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The Brilliant Bobcats program was launched by the Retention Management and Planning Office in Spring 2013 to teach students strategies to be successful Bobcats. Initially Brilliant Bobcats featured the College Success Series, a weekly workshop series focused on educating students about effective note taking, test taking, time management, financial literacy, goal setting, etc. The College Success Series is a wonderful collaboration between the divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. This spring the Brilliant Bobcats program is expanding to include academic coaching for students who are not eligible for academic coaching through PACE Mentoring and Academic Coaching.


Campus Resources Scavenger Hunt

During the month of February we want you to connect with Texas State campus resources by visiting various offices to learn more about what they have to offer. If you complete the entire scavenger hunt by Friday, February 28, 2014 you will be eligible for a prize. 

To get started, download a copy of the Campus Resources Scavenger Hunt packet below or pick up a copy at the Center for Student Retention. Like the Brilliant Bobcats Facebook page. Now start visiting the offices indicated in your packet. Each time a task is completed, upload your response/picture to our Facebook page.  After all tasks are completed, you will receive a message confirming your scavenger hunt completion along with directions on how to claim your prize. 

If you don’t use Facebook or would prefer not to post your responses on Facebook, you may print out your completed scavenger hunt packet and turn it in to the Center for Student Retention (formerly the Alumni House). 


Academic Coaching

Brilliant Bobcats: Academic Coaching is available for transfer students and second-year students and above.

Academic coaching is a partnership between a student and academic coach intended to empower the student to take an active and productive approach to learning. An academic coach can help you create an academic engagement plan, set goals, identify resources you need to be more effective, and develop a means of holding yourself accountable. Academic coaching appointments can last 30 minutes to 1 hour and can be scheduled weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, based on your needs. Each coaching session is tailored to you. If you feel you need help with any of the following, academic coaching may be beneficial for you:

♦ Organization 
♦ Goal setting
♦ Time management 
♦ Motivation
♦ Procrastination
♦ Study skills 
♦ Discovering how you learn best
♦ Being accountable for your goals 

For more information contact Katie Palmer in the Retention Management and Planning Office at 512-245-5500. 
 
If you are a freshmen seeking academic coaching you are eligible for services through PACE Mentoring and Academic Coaching (PACE MAC). To request a PACE academic coach, please complete the Academic Coach Request Form

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Spring 2014 College Success Series

Take Note: Effective Note-taking

Monday, February 3
6 – 7 p.m.
3-15.1 LBJ Student Center

Note-taking is a critical skill for college students. Good notes can equate to good grades. We’ll show you how to take notes for different types of college-level courses.
 
Workshop Flyer
 
 

Say What?!? Tips to Overcome Public Speaking Anxiety

Wednesday, February 12
6 – 7 p.m.
3-15.1 LBJ Student Center

Does the idea of delivering a presentation during class make you feel sick? Then plan to come to this interactive workshop where we will work on your public speaking skills and discuss methods for overcoming your fear while delivering presentations.

Presentation
Say What Presentation 

Handouts
Personal Report of Public Speaking Anxiety

Up for the Challenge: Student Stories of Success

Monday, February 17
6 – 7 p.m. 
3-15.1 LBJ Student Center

College can be a challenge, complete with the occasional bump in the road. In this workshop, a panel of students will share their tips for college success. With their honesty and your determination, you can develop your own plan to conquer the challenge of college success. 

Workshop Flyer
Up for the Challenge Flyer

Panelist Questions and Responses
Ivory Douglas
Ana Hernandez 

Making the Grade: Test-taking Strategies

Wednesday, March 5
6 – 7 p.m.
3-15.1 LBJ Student

So, the first tests of the semester are coming up. Relax! This is a test – repeat, this is only a test. This workshop will help you take charge of your study time and develop strategies to help you master the review material. Join us and you’ll learn how to earn the grade you deserve and keep your anxiety level in check.

