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Tips for transitioning to online learning

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Technical Notes to Connect

  • Canvas Notification Settings
    • Make sure you are receiving updates for each of your courses by updating your Canvas Notification Settings. For more information about how, view the Canvas Community's page on Changing Canvas Notification Preferences.
  • Canvas Browser Requirements
  • ConexED
    • Some of your instructors may choose to use ConexED for video conferencing. To activate your profile for live video events, click on ConexED in the left side navigation menu inside your course.
  • Make sure you’re using Canvas and not the Canvas app – not all functions are available on the app. If you get stuck, reach out to your professor.

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Experiencing Online Learning

  • Check Your Courses Often
  • Canvas Time Zones
    • To ensure you are viewing due dates and events in the calendar correctly, set your time zone to your current location. If you do not change your time zone, all due dates and times listed in Canvas default to Mountain Time (MT). For more information about how to update your settings, view the Canvas Community's page on Setting Time Zone Preferences.
  • Submitting Assignments
    • Most assignments will be submitted via Canvas for the remainder of the semester. For more information about how to submit assignments, view the Canvas Community's page on How To Submit Online Assignments.
  • Posting Videos via Kaltura
    • Some assignments and activities may require you to submit video content. For more information about how to post a video with Kaltura, view Teaching & Learning Technologies’ page on How to Submit a Video Assignment.
  •  ProctorU
    • Many of your courses will be using ProctorU for final exams. For more information on ProctorU, see the Exam Center Help page. More information on finals proceedings will be available soon.

Planning & Time Management

Participation

Communicating with Professors

  • Be clear about what you need or what you don’t understand
  • Know that professors are also working in a new medium and allow them adequate time to respond to your questions
  • Work with an SSA to check the texts of messages you’re sending professors to maximize their effectiveness
  • Make sure you communicate with your professor if you feel like you are falling behind or need an exception – they are the ones who decide how to assist you
  • If you notice something missing on Canvas, let your professor know so they can fix it (consider working with an SSA) to check the texts of messages you’re sending professors to maximize their effectiveness)

Stay Well to Finish this Semester

Logistics and Campus Services

  • Remember that all campus offices are still available to you online, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you need anything.
  • Laptops for Students in Need. Marriott Library is allowing students to borrow laptops for the remainder of spring semester. Simply show your UCard at the Union Service Desk. If you are not on campus, email uofuunionservicesdesk@gmail.com with your name, UNID, and mailing address. A laptop will be mailed out within two business days.
  • IT Services. While many campus computer labs have closed, the lab in the Student Union Building will remain open. Call 801-581-8988 for up-to-date information.
  • Bias and Discrimination Reporting. Students, faculty, staff and visitors who believe they have witness or been the target of bias, intolerance or discrimination may report an incident to the Office for Inclusive Excellence (bias and intolerance) or the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Centers—Open virtually. Check their websites and social media accounts to connect.
  • If being at home puts you in a vulnerable spot, contact a Student Success Advocate
  • Parking Proration. Students who will no longer use their parking permit for the remainder of the semester may request a prorated refund by emailing parkingpermits@utah.edu. Permits purchased in August or mid-September 2019, are not eligible for the prorated refund as their value has already been utilized.

Additional Tools for Success

Check out all of our other wonderful Tools for Success below:

  • Academic Skills
  • Basic Needs
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Personal Growth
  • Stress Management
  • Time Management

Tools For Success

Academic Skills

Being successful in college requires the ability to learn effectively in a variety of learning contexts and to demonstrate what you have learned. The tools in this section will support you in strengthening your academic skills.

ACADEMIC ADVISING AND OTHER KEY SUPPORT SERVICES

Find the personalized support you need to get on track, stay on track, and make the most of your undergraduate experience!

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ADVISOR FINDER

Unsure who you should meet with for academic advising? Click here, and answer a few questions to find out!

FIND YOUR ADVISOR

ED PS 2600 STRATEGIES FOR COLLEGE SUCCESS

A course designed to support academic success by focusing on test taking skills, time scheduling, stress management, learning techniques, goal setting, etc.

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LEARNING CENTER

Offers free and low-cost tutoring and free consultation with a learning specialist. LEARN MORE

SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION (SI)

Selected courses offer SI, providing organized study sessions open to all students in the course.

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MEET WITH A LEARNING SPECIALIST

Offered through the Learning Center. Consult with an expert about steps you can take to build and strengthen your learning and study skills.

