The Spring 2014 semester is underway. Make sure to use your resources and do not fall behind in your classes! Below are a handful of resources available for your use. Please take advantage and have a great semester!!!!
11-07-2013: Tips on How to Pass Your Classes
There is no particular strategy to do well in a college-level course. In fact, there are hundreds of tips out there for students worried about how they’re going to do in college. What should you pay attention to? We’ve narrowed it down, and come up with a list of 10 tips for passing college classes that we think are most important to consider.
· Be on time and pay attention.
Do your best arrive to class on time. Professors notice students who are consistently late, absent, or leave class early and not in the good way. Once you’re there, do your best to pay attention, even when you’re operating on a half night’s sleep or have other things on your mind. Those simple efforts matter when you’re on the cusp of a higher mark come grading time.
· Ask questions/Talk to your Professor.
Your instructor is there to help, so don’t be shy about asking questions in class. Chances are your peers will thank you, as a question you have may have been one they were thinking about as well. If you’re the shy type or have a question specific to your performance in the class, talk to your instructor. At the very least, send them an email. You won’t get the help you need if you don’t seek it out.
Come to class prepared. If there were readings assigned that day, arrive with talking points. The professor should know your name as early on in the course as possible, and you should be taking advantage of his or her office hours, not only to ask questions on material you may not have completely understood in class, but to show the professor that you’re interested in their course and willing to put in that extra effort.
· Read the syllabus.
The syllabus for your class may be the most important document you receive from your professor, and it’ll include information like how to reach your instructor and the schedule of the course (when you’re expected to turn things in, prepare for tests, and, perhaps most importantly, when you’re not supposed to come to class). If you ask your instructor a question that could be answered with “It’s on the syllabus,” you may not be making the best impression.
· Open those books.
Textbooks are typically overpriced, we know, but with the growing number of ways to find books free through the library or textbook scholarships, or at the very least, at half the price, there is no reason for you to do poorly in a class because you never purchased the required course materials. Once you have them, crack those books open on a regular basis. It’s simple. You won’t feel prepared for classes if you’re not preparing for them.
· Establish a study routine, and stick with it.
Each course has a set amount of credit hours attached that you’ll be expected to fulfill in person or online. The general rule of thumb is that for each credit hour, you’re expected to put in two to three hours of independent work, completing assignments, studying, or preparing for the next class. That may seem like a lot, and only you know how much work you need to put in to excel in a course. But you should considering setting aside time each week for each class you’re in and keep to that routine through the course of the semester.
· Find a study buddy in each class.
If you miss a class, the easiest way to catch up is to consult with someone who’s also in that class. Your professor or instructor may be too busy to reply to your email about what you missed, and it’ll show initiative if you figure it out on your own and come prepared the next time around. Find a reliable friend in each class you have that you can contact in the case of any missed classes. In fact, it may be wise to find two in each class, just in case that study buddy misses the same class you do.
· Don’t procrastinate.
But if you must, procrastinate the smart way. Know what to prioritize. If you have a huge paper to do that you’ve heard has taken other students weeks to finish, don’t wait until the day before it’s due to start a now impossible task. Try not to cram for tests, either. It’s inevitable that you’ll have some studying to do the night before an exam, but try not to plan to fit a semester’s worth of studying into one night.
· Find the note-taking strategy that works for you.
Ask five different college students what the best way to take notes is, and you’ll probably get five different answers. You may already know what works for you, and you’ll carry the strategies you used in high school over to college. Or you may want to experiment with new techniques, like bringing your laptop to class to type up your notes or coming up with an outlining system. When it comes to taking notes, take some time to figure out what works for you and what makes you feel more confident when you’re sitting down to study for tests or complete your assignments.
· Be resourceful.
There are so many free services on campus to help you succeed in the classroom. Do not hesitate to use them. If you feel like you are struggling with a class, meet with your advisor. He or she will be able to point you in the right direction, whether it is with tutoring, academic workshops, the writing center, the math learning center, the disability resources center, a learning specialist, an academic coach, and the list goes on.
