All As-U-R students are required to spend study hours in Study Central each week. Study Central is designed to serve as a library space for our students. It features two large study rooms and three smaller rooms for quiet studying. Using Study Central as a primary study space gives students direct access to assistance from Support Staff, as well from their peers.
All As-U-R students are strongly encouraged to enroll in one of the As-U-R Seminars. Seminar 1 is designed for incoming freshman, incoming As-U-R students, and transfer students, but is not limited to current As-U-R students. This two-credit course focuses on goal-setting, strength identification, different learning styles, organizational skills, and study strategies. Seminar 2 is intended for As-U-R students who have completed Seminar 1, but again, this is not a limiting factor. This two-credit seminar takes a book-club approach with discussion as the emphasis. "Learning Outside the Lines" by Jonathan Mooney and David Cole, as well as "Mindset: The New Pyschology of Success" by Carol Dweck are the current reading material of this class. Students take turns being the discussion leader each week and are encouraged to become comfortable in discussion settings while talking about challenging material from the books.
It is important to note that these seminars have very little outside work. They are designed to help students with their current course loads, not add to them. All students enrolled in seminar are required to complete 6 hours in Study Central each week.
3. Support Staff & Mentor Matching
All As-U-R students are given the opportunity to be matched with a Support Staff Member to work with throughout the semester.All As-U-R students are required to have one academic check-in per week with the As-U-R Director or another Support Staff Member. During weekly meetings with their mentor, students receive individualized "to-do" lists for the week, strategic tutoring, and organizational assistance. Students will also be referred to other campus resources as needed. As-U-R students are encouraged to take advantage of all of Appalachian's different types of support. Each semester, students are reevaluated based on need to create a new support plan. The ultimate goal for our program is to create academically independent students by providing intensive support in the beginning of their As-U-R program acceptance.
4. Study Material & Learning Assistance Technology
In addition to free printing, planners, notecards, highlighters, etc., students also have the option to use Livescribe Smart Pens to assist with note-taking. Students can rent a Livescribe Smart Pen with a notebook at any point during the semester.
Along with the intensive academic support that As-U-R students receive, community is also a large contributing aspect that makes this program successful. As-U-R produces an environment that is always positive and it is so encouraging to see our students motivate and encourage one another on a daily basis. Students are encouraged to participate in wellness and social activities together outside of academics, which is an important part of student stress relief.
The As-U-R office is located on the second floor of Edwin Duncan Hall, in Suite 213. You can also reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 828-262-6332.