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All of us in the John W. Schmidt Center for Student Success want you to be successful this semester. With finals approaching, we wanted to remind you of a few tips to help ensure your success. This information is adapted from a lesson presented within the TROY 1103: College Success Strategies class that is available as a free elective.

Here are five ways to ensure success on your final exams:

  1. Create the best environment for study – make sure that you take noise level, lighting, comfort, and organization into account when choosing the best place to study. While the most comfortable arm-chair on campus might prove to be the best place to take a nap, it might not be the best choice for studying. Also, while multi-tasking might prove useful in other aspects of life, it does not work here. Having your Biology notes open while watching a science-fiction film on Netflix will likely not improve your grade. If you are looking for the best place to study, check out this blog post by Bayleigh Thompson, a senior marketing major from Mobile, AL.
  2. Determine the best time for study – The specific time of day is up to you. Choose a time when you are at your best, when your mind is clear of distractions, and when you have adequate time to devote to the material. You have to carve out this time just like any other appointment. Here’s a hint: make a calendar event on your smartphone and stick to it!
  3. Determine the best length of time for study – Study sessions should have a specific goal and purpose. These sessions should typically last from 30 to 50 minutes. No, not 3 hours! After your study sessions, take a break: go for a walk or some other activity that will get your mind off of the material for a few minutes.
  4. Choose the best study partner – Studying with your significant other will likely prove to be less than ideal. Make sure that you ask each other thought-provoking questions; go beyond the simple answers. Take advantage of each other’s strengths and support each other’s weaknesses. Be aware of too much socializing and remember that we all learn differently!
  5. Assess yourself – The only way to ensure that you are retaining the information is to assess or test yourself. If you can remember it without referencing the material, if you can teach it to others, or if you can explain it in your own words, then you can pass the test.

We wish you all the best!

Career Fair FlyerThe All Majors Career Fair scheduled for Wednesday, April 19th from 10:00 – 2:00 in Sartain Hall. All students can benefit from attending, although we strongly encourage upperclassmen to take advantage of this opportunity. Sophomores should also attend to explore internship possibilities and begin networking with employers. We ask all students to dress professionally and bring several copies of their resume.

Students can log into Trojan LINK from our website to view the 58 (to date) attending employers. If you do not know your password, please select “forgot password” at the bottom and an email will be sent to you allowing you to create a new password.

– Lauren Cole, coordinator

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IT’S REGISTRATION TIME

Summer 2017 Registration for Troy Campus classes is currently underway! Term 5 2017 Registration for TROY Online will begin May 8th.

Fall 2017 Registration for Troy Campus classes begins on Wednesday, April 12 by classification.

Registration Schedule by classification

April 12th – Senior/Graduate Registration (90+ Hours) 8:00 AM – Noon
April 12th – Junior Registration (60 – 89 hours) 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
April 13th – Sophomore Registration (30 – 59 hours) 8:00 AM – Noon
April 13th – Freshman Registration (0 – 29 hours) 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Registration Tips

  • Prior to registration, have all of your holds removed.
  • For assistance with Student Planning, visit this website.
  • Visit with your advisor prior to the first day of registration. To view the name of your advisor and/or counselor, login to Trojan Web Express, click Students, and click My Profile under Academic Profile. Your advisor and/or counselor will be shown under Academic Information. If you need assistance, call 1-800-414-5756.

Schedule of Classes

 

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The Major Madness Career and Major Exploration Fair is a unique opportunity where students can talk with faculty representing all majors TROY offers. Typically, students must glean this information on an individual departmental basis, so the convenience of having all majors in one location is a can’t miss opportunity.  Although all students can benefit from speaking with professors about careers related to their major at this event, lowerclassmen should particularly use this opportunity to compare career paths and solidify their choice of major.

Major Madness will be held from 2-4 pm on March 29th inside the Trojan Arena. Participants can narrow their options down to a “final four” and declare a major during the event at the Records table.

For more information, contact Career Services at 334-670-3217

– Lauren Cole, coordinator & Emily Reiss, career counselor

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The Testing and Assessment Center (TAC) is responsible for providing students with a testing environment where tests can be administered accurately and securely. Students may report to our office to take their ACCUPLACER Placement Test and CLEP Exams.

ACCUPLACER exams are for students to identify the appropriate starting level for English and Math courses. We strive to provide you the tools needed so that you and your advisor can work together to help you be successful. You do not PASS or FAIL the ACCUPLACER test; it only determines your current skill level in the area(s) tested so that you can be placed appropriately. You will receive your ACCUPLACER test results immediately and your score report will include placement messages informing you which courses you should take and how to register.

CLEP exams are available for students who wish to gain college credit for a course by paying an exam fee and passing a subject exam. CLEP exams cover a wide range of general studies courses and offer a great opportunity for students who have an advanced subject knowledge and which to “test out” of a course. The CLEP exam fee is $80.

A photo or valid student ID is required to complete an exam, but students may visit our office on a walk-in basis. The only exception to this is during the summer, which is generally our busiest time of the year. We can see, on average, upwards of 1200 students in a 2-month window as they come through their scheduled IMPACT orientation sessions.

For more information on ACCUPLACER exams visit: https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/

For more information on CLEP exams visit: https://clep.collegeboard.org/

-Chanukah Anderson, coordinator

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Student Support Service (SSS) is a U.S. Department of Education-funded program designed to work with college students who are first generation, low income, and with documented disabilities. We assist these students in gaining academic and self-advocacy skills necessary to persist towards an educational goal of two-year degree completion, transfer to a four-year university, and/or complete a certificate program. Services provided to program participants included: academic counseling, financial assistance, transfer preparation, study skills building, test-taking strategies, major and career exploration opportunities, cultural activities, and professional and peer tutoring.

TRiO Aspire Student Support Services at Troy University (Troy Campus) has a hands-on approach when working with students; this approach is designed to aid in retention, provide advisement and assistance to students with postsecondary course selection. Students are given information on a full range of student financial aid programs, benefits, and resources for locating public and private scholarships.  Additionally, SSS provides assistance with completing financial aid applications, education or counseling services designed to improve students’ financial and economic literacy and admission to graduate and professional programs.

SSS provides assistance to at least 555 students at three campus locations every year. Students who participate in the program come from every academic department and major on campus. To participate in the program, students must meet eligibility guidelines that are based on household income, parent’s education, or student disability.  Student Support Services at Troy University works closely with the Financial Aid Office, Office of First Year Studies, the Writing Center, Career Services, Natural Science Center and many others to provide resources and enrichment opportunities to students.

There are 30 TRiO SSS programs at higher education institutions in Alabama, and 1,081 TRiO SSS programs in the U.S. (FY 2015). Student Support Services is a part of a national effort by the U.S. Department of Education to make the opportunity for success in college available to low-income and first-generation students, and/or students with disabilities.

Troy University Student Support Services Staff include TRiO Director: Mary Griffin, Coordinator: Shantel Barginere, Academic Advisor: Courtney Garland, Project Tutor: Rebecca Money-Rembert, and Project Advisor: Atia Brown.

To learn more about the TRiO Aspire: Student Support Services Program, please contact the office at 334-670-5985.