is where you will begin your college journey. Who are you as a student? What do you hope to gain from your college experience? What strengths, talents, and passions do you have? Get Started can help you identify and match your personality to careers, capitalize on your learning style, and reflect on your goals.
Self-knowledge is vital to academic success at the university level. The activities contained in this section will enable you to better understand who you are as a student, what you hope to achieve at Immaculata, and what steps you need to take in order to be successful.
- Identify Strengths and Weaknesses:
- Students often struggle with college work early because they rely on high school study habits. Take this student self-assessment and bring it to the Academic Success Center, where an academic coach will help you craft a study plan to succeed at Immaculata.
- Goal Setting:
- A goal without a plan is nothing more than a wish. This goal-setting worksheet will help you reach your goals by articulating what you hope to achieve and what you need to do in order to accomplish those goals.
- Learning Styles:
- Different learning styles not only affect your retention of subject material, but how you draw conclusions from it. You may learn more effectively through watching a demonstration, listening to a lecture, or participating in a discussion. This learning styles survey will help you discover which approach to learning is best for you.
In-class lectures are only one educational environment at college. A significant amount of learning occurs outside of the classroom through workshops, faculty lectures, and extra-curricular programming.
- Academic Success workshop schedule
- Academic coaches from the Academic Success Center host workshops throughout the year to help you learn to study more effectively. Topics include: test-taking strategies, note-taking tips, time management techniques, and more. Some faculty members award extra credit for attending these workshops.
- Common Reader Lecture Series
- This fall, faculty from Immaculata and the surrounding area will deliver free lectures to students and the public, offering an opportunity to hear varying viewpoints on the Common Reader.
- Student Activities & Leadership
Who could benefit from academic coaching?
Everyone! Even if you are excelling academically at Immaculata, it’s likely you could benefit from a short conversation with an academic coach. A coach can help successful students better organize their time and help struggling students get their semester under control.
Do I need an appointment to see an academic coach?
No, but we do encourage you to make appointments, because it ensures that the coach is present and better prepared for the meeting. But if you’re having a meltdown day, don’t hesitate to drop in the Academic Success Center.
What services can an academic coach provide?
Our coaches are trained to provide guidance in note-taking, test-taking, time management, stress reduction, test anxiety, and other topics related to academic success. Coaches can also connect you with a peer tutor or the coordinator for academic accommodations where warranted.
What is the Common Reader Program?
This program provides a shared intellectual experience among the incoming freshman class, faculty, and staff through reading a book group discussions, the FYE seminar, and the faculty lecture series. In 2012, the Common Reader is The Other Wes Moore.