About the Blog

This blog and its resources are here to assist all students throughout their college years and into their careers. Blog is moderated by a Certified Professional Career Coach and Master Tutor Trainer. Site moderator, Neil O'Donnell, is an EOP graduate of Buffalo State College and can be reached at odonnenp@buffalostate.edu.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

In The final stretch - but Time remains: Finals Preparation

Summer break is just around the corner, but don’t let the nice weather distract you from your classwork! Will a few weeks remaining, it’s important to keep at studying, complete all assignments and prepare for finals. That in mind, here are some last minute tips you should consider:

1) Tutoring services are usually available days and evenings; check your college advisement office and academic department to investigate tutoring options.

2) If there isn’t a tutor listed for the subject/class you need assistance with, stop by the tutoring center and ask if one is available. As for writing assistance, tutors are usually available throughout the day – just stop by a tutoring center. Also remember, Academic Mentors/tutors can assist you with learning better ways to study in addition to helping you understand content. Most of those that go to tutoring are the students getting A’s and B’s in classes.

3) Ask your professor for a study guide for the final exam. If the professor doesn’t provide one, create your own based on class assignments, readings and lectures (and then show it to the professor to see what she/he thinks of your study guide).

4) Start a study group if you don’t have one already for a class that you are struggling in (you should have a study group for every class even when you are doing well).

5) Start studying for final exams today if you haven’t already!!!!! It is easier to retain class material if you study early and repeatedly.

6) See me a counselor in the counseling center to address any test anxiety you are facing. Test anxiety is common amongst students of all ages. We can assist you in managing that stress.

7) Start final papers as early as possible. Work on developing a solid thesis statement to guide your efforts and ask your professor to check it over to make certain you are on track!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Do you have a paid or volunteer experience lined up for summer break?

This picture is of me in 1992. During the summer months before the Junior year stretch of intense Anthropology stats and research classes. I was a teaching assistant for an archaeological field school. By the end of the summer of 1992, I was contacted by a local archaeology team and would end up working for them at $9.00 an hour. Collectively, these experiences told me (well in advance of my senior year) that Anthropology was indeed the correct major for me. Then, when I graduated in December of 1993, I was well set to compete for jobs in my chosen field. In fact, I was out-competing those with advanced degrees because I had more field experience. The point? Just because you are not a senior or you don't have a degree, it doesn't mean you can't look into jobs or volunteer experiences that will give you field experience related to your major (paid or volunteer)

When you apply for jobs, experience matters, often times as much as having a bachelors or masters. So, in preparation for the summer break from college, speak to professors in your major and ask what types of volunteer and paid positions you should look into and can possible attain. In the immediate sense, such experience will help you determine if you picked the right major/career path. Additionally, such experience will look good on your résumé, making it easier for you to compete for jobs after graduating.