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Students Success @ AU http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com Albizu University Fri, 22 May 2020 16:00:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.5 http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/cropped-AU-Icon-32x32.jpg Students Success @ AU http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com 32 32 May: Mental Health Awareness Month http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2020/05/22/may-mental-health-awareness-month/ http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2020/05/22/may-mental-health-awareness-month/#respond Fri, 22 May 2020 15:58:58 +0000 http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/?p=2223 By: Rita M. Rivera –  AU PsyD Student, Student Learning Assistant – Title V Student Success

During the month of May, organizations and individuals across the world join the movement to raise awareness about mental health.

Amidst the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, all of us must prioritize mental health. Together, we can raise awareness and fight stigma. Our Albizu family is Strong!

I encourage you to use the resources below to learn more about the different initiatives taking place across the United States. You can also use this information to support yourself and your loved ones.

  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA): This year, ADAA mission is to #BreakTheStigma. You can read inspirational stories of those living with anxiety, depression, and other co-occurring disorders. You can also share your own story and inspire others to break the stigma: https://adaa.org/mental-health-awareness-month
  • American Hospital Association: This organization is dedicated to support the role that hospitals and health systems play in providing behavioral health care.  It advocates for these institutions and their website contains many resources, such as podcasts, webinars, and articles: https://www.aha.org/mental-health-awareness-month
  • Active Minds: Their resources are tailored to the current coronavirus pandemic. Their website contains articles that are also focused on student populations: https://www.activeminds.org/
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): They have devoted the week of May 10-16 as National Prevention Week. SAMSHA is raising awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. Their website contains free webinars, downloadable guides for clinicians and information about community events around the country: https://www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week#

You can also join Albizu-sponsored events this month:

  • Psychology Practice During Covid-19: Sponsored by AU Psychology Clubs, the Students Advocate for Youth (SAY) Club, the Neuropsychology Club, and the Health Psychology Club. Join guest speaker Dr. Christine Blanco-Olair and faculty moderator Dr. Karen Feuerman on Wednesday May 13, 2020 at 6:30pm.   
  • Mental Health Awareness Webinar: Hosted by the Masters in Psychology Program on May 27th from 5:00pm-9:00pm.

You can also celebrate Psychology Day on Wednesday 27th with the United Nations. Their theme this year is The Multilateralism We Want: Psychological Contributions to Building Bridges Among and Within Nations. You can join the virtual event from 11am to 1pm for free and register at: https://www.unpsychologyday.com/ Registration is limited so make sure to secure your spot!

Remember: this situation will soon pass. We got this! #AlbizuStrong

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5 Tips To Help You Succeed This New Semester http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2020/05/08/5-tips-to-help-you-succeed-this-new-semester/ http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2020/05/08/5-tips-to-help-you-succeed-this-new-semester/#respond Fri, 08 May 2020 17:47:18 +0000 http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/?p=2175 By: Rita M. Rivera –  AU PsyD Student, Student Learning Assistant – Title V Student Success

New semester, new you! Want to be successful this semester? Here are some tips for you to start it right!

1. Get organized.

            Track your important dates! You can use an old-fashioned planner or a digital calendar to input due dates for assignments, quizzes, and exams. Make sure to read over your course syllabus and highlight all the deadlines for this semester.  This is helpful for you to note when certain timelines will overlap, or when you might have scheduling conflicts because of work or personal obligations.

            An Albizu Tip: Use your Sunmail account calendar to log all important dates! You can also use Google Docs to create different folders for your courses and store your syllabus and assignments.  A proper organizational system can help you be in control of your academic responsibilities and reduce stress.

2. Adjust to a new schedule.

            A new semester brings new responsibilities and a new schedule. Try to establish a routine that will allow you to stay refreshed and focused all day. Remember to include work, family responsibilities, meal breaks, and time for self-care!

            A schedule can help you manage your schoolwork in addition to other responsibilities. Also, make sure you are dedicating enough time to sleeping and relaxing! Here is an article on how to reset your sleep routine: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/working-new-hours-how-reset-your-sleep-routine

3. Have a plan.

            Try to set both short-term and long-term goals that will help you stay motivated throughout the semester. The key with goals is to set S.M.A.R.T goals:

  • Measurable: make sure you can evaluate whether or not your goal was met. You should also try to measure how beneficial your goals were to you. This can help you set future goals!
  • Achievable: be realistic. For example, you might not be able to complete all your papers during the first week of the semester. However, you can organize your assignments by weeks. Divide and conquer!
  • Results-Focused: have clear outcomes for meeting your goals. Hold yourself to them!
  • Time-Bound: set deadlines for your goals. Generally, the more complex the task, the more time it will take. You can establish deadlines for each major step of your long-term goals.

