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Academic Skills  Tutoring Center Newsletter

#10: February 2021

Dear students, welcome to the spring 2021 semester at FIT! 

In this issue of the Academic Skills Tutoring Center Newsletter, we offer some practical tips on ways to enhance your online learning experience. Our tutors discuss ways to seek help for your online classes through our tutoring services, methods for connecting with classmates and faculty, suggestions for staying organized online, and hints for staying active while learning remotely, among other helpful ideas.

Taking all of your courses online can definitely be challenging for some students, and that is why we want you to take full advantage of the free services offered through the Academic SkillsTutoring Center, the Writing and Speaking Studio, the Counseling Center, the Academic Advisement Center, and other support services.

Know that you are not alone and that many other students are in the same boat, so don't hesitate to seek out help. We look forward to working with you. Have a great semester!

Make an individual appointment by clicking below, or come to our virtual walk-ins, and we’ll help in any way we can! If you need help with Blackboard or other learning platforms, our tutors can help with that as well.

Make an Appointment with a Tutor

Visit the Tutoring Center website for more information.

Please note: Appointments must be made at least 48 hours in advance.
Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

How to Stay Connected
and Organized Online

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Staying connected during the pandemic can be hard, especially when you’re trying to balance workload with online classes. Networking is now more important than ever and can be extremely beneficial in both your academic and professional career. Here are 5 easy tips to stay connected and organized during the pandemic.

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Staying Active When Learning from Home

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When studying online we often end up sitting in front of our desks and computers for hours on end. To avoid getting sucked into that trap, it’s important to remember to take breaks and move around. 

Learn More About Staying Active
Check out FIT's Virtual Fitness Classes

Healthy Study Snacks

Almonds are a healthy and satisfying snack that contains proteins and healthy fats. Buy unsalted almonds and season them yourself to reduce your sugar and salt intake. If you aren’t an almond fan, other unsalted nuts and seeds are a good choice as well.
Air-popped Popcorn
Air-popped popcorn popped on your own stovetop is a great snack alternative to chips and buttery store-bought popcorn. An added benefit to air-popping your corn is that you can top it however you wish: with salt, or with sugar and cinnamon if you have a sweet tooth. 
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Student and Tutor Perceptions of the Academic Skills Tutoring Center

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Yuri Kim

How has your experience been with the tutoring center?

When I had academic difficulties as an international student, the tutoring center was very helpful to overcome those problems. When I felt frustrated and was uncertain about the assignments, tutors were always with me, which I am super grateful for.

Read the Full Interview

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Margaret Panoti

Do you have any tips for students on how to balance the workload now that everything is online?

I would say to try to keep a regular school regimen and mindset, even though you are at home. Try to wake up an hour before your class and get ready instead of joining your class from your bed. And try to keep a productive mindset just like you would during regular school. If you like to dedicate a day to do your homework for the week, then do it. It is very easy to fall asleep five times a day and procrastinate when we are at home, but if you keep a proactive mindset things will go smoothly.

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Ashna Moogi

You’re one of the tutors helping students with Blackboard and Remote Learning Support during the start of the semester. Do you have tips for working with the Blackboard platform and for staying organized digitally? 

I think scheduling is critical for online learning. It’s very easy to forget about assignments during virtual classes. Thus it’s important to make notes and make a schedule planning when you want to work on which assignment. The more specific the schedule, the easier it is to manage your time. I personally feel that Blackboard is quite organized with the contents under each subsection of your class. Blackboard even sends you a notification when your assignment is due. I think it’s important to constantly keep checking Blackboard to keep yourself updated with the content and the due dates.

Read the Full Interview

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Healthy Habits Resources Opener

Healthy Habits Resources
Having someone to talk to is an important resource for "healthy" mental health. We collected some resources at FIT and beyond. Read More

The Impact of Tutoring

The Impact of Tutoring
How tutoring can be an impactful tool for both tutors and students. Read More

Online Tutoring

Getting the Most Out of Online Tutoring
Maximize the time you have with a tutor. Here are some important steps to follow before, during, and after each online tutoring session. Read More

Much success for the new semester. 
We will see you again soon!

The Tutoring Center is a free service for all full- and part-time students enrolled in credit-bearing and developmental courses for the current semester, offering a variety of tutoring options in a wide range of disciplines. The center is partially funded by a Perkins Grant.

Academic Skills Tutoring Center

David Dubinsky Student Center,
Room A608B
(212) 217-4080

Newsletter Team

Julian Catasus y Brueggemann
Donna Hellberg
Felicia Lynch
Katelyn Malecki
Joanne St. Clair
Deborah Levine, Coordinator

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