Academic Success Week is here to save the day


by Kaeli Reeves

The third annual Academic Success Week held on campus this week aims to help students succeed in college.

Hunter Schwarz, communications director at the Career and Academic Success Center, said Academic Success Week gives students the opportunity to find out about resources to obtain better study skills.

“There are free workshops on academic skills such as reading, how to ace American Heritage, public speaking and test taking,” Schwarz said in a news release. “There is also a geography bowl and spelling bee students can compete in to win prizes.”

Philip Rash, manager of the Career and Academic Success Center, said help is available to students from the center.

“A lot of the students report that they come to BYU not feeling prepared with study skills and learning skills,” Rash said. “So the purpose of Academic Success Week is to highlight some of the resources offered that help students learn the skills they need to do well at BYU.”

Kelli Dougal (far right) quizzes Michael Jones and Jared Egan in 'Minute to Win It' during Academic Success Week.

There are 17 events offered to students during the week including workshops on textbook comprehension, overcoming perfectionism and overcoming procrastination.

Schwarz said one of the most popular resources is the American Heritage workshop Thursday morning. American Heritage professor Kelly D. Patterson will teach students the secrets to success in the difficult course.

Each workshop is located in the Wilkinson Student Center and is 50 minutes long, making it easy for students to go between classes.

The center hosting Academic Success Week offers academic counseling to help students choose a major and career counseling to help students find jobs and internships.

The center accommodates a range of students at the center throughout the year. It offers daily workshops on a variety of topics including test-taking, note-taking and stress-release ideas. The center also does outreach presentations to residence halls and campus groups.

Rash said he hopes academic week “will generate enthusiasm and awareness for the services we provide so students don’t feel so isolated or alone or under prepared.”

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