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Center helps students succeed in college

The Center for Learning Assistance and Retention at New Mexico State University helps students acquire the learning and study strategies necessary for success at the university, according to Director Susan Brown.

students from every discipline and at all levels, the center has resources to assist students entering college in their first semester, continuing students, or those preparing for graduate school, she said.

Through workshops, group and individualized courses for credit and one-on-one non-credit assistance, students learn memory improvement, time management, note-taking skills, speed reading and test-taking strategies. Workshops also are offered to help students learn more about and prepare for graduate school, Brown said.

Undergraduate students can learn the process to research and select a graduate program, how to write various application materials, and how to apply for funding opportunities to help pay for graduate school. Test preparation workshops teach students the strategies for the standardized tests required for admission to law school, medical school and graduate school.

One program, which has been offered for 25 years, targets individuals considering a return to university study, Brown said. "Project Success" focuses on students who have been out of school for a period of time.

"Approximately 20 to 25 percent of our undergraduates are nontraditional students, who have postponed entering college, who want to better their career opportunities, who have finished raising their families and want to finish or start working toward a degree," Brown said.

Nontraditional students also enter the university to have a college experience and learn more about subjects they are interested in.

"Project Success not only eases the transition to the university environment, but also helps nontraditional or returning students to form support groups. Attendees are introduced to strategies to address the normal anxiety of entering college and competing in the classroom with traditional-aged students," she said.

Each workshop in the series covers a different topic. The public is invited to these workshops at no charge, Brown said. A calendar of events for the center is available by calling 646-3136, by visiting the center in Hardman Hall, Room 210, or by visiting the website, www.nmsu.edu/~cla.

Nena Singleton
Jan. 7, 2002