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ASP Workshop #3: Multiple Choice Strategies

With midterms fast-approaching, you’ve probably started to think about the format of those tests and how best to prepare.  The majority of your midterm exams will have a multiple choice component.  Don’t be caught unawares though; multiple choice questions on a law school exam can be drastically different from the types of questions you are used to from undergrad.  Therefore, we hope you’ll join us for one of our workshops next week.

The Academic Success Department will host the third in its series of ASP workshops geared toward first-semester students titled Multiple Choice Strategies.  On Tuesday, September 25th, we will be in room 455 from noon to 1:00 p.m.  Feel free to bring your lunch, or a snack, to enjoy during the presentation.  On Friday, September 28th, there will be an encore presentation from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in room 250.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the workshops next week!

ASP Workshop #2: Outlining and Course Summaries

Are you worried about your course outlines?  Have you tried to work on them, but you just don’t know where to start?  Are you unsure if your outline is as effective as it could be?  If you answered “Yes!” to any of those questions, then you need to attend one of our outlining workshops next week.

The Academic Success Department will host the second in its series of ASP workshops geared toward first-semester students titled Outlining and Course Summaries.  On Tuesday, September 11th, we will be at The Flats at Kernan from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the clubhouse.  Please feel free to attend even if you are not a resident of The Flats.  The address is 4850 First Coast Tech Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32224.  On Friday, September 14th, there will be an encore presentation from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in room 250.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the workshops next week!

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Services Available

Some of you may remember a famous quote from the movie, Jerry Maguire:

Help me, help you!

This has a very familiar ring to it as much of what we do in Academic Success is help students acquire skills so that they can be successful on their own.  Essentially, we are here to help you learn to help yourself.  Our department is here as a resource for all students, but it’s not uncommon for students to be unaware of everything that we can do to help.  Therefore, here is a quick overview of the services we offer to our students.

About Us and the Program

All of the Academic Success Counselors are licensed attorneys in good standing with various state bars.  They have had training in student instruction, bar exam preparation, and general academic success techniques.  Counselors are available by appointment or for walk-in meetings based on availability.  The mission of our department is to assist students in maximizing academic potential during the unique rigors of law school.  We have all been there before and we understand what you are going through.  Don’t be afraid to use us as a resource!

Individual Appointments

Counselors are available for individual meetings to offer advice and assistance in many topics including the following:

  • Adjusting to the stresses and challenges of law school
  • Discussing life issues that may affect academic performance
  • Essay writing
  • Exam preparation and strategies
  • Improving study methods
  • Scheduling classes
  • Bar application completion

Resources for First-Year Students

Law School Foundations consists of skills-development seminars that provide first-year students with an intense introduction to law school and the tools necessary to become active and successful learners.  Through in-class exercises, individual meetings, and live workshops, students develop and sharpen their study and test-taking stragegies while mastering the skills necessary to succeed in law school, on the bar exam, and in practice.

Resources for Upper Level Students

There is an online series of academic success workshops on essay-writing that assist upper level students as they continue to develop and improve their writing skills.  These workshops can be found under “Vodcasts” on the Academic Success SharePoint Site.

Advanced Florida Bar Studies is a 3-credit essay-writing course taught in students’ final semester.  This skills-development course is designed to prepare students for the state-specific sections of the Florida bar exam.

Multistate Bar Exam Strategies is a 1-credit course taught during students’ final year.  This skills-development course is designed to prepare students for the multiple choice, multistate section of any state’s bar exam.

Bar Preparation Services

There are bar intensive courses available to you in your final year of law school: Advanced Florida Bar Studies and Multistate Bar Exam Strategies.  In addition, you will be assigned a bar coach upon graduation.  Your coach will assist you with preparation for your state bar exam, including essay review.

Hopefully this post has given you an overview of the variety of services offered by our department.  If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please stop by our offices in Suite 580.

Study Schedule Presentation and Online Meeting Requests

Study Schedule Presentation

Below is a link to the vodcast of last week’s Academic Success Workshop: Creating a Study Schedule.  After viewing, if you would like to meet with a counselor to discuss your own study schedule, please feel free to schedule an appointment with us!

http://www.screencast.com/t/we6mDyqxB8wS

Online Meeting Requests

Did you know that you can schedule an appointment with your preferred Academic Success Counselor without setting foot on campus?  The Academic Success Department has created an online form for you to use to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors.  Below is a direct link to the form:

Schedule Request Here

This form allows you to designate the type of meeting you’d like to have, select the counselor you’d like to meet with, identify your own availability, and add any necessary comments.  Once the form has been processed, you will receive a meeting invitation from our department.  Please accept that appointment and arrive at your scheduled time.

Important Note About Scheduling Appointments with Your Outlook Calendar

Many of you have commented that there are time discrepancies between scheduled meeting times and the times that you see when you receive your invite from us.

This is most likely due to to your Outlook time zone settings. You can correct this issue yourself by going into Outlook, pulling down the File Tab, clicking Options at the bottom, clicking Calendar on the left side, and then changing your time zone to US and Canada.

Alternatively, you can take your computer to the Help Desk on the second floor of the library and they can change the settings for you.

Study Schedule

ASP Workshop Series: Creating a Study Schedule

Throughout the semester, the Academic Success Department will be hosting a series of workshops to assist students, particularly new 1L’s.  Next week, we will present our first topic, Creating a Study Schedule.  The first workshop will be held on Tuesday, August 28, from noon – 1 p.m. in room 250.  An encore presentation will be offered on Friday, August 31, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in room 250.  You do not need to RSVP to attend.  As these workshops are informal, please feel free to bring lunch or a snack to enjoy during the presentation.  If you have any questions, just let us know.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Welcome to Florida Coastal!

The Academic Success Team would like to welcome our new and returning students.  We hope you all had a wonderful summer and look forward to working with you throughout the fall semester and throughout your career here at Florida Coastal.  If you are a new student, you will be working closely with a member of our team this semester - your Law School Foundations Professor.  However, they are not the only resource available to you.  Please take a moment to get to know all the members of Coastal’s ASP team by visiting an earlier blog post here: http://fcsl.edu/blogs/academicsuccess/2011/02/01/meet-the-academic-success-team/.  If you ever have any questions or concerns about anything relating to law school, please don’t hesitate to stop in and visit with us.

Throughout the semester, check back often for information including ASP workshops, writing competitions, and other important information.  Good luck this semester and we hope to see you soon!

Finals Preparation Workshops

Are you stressed out about pending final exams?  Are you at a loss on how even to begin studying?  Keeping up with outlines?  Eating?  Staying healthy?  Sleeping?  Well, while we here in Academic Success cannot guarantee a complete cure for any or all of these problems, we can certainly offer some tips and suggestions to best prepare you for your finals.

We invite all students, specifically and especially first semester students, to attend the Finals Preparation Workshop.  To ensure everyone has an opportunity to attend, we have scheduled two workshops: one on Tuesday, November 8 and one on Thursday, November 10. Both will be in room 455 and will last from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

We will be serving pizza.  However, in order to attend (or at least guarantee you get some free food) you MUST register for the workshop by coming to the Academic Success Department located in suite 580.  Again, registration is a must.

We know each of you can succeed on your finals and we in Academic Success promise to provide the tools you need to relieve and reduce the unwanted stress.

We look forward to seeing each of you.