SEND EMAIL TO schedule a consultation

WRITING CENTER

Can help you become a more skilled and confident writer. Offers individual consultations with peer tutors.

LEARN MORE

learning center resources page

Excellent academic resources compiled from several universities and learning web sites.

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HOW TO distraction-proof your mind

Why is it so hard to avoid distractions? How can you get better at it? Here are five research-based tips to help you stay focused.

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HOW TO STAY LASER FOCUSED WHEN STUDYING

Rowan from Art of Smart TV shares how you can use a couple of simple study tips and tools to maintain concentration during study sessions.

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PART 1: FIND YOUR LEARNING STYLE QUESTIONNAIRE

This questionnaire for determining your learning style preference was developed by a professor of Engineering and an academic advising professional. After you complete it and receive your results, consult the “Learning Styles and Strategies” article linked in the next box.

LINK TO QUESTIONNAIRE

PART 2: LEARNING STYLES AND STRATEGIES

This brief article by a professor of Engineering and an academic advising professional describes distinct learning styles and offers practical strategies for learning effectively with each. Consult it after receiving your results from the ‘Find your Learning Styles’ questionnaire linked in the previous box.

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HOW YOUR MEMORY WORKS

Rowan from Art of Smart TV describes how memory works and offers what may be the key to retaining academic material, repetition.

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MEMORY CHAMPS? THEY'RE JUST LIKE THE REST OF US

This story from NPR's Morning Edition describes the experience of a journalist who set out to write about mental athletes and ended up becoming one himself. He discovers the key is mnemonics (memory devices).

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SLEEP AND MEMORY

A brief and effective introduction to the science of sleep as it affects memory.

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CURVE OF FORGETTING

The Curve of Forgetting shows how quickly you forget what you learn if you're not intentional about retaining it.

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GROWTH MINDSET

This short video introduces the importance of having a growth mindset, i.e., knowing that you can train your brain to get smarter.

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HOW TO GROW YOUR BRAIN

This short video introduces brain science that explains why struggle is such a key part of learning and developing your intelligence.

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STRUGGLE FOR SMARTS?

This fascinating story from NPR's Morning Edition invites you to consider your view of the role of struggle in the learning process. The implication is that simply adjusting your mindset can make an important difference! (Includes link to transcript.)

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THE POWER OF BELIEF: MINDSET AND SUCCESS

Educator and scholar Eduardo Briceño discusses social science research and real life examples that reveal that one’s mindset is a key to success in college and in life.

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STRATEGY BOX

Use this tool when you encounter a difficult challenge to identify transferable strategies you’ve successfully employed in other contexts.

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ABILITY, EFFORT OR MINDSET?

This brief excerpt from a book on college success introduces the idea that how you think about intelligence can powerfully affect your approach to learning.

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ASSESS YOUR MINDSET

This assessment is a quick diagnostic tool drawn from research-validated measures. You will receive personalized feedback after you submit the assessment.

Take the Assessment

THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET ABOUT GROWTH MINDSET

Zach Valenti gets to the heart of the matter quickly—the essential first step in developing a growth mindset.

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CHANGE YOUR MINDSET, CHANGE THE GAME

Professor, psychologist, and researcher Dr. Alia Crum discusses research that reveals why our mindsets matter in virtually every aspect of our lives, illuminating the power of one’s mindset to affect health and behavior.

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ONLINE CLASSES: TIPS FOR SUCCESS

This video will help you determine if online education is a good choice for you. You'll learn what factors pose the biggest threats to success and how to manage them. It was created by a college professor who spent a year taking online classes and researching online education from the student's perspective.

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FIVE TIPS TO SUCCEED IN AN ONLINE COURSE

This short article offers valuable counsel for students who plan to take an online class.

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MARRIOTT LIBRARY RESEARCH CONSULTATION SERVICES

Don't go it alone! Schedule a consultation session, live chat with a librarian, or link to subject specialists and subject guides.

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OVERVIEW OF THE RESEARCH PROCESS

A graphic overview of the steps involved in the research process with a short description of each.

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RESEARCH SKILLS FOR UNDERGRADUATE WRITERS

Organized into lessons,  offers guidance throughout the research process, including choosing/developing your topic, article databases, effective searches, avoiding plagiarism. (Tip: Hover over each lesson button for a list of topics covered.)

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SUBJECT SPECIALISTS (U OF U LIBRARIES)

Connect with expert research assistance according to subject area.

