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Using Google Calendar

One thing I’ve heard repeatedly from numerous students is that they have a hard time keeping track of assignments and appointments. I average probably 4-5 missed advising appointments per week, with the student later telling me that they completely forgot about it. The reality is that I used to miss appointments and would lose track of when assignments were due. And then a friend introduced me to Google Calendar. It changed my life. And it can change yours, too.

All students (and employees, too!) at the University of Maine are provided a Google account. That’s actually what the @maine.edu account is. So there’s no legitimate excuse for any and all students to not use Google Calendar to help them organize their life.

First and foremost, Google Calendar can help you visually keep track of meetings and assignment due dates. You have three different viewing options for the calendar, either the daily view, the weekly view, or the monthly view. And you can easily switch between the views for whichever is most convenient at that time. You can use the daily view to keep track of appointments and meetings for that specific day. The weekly view lets you know what’s coming up throughout that week. And the monthly view puts all your assignments in perspective so that you can plan your time accordingly.

Another benefit is that you can create multiple calendars. For instance, you could create a new calendar for each course you are taking. You have the ability to have them all showing at the same time, however, and use different colours for each. Thus you could visually see the amount of work and due dates for each class.

Once you have your assignments and meetings in Google Calendar, you can set up reminders for each and every entry. These reminders can be either pop-ups (it shows up on your screen), text messages, or emails, and you can set them to be sent out a certain number of minutes, hours, days, or weeks in advance, or even a combination of those. For instance, if you have a paper due on a certain date, you could set up a reminder email or text to be sent to you a month in advance, two weeks in advance, one week in advance, three days in advance, one day in advance, and then 12 hours in advance. Then you’d have no excuse to forget about it or not get it done in time.

In addition to sending reminders, you can also receive daily agendas via your email. Once you set it up, Google Calendar will send you an email with your schedule for that day. And it can include any and all of your calendars. Once set, you will receive an email at about 5:30am that will include everything on your agenda for that day.

For the more advanced user, Google Calendar also gives you the option to share your calendars with other Google Calendar users. You can give them ability to simply read your calendar or give them progressively more rights, up through the ability to edit your calendar appointments and settings. This can be very useful in a group learning setting, so that everyone has access to the same due dates and the same reminders.

And for those students who use a smartphone or a tablet, you can sync the calendars directly with iCal on your Apple products or link to it directly on your Android phone, so you can access it any time you’d like.

So set up a Google Calendar for yourself and give it a try. Used correctly and consistently, you’ll find that you get assignments done in a more timely manner and you will not miss appointments. It will help you on your path to academic and career success.

Calendar for the Week of 10/20/2014 to 10/26/2014

This Thursday, October 23, is the last day to sign up for group tutoring for the fall semester. If you are struggling in a class and need the extra help, be sure to sign up before then!

Monday, October 20
History Department Symposium
Politics, Peoplehood, and Recognition: (Re)Birth of the Monacan Nation
3:15 – 4:15pm Hill Auditorium

Communication and Journalism Colloquium
The Global Village Dump: Media Cultures and the Crisis of E-Waste
12:10 – 1:00pm 424 Dunn Hall

Sign up for small group tutoring is ongoing. The Tutor Program is also offering Drop-in Tutoring, located in the Tutor Program classroom on the first floor of the library (between the Research Consultation Area and the Writing Center classroom).  Check out their website for more information and the full schedule.  
Drop-in Tutoring for Monday:
12pm-1pm – MAT 115
2pm-4pm – PHY 122
4pm-5pm – PSY 100
5pm-7pm – MAT 228

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the semester the Department of Modern Languages and Classics offers the opportunity to practice conversations in other languages.  It is located in Little Hall, Room 207 and is open to anyone who wants to have conversations in the specific language.
12pm-1pm – French Table

Tuesday, October 21
Drop-in Tutoring for Tuesday:
11am-12pm – CHY 121
2pm-3pm – SMS 100
4pm-6pm – BIO 100

Wednesday, October 22
Drop-in Tutoring for Wednesday:
9am-10am – PHY 121
10am-11am – AST 109
11pm-12pm – SMS 100
1pm-2pm – BIO 100
2pm-3pm – PHY 121
4pm-5pm – PHY 111

ML&C
12pm-1pm – German Table

Thursday, October 23
Today is the LAST DAY to sign up for group tutoring for the fall semester!

Drop-in Tutoring for Thursday:
10am-11am – CHY 121
1pm-2pm – MAT 232
3pm-4pm -PSY 100
4pm-6pm – BIO 100

ML&C
12pm-1pm – Spanish Table

If other events turn up, we will be sure to update the calendar. Have a great week!

Stress and Health for Students

Stress is inevitable. However, sometimes people don’t realize how stressed they really are! Today’s infographic discusses stress in college students, how it effects them, and some tips on maintaining healthy stress levels.

Stress and Health for Students

Thursday Tip of the Day

The class list for the Spring 2015 semester is now available on Mainestreet! You can begin making your Wish List and get it approved by your advisor.

Calendar for the Week of 10/13/2014 to 10/19/2014

Welcome back! We hope you had a fun and relaxing Fall Break!

Monday, October 13
Fall Break- No activities

Tuesday, October 14
Fall Break- No activities

Wednesday,October 15
Drop-in Tutoring for Wednesday:
9am-10am – PHY 121
10am-11am – AST 109
11pm-12pm – SMS 100
1pm-2pm – BIO 100
2pm-3pm – PHY 121
4pm-5pm – PHY 111

ML&C
12pm-1pm – German Table

Thursday, October 16
Drop-in Tutoring for Thursday:
10am-11am – CHY 121
1pm-2pm – MAT 232
3pm-4pm -PSY 100
4pm-6pm – BIO 100

ML&C
12pm-1pm – Spanish Table

If other events turn up, we will be sure to update the calendar. Have a great week!

