Author: Jennifer Lemon

Student Study and Academic Resources

The start of the Fall semester is days away. Do you have a plan for learning? Learning in higher education requires focus and motivation to practice and study outside of the classroom. Students no matter your age, who expect to only attend class and pass all courses have a significantly lower success rate for degree completion. As adults is can be a challenge to find study groups or make time to be on campus. That doesn’t mean you are left to bang your head alone trying to learn new material. Read on for several free or low cost online websites and smartphone apps.

Free Online Websites and Apps:

Study Edge:

Study Edge provides concise study guides, online explanation videos, and tutors for an array of subjects and classes. If you’re looking for great intel on that tough engineering or physics course or maybe a refresher of your course in actual English, not the stream of acronyms we might be used to, Study Edge could be just the resource you’re looking for. Study Edge is currently offering a full semester of free access for US veterans.  To unlock the free semester, email veterans@studyedge.com to set up a membership. You can also learn more about Study Edge at https://app.studyedge.com/

Khan Academy:

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content. View online at https://www.khanacademy.org or download the app from your app store.

Symbolab:

Symbolab is a free online math help website. The website provides graphing calculator tools, step-by-step solutions, practice problems, and math cheat sheets. You can check the website out at www.symbolab.com or download the app.

Purdue OWL:

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction. This website includes guidelines for a variety of writing styles and includes a citation machine to assist with proper academic citations. Visit them online at https://owl.purdue.edu

Grammar Book:

Need to brush off the cobwebs on basic grammar and punctuation rules? Grammar book is a free online source for English grammar and punctuation rules and guidelines. Visit them at www.grammarbook.com

Bookshare:

Bookshare makes reading easier. People with visual processing disorder such as dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their learning style and find virtually any book they need for school, work, or the joy of reading. Find out more information and eligibility criteria at www.bookshare.org. Bookshare also has a smartphone app for books on the go.

Quizlet:

Free flashcard app for smartphones and also available on a PC. Create your own flashcards or download premade cards based on the subject or textbook. Gives you the option to have the cards read to you. Go to https://quizlet.com

On the UCO Campus:

The BELL (Broncho Education and Learning Lab) Offers One-to-One Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction with rotating courses and schedules, 24/7 Online Tutoring. Call 405-974-2487 for current tutoring hours.

STRIPES & SALUTE: TRIO Student Support Services offers free tutoring services. Sign up at http://ssstutor.setmore.com Please be prepared and bring your textbook, assignment/instructions, etc. to your tutoring appointment.

UCO Library Academic Research Guides: The UCO library has research guides available by subject and for several UCO courses. Library Homepage; Research & Learning; Research Guides

Disability Support Services: Located in the Nigh University Center Room 305; Open Mon-Fri 8 am – 5 pm; Phone 405-974-3894

Night Vision – Student Vet Night

Night Vision will be on the UCO campus in room 204 in the College of Education Building from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. 

Are you considering the transition to college life as an adult?

This night is for you.

Are you ready to start the application and enrollment process?

This night is for you.

Are you an existing student rolling along in classes?

This night is for you.

Are you struggling this semester and unsure about enrolling next semester?

This night is for you.

STRIPES-VUB announces Night Vision for student veterans. This is an ongoing Thursday night weekly event for student veterans of any school and at any stage in the process to meet together for a short adult student vet focused program and vet-to-vet networking. Light dinner is provided and attendees get an opportunity to vote on the program topic for the following week.

Completing a degree anywhere requires focus and having a clear vision of what you want in life. Our goal is to make Night Vision the place to go to help refocus on your target.

If you are an active STRIPES-VUB participant, this event is stipend eligible. Each Night Vision that you attend is equal to 1 credit. Earn 4 credits and you can request a $40 stipend.

Often times our significant others are critical to achieving our long term goal and keeping our vision of the future in focus. As a part of your support system they are welcome to join us.

If childcare is an issue, please contact us by email or phone to RSVP a spot for your child at least 48 hours before the event. We can arrange an activity table and one of our student workers to be available for oversight.

To make sure we have enough food, please RSVP by calling 405-974-3686 or via email at STRIPES-VUB@uco.edu 

OESC Veteran Services Job Club Announcement

As an adult student flexible employment is sometimes a necessity. If you find yourself needing employment as a student, consider the monthly OESC Job Club event. Hosted by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Veteran office, the monthly Job Club assists US Veterans with finding employment, full and part time positions.The next Job Club is Thursday July 18th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Regional Training Institute Education Center, Room #103, 6500 North Kelley Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73111. The Job Club provides job seekers with an opportunity to network with employers for job hunting tips and employment opportunities. Please come dressed for success with resume in hand and ready to interview! Open to Transitioning Service Members, Oklahoma National Guard, Veterans, and Spouses.
If the monthly Job Club does not fit with your schedule, they have offices across the state with Veterans’ Employment Representatives ready to assist with employment services. You can contact their offices to set up an appointment.

Are You On Radio Silence?

Remember the days of radio discipline and communications? You may not be carrying around a radio as a student, but are you operating on radio silence as a student?  Are you just receiving? Does the person transmitting know you “copy that”?

J.O.B. Employment as an Adult Student

Returning to school as an adult student often creates unforeseen budget and time management hardships. The first semester of an academic program can be full of obstacles that have nothing to do with your intelligence or academic abilities. To balance your new academic demands and still meet your financial demands, you may find yourself in the J.O.B (Just Over Broke) hunt to get you and your family by.

Time for Project… Summer Vacation

With the Spring semester finished and the start of summer vacation season upon us take some time to reward all your hard work while on break. Here are a few resources to help you save a few bucks while having fun. Theme Parks, National Parks, concerts or sporting events, even local to Oklahoma read on for Summer Vacation discounts and programs.

Troops to Teachers Jump School

Are you considering a teaching career in the Pre-K – 12th grade levels? Check out the Troops to Teachers program at Oklahoma Troops to Teachers. This program provides military connected service members with resources to receive teaching credentials both in a traditional and alternate certification path. The program has some resources for military connected spouses considering a career in Pre-K to 12 education as well.

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A Guide to College Placement Tests

Part of your admission and enrollment into coursework as an adult student will likely include a few college placement tests. Creating a plan to prepare for these tests will take a little time and effort on your part. You may feel like a horse wondering the desert looking for the elusive spring of knowledge and have forgotten where to find the source. Your STRIPES-VUB staff is here to help.

Cyber Security Pilot Program Deadline to apply April 22, 2019!

Oklahoma City Community College was selected to host an amazing program for individuals interested in the Cyber Security field. Scholar applications for participants are being accepted until April 22nd, 2019. Don’t delay in starting your application, the program requires an extensive application packet and offers great benefits such as full tuition and an annual stipend if selected. Check out this link for more details. http://www.occc.edu/bit/cybercorps.html You can also contact Mr. John Claybon at jclaybon@occc.edu or 405-682-7888.

Where’s My Money Man!

 

Tips To Make Sure Your GI Bill® Payment Arrives

You’ve run the paperwork gauntlet, completed all the application and enrollment steps for your first semester as a Veteran student using your GI Bill® Benefits. Congratulations! You start the semester attentive at your school desk for every class and just wait for the money to rain down…Right?