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UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM

This University of Utah program provides undergraduate students and mentors the opportunity to work together on research or creative projects.

LEARN MORE

HOW TO USE YOUR TEXTBOOK (FOR SOMETHING OTHER THAN A DOORSTOP)

This video offers excellent guidance for reading academic material. It was created by a college professor for college students.

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SQ3R TEXTBOOK READING METHOD

A method of textbook reading to help you become a more effective reader by following specific steps: Survey, Question, Read, Recite and Review.

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PREVIEW THE TEXT: T.H.I.E.V.E.S.

THIEVES is a pre-reading strategy that builds schema and sets the purpose for reading using an easily remembered acronym.

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"READING GAMES: STRATEGIES FOR READING SCHOLARLY SOURCES"

TEXTBOOK STUDY

This article offers real-world, practical advice for how to get the most out of your academic reading. Following its counsel will help you become a more efficient and effective reader.

Download the Article

"GOOD NIGHT: 4 GOLDEN RULES OF GREAT SLEEP"

Read this short article to learn basic facts about sleep and four steps you can take in order to perform at your best.

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"COLLEGE STUDENTS AND SLEEP"

This short article includes a few simple strategies to help college students increase the quality of their sleep.

Download the Article

"BRIGHT SCREENS COULD DELAY SLEEP"

This short article discusses how using a tablet or computer before going to bed disrupts your sleep.

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SLEEP AND MEMORY

A brief and effective introduction to the science of sleep as it affects memory.

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7 SLEEP SMART TIPS

Great tips for getting better sleep!

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"TO REMEMBER A LECTURE BETTER, TAKE NOTES BY HAND"

This short article discusses recent research indicating that taking notes by hand (rather than typing them) contributes to retention. See the next box for an interview with one of the researchers.

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ATTENTION STUDENTS: PUT YOUR LAPTOP AWAY

In this short story from NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, Pam Mueller of Princeton discusses her research that sought to test how note-taking by hand or by computer affects learning. (Includes text with description of the research.)

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CORNELL NOTES

This video, created by a high school Biology professor, discusses why taking notes is necessary for effective retention of academic material and introduces the Cornell Notes method—an easy way to organize and process your notes that enables you to effectively use them for exam preparation!

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CORNELL NOTES QUICK REFERENCE

Use this annotated template to guide your use of this powerful method for processing notes.

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USING A MIND MAP TO ORGANIZE STUDY NOTES

This video describes and demonstrates why and how to use mapping as a method for consolidating academic material for retention.

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TEST ANXIETY MANAGEMENT

A self-guided program for managing test anxiety offered by the Academic Resource Center at Utah State University. It includes attention to Preparation, Assessment (of the sources of anxiety), Strategies, and Stress Management (P.A.S.S.).

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TEST TAKING CHECK LIST

Use this checklist to identify what you are already doing and what you can begin doing to become a more effective test taker.

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TEST-TAKING TIPS

In this textbook excerpt, discover a powerful set of strategies for strengthening test-taking skills, including managing test-anxiety. Includes attention to what to do before, during, and after an exam.

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TEST TAKING TIPS FOR ENGINEERING STUDENTS (and anyone else looking for good advice)

Student-tested tips from two long-time engineering professors who noticed their students making serious mistakes preparing for and taking exams.

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LEARNING CENTER TUTORING (FREE AND LOW-COST, INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP - ON CAMPUS)

Connect with a trained tutor at a time and place that's convenient for you. Every undergraduate student receives three free individual sessions each semester. After that, individual sessions are only $5.

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 EVENING DROP-IN TUTORING IN MARRIOTT LIBRARY (FREE - ON CAMPUS)

Click "Drop-In Tutoring Schedule" button.

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BIOLOGY LEARNING CENTER (FREE - ON CAMPUS)

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SCHOOL OF BUSINESS (FREE - ON CAMPUS)

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COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING (FREE - ON CAMPUS)

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MATH TUTORING CENTER (FREE - ON CAMPUS)

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UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER (FREE - ON CAMPUS)

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CHEMISTRY HELP (FREE - ON CAMPUS)

See Departmental Resources on the web page linked below to find the Help Room schedule and a list of graduate student tutors.

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ETUTORING AND EWRITING LAB (FREE)

Free online tutoring support in many subject areas, including Accounting, ASL, Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Economics, Physics, Spanish, and Statistics.

