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NW talk to touch on how one balances student life

As part of its health and wellness workshop series, NW’s counseling and advising will host Balancing Act — Creating the Perfect Balance Between School, Work and Life, presented by counselor Brentom Jackson.

Attendees can expect information catered for community college students and TCC alumni in general. This interactive presentation is to help the TCC community obtain the skills necessary to be successful, Jackson said.

“Everyone wants more control of their life,” he said. “Everyone wants to become a more productive person, and this workshop will show how to do that in a very easy and practical manner.”

This presentation will be held 12:30-1:30 p.m. March 1 in WSTU 1305 on NW Campus. Refreshments will be served.

Summa Aholo

Learning styles, strategies presented at TR seminar

Students on TR Campus worked together Feb. 16 to learn about their own learning styles and ways to apply them to their studies.

TR academic advisor Erin Bass led a workshop on using strategies that best fit individual learning styles. Students learned four different learning styles and the strategies they should use in the classroom.

The visual learning style uses tools students can see such as graphs and diagrams, Bass said. Auditory is gaining information from lectures and discussion. Reading strategies focus on taking appropriate notes and supplementing lectures with reading other sources on the topic. Kinesthetic learners use their senses to learn by experiencing and applying studies to their own lives.

Bass also encouraged students to take advantage of the tools provided by TCC like the MyPlan career assessment, free tutoring and online advising.

“It was information I already knew about, but it helped me learn more about being a visual learner,” student Windon Harris said.

Bass has taught students about learning styles multiple times, and she said though she doesn’t spend enough time with the students to see the direct benefits, she said many instructors have seen the effects.

Hayden Priest

Students learn vital ways to manage time on South

Students in poor academic standing are often in dire straits from inadequate time management habits and trying to take on too much, a counselor told South students Feb. 17.

At Boundaries & Bonus Points: Set Limits and See Success!, Michele Mastick taught students how to create time for themselves by prioritizing school and not taking on too many responsibilities.

“Overload does not equal success,” she said.

By increasing “margins,” the downtime between one’s obligations, one can reduce overall stress. The most straightforward way to do that, Mastick said, is by planning thoughtfully and by “saying no” to too many distractions, not all of which are negative.

“[There are] many good things we can say yes to … teach the Sunday school class … run the 5K, but we just have to think that through,” she said. “Are you on a journey or are you on a race?”

Many of the students she has spoken with who have been suspended or put on probation have tried to take on a full 12 hours when they can realistically only manage going half time, Mastick said. Taking two classes and getting A’s is better than taking three or four and getting C’s, she said.

The workshop is one of many put on by the district counseling offices and is required for those who have recently been put on probation or suspension. However, any student can attend. By filling out the appropriate paperwork, those who participate can receive credit on their transcripts, Mastick said.

Zach Gierisch

Students will learn ways to get scholarships on NW

NW Campus will host a workshop over finding scholarships and writing essays.

English associate professor Angela Chilton will guide students looking for scholarship opportunities.

“Find scholarships that fit your needs,” she said.

Chilton will discuss how to avoid scams when enrolling for scholarships and will provide steps on how to write the perfect college application essay.

A longtime English professor who has been on the TCC Foundation scholarship committee, Chilton also has helped students win with their college essays.

The workshop will be held 10-11 a.m. Feb. 29 in the Innovation Forum (WTLO 3101A).

Tori Loudenback

Veteran to focus on exam anxiety relief at NW talk

All TCC students and faculty can attend NW’s Reducing Test Anxiety presentation by Air Force veteran Rose Stubblefield March 1.

This interactive presentation is geared toward veterans but open to everyone. Attendees will receive hints on tips and tricks to calm the anxieties that students feel whenever preparing for or taking a test as well as other life situations, Stubblefield said.

“I’ve been there,” she said. “A lot of veterans have post-traumatic stress disorder, and they bring that anxiety into everyday life coming back to the civilian world. And they need help to cope with that anxiety not just in school but in life.”

Stubblefield’s hope is that veterans will walk away feeling they can better manage their anxiety.

This presentation will be held 11 a.m.-noon March 1 in WTLO 3411A on NW Campus. Refreshments will be served.

Stubblefield plans to make a similar presentation in April.

Summa Aholo

NW workshop to feature ways to balance busy life

NW students can learn how to manage life and school 2-3 p.m. March 2 in the Innovation Forum (WTLO 3101A).

“Students will gain knowledge on how to balance their life and school as well as succeed in everyday life and in the classroom,” NW Bridge Program coordinator Talisha Simpson said.

This session will be set in an interactive workshop environment. English associate professor Angela Chilton will go over information through a PowerPoint and provide handouts and activities for the students.

Students will think about the questions “Is my life going to feel out of balance only while I’m in college?” as well as “Can I find balance between life and school?” Chilton said.

The session is designed especially for those needing the extra help with time management and scheduling in their everyday lives, Simpson said. Tips and tools will be shared on how to keep life and daily living in perspective as a student. Students will also learn how to keep a calendar and how to record things in categories.

Angela Brown

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