First Year of Studies

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Assistant Professional Specialist / Academic Consultant

The primary responsibilities of the learning specialist include the following: (1) meeting individually with first-year students who are experiencing academic and transitional difficulties beyond the scope of services typically provided by academic advisors; (2) assisting first-year students in the creation and monitoring of individualized plans to enhance motivation, decision making, and the achievement of short-term and long-term academic goals; (3) exploring with first-yeatr students some of the root causes of challenges (e.g., academic, organizational, emotional, etc.) they may encourter in coursework; and (4) in collaboration with first-year advisors and other University support personnel, helping first-year students leverage various approaches to learning, time management, task prioritization, skills assessment, and discipline-specific study that promote academic success and general wellbeing.  Read More