You are responsible for your successes in the classroom, so take the initiative and use these tips to pass ALL of your classes and earn that degree!
10-25-2013: UNLV Athletics Posts Strong Graduation Numbers
Oct. 25, 2013
Rebels’ Graduation Success Rate is 78 percent with three teams at 100 percent and six at 90 percent or greater
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV's student-athlete graduation numbers continue to rise according to the most recent data collected by the NCAA using the federal calculation for graduation rates, which were released this week.
UNLV has seen its Graduation Success Rate (GSR) gradually increase since it has been tracked, climbing to 78 percent with the most recent data available. The first GSR numbers were released in 2005 (53 percent for UNLV) and have steadily risen ever since: 56 percent in 2006, 63 percent in 2007, 66 percent in 2008, 68 percent in 2009, 72 percent in 2010 and 2011, and 76 percent in 2012.
“UNLV student-athletes have been working hard on and off the field,” UNLV President Neal Smatresk said. “Their high graduation rate is a true team effort, and the students, their academic advisors and coaches deserve high praise for a job well done.”
The GSR was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate, and the GSR also accounts for mid-year enrollees and is calculated for every sport.
In the most recent data release, UNLV had three teams with 100 percent GSR: men’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, while a total of six teams were at 90 percent or higher: men’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s soccer and volleyball. UNLV had a total of 10 teams at 80 percent or above.
“Our student-athletes, coaches and academic support team have worked very hard over the years, and it is great to see that reflected in these graduation numbers,” said UNLV Interim Athletics Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy. “Academics are an important part of our mission and although we are proud of our improvement, we will continue to strive to be better.”
The federal graduation rate for UNLV’s student-athletes, which doesn’t count transfer students, is at 64 percent, which has risen from just 38 percent in 2005.
The data released this week was based on the ninth year of GSR data, for students who began full-time enrollment at any college during the 2006-07 school year and received athletic aid in their first year at UNLV.
09-25-2013: UNLV Fall Career Fair-October 8th
Fall Career Fair
Connect with potential employers and network for future job or internship opportunities.
When: Oct. 8, 2013, 10am - 3pm
Campus Location: Student Union
Office/Remote Location: Ballroom
The Career Services office invites you to come and connect with potential employers and network for future job or internship opportunities at the UNLV Fall Career Fair. Our fall semester event welcomes all majors and industries.
A list of participating employers is coming soon.
Need help preparing for interviews or looking for career counseling? Be sure to visit the Career Services website for more information or call 702-895-3495 to schedule an appointment with a career counselor.
Career Services is located in the Student Services Complex (SSC), Bldg. A, 2nd floor.
Walk-in hours are: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
This event is free for current UNLV students and alumni.
Employers interested in having a table at the Fall Career Fair will need to register and pay their registration fee in advance.
Space is limited so login to your UNLV CareerLink Account and register today!
For additional registration assistance, call the Career Services office at 702-895-3495.
Office: Career Services
More info on this event: http://hire.unlv.edu/
Event Sponsor: Career Services
08-29-2013: Premier UNLV...Tonight!
Premier UNLV, one of UNLV’s longest-standing traditions, officially welcomes new and returning students to campus, promotes a sense of pride and connection with UNLV, and builds a tradition that marks the official beginning of every academic year. Come celebrate with friends, faculty and staff and be sure to get your 2013 signature T-shirt and participate in the photo and fireworks at the end of the night!
When: Aug. 29, 2013, 5pm - 9pm
Campus Location: North Field
This event is free and open to students, faculty and staff.
More info on this event: http://www.unlv.edu/premier
Event Sponsor: Rebel Events Board
Youtube Link: http://goo.gl/9nNM9v
08-16-2013: Rebel Welcome Day
When: Aug. 23, 2013, 8am
Campus Location: Thomas & Mack Center
Welcome to the next exciting chapter of your life as a UNLV Rebel! All new students starting for the fall 2013 semester should plan to attend Welcome Day, a special day full of activities to kick-start your UNLV experience!