Prioritizing What Counts & Spending Plans

Wednesday, March 19
5:30 – 7 p.m.
3-15.1 LBJ Student Center


Does it seem like you’re always strapped for money? At the end of the month do you wonder where all of your money goes? This workshop will help you think about the differences between necessities and desires, reduce spending, and plan ahead for both monthly bills and unexpected expenses.

Workshop Flyer
Spending Plans Flyer 
 

U-Turn

Monday, March 24
5:30 – 7 p.m.
3-15.1 LBJ Student Center

Have your grades gone south this semester? Concerned about being placed on academic probation? Slow down, pull over and stop in at this workshop. You’ll learn about the university’s academic probation and suspension policy, suspension appeals, the role of academic standing on financial aid, and campus support services. We’ll have you back on track in no time.

Workshop Flyer
U-Turn Flyer 

Presentation
U-Turn Presentation

Handouts
Probation Flowchart
U-Turn Worksheet

Surviving the In-class Essay

Monday, March 31
6 – 7 p.m.
3-13.1 LBJ Student Center

Does the thought of an essay exam strike fear in your heart? In this workshop, you’ll learn how to change essay exams from exercises in terror into an opportunity to show your professor how much you’ve learned.
 
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Workshop Flyer
Surviving the In-class Essay Flyer

Presentation
Surviving the In-class Essay


Handout
In-class Essay Tips

Where Does the Time Go: Time Management Strategies

Wednesday, April 16
6 – 7 p.m.
3-15.1 LBJ Student Center

We know how busy you are: class, work, extracurricular activities, family, friends, fun … and oh, yeah – studying! This workshop will help you develop a strategy to manage your commitments, prioritize your course work, and create a weekly game plan that works as hard as you do.

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Putting off Procrastination

Monday, April 21
6 – 7 p.m.
3-15.1 LBJ Student Center

Are you a member of Procrastination Nation? Is your motto, Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow? Then this workshop is for you. Stop looking for your daily distraction and attend this workshop to learn why we procrastinate and what you can do to put off procrastination.

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Fall 2013 College Success Series

Smart Start: Organizing Your Semester

Wednesday, September 11
5 – 6 p.m.
3-13.1 LBJ Student Center
 
Presenters: Katie Palmer, Paige Peschong
 
Before you fall into bad habits that are hard to break, start incorporating good habits into your routine now. Bring your class syllabi and a planner or calendar to this session and learn what it takes to start your semester smart.
 
Workshop Flyer:
 
 

Go For Your Goals

Tuesday, September 17
5:30 – 7 p.m.
3-13.1 LBJ Student Center

Presenter: Katie Palmer

Do you ever feel like you’re aimlessly drifting through the semester? Do you talk about what you want, but have trouble making it a reality? This workshop will help you learn to set SMART goals and start achieving your highest potential.

Workshop Flyer:
Go For Your Goals Flyer

Presentation:
Go For Your Goals Presentation

Handouts: 
Course Grade Goals
SMART Goals & Action Planning

Breaking Bad Study Habits

Monday, September 23
7 – 8 p.m.
3-15.1 LBJ Student Center

 
Presenter: Writing Center
 
Do you realize your study habits need to change, but you’re not sure where to start? Come to this workshop to explore some of the most common bad habits and learn some new more effective study strategies.
 
Workshop Flyer:
 
 
Handouts: 
 
Additional Resources: 
SLAC General Study Skills
 

Take Note: Effective Note-taking

Tuesday, October 1
6 – 7 p.m. 
3-15.1 LBJ Student Center
 
Presenter: Student Learning Assistance Center

Note-taking is a critical skill for college students. Good notes can equate to good grades. We’ll show you how to take notes for different types of college-level courses.
 
Workshop Flyer:
 
Handouts:
 
Additional Resources: 

 

Surviving the In-class Essay

Wednesday, October 9
5 – 6 p.m.
3-9.1 LBJ Student Center
 
Presenter: Writing Center
 

Does the thought of an essay exam strike fear in your heart? In this workshop, you’ll learn how to change essay exams from exercises in terror into an opportunity to show your professor how much you’ve learned.

