The Study 25-35 Empowerment Campaign is aimed at helping first time freshmen and first-year transfer students succeed in their CSUF courses. Entering a four-year university for the first time is a big change from what you might be used to. It is important that you develop an understanding of the academic expectations of your professors as well as your responsibilities in the learning process. Remember, you earned your acceptance to CSUF, but with great power comes great responsibility. You must make sure to put some muscle to your academic plan for success. A perfect way to do this is by incorporating 25-35 hours of studying/homework time per week.
This site is here to provide you with tips on HOW to create and/or enhance your 2012-2013 academic success plan so you can efficiently study 25-35 hrs per week. Follow the academic success phases of the Study 25-35 Empowerment Campaign, prime your academic success plan with the 25-35 Empowerment Immersion Training, and watch out for Empowerment Success Exercises throughout the academic year.
We believe in you! Seize academic success!
Students majoring in science and math may find that their major classes are challenging. Students are encouraged to visit one of our many tutoring centers on campus for additional support with class assignments and homework.
OPPORTUNITY CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS STUDENTS (OCSAMS)
The Opportunity Center provides free tutoring for biology, chemistry, biochemistry and some physics courses. The Center also provides computers, a copy machine, and study areas for students.
Info: (657) 278-7082 or MH 488
UNIVERSITY LEARNING CENTER
The University Learning Center (ULC) provides tutoring services for a variety of subjects ranging from math to biology to history. Walk-ins may be accommodated but appointments are encouraged.
Info: (657) 278-2738 or PLN 2ND Floor
MATH TUTORING CENTER
The Math Tutoring Center provides drop-in tutoring for all math courses through Math 150A (first semester calculus). For tutoring in courses above that level, check Center for availability of a tutor.
Info: (657) 278-3542 or MH 553
The Mathematics Department offers workshops for students taking Math 115, Math 125, and Math 150A/B. The workshops are supplementary one-unit courses that may be taken along with the corresponding math course. Students may register for the workshops through Titan Online.
Info: (657) 278-3542 or MH-176
A. How Much Should You Study?
This is really important! Study habits determine your success in college, so your success begins with you. One of the greatest challenges of a student entering college for the first time is realizing how much study time is needed to achieve their academic goals.
If you are a first-time freshman, wouldn't you agree that college will be more challenging than high school and require a greater personal commitment? The total commitment for in-class instruction and homework in high school is about 35 hours per week. In college you will be in class approximately 15 hours a week. Successful NSM students study at least two hours per unit per week, or 25-35 hours per week for a student taking 12-17 units. Your total time commitment for school would be 40-50 hours per week, very similar to the time required for a full-time job.
If you are a first-year transfer student you might already be aware of the academic challenges set forth by the college environment, nevertheless we encourage you to refine your academic success plan to meet the academic expectations of upper-division courses at CSUF.
Sometimes taking the first step towards formulating an academic success plan can be difficult. Learn how to develop a plan and study 25-35 hours per week with the Empowerment Immersion Training. This training calls for filling out the Academic Tracking sheet and the Time Dominance Sheet.
B. The Study 25-35 Empowerment Campaign-Themes
Taking the first step towards creating and/or refining an academic success plan is half of the battle. You must then incorporate strategies and set forth a tactical plan for academic success in order to efficiently incorporate 25-35 hours of studying/homework at week.
Follow the study 25-35 Sping 2013 phase dates and slogans and look for on line empowerment exercises as the semester progress to enhance and maintain your plan for academic success.
Be patient. Focus. Believe in yourself. You are the most important factor in your academic success. We believe you can do it!
The end of the semester is approaching! Are you ready for finals?
PHASE IV: Reinforce and Finish Strong
During the months of April and May, it's time to recharge and give it all you got. Refer to the Empowerment Exercises below for tips on how you can achieve success in the last weeks of the semester.
Calculate your current semester GPA before going into finals week. Click on the following link to access the Academic Advisement Center's GPA Calculator: http://www.fullerton.edu/aac/AAC_Resources/gpa_calculator.asp.
The GPA calculator is easy to use and will show you where you stand before going into finals. Simply add up the points you have earned so far for each class and divide them by the points you could have earned at this time in the semester. Once you have calculated what grade you have so far in each class, input these grades into the GPA calculator and it will calculate what your GPA would be if the semester were over today. Many students are surprised by what they see!
Set up a finals study schedule that works for you. Plan what you have to do and designate an appropriate amount of time to study for each final exam. Print and fill out the Time Dominance Tracker for assistance!
Think about what conditions allow you to study best. Do you work better in the morning? Does working with others help you learn the material better? Do you study more effectively if you switch up your surroundings? Remember that different methods work better for different students. It's important to find the approach that works best for you.
Here are some useful study techniques:
A. First Time Freshmen, please contact the following person for more information on how to enhance your academic plan for success.
NSM Graduate Assistant
Opportunity Center, MH 488
First year transfer students, please contact the following person for more information on services for NSM transfer students.
Coordinator, STEM Transfer Student Services
Office: McCarthy Hall, 175
B. NSM Transfer Peer Advisor Program:
All NSM first-year transfer students are invited to meet with an NSM Transfer Student Peer Advisor. Peer mentors are experienced students majoring in math, science, engineering or computer science who provide valuable perspectives on how to efficiently transition to CSUF. Peer advisors are available for 1:1 meetings and facilitate various workshops on notetaking, test preparation and time management. They also plan various social events and provide a safe space for fellow transfer students to network.
If you are a first-year NSM transfer student in math or science and you are interested in meeting with a peer advisor, please call 657-278-2164 or stop by McCarthy Hall 175.