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Halfway Through the Semester

Believe it or not, in another week the semester will be half over.  This semester got off to a bit of a rocky start with Hurricane Irene, especially if you happened to have a Monday night class!  Hopefully, you have caught up by now.  If you are facing midterm tests, take a look at the blog entries that were just posted about test taking and studying.  In addition, you might be facing midterm writing assignments instead of tests.  If so, fight that tendency we all have to procrastinate!  Even if you only have a few minutes between classes or between shuttling your kids around, use that time to start on your writing assignment.  Often "starting" is the worst part, and once you get started, things flow a little better.  Revising is the easy part!  If you're really stuck, you can always consult with Eastern's Writing Center which is located in the lower level of the library.

Hang in there, the fall semester will be over before you know it.  And, speaking of that, the Wintersession 2012 and Spring 2012 schedules are posted on eWeb.  So, it is not too early to be thinking about what you will take next.  If you need assistance choosing classes, feel free to call for an appointment with a Continuing Education Advisor at (860) 465-0206. 


Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
School of Continuing Education
Eastern Connecticut State University


How to Make Time for College

Some of you are back in school for the first time in quite a while.  You Library3.jpgmight be panicking, thinking, "How can I possibly fit in all this extra work on top of my already busy life?"  Well, it is possible to do it.  I was just talking with our new student assistant, who is 25 years old, and his 'secret' would work for any of us.  In order to stay on top of your school work, you need to be organized with your time using every spare minute productively.  It will be a huge help if you have a planning calendar, either electronic or paper, and plot out all the little time blocks that you might normally waste and use them to study.  For example, if you have to wait while picking up your kids, be sure that you have course materials with you to review.  That reminds me that to be an efficient student it is critical that you take good notes in class -- then you will have something valuable to review while waiting to pick up your kids! 


My husband is a college teacher and I am amazed when he tells me how many young students take NO notes in class.  If you take good notes and review them frequently, you should be in good shape for most classes.  Usually, faculty members tell you in class what they want you to know for exams. 


If you do find yourself struggling in a class, don't be too proud to ask for help.  The Academic Services Center in the lower level of the Library has tutoring services as well as a Writing and Math Center.  Check out their services and hours at


Most of us who work in the School of Continuing Education have been adult students at some point in our lives.  We know you can do this!  Don't hesitate to call us for assistance or for an advisement appointment, (860) 465-0206.


Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education

Eastern Connecticut State University

Do You or Someone You Care about Live in Southeastern Connecticut?

Do you have 60 or more prior college credits and live in southeastern Connecticut?  If so, youGail Turner.jpg should check out the Off-Campus Programs page on the School of Continuing Education's website.  Eastern maintains a site in Groton where Eastern courses are offered in the evenings and on Saturdays. You can complete a "Fast Track" Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree with a concentration in either Management or Human Services Administration.  Classes are offered in seven-week modules, either two nights a week or one day a week on Saturdays.  This program is especially appropriate for those with an associate degree from Three Rivers Community College.

Gail Turner is the Eastern Groton Site coordinator and a wonderful advisor.  She will spend time with you to figure out the best way to complete your bachelor's degree in a timely way.  You can even take advantage of our well-established Credit for Lifelong Learning program to get credit for what you have previously learned on the job.  To get started, call Gail at (860) 446-9457 or e-mail

P.S. There is a special scholarship available for part-time students who attend the Groton Site.  Through the generosity of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, 10 individuals with financial need will be able to receive a $500 R.E.A.C.H. scholarship this fall.  See Gail for details.


Carol Williams, Associate Dean
School of Continuing Education at Eastern

Why Do People Go Back to School?

I'm just back from a few days of vacation in Florida -- strangely it was cooler and dryer there than in Connecticut.  Having been away for a few days, I was surprised when one of our advisors, Joanne, told me how many people she had seen in the office this past week.  There has been a steady stream of potential students coming in to see our advisors this summer -- it seems much busier than usual. 

I asked Joanne what these students have told her about why they decided to come back to finish their bachelor's degree.  Joanne said that the predominant reason is caDSC_1284.jpgreer related.  Many students can see that their potential career growth is hampered if they don't have a bachelor's degree.  They may even have been hired by someone quite a bit younger than they are.  Other people may want to change careers.  The bachelor's degree is usually required for career advancement, since each new job attracts many applicants and employers can create a smaller pool for interviews by sorting on the basis of who has a bachelor's degree. 

I spoke with Kate, one of our other advisors, this morning.  Kate has an appointment today with someone who was working on his degree at Eastern quite a few years ago but dropped out.  Today he is meeting with Kate to see how quickly he can now finish a Bachelor of General Studies degree.   Kate is excited to reconnect with him and find out why he has now decided to complete his bachelor's degree.  

Each of our students in the School of Continuing Education has a special story and a unique perspective on why it is important for them to finish their degree.  If you'd like to share your story, we would love to hear it, and, you just might inspire someone else to take the plunge and go back to school this fall!!


Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education

Eastern Connecticut State University


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

How An Advisor Can Help!

How An Advisor Can Help! 

Advisor_JoanneMelody.gifIn an interview with Joanne Melody, one of the advisors in the School of Continuing Education, I asked how the advisors assist part-time students and full-time BGS students in achieving their educational goals. 

Joanne:  I help them become aware of their short and long-term goals.  From there we work backwards, scaling down and synthesizing a path they can follow.   We discuss all the varied possibilities of earning college credit including non-traditional ways, such as: CLEP, DSST, and Credit for Life Long Learning. 

Susan:  What about applications?

Joanne:  I assist with part-time and readmit applications along with helping students understand the timetables required for financial aid applications.  Other alternative pay options such as TuitionPay and available scholarships are also discussed.   My hope is that I can be that one-stop shopping experience that each student is looking for and deserves.  A preliminary course analysis form is created that helps the student see  their dream made into an actual path of study.

Susan:  What happens once a person becomes a student at Eastern?  How can you help then?

Joanne:   There are lots of ways to help.  I assist with registration, course selection, making sure students are aware of upper-level requirements for their degree or graduation.  I also process degree applications for those students that are preparing to graduate, suggest possible substitutions for courses, and process all necessary paperwork to streamline the student's experience.

Susan: What do you think is the most important service an advisor provides?

Joanne:  In general, I'm a friendly ear to listen and help support them in their education pursuits.  Listening is key.  I synthesize the information they share with me and give them back possible plans for making their dream happen.   Their military experience may have earned them credits.  They may have college credits from years back.  They may have worked at a job for several years and that might become credit through the Credit for Lifelong Learning program. 

Susan:  Why is it important to meet with an advisor?

Joanne:  Meeting with an advisor is critical to the success of each student. We are here to assist with their every step.   Whether it is hearing of scholarships, about new degree programs and courses first, we have a keen understanding of how best to navigate each student to achieve their educational goals. Visiting with an advisor makes the most of your educational choices. 

Susan:  Thank you, Joanne.  To everyone out there, get the most out of your education.  Visit an advisor.  To get an advisement appointment, call (860) 465-0206.  Advisement appointments are also available by phone. 

Susan Crowley, Webmaster

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