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Personalized Study Plan

The Academic Success Plan (ASP) is designed to help students improve their academic performance in one or more areas. Students work with an academic coach as well as with discipline-specific tutors throughout the semester. Faculty, academic advisors and/or any academic support staff can make a referral for a student to activate an ASP.

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The CfAS Reading & Learning staff can come visit your class/office and work directly with your students. We offer a variety of helpful topics.

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Sessions for College Success

The Sessions for College Success (SCS) are workshops that teach and practice learning and study strategies. From graphic organizers to annotating text to self-questioning, students can apply these strategies across all their classes in order to retain content more effectively. The overall goal of these sessions is to help students become independent learners via a broad repertoire of strategies.

  • Information Literacy

    Information literacy is a set of abilities which enables students to recognize when information is needed and how to locate, evaluate and use information effectively. A critical component of this seminar is to assist students in how and where to gather information for a research paper or report. An information literate student is able to research and use various types of information, evaluate information and its sources critically and use information effectively. This seminar will introduce students to important services and access points of the FIU Library and how to navigate the library website.

  • APA or MLA Overview

    This seminar will introduce important aspects of using APA or MLA Style to write and format research papers. Students will be expected to either have a digital or paperback version of the APA or MLA manual to use for reference.

  • Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics

    Understanding the basic grammar rules is essential for communicating effectively. Punctuation is the tool that allows us to organize our thoughts and make it easier to review and share our ideas. The mechanics of writing specifies the forms of words and their relationships within a sentence. These critical components in writing will be addressed in this seminar.

  • Test Preparation and Managing Test Anxiety

    Most students experience some level of anxiety during a test. However, when anxiety affects test performance it becomes a roadblock to student success. Anxiety is the experience of feeling an intense moment of fear or panic before and/or during a test or assessment. One way to avoid this anxiety is through proper preparation for the test. This seminar will provide students with techniques and strategies to prepare for an exam, and how to avoid or deal with test anxiety.

Reading and Literacy Research

  • Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (JAAL)

    Official Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (JAAL) site

    Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy is the only literacy journal published exclusively for teachers of older learners. Each issue offers practical, classroom-tested ideas grounded in research and theory. Whether you work with new, struggling or skilled readers, you’ll find something of interest in JAAL. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy is published online and in print 8 times a year: monthly from September to May, with a combined December/January issue.

  • College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA)

    College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA)

    CRLA (formerly WCRLA) is a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring and mentoring at the college/adult level. CRLA is inherently diverse in membership. CRLA’s most vital function and overall purpose is to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas, methods and information to improve student learning and to facilitate the professional growth of its members. Members give practical application to their research and promote the implementation of innovative strategies to enhance student learning. In a spirit of community, members share their own successful experiences with others so that all may benefit. Anyone who belongs to a faculty or administration of a public or private college or university, and who has an interest in college learning assistance, tutorial programs, reading and developmental education is invited to join the College Reading and Learning Association.

  • Journal of College Literacy & Learning (JCLL)

    Journal of College Literacy & Learning (JCLL)

    College Literacy and Learning is a special interest group of the International Literacy Association (ILA) and meets once a year at the International Literacy Association’s national convention. The College Literacy and Learning Special Interest Group has four primary purposes:

    1. To provide for an exchange of ideas and techniques with regard to teaching methods and evaluation of students’ literacy and learning in two and four-year colleges and universities, as well as the evaluation of the effectiveness of the programs, textbooks and teaching materials.
    2. To propose and encourage the adoption of certain specific qualifications for the teachers of college literacy and learning programs.
    3. To act as a resource body to aid colleges in implementing or improving literacy and learning programs for their students.
    4. To sponsor conferences, meetings, and publications planned to further the purposes of CLL and IRA.