Welcome Day will include the following, and more:
UNLV Creates: Envision how your future college degree can transform your life and hear from inspirational speakers. You will also participate in an academic convocation.
President’s Barbeque: Meet new friends and enjoy lunch together. We’re so happy to have you as a part of our Rebel family.
College Welcomes: Connect with future Rebel classmates and friends and learn more about your college of study.
Outdoor Movie: Join your new friends for a fun outdoor movie at 8 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you at Welcome Day!
Admission is free for all new students starting in the fall 2013 semester.
Registration details are coming soon to your Rebelmail account.
Office: Office of Admissions
Phone: 702-774- UNLV (8658)
07-08-2013: 48 Rebels Earn MW Scholar-Athlete Award
June 24, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Just one week after having 77 student-athletes named to the Spring 2013 Academic All-Mountain West Team honors, UNLV Athletics had 48 earn the 2012-13 MW Scholar-Athlete Award, the league office announced on Monday.
The conference had a league-record 623 student-athletes honored for the award, including 54 individuals who have achieved a 4.00 or higher cumulative grade point average over two or more terms, and 63 more who were recognized in multiple sports. The 623 honorees surpass the previous MW high of 581 set in 2010-11.
The MW Scholar-Athlete Award is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the conference. To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least two academic terms at the member institution, while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better, and have participated in varsity competition in an NCAA-sponsored sport.
UNLV has had at least 43 recipients earn the award for six straight academic years dating back to 2007-08. In fact, since the MW began handing out the Scholar-Athlete Award nine years ago (2003-04), the Rebels have had 43 or more individuals recognized in eight of its 10 years.
The Scarlet & Gray witnessed two programs either best or tie previous marks. For the second straight year, the women's swimming & diving team produced a program-high 12 selections. Women's soccer surpassed its previous best with 11 of its student-athletes earning the award.
The women's tennis and men's swimming & diving teams provided four apiece. Both men's soccer and women's track & field had three honorees, while women's volleyball and women's golf had two each. Baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, women's cross country, football and men's golf had one individual per sport earn the award.
07-08-2013: Rebels Have 77 Recognized By MW For Academics
June 20, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV had a total of 77 student-athletes earn Spring 2013 Academic All-Mountain West Team recognition, the league office announced on Thursday. The men's basketball program tied for the league lead with four honorees, while women's swimming & diving (20), women's track & field (13) and baseball (11) had double-digit representatives.
In fact, if you include the five student-athletes that graced the 2013 MPSF Men's Swimming & Diving All-Academic Team, UNLV had a total of 82 individuals that were acknowledged for their efforts in the classroom this spring. The 2013 total marked the ninth straight year that at least 81 Rebels were recognized.
Besides the four programs previously mentioned, UNLV had nine members of the softball team make the Spring Academic All-MW Team, while women's basketball, men's golf, women's golf, men's tennis and women's tennis contributed four apiece.
For the 2012-13 academic year, UNLV had 129 student-athletics - 121 Mountain West and eight MPSF - earn either Fall or Spring honors. That number extends the athletic department's run to eight consecutive years with at least 124.
Overall, 729 student-athletes from the MW were named to the academic team. Spring sports include baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, softball, women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's track & field.
To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least one academic team at the member institution, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and be a starter or significant contributor on their athletics team.
STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to this month's recipient of Student-Athlete of the Month, Eric Fedde! Eric was named to the Dean's Honor List for the Fall 2013 semester after earning a semester GPA exceeding 3.50. A Las Vegas native and Communication Studies major, Eric was named to Baseball America's Preseason All-America Second Team, while also pitching for Team USA last summer. Further, Fedde was named to the Golden Spikes Award Watch List, which is an award that honors the top baseball player in the country. Fedde was also named Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Week after his dominant performance against Central Michigan University, recording 11 strikeouts, 1 hit, zero walks, and no earned runs in 7.1 innings of work.
Would you like to help support Student-Athlete Academic Services?
If yes, please email contact Rebecca Pugh at (702) 895-0656 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.