Want inspiration and ideas for your goals? Here are some interesting Ted Talk videos on setting and achieving them: https://www.ted.com/playlists/541/goals

4. Have Fun!

            Your Albizu experience is more than just school, is also about having fun! Research has shown that engaging in enjoyable activities can help reduce stress. You can read more about Why You Need More Fun in Your Life: https://michaelrucker.com/having-fun/why-you-need-more-fun-in-your-life/

            Try to connect with your new classmates and peers! You can also to form study groups with your friends (schedule some Zoom meetings!). The Office of Student Affairs coordinates several events for the students throughout the semester. Make sure to check your Sunmail and the monthly Student Success Portal on Blackboard which posts the calendar of events https://bb.albizu.edu/ultra/organizations/_9255_1/cl/outline. Also, consider joining any of the clubs and organizations that are available on our campus!

Also, consider joining any of the clubs and organizations that are available on our campus!

5. Ask for Help.

            Have a question? Need some help? Don’t hesitate to ask! If your question or issue is related to a specific course, you may want to contact your professor or instructor. If it is related to your major or program of study, you can contact your academic advisor and program’s director. If you need help related to a specific department, here is the contact information for them (remember to include your ID number in the email and to be polite!):

Registrar’s Office:  AUMiamiRegistrar@albizu.edu

Financial Aid Office: aufaid-mia@albizu.edu

Finance Department: FinanceMIA@albizu.edu

ITS-Technology Department: auitshelp@albizu.edu

International Student Advisor/DSO: Elena Zablah | ezablah@albizu.edu

The Office of Student Affairs: dosa@albizu.edu  

Following some of the above tips will make your semester easier, more beneficial, and more enjoyable. Get started today! Good luck on this new semester. You got this!

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Persistence: One of the Secrets to Academic Success http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2020/04/22/persistence-one-of-the-secrets-to-academic-success/ http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2020/04/22/persistence-one-of-the-secrets-to-academic-success/#respond Wed, 22 Apr 2020 23:27:42 +0000 http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/?p=1879 By: Kimberly A. Sanchez – Student Support Specialist – Title V Department

Reflections written by:
Carmen Angel – AU Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education and
Manuel Rodriguez – AU Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education

Students have experienced many changes to their daily routines and lifestyles during the COVID-19 pandemic era. One of the many changes that has affected students is the transition from classroom learning to remote learning. One major change for a majority of our students has been the switch from classroom learning to distance learning. And while many students have adjusted to this way of learning, some may still be struggling. Distance learning does require a lot of discipline, focus and determination, but through persistence and perseverance we can all achieve our goals. Some strategies to use in online learning, just as in classroom activities are to ask questions, attend virtual classes meetings (or watch the recording when available), and set aside time for your studies; remember this is your goal and only you can achieve it. Sometimes we need to be reminded of how strong we can be in the face of trying times and sometimes we need to know we are not alone in that journey. In the Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education program, Dr. Arbelo teaches the capstone course, which is an action research project that each graduate student in education must complete. At the end of that course, one of the discussion board postings asks students to describe their academic persistence and what the learning journey toward earning their graduate degree has meant to them. Here we present two reflections (with permission) on some of the challenges that they have had to overcome and how they define academic persistence. We share this so that you will feel empowered and in control of your degree goals. It is in your hands to continue working toward your degree goals. Don’t lose sight of that. Please read these reflections and be encouraged to press on. We will be sharing a few more over the next weeks.

Carmen Angel MS ESE AU’20

Persistence as a definition is the act of continuing steadfastly or firmly in some state, with purpose and course of action. Academic persistence to me is translating my father’s words and making them a reality. My parents were Cuban immigrants who always worked hard to provide for their family. My mom received a GED in night school shortly after she arrived [to the U.S.] in the 1970s, however she never truly mastered the English language, causing her to work in factories and never truly advance to achieve her dreams of becoming an educator. My dad traveled from Cuba to Elizabeth, New Jersey in the late 60s and later moved to Miami in the late 1970s where he met my mom and took over my grandfather’s plumbing business once they were married. They never had a formal education and made it a priority for my siblings and myself to receive a higher education. As the oldest of three, I was the first to graduate and start college. Unfortunately, as life happens my father became ill and I had to start working [to help my family] in order to be able to afford medications, food, mortgage, etc. My sister and brother were younger, and that caused me to have my education take second seat in pursing my education. My sister graduated from high school and attended MDC, later moved on to UM and finally graduated from NOVA with a law degree. My brother was accepted to Ringling School of the Arts and Design where he graduated with a bachelor’s in educational Illustration and a minor in Art History.