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CHEMISTRY - TYLER DEWITT'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL (FREE - WEB RESOURCE)

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KHAN ACADEMY (FREE - WEB RESOURCE)

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JUST MATH TUTORIALS BY PATRICK (FREE - WEB RESOURCE)

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MATH LECTURE VIDEOS

The Department of Mathematics offers complete lecture videos for MATH 1010, 1030, 1050, 1060, 1090, 1210, 1220, and 2210.

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WHAT IS ACADEMIC WRITING?

This video by a college professor offers a brief introduction to what academic writing entails. It includes attention to some common misunderstandings about collegiate level writing.

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UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER (FREE - ON CAMPUS)

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EWRITING LAB (FREE)

You can submit a paper anytime and receive feedback within 48 hours.

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PURDUE OWL (ONLINE WRITING LAB)

The Writing Lab at Purdue University offers writing resources and instructional material as a free service to students and users worldwide. This is an awesome resource!

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"SO YOU'VE GOT A WRITING ASSIGNMENT. NOW WHAT?"

This article offers practical guidelines for understanding college writing assignments. Following its counsel will help you approach writing assignments with more confidence.

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ENGLISH GRAMMAR GUIDE

Comprehensive and award winning guide on English grammar.

Link to Web Page

Basic Needs

Getting your basic needs met is central to your success as a student. This section includes a variety of campus and community resources available to address your basic needs so that you can function at the highest level and give your full attention to learning and development.

CENTER FOR CHILD CARE AND FAMILY RESOURCES

Locate a child care option that works for you, potential financial support for child care, and discover family programs designed to support students with children.

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FINANCIAL WELLNESS CENTER

Provides education, guidance and counseling in matters of personal finance.

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OFFICE OF SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID

Offers financial aid counseling and loads of information to support you in figuring out how to fund your education, including the U's scholarship application.

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FACEBOOK PAGE FOR OFFICE OF SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID

A great resource! Scholarships are posted here as well as important financial aid deadlines and other useful information.

Link to FB Page

FAFSA (FEDERAL APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID)

Submit a FAFSA to learn if you’re eligible for federal, state, or institutional grants, Work Study funds, and federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Many scholarships also require you to have a FAFSA on file.

Link to Application

STUDENT (CAMPUS) JOBS LIST

These job postings are continually updated. Also find helpful hints for your job search and a
resume tutorial.

Link to Jobs List

WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER (WRC) EMERGENCY FUNDS

Offers small grants to students who are in danger of discontinuing their education based on a small financial shortfall. Drop by the WRC in Union 411 for an application.

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LGBT RESOURCE CENTER EMERGENCY FUNDS

U of U students can apply for up to $300 in emergency funds toward any matter that is getting in the way of their academics. (Find link to application at bottom right of their
web page.)

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ASUU EMERGENCY LOAN

Offers small loans to U of U students. Repayment is required within the following calendar year. To learn more, connect with the ASUU Student Advocacy Board in Union 234 by calling 801-581-2788
or emailing
ASUU-SAB@utah.edu.

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BILL RISHEL LOAN

Up to $2,500 available annually. Interest is 5% fixed and does not accumulate until one year after graduation. Loan repayment begins one year after graduation.

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FREE TAX PREPARATION

This program is offered by the Financial Wellness Center.

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UTAH INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNT NETWORK (UIDAN)

UIDAN offers Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) that match the deposits of hard-working low- and moderate income families. They will match your savings 3-to-1 when you save toward a first home, a small business, higher education or assistive technology devices.

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FEED U PANTRY (ON CAMPUS)

Provides non-perishable, nourishing food and hygiene kits for U of U students, their families, faculty and staff. To-go meals also available (ask at Union desk).

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LUNCH BOX - FIND FREE FOOD ON CAMPUS

Lunch Box is a free iPhone/Android app that connects students with free food on campus.

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LIST OF FOOD PANTRIES IN SALT LAKE CITY

List of Food Pantries in Salt Lake City

"FOOD STAMPS" (SNAP - SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM)

Students who meet certain requirements may be eligible for SNAP.

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DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS (FOR SNAP RECIPIENTS)

Farmers markets and farm stands across the state of Utah will match what you spend, up to $10 every market day, when you purchase Utah-grown fruits and vegetables, and plants that produce food.

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"ON CARROTS AND CURIOSITY"

This 2015 article published in the British Journal of Public Health reports on research that found that when people ate more fruits and vegetables, they reported greater well-being conducive to happiness, greater curiosity, and more creativity in their daily lives.

