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Your Time for Advising

Finding Your Path

Miranda Bodziony

"I sit with my advisor for life talks. She helps me identify and work on activities to keep me moving toward my goals."

— Miranda Bodziony, Kent State Student Studying Peer mentor and biology/pre-med major

 
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Advising - What to Do

  • Be ready with your plan for courses to take next semester
  • Be prepared to talk to your advisor about your dreams and goals
  • Become an independent problem solver
  • Engage with your university community to grow both personally and professionaly
  • Develop your story for your life after Kent State University

What to Expect

  •  Varying class sizes. College classes can have anywhere from 15 to 200+ students. While most classes have fewer than 30 students, class sizes vary depending on the college and the course.
  • The need for critical thinking skills. College students do a lot of reading, and they are expected to be able to understand and remember what they read. Students also need to know how to draw conclusions, form opinions and evaluate ideas.
  •  More emphasis on tests and less on busywork. Homework grades will often only account for a small portion of your final grade. In many cases, the midterm, a research paper or the final exam will make up the majority of your final grade.
  • The need for personal responsibility. Students have a tremendous amount of freedom in college. You are responsible for monitoring your progress, going to class and doing your assignments.
  • Consequences for low grades. Students who let their grades fall below a certain point are generally put on academic probation. Kent State University requires that students on probation improve their grades by the end of the following term.
  •  Less time in class and more independent study. Expect to do most of your learning on your own. For every hour in class, you should plan to spend two hours out of class reading, studying and completing assignments.
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Academic Resources

As a student, you may have a moment when you recognize that you can use some extra assistance in completing or planning academic work, finding new ways to take a class, finding internship opportunities and connecting with your college representatives. Kent State University offers many resources and services to help you along the path to completing your degree.

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Distractions

You've been adjusting to roommates, friends, schedules, different sleeping and eating arrangements and much more. As you've been exploring these responsibilities and adjustments, you may be slipping into some bad habits that detract from solid routines that you used to manage your day-to-day life before coming to campus. If that's the case, you should check your class schedules for midterm dates now. You may be surprised to discover that they are approaching much faster than anticipated — in just two or three weeks.