As life tends to happen, my father passed away a little before both their graduations. At this point, going back to school was extremely difficult because I had responsibilities. Taking care of my dad’s health took priority and making sure that both my siblings finished school after his passing was of the utmost importance to my father’s memory. After my dad passed away, my grandmother became bed ridden and that also made my return to school close to impossible. I concentrated in making sure my grandmother and mom were taken care of and made sure my siblings had everything they needed to continue to succeed in school. Many times, I would drive to Sarasota or Ft. Lauderdale to do groceries, clean, do laundry, give emotional support and then would come home to care for my grandmother and mom. During this time, I was married and divorced and later had a beautiful little girl who is now a teenager. Somewhere in there after my divorce, I fell in love with a very special person. He taught me that no matter what happens I always have to live up to my dad’s definition of persistence. I had to finish what I started and pursue a future in education. My dad’s infamous words, “El Que Persevera, Triunfa!” He who perseveres, will triumph. These words have always been engraved in our minds and hearts. My dad always taught us that no matter how hard life can get, as long as you have perseverance you will always have the ability to triumph.

During some of our tightest and roughest moments, we figured out how to make it work. There were many late-night study sessions, nights of no sleep however, I managed to make it work. I graduated from Albizu University in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Psychology.  God willing, I will be finished with my Masters in Exceptional Student Education in April 2020. Although it has taken me sometime to finish, I am very proud of the accomplishments I have attained. I am a caretaker for my mother who suffers from COPD and Emphysema, I am a mother of 5 amazing kids (3 live with me), I am a high school teacher, and a student. Everyone has the ability to finish school, it is all about dedication. No matter how many curve balls life through our way, it’s all about how we continue to play the game.

Manuel Rodriguez MS ESE

Academic persistence refers to the continuous effort and strives in the face of failure, difficulty, or opposition to achieve academic success. It is the willingness to continue struggling or trying even when challenges persist. Persistence is a crucial trait for individuals in any profession. All endeavors of life comprise challenges and difficulties that one cannot evade. Unfortunately, some people give up quickly when faced with challenges. Indeed, this is why the most successful people are highly persistent. I may not say that I am already successful, but my current position as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) in life has been as a result of persistence in fighting for life goals.

My life goal is to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). My first step towards achieving this objective was by attaining a Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from ABA Spain to complete the course work required from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) before getting my certification. I am currently enrolled and completing a Master’s in Exceptional Student Education at Albizu University. Besides learning, I have also worked in several places. I have, for instance, worked as a behavior analyst with children with developmental disorders. Through all of the above, I have faced many difficulties. One of the biggest challenges I have encountered was when I had to work as a caterer for all my expenses while still an undergraduate student. This requirement made my life very challenging, but I did not give up.

In my view, the persistence and passion for helping children with developmental disorders have driven my ambition. I often have a strong feeling that I am obliged to help such people in the best way possible. As a result, I have been persistent and curious in search of knowledge of behavior analysis and intervention strategies. Hopefully, my persistence will see me through my studies to fulfill my ambition.

We want to thank Carmen and Manuel for allowing us to share their stories! We are all proud of you and wish you luck on all your future endeavors. Thank you for choosing to be a part of the Albizu Community!

If you would like to share your story about persistence in achieving your goals, please email: dosa@albizu.edu


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How to Prepare for Online Exams http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2020/04/07/how-to-prepare-for-online-exams/ http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2020/04/07/how-to-prepare-for-online-exams/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2020 21:00:32 +0000 http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/?p=1340 By: Rita M. Rivera –  AU PsyD Student, Student Learning Assistant – Title V Student Success

With final exams approaching, you are probably worried about studying and preparing for them. This may also be the first experience you have with online tests.

Not sure where or how to begin? Don’t panic! Learn how to prepare for online exams, step-by-step.

1. Ask the right questions

You want to be prepared ahead of test day. Therefore, try to get the answers to these questions before you start studying and before the day of the exam.

  • What material will the test cover? Is the exam cumulative or does it only cover the second half of the semester?
  • What is the format of the exam? Multiple-choice? Short answer? Essay? Fill-in-the-blank? Try to know the parameters of the test.
  • How many points is the exam worth? Usually final exams are worth a significant amount of your grade, so you want to make sure you are prepared to do well!
  • Does the exam have any time limits? Some tests have a specific time frame depending on the subject and how much time is required to answer each question.
  • When is the exam taking place? Be certain of the date of the test! One of the perks of online exams is that you can usually do it anytime once the professor has made it available. However, be careful of the final deadline! You do not want to leave the test until last minute! Also, some professors may choose to have the exams take place during the time and day when your course took place in order to reduce likelihood of cheating.

If your professor gives a review session, make sure to attend, participate, and take notes. This is also the time to ask them questions about the exam. For example, you can ask them if they know any specific study tips that may help you prepare for the test!