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"WHY EATING THE RIGHT BREAKFAST IS SO IMPORTANT"

This 2015 article in Consumer Reports offers five good reasons to eat breakfast and explains why skipping the morning meal could lead to overeating later in the day.

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HEALTHY EATING

Information and tips for healthy eating.

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STUDENT HEALTH CENTER

Services include low-cost appointments for students and family members, HIV/STD testing and counseling, immunizations and low-cost TB Tests, Sports Medicine and Travel clinics, and Prescription Assistance to those who qualify.

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STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE

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AFFORDABLE
CARE ACT (INFORMATION FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS)

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MEDICAID

Recently expanded in Utah, so you may qualitfy! A state/federal program that covers medical expenses for certain groups of people who have limited income and resources.

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FREE AND LOW-COST MEDICAL CLINICS

Explore this list to find a clinic that serves your needs.

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UNIVERSITY COUNSELING CENTER

Offers low-cost individual and group counseling services to University of Utah students, faculty and staff. Psychiatric services are also available.

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CENTER FOR STUDENT WELLNESS

Offers information and links to resources for a number of health topics. Offers low-cost condoms and free HIV/STD testing at their mobile clinics.

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WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER

Offers low-cost individual counseling on a sliding scale and support groups to University of Utah students, faculty, and staff.

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UNIVERSITY NEUROPSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE

Offers behavioral and mental health care, including addiction recovery and crisis intervention services. If you’re in crisis, text or call 801-587-3000 anytime day or night.

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EMERGENCY HOUSING

If you're currently homeless or displaced or anticipating an issue with housing, please click the link below and follow the steps.

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ON-CAMPUS HOUSING (HRE - HOUSING AND RESIDENTIAL EDUCATION)

Learn about the U of U’s residence halls, apartments, and living and learning communities.

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OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING

Register and search for off-campus housing options or connect with a potential roommate.

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CAMPUS SECURITY ESCORT (U OF U DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY)

If you need to be on campus at night or at odd hours and feel nervous about walking to your vehicle, residence hall, or another building on campus, call 801-585-2677. Just tell the dispatcher where you are and request an escort to a particular campus location. They will dispatch a security officer to walk with you or to give you a ride to your desired location. (They are not able to provide escorts to off-campus locations.)

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SAFERIDE (OFFERED BY COMMUTER SERVICES)

Students, faculty and staff can request a SafeRide to and from any location on campus (except Research Park) Monday through Friday, 6 PM to 12:30 AM.

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CAMPUS POLICE (U OF U DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY)

If you're experiencing an emergency, call 911. Police or security response is also available by calling the main dispatch number, (801) 585-COPS (2677). Police officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS & RESPONSE SUPPORT

This website seeks to provide accurate and comprehensive information regarding the reporting process and available resources for University of Utah students, faculty
and staff.

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SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT ADVOCATES

Assists University of Utah students, faculty, and staff who have experienced sexual violence, domestic violence, stalking, or interpersonal violence.

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SAFEUT APP

The SafeUT Crisis Text and Tip Line is a statewide service that provides real-time crisis intervention through texting and a confidential tip program – right from your smartphone.

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the App

Learning Disabilities

Learning can be particularly challenging for some students, and it is not always clear why this is the case. The tools in this section will introduce you to useful resources for supporting your success in college and may invite you to re-think the term “learning disability.”

CENTER FOR DISABILITY AND ACCESS

Discover the services available to students with disabilities and how to qualify for accommodations.

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COUNSELING CENTER

Offers counseling services to address personal and academic stressors. See also Mindfulness Center.

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UTAH NEURODIVERSITY WORKFORCE PROGRAM

Increasing awareness, opportunities, and support in Utah's higher education and STEM industries for Utah's neurodiverse population.

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MINDFULNESS CENTER

Offered through the University Counseling Center, includes cognitive coaching for students with ADHD or ADHD-like symptoms and other services, including coping skills workshops, drop in mindfulness meditation, and relaxation chairs.

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LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION OF UTAH RESOURCE LIST

Where to find educational assessment, tutoring, therapeutic services, etc.

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LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

Find websites and publications that will guide you to information on LD/ADHD, teaching, professionals in the field, disability rights and advocacy, and government agencies and resource centers.

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THE GIFT OF LEARNING DIFFERENTLY

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THE MANY STRENGTHS OF DYSLEXICS

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ADHD: DISABILITY OR GIFT?

