J&J: I’m nervous! How can I get a good start in grad school?

7-Effective-Techniques-To-Overcome-Your-NervousnessJ&J are Touro California Director of Academic Support Dr. Jill Alban, Ed.D. and Learning Specialist Jennifer Pimentel, MAEd.  

Dear J&J,

School is starting just around the corner! I just received my orientation information and it’s starting to get overwhelming. Although I am excited for classes to start, I don’t know if the techniques that I used in undergrad and post–grad are good enough. Do you have any suggestions for me, or what services does campus provide?

— Nervous in the North Bay

Congratulations and welcome to Touro! We’re so excited for you to join our campus and look forward to welcoming you during the campus-wide orientation on July 29. In reading through this blog you will find tips and techniques that will allow you to be successful here at Touro.

In addition, please be sure to pay attention to any program-specific material that has been sent out to you as it contains some very important information including what you may need, where the first day of classes are, etc.

We here at Academic Support are happy to meet with you regarding study skills and strategies and appreciate your proactive approach. Please feel free to either swing by and/or make an appointment. As noted on our campus website http://studentservices.tu.edu/learningresources/, here are some of the services we provide:

  •         Assessments of Study Process & Learning Styles
  •         Concentration
  •         Formulation of Study Plan
  •         General Academic Writing Assistance
  •         Memory Aids
  •         Stress Management/Burnout Prevention
  •         Study Strategies
  •         Test-Taking Strategies
  •         Time Management

We look forward to meeting you!

To submit a question related to student success, write it in a comment on this page, or email us directly.

Jill Alban is the Director of Academic Support at Touro UniversiAlbanJillty California. She earned her Doctorate in Education and has been an educator for more than 30 years. She enjoys the challenge of helping students develop study strategies and improve their grades. On the weekend you can find her romping with her husband and Rose, her labradoodle, in Tilden Park or swimming laps at the Berkeley City Club. She is training to swim the Bosporus. Her dream is to swim from Europe to Asia. She can be reached at jill.alban@tu.edu

NEWPimentelJennifer-StudentServices-StaffJennifer Pimentel is the Learning Specialist for Touro University California. She obtained her Masters in Arts in Education from Touro University, and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis. She believes that students are their own keys to success and that with some helpful tools and encouragement, one can go a lot further than they originally thought possible. She is a new mom to an adorable little girl who has already taught her that reaching for the stars isn’t as impossible as it may seem. Stop by for an appointment, or simply to just say hi! She can be reached jennifer.pimentel@tu.edu


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