 
Workshop Flyer:
 
Presentation: 
 
Handouts: 
 
Additional Resource: 
Texas State Writing Center
 

U-Turn

Monday, October 14
6:30 – 8 p.m. 
3-15.1 LBJ Student Center


Presenters: Dr. Nathan Bond, Jesse Martinez, Katie Palmer

Did your grades go south this semester? Concerned about being placed on academic probation? Slow down, pull over and stop in at this workshop. You’ll learn all about the university’s academic standards and support services, the academic probation policy and how it affects your financial aid, and the suspension appeals process. We’ll have you back on the right path in no time.

Workshop Flyer:
U-Turn Flyer

Presentation:  
U-Turn Presentation

Handouts: 
University Course Repeat Policy
Academic Probation Flowchart
How to Calculate Your GPA
GPA Calculation Sheet

Additional Resources:
Texas State Academic Advising
Undergraduate Catalog

Where Does the Time Go: Time Management Strategies

Tuesday, October 22
6 – 7 p.m.
3-15.1 LBJ Student Center
 
Presenters: Burel Ford, Katie Palmer

We know how busy you are: class, work, extracurricular activities, family, friends, fun … and oh, yeah – studying! This workshop will help you develop a strategy to manage your commitments, prioritize your course work, and create a weekly game plan that works as hard as you do.
 
Workshop Flyer:
 
 
Additional Resources:
SLAC Time Management
 
 

Close Your Eyes and Count to Zen: Managing Stress in College

Tuesday, October 29
6 – 7 p.m. 
3-13.1 LBJ Student Center
 
Presenter: Healthycats
 
Stress — it’s probably something you know very well. Because the mind and body are connected stress can affect your physical health.  Learn a holistic approach to stress, including how to cope and how to find much-needed balance.

Workshop Flyer:
Close Your Eyes and Count to Zen Flyer

Workshop Presentation:
Close Your Eyes and Count to Zen Presentation

Additional Resourses:
Texas State Counseling Center
Transforming Stress
How to DEAL
Self Help Resources

 

Money Matters: Financial Fitness Strategies

Wednesday, November 6
5 – 6 p.m. 
3-13.1 LBJ Student Center
 
Presenters: Dr. Kim Davis, Dr. Byron Kerr
 

Does it seem like you’re always strapped for money? This workshop will give you some helpful tips to manage your money effectively, develop strategies to achieve your financial goals, establish and manage credit, and maintain financial aid eligibility. 

Workshop Flyer:
 
 
Additional Resources:
 

Driven to Succeed: Increasing Motivation and Willpower

Monday, November 11
7 – 8 p.m.
3-15.1 LBJ Student Center
 
Presenter: Allison Tifft
 

Do you lack motivation, or wish you had more willpower?  You aren’t alone.  Attend this workshop to learn practical ways you can increase your willpower and stay motivated!

Workshop Flyer:
Driven to Succeed Flyer

Workshop Presentation:
Driven to Succeed Presentation

Additional Resources:
The Willpower Instinct Video
The Willpower Instinct Book
The Power of Habit Book
How Habits Work

 

The Finals Countdown

Tuesday, November 19
6 – 7 p.m. 
3-13.1 LBJ Student Center
 

Presenter: Herminio Ibanez, Katie Palmer

Does finals week feel like you’re running a marathon? Want to sprint across the finish line instead of stumble? We’ll help you develop a winning strategy so that you are prepared to finish strong, without losing your sanity or your health. Ready, set, go!

Workshop Flyer:
The Finals Countdown Flyer

Workshop Presentation:
The Finals Countdown Presentation

Workshop Handouts:
Student Finals Tips - PACE Peer Mentors
Tips for 10 Days Before Finals
Tips for 5 Days Before Finals
Tips for the Week of Finals
End of Semester Planning Sheet
Final Exam Study Schedule

Additional Resources:
SLAC Finals Preparation