Student Success Center


September 25, 2018

Be a Subversive, Read a Banned Book

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Feeling a little subversive?  Me too.  We’re in luck.  This week (September 23-29) is Banned Books Week.  Sponsored by the American Library Association and other organizations, “. . . Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.”[1]  At UAMS we may forget that challenges to learning and restrictions on reading significantly limit…


January 2, 2018

Welcome Back to Work

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Someone observed, “There should be a sympathy card for having to go back to work after vacation.”  I don’t know who first came up with the thought; now there are several versions circulating on the internet, some spruced up with images.  These creations sound like just the kind of diversion someone coming back to work…


May 26, 2017

What About Summer?

Marybeth Norcross

When I was a child I loved summer. Nearly three whole months out of school to swim and play with my friends. No homework and no chores. All I did was swim and play in the neighborhood. With a nod to Jim Gaffigan, who couldn’t use three months off after the rigors of 4th grade?…


May 15, 2017

Congratulations and Graduation

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Congratulations! You made it to one degree or another.  You made it, and now it’s time to move on.  Go with our blessing.  Live well, be good, work hard, take care. To those of you graduating this semester, congratulations on this important achievement.  To those who have courses yet to come and hurdles yet to…


January 3, 2017

Traditions from Babylon: Resolutions for Success

Marybeth Norcross

Are you part of the nearly 45 percent of Americans who say they make New Year’s Resolutions? The tradition dates back to the ancient Babylonians who made promises to the gods in an effort to gain their favor.  While we’ve been keeping the tradition ever since, today our resolutions focus on self-improvement.   Reflection to…


November 28, 2016

Taking Your Finals in the Testing Center

Marybeth Norcross

The Testing Center is preparing for finals.  If you have tested with us before, you know we have limited space. We have 24 regular testing computers, 12 reserved special testing cubicles, and hundreds of students to test. So, here are four tips to make your finals as smooth and stress-free as possible. Testing Tip 1:…


November 21, 2016

Notes on Thanksgiving and Gratitude

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

It’s that time again.  Lest we forget the holidays, TV reminds us.  Already round-the-clock Christmas movies are broadcast.  So it was that I recently honored Halloween by seeing “Addams Family Values.”  There is a delightful send up of all the awful, unhistorical, overly sentimental, school productions of “the first thanksgiving.”  Never mind that it wasn’t…


October 24, 2016

Group Projects with Google Drive

Marybeth Norcross

Group projects always have challenges, but managing one doesn’t have to be stressful. What you need is a platform that keeps all the work in one place, shows the latest drafts, and offers enough flexibility so that group members can work on their own time schedules.  Google Drive incorporates all these features and makes organization,…


October 17, 2016

3-Step Study Groups

Ashley Phillips

Have you ever seen those products that advertise a “quick, new way” to get something done? Maybe it’s a new cooking tool or lawn care item. It seems life-changing in the ad, but when you get it home it’s a lot of random parts and some vague diagrams. Good luck putting it together! Study groups…


October 10, 2016

Reducing Test Anxiety

Ashley Phillips

“Students, open your blue books”… That’s a phrase that still strikes fear into me. It’s what one of my professors would say at the beginning of each exam. I can still feel the hair standing up on the back of my neck, my heart beginning to race, and my vision narrowing as if staring into…



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