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ENGINEERS AND AUTISM

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SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE OF DYSLEXIA

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Personal Growth

College is an extraordinary time for exploring, discovering, and developing your ‘self’! The tools in this section offer specific attention to multiple aspects of your personal growth.

BRENE BROWN ON EMPATHY

In this popular short, animated video, Dr. Brene Brown introduces the importance of empathy by distinguishing it from sympathy.

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WHAT IS EMPATHY?

The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley provides an excellent introduction to what empathy is, why practice it, and how to cultivate it. Includes short videos and links to relevant research.

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WHAT IS MINDFULNESS... AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?

This short video effectively introduces the concept of mindfulness and describes its three key elements.

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WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?

You'll learn more about the concept of mindfulness here. You'll also find simple step-by-step guidance for developing mindfulness.

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3 TIPS TO BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE

A short video that describes the factors that influence confidence, points to the part we have control over, and offers practical tips for cultivating confidence.

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THE PROBLEM WITH ONLY LIKING THINGS WE FIND RELATABLE

Novelist and Professor of Creative Writing, Charmaine Craig, discusses the importance of exposing ourselves to things we might not automatically like or find relatable.

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WHAT IS IMPOSTER SYNDROME AND HOW CAN I COMBAT IT?

This short video describes imposterism, introduces its basis in research, and offers guidance for addressing this surprisingly common experience.

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DEFEATING THE INNER IMPOSTER

Dr. Knatokie Ford tells her story and offers practical and powerful guidance for combating imposterism.

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THE EBB AND FLOW OF IMPOSTERISM THROUGHOUT LIFE

Recent UNC graduate Ryan Lawton describes his experience of imposterism and offers insightful advice for all of us, whether we feel like the imposter or are in a position to respond to someone who does.

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NINE WAYS TO FIGHT IMPOSTER SYNDROME

This 2017 Psychology Today article explains imposterism and offers excellent counsel for addressing its effects.

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 HIDDEN BIAS

Here's a great video from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas that explains the concept of hidden bias (also known as implicit bias), offering helpful examples.

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THE DANGER OF A SINGLE STORY

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice—and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

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HOW UNINTENTIONAL BUT INSIDIOUS BIAS CAN BE MOST HARMFUL

Dr. Derald Sue of Columbia University explains how microagressions are not the same as the everyday incivility and rudeness that all people face.

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HOW TO OVERCOME OUR BIASES? WALK BOLDLY TOWARD THEM

Diversity advocate Vernā Myers offers specific steps each of us can take to move from well-meaning to well-doing.

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A SELF-MADE SUCCESS? LET'S KILL THAT MYTH

In this short video, millionaire tech entrepreneur Jason Ford gives his humble opinion on how community, race and privilege make a big difference in whether we get to the top.

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WHY I BROKE THE RULE OF SURVIVAL FOR BLACK AMERICANS

In this short video, author and attorney Riley Temple shares his humble opinion on being made to feel like a trespasser and the legacy of slavery.

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THE WHITE SUPREMACY OF BEING ASKED WHERE I'M FROM

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase "white supremacy"? For actor comedian Peter Kim, it's facing the commonplace cultural assumption that white is the default race in America. He explains in this short video.

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FIVE TIPS FOR BEING AN ALLY

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WHAT IS GOAL SETTING AND HOW TO DO IT WELL

The Positive Psychology Program organized this online article to make it easy to explore many different dimensions of goal setting..

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7 TIPS FOR SETTING ACHIEVABLE GOALS

This 2017 Psychology Today article offers practical guidance for effectively creating and managing goals.

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WHY YOU SHOULD DEFINE YOUR FEARS

The hard choices—what we most fear doing, asking, saying—are very often exactly what we need to do. Tim Ferriss offers an approach to overcoming self-paralysis in order to take action.

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USING GOAL SETTING TO DREAM BIG

Brendon Burchard uses the idea of goal setting to invite us to dream big. He argues that SMART goals can keep us playing small and should be used in service of grand aspirations and creating a meaningful life.

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CREATING GOAL CARDS

A simple method for writing achievable goals. Includes the important dimensions of motivation, time frame, and resources.

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SMART GOALS

This short video describes key characteristics of effective goal setting.

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6 HIGH SCHOOL HABITS TO BREAK BEFORE COLLEGE

This short video focuses on the difference between college and high school. You'll learn that, while you may have gotten away with these bad habits before, it's time to ditch them in order to be successful in college!

