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A few ideas come to mind.

* What I wish I had known: Ask a couple returning sophomore students to talk about what aspects of college life were different from their expectations and how this affected their freshman year.

* The ideal student: Divide the students into small groups to discuss the characteristics of an ideal students. As the groups report their findings, create a master list on the board and determine as a group which 10 characteristics are most important. Ask each student to write down two characteristics they already possess and two that need improvement, they do not need to share their list. Challenge the students to make the improvements they identified.

* Mythbusters: Address some of the popular misconceptions that students have about college. For example:
	- In college you don't have to go to class: Reality: of the students who missed 4 or more classes x% continued their studies the following semester. Of those who missed less than 4 classes y% continued
	- Only students who are struggling in a course seek tutoring: Reality: The average GPA of students receiving tutoring is xxxx. We had xxx students last year with 4.0 GPAs who received assistance.
After busting some commonly held myths, ask the students to share what some of the things they have heard about college. If you have the data on hand to confirm or bust the myth, do so. If you don't, inform the students that you will look into their myth and will post the results in the Learning Center so they can see if it is a myth or a fact (Hey, this gets them to come to the center).

-----Original Message-----
From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jennifer Briney
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 10:08 AM
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Subject: Re: Student Orientation

We are a very small private 4 year college.  These are all new freshmen students of varying levels.  The orientation is a three day event which includes an all campus scavenger hunt, ropes course team building, ice cream social, residence hall meetings, and other events tailored to athletes, specific majors etc.  


Jenny Briney
Director of the Center for Learning Excellence
Education Complex-RM #206
MacMurray College
447 East College Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650
217-479-7178
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"Tutor students and they will return for more tutoring again and again. 
Teach students learning and study strategies and they will become independent learners for life."-Frank Christ





  



-----Original Message-----
From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Golson, Martin
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:59 AM
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Subject: Re: Student Orientation

I need more information before I can offer any suggestions. 

*  Since you are only dealing with 125 students, is there any characteristics of this population which sets them apart from the rest of your new students (i.e. Are these students the ones with lower ACT scores? Are they the scholarship recipients? Etc.
*  How long is the overall orientation? When is it occurring in relation to the beginning of classes? What other activities are included in the program?

A couple of principles I use when determining what to say and do with students:
*  Students hate to feel that they are wasting their time at an event so all activities should have a clear purpose.
*  Students pay attention to information which they feel is relevant to them so target the message to the audience and deliver the message at the time you expect students to act on the information.
*  Handouts must be visually appealing and appear to contain valuable information or they will go from hand to bookbag to trashcan without ever getting more than a passing glance.
*  First impressions are lasting. What does your message say about your program and your expectations from the students?


Martin Golson
Instructional Specialist
Austin Peay State University

(931) 221-6553




-----Original Message-----
From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jennifer Briney
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:42 AM
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Subject: Student Orientation

Hello Listers,
I'm part of our new student orientation and will have a session with 125 students for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Do any of you have suggestions for an activity I can do with them?  Our success course uses ON COURSE which I am new to using myself.  Can  any of the activities from that be used with such a large group?
Thanks,


Jenny Briney
Director of the Center for Learning Excellence Education Complex-RM #206 MacMurray College
447 East College Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650
217-479-7178
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Teach students learning and study strategies and they will become independent learners for life."-Frank Christ

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