Positive Academic Habits

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The Denison experience is first and foremost about academics. A liberal arts education is meant to stretch you as you gain knowledge through your classes, interactions with faculty, peer-to-peer learning, and co-curricular experiences.

This can be very challenging. College faculty have high expectations. They are excited about their field and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge. They want you to interact with the subject and engage in classroom discussions. Faculty want to hear good questions — and there’s no such thing as a bad question.

Here are some tips for positive academic habits.

  • Go to your professor’s office hours: Stop by your professor’s office with a question about the material, ask them to review a draft of an upcoming paper, or just talk with them about life. You’ll find that professors are people who are invested in you and your academic success. Make a lifetime connection with your professor.
  • Get support when you need it: The Academic Resource Center offers tutoring for almost every subject.
  • Academic Boot Camp: This four-day program run by the Academic Resource Center is not remedial learning — it helps you gear up for Denison. Generally held during the third week of classes, you’ll learn;
    • Organization & Time Management
    • How to Critically Read & Annotate Texts
    • Improved Note Taking Skills & Developing a Writing Process
    • Study Strategies & Preparing for Exams
    • Making use of Faculty Office Hours & Other Campus Resources
  • The Writing Center: The Writing Center helps you to up your writing game. Student and faculty experts give you great tips on writing for various assignments.
  • Doane Library: The Doane Library and library staff are great resources to help you locate information and resources. Each academic area (humanities, social sciences, arts, and natural sciences) has a library liaison who specializes in those fields.
  • Study groups: Test each other on concepts and compare notes, studying together with friends and classmates is a great way to learn your material and socialize at the same time.

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