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Spirit of Giving is Alive and Well at Eastern


Is it ho ho ho or bah humbug....? It depends on how you look at it. This holiday season follows a year where there was continued economic doldrums, political change and a general level of uncertainty in our nation. Everywhere we looked we were reminded that these were difficult times. However, during times of challenge the best often comes out in people. If we look around us, we will see many people who have done all that they can to make it better for the next person. Friends are helping friends, families are helping family members, and colleagues are helping one another. I am surrounded by good people who make it better each and every day for all those that they come in contact with, by listening and helping others to realize their dreams and their goals. We know that if we look at what can be accomplished, even against all odds, we will help others find their path to a better tomorrow.

As the Dean of the School of Continuing Education, I am surrounded by professionals who embrace the spirit of giving.  Giving doesn't necessarily mean money. What we receive in the end is far greater than anything we give.  So for us in the School of Continuing Education we know that we are positively changing the lives of all the students we touch, each and every day. Giving is not just for today, it is for all year round.

The best of holiday seasons to you and yours and a happy and healthy New Year. We hope to see you at Eastern in 2011. And if you are already part of the Eastern family, we know that you understand what we mean when we say that the "spirit of giving is alive and well." 

--Dean Rochelle Gimenez

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Study Tips: Test Taking

The optimum retention of information occurs when you study for a test after the first day of class and a little bit every day thereafter.  If you didn't do that, here's what you can do. 

1.       Put together all your materials for reviews, notes, charts, glossaries, corrected assignments, corrected tests and quizzes.

2.       Make sure you have scheduled enough time to study for each exam.

3.       Take advantage of the tutoring services at the Academic Services Center

4.       Go to any review sessions, ask questions about anything you don't have a clear understanding of, ask what will be on the exam--it can't hurt.  Take any additional handouts meant as study guides.

5.       Always attend the last class prior to the exam.  There may be items mentioned then that you'll need to focus on.

6.       If you belong to a study group, set up practice quizzes.  Discuss everything that could be on the test.

7.       Create a study sheet checklist to go over important information and then check off each item as you review them.

8.       Remember to eat just enough before the exam, so you will have energy. 

9.       Remember to go to the rest room before the exam.

10.   Try to get a good night's sleep prior to your final.

11.   Set two alarms so you will wake on time.  Place these alarms beyond your reach, across the room. 

12.   Arrive at the room for the test at least five minutes early. 

13.   Good luck!

If you would like to see how to organize your notes, please, go to


To check out the Academic Services Center, go to

The Tutoring Center Presents
Extravaganza!  Study Blowout!
Pizza! Snacks! Munchkins!

Bring Your Friends, Grab Some Food, and Study with Your Buddies!
Study and Free Pizza at noon on Dec. 9-10.

Thursday, December 9; open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, December 10; open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tutoring will be available during exam week!
(Please check finals week schedule)

Snacks will be available throughout exam week
Come to the Tutoring Center in Library 108


--This message courtesy of Susan Crowley, Webmaster,
and the Tutoring Center

How the Academic Services Center Can Help You

Academic Services Center


The Academic Services Center (ASC) provides convenient "one stop shopping" for tutoring for all Eastern students and advising services for full-time students. Advising for part-time students is available in person and by phone through the School of Continuing Education located in Shafer Hall.


Located on the ground floor of the j. Eugene Smith Library, the ASC is open from 9-9 Monday-Thursday, 9-5 on Friday, and 2-9 on Sunday. Within the ASC, tutoring services are in rooms 108 and 109, with separate units for math tutoring (the Mathematics Achievement Center) and writing tutoring (the Writing Center). All other subjects are covered by the general Tutoring Services. The Advising Center is across the hall in room 109.


Tutoring is provided by a combination of professional staff and peer tutors, who are recommended by the faculty and specially trained as tutors. The Math Achievement Center offers tutoring on a drop-in basis; no appointments are needed. The Writing Center also offers drop-in tutoring but appointments may be made online at


General Tutoring services are best accessed by appointment, as not every subject has a tutor available during the hours that the ASC is open. To see the tutor schedule visit   Students can sign up for 30-minute one-on-one tutoring by making an appointment at


The ASC is a friendly and inviting space for students, where food and beverages are allowed, and computers are available. Many students use the ASC as a homework space, with help available if needed. Some students form study groups and meet in the ASC.  All students are welcome and encouraged to use the ASC.


From Pat Banach, Director of Library Services

and Carol Williams, Associate Dean of the School of Continuing Education

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