Information about the Smart HABITS Academy and How to Enroll
The Smart HABITS Academy objectives are to facilitate the growth and development of students in both health lifestyle and academic choices. Smart HABITS Academy is ideal for those students that are “at risk” for either academic probation or suspension from the university. This is also ideal for the student that wants to increase their GPA. The Academy is designed to help students set goals in the areas of health issues, study habits, time management,, communication, problem solving, and finding purpose in life (career exploration). The acronym HABITS stands for:
H– Healthy lifestyle choices (eating, sleeping, exercise)
A– Affect or Mood, becoming connected with the university and others and having fun (fitting in)
B– Behavioral changes in areas of managing time, finances, and/work
I– Interpersonal relationships to include communication skills, conflict resolution, and relationships with family and friends
T– Thinking to include more positive or beneficial choices in the areas of decision making and developing better study skills
S– Spiritual means finding purpose in your life through either giving back to the community or finding your purpose or passion in life with career exploration
Individual assessments are done to determine where you are in both your lifestyle and academic development. Then, individualized activities in each of the HABITS areas will be designed specifically for you to increase your chances of staying at Tech and receiving your diploma. A certificate of completion is given to each student for documentation. If you are interested in starting the Smart HABITS Academy please call the Counseling Center at 257-2488 to make an appointment.
Counseling Services offers a variety of study improvement programs to assist you in maintaining academic success. Our goal is to help you develop a study plan to incorporate study skills and lifestyle habits that will enhance your objective of increasing your academic performance. If you are looking at this site, you may already realize that you may have some academic concerns. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you finding it harder to make the same grades that you made in high school?
- Do you not have enough time to get all the things that are assigned to you completed in a timely manner?
- Are you studying the test material only a day or two before the exam (like in high school) and wondering why you are not passing the exams?
- Are you reading a textbook and find yourself asking the question, “What did I just read?”
- Is note-taking in a lecture class a nightmare for you?
- Do you feel anxious and nervous before each exam?
- Do you not know your professor’s name much less where his/her office is located or the professor’s office hours?
If you answered YES to ANY of these questions you are at the right place for some academic help. This site contains lots of information and links to include: study tips, how to study for college exams, test anxiety, memory and concentration, note-taking, time management, learning styles and much more. In addition, there are some online assessments to evaluate study habits, time management, and test anxiety. This site will link you to upcoming workshops that are offered each quarter to increase your academic success on the following topics- basic study skills, reading your college textbook, note-taking, time management, test anxiety, stress management, memory and much more.. Plus, there is listed numerous outside links for further information about study skills to help with most academic concerns identified by students. If your discover you need further help with academic survival skills, please call the Counseling Center at 257-2488 for either enrollment in a group setting or and individual appointment. Additionally, Counseling Services offers the Smart H.A.B.I.T.S. Academy for those students that are on probation or “at risk” for academic suspension. Students who are interested in increasing their GPA are also welcome. Students can be referred from a professor or dean or a self referral. Contact Counseling Services at 257-2488 for more information about the Smart H.A.B.I.T.S. Academy.
Academic Study Skills Links
NOTE: While the following links are provided here in the belief that the information contained on these sites will be of use to you as a Louisiana Tech student, they connect to sites not sponsored or maintained by Louisiana Tech Counseling Services or Louisiana Tech University. No guarantee, expressed or implied, is made concerning the reliability of or access to information at such sites, nor regarding privacy of your information as you visit those sites.
Several self-assessments are listed to help you discover your study habits, time management skills, learning styles and much more. Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire
This section has links to critical thinking and problem-solving ideas.
Disabilities/Learning Strategies Related Links
These sites provide information for students with learning disabilities:
- Online Resources & Support for College Students with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, or Dyscalculia
- Tips for managing your workload, finding the best learning environment, getting organized, and studying as a student with dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia
- A breakdown of learning rights under the ADA and how to advocate for them in college
- Unique insights from our expert contributor, a neuropsychologist and certified school psychologist
- Online support resources and tools that can provide additional help and guidance
- Learning Disabilities Association of America
- Learning Disabilities information online
- Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic – Taped textbooks and e-text resources for the visually impaired and the learning disabled
General Study Sites (Mega Sites)
Excellent mega study sites with include all topics of academic success. These sites are a must see.
Study Skills help page from professor at Middle Tennessee State University
Discusses the importance of setting goals and how to set effective academic goals.
Math Study Help
Need some help with Math? These sites have useful information on Math from Algebra to Calculus
These sites can give you guidance to improve your memory and concentration to aid in studying more effectively.
Tips on note-taking and several different styles of note-taking to review
These links have interactive workshops and videos on numerous different study skills and are well worth reviewing.
Online workshops on time management,memory, reading, note-taking, and exam prep
Reading College Textbooks
Need help in learning how to get the most of reading your college textbooks? Look at these links:
Online video on how to read a college textbook
Visit these sites for help with stress management techniques:
Subject Specific (History, Accounting, Nursing, etc.)
These sites address specific course material found on college campuses, excellent resource if you need help in a particular subject or need to brush up a little:
Academic Resources Core Numerous content subjects to include Calculus, Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Psychology, and much more
Anxious about taking tests? These sites can help you discover techniques to overcome test anxiety:
Test Anxiety and numerous other topics to investigate
Looking for better ways to prepare for college exams-review these sites:
Study tips – online workshop on test preparation
Finding it hard to balance all your responsibilities and school? Visit these sites for some time management strategies:
These are other websites that might be of interest to help with study skills. Be advised that some sites are commercial and may cost a fee
MIT Open Course Ware free online classes from MIT, introductory page then click on courses
Need help with writing a paper or presentation? review these sites:
Links to other websites to help with writing issues