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"CHANGE YOUR BAD HABITS TO GOOD"

A short article that offers a research-based set of principles for changing habits.

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HOW TO CREATE GOOD HABITS: 3 TIPS

This short video describes three key components involved in creating new habits.

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"HOW LONG DOES IT ACTUALLY TAKE TO FORM A NEW HABIT?"

This short article offers research-based insights into the habit-formation process.

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NEUROPLASTICITY

This short video describes neuroplasticity and it's key role in habit development.

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JOHARI WINDOW

This video introduces a useful tool for learning about yourself through feedback, self-disclosure, and self-discovery.

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PERSONALITY TYPES & INTEREST INVENTORIES

Take a personality test or interest inventory, and meet with an advisor in the Academic Advising Center to discuss the results.

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DEFINING YOUR VALUES

A multi-step exercise for identifying one’s core values. Includes a substantive list of values to aid in discernment.

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MAJOR EXPLORATION PROGRAM

The U of U's Academic Advising Center offers guidance for exploring potential majors, minors, and certificate programs.

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LGBT RESOURCE CENTER

Offers a supportive community and space for identity exploration and development, including a Mentor/Mentee program, Queer Peers (an anonymous email Q&A service), and a searchable media library.

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WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER (WRC)

Offers educational and support services for women through programs, counseling, and training grounded in a commitment to advance social justice and equality.

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CENTER FOR ETHNIC STUDENTS AFFAIRS (CESA)

Offers cultural support, a place to hang out, and numerous additional services.

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AMERICAN INDIAN RESOURCE CENTER (AIRC)

Offers cultural support for American Indian and Alaskan Native students, including cultural events to promote personal well being, and a supportive “home-away-from-home” space for students.

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BLACK CULTURAL CENTER

Supporting academic and cultural activities, this center is designed to promote and explore Blackness, equity, justice, and other progressive social change initiatives on campus and within the larger African diasporic community.

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HINCKLEY INTERNSHIPS

Do a local, national or global internship to explore you interest in a career field. Course credit is available, as are scholarships for all students.

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leadership STUDIES MINOR

Provides students with a variety of opportunities to explore leadership philosophies, theories, case examples, and practices.

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Student leadership & involvement

Discover programs and resources for developing and practicing your leadership skills.

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Goff StRategic Leadership Center

Supports education and conducts research in strategic leadership. Offers the Goff Scholars program for undergraduates.

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Own Your Awesome!

Soccer star Julie Foudy explains that leadership is personal not positional. You just have to find your unique way.

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8 Habits of resilient leaders

Leadership can be stressful. In this short video, the Mayo Clinic offers eight doable high-return practices for sustainable and resilient leadership.

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effective organizational leadership

Patty McCord spent years as an executive at Netflix. In this short video she offers several powerful insights for effective organizational leadership.

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First Follower Principle

Check out this fascinating video about how a movement is made.

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how great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek presents a simple model for how the most effective leaders inspire action by starting with the question "Why?"

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Stress Management

Stress is a normal part of life. For college students, it can be significantly heightened at times. Acknowledging and learning how to manage your stress will make you a more effective student.

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE

No matter what problems you are dealing with, there are reason to keep living. Call 800-273-8255 (TALK) and you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

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LOCAL 24-HOUR CRISIS LINE (TEXT OR CALL)

Text or Call 801-587-3000 anytime day or night and connect with the University Neuropsychiatric Institute's Crisis Line.

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WARM LINE

If you're not in crisis but are seeking support, engagement, or encouragement, call 801-587-1055 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Certified Peer Specialists offer support and empower callers to resolve problems by fostering a sense of hope, dignity, and self-respect.

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RECEIVING CENTER (UNIVERSITY NEUROPSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE - UNI)

A short-term (up to 23 hours) secure center providing therapeutic crisis management. Click on "learn more" and scroll down.

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UNI MOBILE CRISIS OUTREACH TEAM (MCOT)

Provides a free, prompt, face-to-face response to any resident of Salt Lake County who is experiencing a behavioral health crisis. Call the Crisis Line at 801-587-3000.

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SAFEUT APP

The SafeUT Crisis Text and Tip Line is a statewide service that provides real-time crisis intervention through texting and a confidential tip program – right from your

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UNIVERSITY COUNSELING CENTER

Offers low-cost individual and group counseling services. Psychiatric services are also available. See also Mindfulness Center.

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WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER (WRC)

Offers educational and support services for women through programs, counseling, and training grounded in a commitment to advance social justice and equality.