Successful College Student Pyramid

Being a college student is tough. On top of balancing school and work, students have to deal with activities and clubs, as well as maintaining and developing relationships with others. The Successful College Student Pyramid is a good starting point to getting your life organized and reminding yourself that prioritizing is key to a good college career!

Successful College Student Pyramid

Thursday Tip of the Day

If you are struggling in any of your classes, look to the Tutor Program to help! They offer both drop-in and small group tutoring for a variety of classes. See their website for more info and how to sign up.

Academic Planning

One of the most crucial keys to success in academia as well as other places in life is organization. Many students find that balancing the degree requirements for their major or minor (if they have declared one) as well as their general education requirements can be quite daunting. Some find that laying out a basic plan of how to fit in requirements, as well as leaving some space for courses that they may want to take but may not necessarily meet them, quite helpful. Seeing what courses you have already taken, and those you need to take in an organized manner can ensure that you do not go too far off course when choosing classes. This planning can help students meet their academic goals and graduate in a reasonable amount of time.

Overall, the process of mapping out your academic career is quite simple. This guide will outline the steps and information you will need, and then provide an example of a fictional student who has completed some courses, and has created an academic plan. The first step is to take a look at what you have already taken. You can find this through your Degree Progress Report, located through the Student Center on MaineStreet under the ‘Academics’ heading on the left. Record the course name and number, what semester you took it, the number of credits earned and the grade received.

What you’ll need next is a list of requirements. Once again all students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to fulfill a set of General Education requirements to help ensure a well-rounded education. Here at the CLAS Advising Center, these general education requirements are some of the most common thing we help our students navigate. You can find a list of them here. Requirements for your major will vary considerably depending on your department guidelines. Speak with your faculty advisor about the best courses to take to earn your degree and will work with your future career goals.

Once you have compiled a list of courses you’ll need to satisfy general education and major requirements, the next step is to plan when you will take each course. Having your academic career planned out visually can help you spread out your courses in a way that does not end up being overwhelming or too heavy in once topic. Having some diversity in your workload keeps the material interesting, breaks up the required courses and prevents too much overlap in one semester.

For the point of this exercise, we will use a fictional student who has completed their first year and has declared a major in Mass Communication (CMJ). This is a breakdown of the courses they have passed so far:

Sample First Year

Note that some courses, such as AVS 145, are able to fulfill two general education requirements. PSY 100 also fulfills the Social Context & Institution requirement, but since it has already been covered by ANY 102, there is no need to list it again.

The next step is to look at what else is needed to graduate. So, for their major in Mass Communication, this student will need:

Required Courses

As well as 6 more courses found on a list of major requirements provided by their department.

As for General Education Requirements, this student needs:

  • Human Values and Social Context – Population and Environment
  • Mathematics – Only one credit of Computer Science can be used towards the math requirement. This student will need another, non-COS course.
  • Writing Competency – A writing intensive course outside of their major as well as one within their major
  • Capstone – A capstone experience worked on with a faculty member in their major department.

So, the academic plan for this student may look something like this:

Academic Plan

So, as you can see, this student has more than enough time and flexibility to satisfy both their major requirements, as well as their general education requirements. Most degree programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences require that students declare a minor or double major. This student has plenty of room to fit in the required courses when they choose their minor.

These academic plans are an effective way to manage your time and set up long terms goals. The staff in the Advising Center at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are here to work with you to help you create an academic plan, look at general education requirements, and provide you with information regarding other campus resources. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Calendar for the Week of 10/6/2014 to 10/12/2014

Monday, October 6
Sign up for small group tutoring is ongoing. The Tutor Program is also offering Drop-in Tutoring, located in the Tutor Program classroom on the first floor of the library (between the Research Consultation Area and the Writing Center classroom).  Check out their website for more information and the full schedule.  
Drop-in Tutoring for Monday:
12pm-1pm – MAT 115
2pm-4pm – PHY 122
4pm-5pm – PSY 100
5pm-7pm – MAT 228

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the semester the Department of Modern Languages and Classics offers the opportunity to practice conversations in other languages.  It is located in Little Hall, Room 207 and is open to anyone who wants to have conversations in the specific language.
12pm-1pm – French Table

Tuesday, October 7
Know Your Money Day – $400 in prizes and free food for Financial Literacy
10am-2pm Memorial Union

The University of Maine’s Office of Student Financial Aid invites you to join the party on Know Your Money Day powered by SALT, UMaine’s FREE financial literacy and debt management program. Come learn about how to take control of YOUR finances!

Drop-in Tutoring for Tuesday:
11am-12pm – CHY 121
2pm-3pm – SMS 100
4pm-6pm – BIO 100

Wednesday, October 8
Drop-in Tutoring for Wednesday:
9am-10am – PHY 121
10am-11am – AST 109
11pm-12pm – SMS 100
1pm-2pm – BIO 100
2pm-3pm – PHY 121
4pm-5pm – PHY 111

ML&C
12pm-1pm – German Table

Thursday, October 9
Drop-in Tutoring for Thursday:
10am-11am – CHY 121
1pm-2pm – MAT 232
3pm-4pm -PSY 100
4pm-6pm – BIO 100

ML&C
12pm-1pm – Spanish Table

If other events turn up, we will be sure to update the calendar. Have a great week!

Types of Learners and Tips for Studying

Last week’s infographic talked about the different types of learners and helped your figure out which one you are. This week, we focus on how to use that information to get the most out of your studying!

Types of learners and tips for studying

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