First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

CwP Resources

We provide four resources directly to students through a news post in your course in Folio.  Here are the links for Summer 2017:

  1. A First-Week Survival Guide, written by Georgia Southern students, for Georgia Southern students.
  2. Folio vocabulary and short tutorials about how to access content, submit dropboxes, take quizzes and more.  This is a Folio page and therefore not directly linkable here.
  3.  “Our Advice to the Class of 2021” brochure, which was mailed home to students beginning in fall semester.
  4. Semester at a Glance, Fall 2017:  both a sample with test and paper dates added (in .pdf) and a blank copy in .docx for students to use themselves.  The idea is that students plan in the first week by combining the major assignments from the syllabus into a single one-page document.

We don’t think it important for faculty to spend considerable time discussing these resources, but we would like the faculty member or student assistant to make sure new students are aware the resources exist.

Other Resources, for Faculty

Sample outline for Conversations with Faculty Session (.pdf)

by Jessica Orvis, Chemistry Department

Differences between High School and College (.doc)

Three pages of tables compare “Following the Rules in High School” to “Choosing Responsibly in College.” “High School Teachers” are compared to “College Professors.” “Tests in High School” vs. “Tests in College,” and “Grades in High School” vs. “Grades in College” are also a part of this table. Aspects of the “Advice to the Class of 2021” brochure were adapted from this site and are used with permission.

Conversations with Professors quiz (.doc)

The James Madison Conversations with Professors quiz can be given in small groups and used to initiate student participation. There are four questions that ask things like “1. Do you think it’s important that your faculty members know who you are? If yes, what actions will you take to get to know them?”

Habits of Successful Students (off site; for handout click here)

This link has a table of eight choices of successful students make in contrast to the choices struggling students make. The successful student choices include accepting personal responsibility, discovering a motivating purpose, taking purposeful actions, demonstrating interdependence, gaining self awareness, becoming life-long learners, developing emotional intelligence, and believing in themselves.

Developing Good Relationships with Faculty (a.k.a. “Twelve Ways Not to Annoy Your Professors”) (.pdf)

From knowing your professor’s name to not letting the door slam behind you, this handout covers some of Chris Caplinger’s favorite pieces of advice for new students. Feel free to use this in its entirety or as a spring board for your on ideas on how students can develop good relationships with faculty–and avoid annoying them!

Sample syllabi in common first-year courses

“Myths about the Scholarly Side of University Life” by Dr. Stephanie Kenney and her assistant Jennifer Odom (.doc)

Top Ten Things Professors Appreciate in Research Assignments by Lisa Smith (.doc)

Conversations Bookmark by Todd Deal (.doc)

Last updated: 7/17/2017

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