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New Year, New You!

Happy New Year

The beginning of a new year is traditionally a time to reflect on the past and to embrace new challenges and opportunities. It’s also a time to take stock of areas for personal improvement. As a college student, working on your study skills is a New Year’s resolution that will pay off. According to Barry University’s guide on study skills for adults, students should focus on three areas to improve: classroom strategies, time management, and test taking.

New Classroom Strategies

Classroom strategies include ways to conduct yourself in class in order to get the most out of your experience. Are you easily distracted? Try sitting in the front row instead of the back. The closer you sit to the instructor, the easier it will be to stay focused. Also, make sure to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. This way you’ll be able to clear up any confusion that you may have about the course with your instructor before disaster strikes. Furthermore, always listen closely and take notes. Perhaps the most famous last words from students (and I’m writing from experience) are, “I don’t need to write that down.” Write. Down. Everything. If your instructor is speaking and it seems important, it probably is, so write it down!

New Time Management

Perhaps one of the most useful skills that you will learn as a successful college student is time management. One of the best ways to manage your time is to get organized. Many students use weekly planners to keep track of class schedules, due dates, and tests. Being organized will also help prevent procrastination. Additionally, it is important to set specific goals, whether short term or long term. Decide which program you want to be in and what kind of career you are interested in as soon as possible. This will make your studies more meaningful and inspire you to continue to the finish line.

New Test Taking

Lastly, test taking strategies can greatly influence your success in college. Make sure to study regularly rather than cramming the night before a big test. Also, if you’re unsure of an answer, move on and come back to the question later! It’s better to answer the questions that you know and come back to questions you are unsure of at the end in case you run short on time.
Finally, read all directions thoroughly. Nothing hurts worse than finding out that you did badly on a test not because you didn’t know the answers, but because you didn’t follow directions.

In addition, you can start your semester off right next week by visiting one of our many campus libraries or learning centers. These vibrant centers offer a wide range of services as well as spaces to study and access to technology.

SPC libraries and learning centers will resume regular hours of operation on January 14, 2019. For contact information, including locations and hours, visit our website here.

Source: Barry University. (2019). Study skills for adult learners. Retrieved from

Cast Your Vote for the SPC Reads Final Selection

SPC Reads 2018-19 Finalists

Vote Now!

Voting is now open for SPC Reads 2018-19!  Visit our SPC Reads Guide to find out about the five finalists, including book reviews and summaries.

It’s up to you to decide which title will be our SPC Reads selection for 2018-19. This year’s finalists are:

  • American Like Me by America Ferrara, Actress and Activist
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, Comedian and Daily Show Host
  • Detained and Deported by Margaret Regan, Journalist and winner of the Al Filipov Peace and Justice Award
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, winner of the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award
  • Tales of Two Americas by many of today’s most exciting authors and edited by John Freeman

Voting is open Monday, October 8th through Friday, October 19th until 12pm (noon). Cast your vote at, where you’ll also find summaries of each book.

What is SPC Reads?

Each year, SPC students, faculty, and staff vote for a common reading selection that is celebrated college-wide. The book is intended to reach across many of the College’s curricula and is incorporated into assignments in many courses, including as required reading selections, critical analysis projects, art projects, and more. Furthermore, this common reading program across the College community promotes discourse and learning beyond the classroom.

The five finalists were chosen from a selection of 20 book titles nominated by SPC faculty. The SPC Reads Nomination Committee members voted for their top five choices based on reviews, programming options, course integration ideas, and each books’ correlation to this year’s theme of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. After the final book is chosen in the all-College vote, the SPC Reads Planning Committee will convene to organize programs and activities related to the book.


If you have questions, please contact Kari Morrel at (727) 398-8255 or Paula Knipp at (727) 712-5240.

Study Smarter: An Online Study Skills Workshop

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Study Smarter: An Online Study Skills Workshop

Tuesday, 9/11/2018, from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Log on to this online learning workshop to learn about effective ways to study smarter. Topics covered include mindset, recall and retrieval strategies, the study cycle, and active learning.

Presenter – Judy Macdonald,

Pre-registration is required

Visit for more information about FREE tutoring online or on campus or call 727-791-2722.

Any persons requiring accommodations such as, but not limited to, interpreting or C-Print captioning should contact the Lead Interpreter at 727-791-2523 at least two weeks before the event.