Author:                                                                                                                         Taylor is a senior majoring in Psychology and Human Development. After graduating in May 2019, she is planning on attending graduate school for student affairs/college counseling. Her favorite color is yellow and honestly prefers cats over dogs.

Featured Student: Natalie Ehren

When are you graduating?
I will be graduating in either the fall or spring of 2021.
What are your career plans?
I plan on completing a doctoral program in a field of neuroscience before I go on to be a professor and researcher.
Why did you major in psychology?
I majored in psychology because I saw a gap in research and understanding mental health.  In response to this, I wanted to at least try to get some of those answers for the people who do not know how to ask, and I think psychology is the best way to do that.
What do you do for fun?
A good portion of what I do for fun is what most people hate.  As a former women’s lacrosse player, I love to run and stay in shape.  I spend a good portion of my time reading both classic and contemporary literature as well as writing poetry and my own book.  In addition to all of this, I relax by cooking and baking; making vegetarian food that my sister will not eat since there is no meat in it is probably the best part.  Above all of this, I have the most fun being a mom to my puppy.
What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of?
The academic experience I am most proud of was being invited to be one of Dr. Jason Cowell’s research assistants even though I am going to have to work with young children (they make me uncomfortable).
What is your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology?
I do not watch many movies, so I do not have a favorite one.  My favorite psychology TV show is Criminal Minds.  I would have to select The Catcher In The Rye as my favorite book.
What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating?
I want to complete an honors project that will be the jumping off point to my future research.
What else do you want people to know about you?
My puppy is a black goldendoodle named PoPoe (after Poseidon and Edgar Allan Poe) and he will be turning five months old very soon.  I am a big supported of mental health literacy and hope to do some fun and interactive activities on campus that make the subject much more approachable.  Everyone is welcome to visit me in the neuroscience lab!  I promise to do my best not to stab you while gelling your EEG!

Episode 55: LIVE from the 2018 Midwestern Psychological Association Conference

In continuation with last week’s episode, in this LIVE episode Sophie Sielen, Sammy Alger-Feser, and Katrina Weber interview 8 students from universities across the Midwest about the research they presented at the 2018 Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in Chicago.