Meet Our Staff
Hilary Bateman, Director
Reach out to Hilary questions about tutoring, course mentoring, success seminars, academic recovery, or general academic success or skills. This is filler text to help with formatting. This is filler text to help with formatting. This is filler text to help with formatting.
Liz Shirk, Disability Access Specialist
Liz works with students with disabilities to determine and implement reasonable academic and/or residential accommodations. Reach out to Liz with questions about the Accommodation Request Process or any other disability-related issue.
Anne Kellstrom, Academic Resources Coordinator
When you email the OAS inbox, Anne is the first person to respond. She can help with all your questions about the general happenings of the OAS, accommodated testing, getting your notes, and walking you through the process of getting accommodations.
If you’re still not sure who to go to, that’s ok! Reach out to any of us, or the OAS email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll make sure to answer your question or get you to the right person who can best help.
Covid-19 Online Learning Updates
As we transitioned to online learning for the remainder of Spring 2020, tutoring remained available through WCOnline and webinars and resources to help students with the transition were offered.Check out the Online Learning Resources
We all need help from time to time. Here are some excellent resources to support your academic success. Use the link above to learn about the resources offered through the OAS or the links below to find resources on specific topics.
Feel free to stop by the Office of Academic Skills and get more resources for extra help!
How to Study (great website on study tips. Also, a place to talk to other college students!)
Study Guides and Strategies (Strategies for many areas concerning college learning and preparing. Website offers guides and strategy tips in different languages!)
How to Retain Information (word document from Dartmouth that includes ways to improve retaining information for better studying and preparing for exams!)
Knowing your learning style is one step towards success. Use some of the resources below to determine how you learn best, and what your challenges are. Then use additional resources to find strategies to use your strengths and conquer your weaknesses
VARK tells you about more than hour you learn, but how you interact with people as well. It is a short inventory to complete, and the below link will help you determine what that means and how to use that information to your advantage.
Learning Styles Examples (video) - Not everyone understands what their learning style means, or how each learning style is different. This video uses movie characters to briefly outline some of the different learning styles.
Multiple Intelligence Inventory - Howard Gardner is a psychologist who developed a theory of multiple intelligences. Many of the types of learning styles you hear today are based on his theory. Basically he said that we are all smart in a few specific ways. Knowing which intelligences you have, helps you adjust to different learning situations and prepare in a way that is best for you.
Other Learning Styles - This is a short document outlining learning styles from another theory.
Setting short term and long term goals is an important part of success. When we set goals, it has a positive impact on our performance because it directs our attention and efforts towards activities aimed at achieving our goals, and steers it away from irrelevant activities.
Why You Should Set Goals - Learn more about how goals can help you be successful and why they are important. Also read about how to write a ‘SMART’ goal.
Reaching your Goals - Learn strategies for reaching the goals you set.
SMART Goals Worksheet - Goals need to be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. Use the first link to learn what that means, and the second to build your own SMART goals.
Goal Work Flow - Use this worksheet once you’ve set your goals to break down what you need to do to reach those goals
Goal List - This is a different format to set your goals, and break down the tasks you need to complete to meet them.
Time or the lack of time is a major problem for many college students. The week won’t expand to 200 hours, so it’s up to you to make your activities fit the time you have, and learn to plan ahead
Time Management - Follow this hand out to figure out when you have ‘free time’ and how to structure your schedule and routine (one of your strongest academic success tools).
Weekly Calendar - Use this template to create your schedule and routine.
Assignment Calculator - Use this assignment calculator to determine when to start a project or paper. Planning ahead is hard, and knowing when to start is even harder. Use this at the beginning of the semester on each of your projects and mark your start date the same as you would a due date in your planner or on your syllabus.
When To- Do Lists Aren’t Your Thing - To Do lists work for many people, but sometimes it’s too structured and doesn’t allow for the flexibility needed. Read this article and learn about using Mind Mapping rather than a To Do list.
How to Determine Priorities - Determining and managing priorities is a HUGE part of time management. But figuring out what your priorities should be is also a huge challenge. Determine what is Urgent/Important, and how to tell the difference.
When a student is looking for a tutor in a course which we do not already offer tutoring for.
Website on effective teaching strategies for the college classroom (both face-to-face and online).