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Academic Assistance

The Center’s number one concern is making sure VCOM students are academically successful. We provide academic assistance, free of charge, to all VCOM students that is tailored to meet your specific academic needs. We can assist you by helping to determine your academic strengths and weaknesses and then aiding you in designing your study plan, choosing study strategies, or referring you to other resources. The Center is proactive in its approach by constantly monitoring student progress and reaching out to students early in their academic careers should they need assistance. If you are struggling academically or just want to improve your GPA we can assist you!

Study Strategies and Tips

The Study Chunk

1. Deep Study

  • Deep study should last for no more than 1½ hours, but should be shorter if you are not focused or the content is harder.
  • Deep study can be exactly how you study now except that instead of just listening to VCOMTV or reading through the PowerPoint, you must frequently stop to summarize or ask yourself questions (every few slides) to make sure you are thinking and pulling information together (active learning).
  • You will stop wherever you are after 1 ½ hours (whether you are finished with the lecture or not) and complete the other steps.

2. Self-Check

  • Self-check lasts for 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Self-check has 2 purposes: to help you gauge what you know and don’t know from your deep study and to make sure you do something active to pull the information together.
  • Self-check must be active and at a higher level of understanding (i.e. a few practice questions, concept-maps, teaching the concept to someone or an imaginary someone.)
  • Self-check cannot be checking memorization stuff (do that as a separate component).
  • Doing practice questions the night before the test is too late for full benefit!

3. Break

  • The length of your break will vary each chunk depending on what you want to do during the break but should be at least 10 minutes.

4. Preview

  • Preview lasts for 10 – 15 minutes and is for 1 lecture per Study Chunk.
  • During preview you are not studying, but are familiarizing yourself with main ideas/new vocabulary for class the next day.
  • After you finish the preview, which is the last step of the Study Chunk, you will start a new Study Chunk by picking up where you left off with the lecture you have not completed yet or, if finished, will start a new lecture.

Key Study Strategies

Multiple Exposures to the Information

  • Need to see the information multiple times before the exam
  • Multiple exposures are not effective if they only occur a day or two before the exam

Active Listening in Class

  • A good note-taking method can help you start to organize and process information (the start to learning) in class
  • Avoid mindless note-taking without thinking and making connections

Study Schedule

  • Plan (on paper) 2-3 weeks in advance
  • Does not have to be scheduled in time intervals
  • Include previews, reviews, deep study, active learning activities, personal time
  • Plan for exams in advance - must start deep study 5+ days from exam
  • When there are multiple upcoming exams you must study for more than one at a time (waiting until 1 exam is finished before you start studying for the next will not work)

Chunking

  • A Study Chunk consists of 4 things: deep study, self-check, break, and preview
  • Chunking your study can help you increase your attention, actively learn, and process the material
  • For more information see our flyer on chunking your study

Active Learning

  • A Study Chunk consists of 4 things: deep study, self-check, break, and preview
  • Chunking your study can help you increase your attention, actively learn, and process the material
  • For more information see our flyer on chunking your study

Study Group

  • Choose a study group that is focused and will challenge you
  • Studying with friends may not work
  • Requires you to be an active learner
  • Gives you people to compare your knowledge to (Is what you know up to par with others?)

Miscellaneous Tips

  • Study in a productive place
  • Meet with professors if you need help with a concept
  • Read the textbook
  • Use strategies that work for you, not your friends

Mr. Campbell is the Director for Student and Institutional Academic Success for the VCOM-Virginia Campus.  Previously, Mr. Campbell worked as a teacher and coach in the Pre K – 12 public education setting for nearly twenty years in North Carolina and nearby Floyd County, Virginia.  During this time he earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.  Currently, Mr. Campbell is working on his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Management.  He has experience assisting students from all backgrounds and varying learning needs from a holistic viewpoint.

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Dr. Shelitha Morton is the Director for Student and Institutional Academic Success for the VCOM-Carolinas Campus.  Dr. Morton earned a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State and a Master of Education in Counseling and Development from Winthrop University.  She has experience in teaching and academic success coaching in postsecondary online and traditional on-campus programs for traditional and nontraditional students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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Alexandria Brice is the Director for Student and Institutional Academic Success at VCOM-AC. She has over twenty years of experience as an educator. Prior to joining VCOM-AC, Alexandria worked as a Learning Specialist and Academic Counselor in Auburn University’s Athletic Department. Dr. Brice holds a B.S. in Education, a M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling, and a PhD in Adult Education. She uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to assist and encourage students to develop the strategies needed to succeed.

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Mrs. Carlson is the Director for Student and Institutional Academic Success for the VCOM-Louisiana Campus.  She is directly involved in providing academic assistance to students who need guidance with time management, study skills, board-prep study plans, study resources, or any other academic need.  She holds a Master’s of Education, Curriculum, and Instruction from Louisiana Tech University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.  Mrs. Carlson has worked in education for the past ten years.  During this time, she worked in the public education setting as a mathematics teacher and then in the higher education setting as an academic advisor.  She is married to Scott and they are parents of two little boys.

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