At the Academic Enhancement Center, we know that college is a fundamentally different kind of school experience. Some of the differences are immediately noticeable — like class sizes or instructional approaches. Others, such as the need to initiate relationships with professors or tutors, or learn new study techniques, are harder to recognize. All require students not only to identify the differences but to understand what they mean and how to adjust for them. Difficulties in adapting can contribute to additional problems as well– with motivation, procrastination, focus, and academic anxiety for example.
All students entering college need to learn how to support their own learning in order to succeed. Many, however, lack the knowledge required to make the adjustments quickly. Our academic skills development program believes that when students understand how they learn, what is expected from them, and how to create and carry out a strategic study plan, their academic performance improves. Our goal is to be able to provide such supportive learning as effectively as possible.
USC160 Success in Higher Education is a one-credit, graded course on learning and studying in college. Created by the AEC specifically for URI students, the course helps students understand how differences in teaching and testing require different approaches to learning and studying. By exploring how we learn, and what needs to happen in our brains for learning to be productive, students develop ways of understanding why some study practices yield better learning outcomes than others. They then apply specific techniques to their work in other classes, and learn to assess their own progress.
Skills Development Sessions
Available to 160 students and others, our Academic Skills Development Sessions (SDS) connect students with professionals who help them address the challenges involved in adapting new study strategies to their own learning. While these sessions are best engaged in combination with UCS160, we also make SDS available to students who are unable to enroll or have immediate support needs. While not intended as a program of ongoing personal skills tutoring, our SDS specialists help individual students identify areas for improvement and implement needed changes to their practice.
To learn more about UCS 160, or to arrange an Academic Skills Development session, contact David Hayes at (401) 874-2953.