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MINDFULNESS CENTER

Offered through the University Counseling Center, includes cognitive coaching for students with ADHD or ADHD-like symptoms and other services, including coping skills workshops, drop in mindfulness meditation, and relaxation chairs.

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DREAM CENTER

The U supports undocumented students. This program works holistically with undocumented students and their families from college access through graduation.

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FINANCIAL WELLNESS CENTER

Provides education, guidance and counseling in matters of personal finance.

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SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT ADVOCATES

Assists University of Utah students, faculty, and staff who have experienced sexual violence, domestic violence, stalking, or interpersonal violence.

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WELLNESS COACHING

Offered by the Center for Student Wellness, wellness coaching supports people in finding balance in life by building a plan to reach their wellness goals.

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SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS & RESPONSE SUPPORT

This website seeks to provide accurate and comprehensive information regarding the reporting process and available resources for University of Utah students, faculty and staff.

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WALK THE LABYRINTH (COURTYARD BEHIND CTIHB)

Labyrinths are ancient structures found in many cultural and spiritual traditions. Walking the labyrinth can reduce your stress and help you regain focus. It can be a profoundly calming experience.

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HOW TO MAKE STRESS YOUR FRIEND

Psychologist Kelly McGonigal discusses new research that reveals that how you view stress may be more important (in terms of its impact) than the stress itself.

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STRUGGLE FOR SMARTS?

This fascinating story from NPR's Morning Edition invites you to consider your view of the role of struggle in the learning process. The implication is that simply adjusting your mindset can make an important difference!

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RESILIENCE: HOW DO WE PIECE OURSELVES BACK TOGETHER?

This short video, created by students, captures the power of resilience in word and image.

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ACTION PLAN: STRESSORS, SOLUTIONS, RESOURCES

A worksheet for identifying sources of stress in multiple domains of your life, relevant resources for addressing each, and potential solutions.

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WHAT IS MINDFULNESS... AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?

This short video effectively introduces the concept of mindfulness and describes its three key elements.

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WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?

You'll learn more about the concept of mindfulness here. You'll also find simple step-by-step guidance for developing mindfulness.

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Time Management

Managing and using your time effectively is a skill that can be learned and strengthened. Whatever your particular situation, you can become more effective with the help of the tools in this section.

HOW TO MANAGE TIME, REDUCE STRESS, AND INCREASE HAPPINESS

This video effectively introduces several key principles of time management. It was created by a college professor for college students.

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POWER IDEAS FROM THE WISE

A good idea can change everything.

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TIME MANAGEMENT SELF ASSESSMENT

Use these ten questions to assess what you are doing well and what needs some attention.

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GET TO KNOW YOURSELF

Answer these question to gain important insight as you work to strengthen your time management. 

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3-DAY TIME MONITOR

Provides a way to record activities in thirty minute increments for three full days and a simple method for analyzing the data in order to assess how effectively you are using your time.

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NAMING YOUR PRIORITIES & GETTING REAL(ISTIC)

These simple worksheets are designed to assist in discerning what matters most to you, what you may need to let go of, and what you will keep in your life as you seek to give full attention to college.

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COVEY'S TIME MANAGEMENT GRID

A brief primer on how to use Covey’s Time Management Grid to organize priorities.

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ASSIGNMENT TRACKING SHEET: WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE

A simple, easily-adapted form for keeping track of assignments due in multiple classes. Can work well if you prefer to track your assignments on paper, rather than on a computer. Adapt and print all you need for the term!

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ASSIGNMENT TRACKING SHEET: SEMESTER-AT-A-GLANCE

A simple, easily-adapted form for keeping track of assignments due in multiple classes. Allows for the entire semester to be visible on a single page.

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE FORM

A simple, easily-adapted form for creating a detailed schedule for a full week. Each day is presented in 30 minute increments.

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TO DO LISTS

Get in the habit of creating daily, weekly, and semester to do lists.

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PROCRASTINATION - THE MUSICAL

An entertaining introduction to procrastination, perhaps the number one nemesis of college students! (Sometimes it helps to laugh at ourselves a little.)

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THE SCIENCE OF PROCRASTINATION AND HOW TO MANAGE IT

This short video explains why you may procrastinate and offers some concrete ways to manage this tendency.

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STOP PROCRASTINATING: TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE

A simple exercise for addressing procrastination. Acknowledges that procrastination is often situation specific and so is the solution.

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Last Updated: 4/2/20