Help for Students


December 2, 2019

Meet Boom Shocka Locka

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Meet Boom Shocka Locka, therapy dog and friend to UAMS students—Boom for short.  Boom is looking forward to his upcoming visit to support you during your days of final tribulation and stress.  Recently Belinda Rogers, Circulation Coordinator at the UAMS library, had a chance to visit Boom Shocka Locka and ask him some probing questions….


September 16, 2019

 Passing It On: The Life of a Tutor

Contributing Author

A major emphasis in the Student Success Center is our peer tutoring program.  This week on our blog we are privileged to hear first-hand about that process.  Ashton Cheatham, one of our College of Pharmacy tutors talks about his own experience as a tutor: his basic approach, what he has learned as he taught, and…


November 26, 2018

See SPOT, Run See SPOT: Therapy Dogs and You

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

“See Spot run.  Run Spot run.”  I learned to read with Spot and his family: Dick and Jane and Sally and kitty cat Puff.  The cute cocker spaniel Spot was the star as far as I am concerned.  Later I delighted in Go Dog Go.  The dogs wore hats, worked at jobs, conversed with each…


January 29, 2018

FYI, Abbreviate with Care

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

For your information, we humans are prone to abbreviate.  Some of us, military types and medical types and such, are espec. prone to abbreviate.  Like most things in life, to abbreviate serves us well and serves us ill.  COP & UAMS & COM & CHP & COPH and CON save space and effort and mean…


November 6, 2017

Tips for Academic Searches

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Along the way I’ve written a paper for one or another of my classes or for a professional assignment.  I thought I would share a few practical search tips for academic searches that might help you.  They have worked for me along the way; may they work for you as well. #1. Learn how to…


October 2, 2017

The Study Schedule: Your Plan to Defeat Procrastination

Marybeth Norcross

We have arrived at that point in the semester when students are looking stressed, and are scrambling to catch up with their workload. Many find themselves losing the battle with procrastination, and end up cramming right before an important exam. Their performance is off, and they can’t catch  their breath. Create a Study Schedule Creating…


August 21, 2017

Choose What Matters

Ashley Phillips

Welcome to UAMS, especially to students in the College of Nursing! You are the reason I’m here! I am the Student Success Center faculty member who specifically works with College of Nursing students. I’m excited to be a part of what we get to offer to students: Academic Coaching, Peer Tutoring, and many other resources!…


August 14, 2017

Reward and Challenge at UAMS

Marybeth Norcross

Welcome to UAMS, and specifically to the students of the College of Health Professions! The start of a new academic year is filled with optimism, possibilities, and challenges. While you are here, the faculty and staff will work to prepare you for success in the profession you have chosen to pursue. They will teach you…


July 3, 2017

Resilience Study

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

More years ago than I care to remember, in high school, I ran the 880 yard dash and one mile relay leg. Meets opened with those nutty guys running the 2 mile. Only in that race did everyone run together: the varsity and the freshman/sophomore teams. At one race, when I was a senior, a…


April 24, 2017

Tips for Testing Well

Marybeth Norcross

When it comes to testing well there is no substitute for planning and preparation.  There are, however, some practical approaches, or test-taking strategies,  you can use to ensure that your performance accurately reflects your preparation. Test-taking strategies improve how you take a test. They include your attitude and how you read and answer test questions,…



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