Work with Academic Coach Cydney Delia on skills like time management, concentration and memory, goal setting and motivation, exam preparation and performance. Accomplish more in your classes and beyond.
Consulting: Schedule an appointment for an individualized consultation to establish an academic success plan that's right for you.
Coaching: Schedule regular check-ins for tips, encouragement and feedback. Coaching helps you stay motivated, make the most of your study time and keep on track to reach your goals.
Coaching and consulting can focus on:
-Goal-setting and values clarification
-Motivation and habits
-Time management and procrastination
-Reading comprehension and efficiency
-Listening and note-taking
-Working in groups
-Test preparation and performance
-Performing under pressure (tests, class participation, etc.)
Book an appointment by phone (410.837.5383) or in person (AC 113). You can also email Cydney Delia directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment or ask questions.
Whether you're just beginning your college career or coming back to school after taking years off, our Learning and Success workshops can help get you up to speed and sharpen your skills.
View our full Spring 2014 workshop schedule for more details.
If you are interested in one of our Learning and Performance Management Workshops, but you're unable to attend, you can meet with our Academic Coach, Cydney Delia for a one-on-one appointment. Simply visit our online appointment system, and schedule an appointment with Cydney on our Academic Coaching schedule.
UB Career Counseling
A professional career counselor will assess your interests, skills, abilities, personality and values and interpret the results to help you set short- and long-term goals and create an achievement plan.
Positive Psychology Center @ the University of Pennsylvania
Engage in some self-exploration with a variety of free assessments, including the well-known Signature Strengths Questionnaire, a Work-Life Satisfaction Survey, the Meaning in Life Questionnaire and more.
Personal Goals Setting
This MindTools page provides links to goal-setting resources and describes the process of setting SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely) goals.
Locus of Control and Attribution Style Test
Do you believe you can control your destiny? Discover more about your personal beliefs and recognize how these beliefs influence your motivation, self-esteem, goal orientation and your eventual behavior and performance.
Establishing Good Study Habits
A collection of tips from other college students
Tips on setting good academic habits as well as links to tips on other topics relating to success
Plug in your assignment and due date, and the University of Minnesota’s Assignment Calculator will break down a seemingly overwhelming task into manageable steps.
Time Management Workshop
A useful online workshop from Louisiana State University accessible to you as a “guest”
How to Stop Procrastinating: Seven Timeless Tips
Henrik Edberg’s Positivity Blog offers insight into why we procrastinate and how to stop.
Visual? Auditory? Read/write? Kinesthetic? Take the assessment and discover corresponding study strategies to employ in and out of class.
Kolb Learning Styles
Learn about Kolb’s complex model that addresses individual learning styles as well as how we all experience a cycle of learning.
Techniques, Tools and Resources for the Self-Directed Learner
Whatever you believe to be your learning “style,” this site, compiled by Syracuse professor Roger Hiemstra and his students, offers resources to help you become an adaptive, flexible learner.
Become an active reader with tips that will keep you focused and engaged in your text.
Questions to guide you in evaluating an argument’s purpose, evidence, balance, limitations and more
Study Guides and Strategies
Scroll this site for a collection of information on reading strategies to suit different reading situations.
Understand the principles behind establishing long-lasting memories and learn strategies that correspond to each principle.
Memory and Concentration
Make practical changes to your study methods and environment to enhance your concentration and memory.
Nine Mnemonics for Better Memory
Learn about memory devices that can improve your test performance.
Check out these five methods of note-taking and choose the style best suited to you and your subject.
Top 5 Tips for Effective Note-Taking
This blog offers suggestions for how to prepare for lectures, how to stay organized, how to choose what to write down and how to remember what you wrote.
Note-Taking Skills: Symbols & Abbreviations
Read about some general note-taking advice as well as suggestions to help you take notes faster by using abbreviations and symbols.
Are You Ready to Learn Online?
Two quizzes to determine if you have the technical skills and study skills it takes to succeed in online classes.
A baseline orientation designed to acquaint you with Sakai, Sakai’s e-learning platform. For hands-on training, take the ALC’s free workshop.
Links to study skills designed for distance learners.
Forming Study Groups
Learn how to establish study group guidelines, how to assign roles and how to use groups most effectively.
Team Work Skills for Group Projects
Useful suggestions include making a group contract, choosing roles based on strengths, and setting deadlines and consequences if they are not kept
Conflict Resolution Guide for Students
Techniques to avoid conflict when working in groups as well as how to deal with it if it does arise
Public Speaking Website
Tips on assessing the situation, analyzing the audience, researching and organizing your topic, and discerning your strengths and weaknesses
PowerPoint Dos & Don’ts
A well-conceived list from Elon University’s Student Technology Center
Join Mount Royal Masters Toastmasters Club to practice your public speaking skills. Meeting times can be found on UB’s calendar or by visiting the organization’s website.
Test Preparation and Test Taking: Essay Tests
A thorough collection of resources to help you assess your readiness and plan your success on your upcoming essay test
Test Preparation and Test Taking: Objective Exams
Another useful collection from Southwestern College
The Big Bad Wolf
A multi-media presentation to help you understand the origins of anxiety, learn strategies to cope with anxiety, and develop goals for future test performance
WY Math Project
A thorough collection of resources to help you understand and overcome math anxiety, test anxiety, and general study anxiety
Overcoming Test Anxiety
A collection of links to help you assess your level of test anxiety, as well as plan how to cope with it
Class Participation Tips
Try some of these suggestions to overcome nervousness and become a more active learner.
UB Counseling Services
Free counseling services for UB students, staff and faculty
Beliefs that Contribute to Stress
Learn about patterns of perception that can help or hinder you from Sweet Briar College.
Use this test from MindTools to check for signs of stress and then access links to help you “Avoid Burnout” and “Recover from Burnout.”