2.  Sort out your studying schedule

Once you know what material you will be tested on, prepare to learn the material! You can start by making a list of the topics you need to cover and when you are going to study them. Try to start your study schedule as early as possible, especially if you have more than one test. A study schedule will help you figure out how much time you will need to study each day in order to stay on track with all of your exams. Try not to cram! Cramming usually overtaxes your memory and may get you confused about the material.

3. Grab the gear

Gather your class notes, handouts, worksheets, and previous homework assignments. If your professor gave you back quizzes that you took during the semester, make sure to review these! They can help you see what information your professor thinks is important to know. Past quizzes and homework assignments can also show you past mistakes and thus, help you identify the areas you need to go back and review. It is a good idea to have all of your resources organized, highlighted, and tagged so that you can easily find the material as you cover different topics.

If you have time, you can make your own study aids! If you like to study with flash cards, here are “8 Better Ways to Make and Study Flash Cards:”

4. Study smart

Trying to memorize all of your notes can be overwhelming. Instead, try prioritizing what material you will study. A pro tip is to start with what will definitely be on the test, then continue with what will probably be on the test, and finally study what might be on the test. By starting with the toughest material, you can cover the essentials. Also, this will allow you to have time to ask your professor questions. However, try to not neglect the “easy” stuff!

It is also very important for you to have a designated space for studying. Try to find a distractions-free zone. Turn the TV off, put the phone away (or in airplane mode!), and grab all your gear. Make sure to have everything you need and try to find a quiet space. If this is not possible (e.g. roommates, family members, that annoying little bird outside your window), try playing some music. 

Research has shown that classical music has a mind-boosting effect! Don’t believe me? Check out the article “Studying to Music Can Put Your Brain in the Right Frame of Mind:” https://www.vaughn.edu/blog/best-study-music-and-benefits/

5. Keep up the motivation

Adhere to your studying schedule, but don’t forget to take breaks! Try to find a positive activity that will not make it difficult for you to transition back to your studies. For example, you can stretch, tidy up, take a quick shower, prepare a healthy snack, or meditate. A good study break should not lead you to procrastination!

Also, once you are done with each study session, reward yourself! This can be something small, such as a TV or phone break. You can also make a plan with your friends to review together, share and compare notes, and work through tricky material. You can use Zoom (https://zoom.us/) to make online meetings with them!

6. The day of the exam

First, make sure to show up for your test! Second, prepare your computer. Make sure you have access to the Internet and that your computer is charged. A good idea is to keep that power cord next to you and be close to a power source! Get familiar with the online testing software. At Albizu, professors will be using Honorlock, so login to your BlackBoard account and take the practice exam (it should be under courses).

Before you take the test, give yourself some time for a quick review. This will help you ensure the material is fresh in your mind. However, this should be a quick review! You should not be studying for the exam right before taking it (go back to step 2)!

During the exam, read the instructions carefully. Try to click “save” after you mark your answers. Set a time limit per question so you have enough time to answer all of them! If you can skip questions you are having a hard time with, do so and come back for them later! Time-management is integral for success! Also, try to allot time to go back and revise your answers. This will help you avoid bloopers and catch up questions you may have skipped. Once you are done, do not forget to click “submit!”

Unless the exam is open book/notes, do not cheat. Just don’t do it! Cheating can make you fail the test, fail the course, and/or be expelled from your program and/or university!

Lastly, anticipate technical problems. If you do encounter any issues, notify your professor immediately, try to take a screen shot for proof if possible, and keep calm! Do not get upset in case of technical glitches and do not panic! Instead, patiently contact the helpful IT department: auitshelpdesk@albizu.edu

Remember: knowledge, preparation, and awareness are the best tools when preparing for exams (this applies to online exams, too). Start preparing for your finals today! They will be here before you know it and gone in a blink of eye. The semester will soon be over. Hang tight. We got this!

Albizu University’s Office of Student Affairs and Title V staff is here to serve you!

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Managing Stress & Anxiety Around Coronavirus http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2020/03/27/managing-stress-anxiety-around-coronavirus/ http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2020/03/27/managing-stress-anxiety-around-coronavirus/#respond Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:18:11 +0000 http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/?p=1326 By: Rita M. Rivera –  AU PsyD Student, Student Learning Assistant – Title V Student Success

Coronavirus is a health issue that is being taken very seriously by public health authorities worldwide, as well as our campus’ administrators and faculty members.

As the current situation continues to unfold, there can be a wide range of thoughts, feelings, and reactions regarding Coronavirus and its impact on communities.

It is important for you to identify reactions you may be experiencing, as well as to learn and practice ways to manage stress and anxiety. Below is some helpful information and resources.

Common Reactions

During the following next days or weeks, you may experience a wide range of reactions and emotions. These can be common behavioral, physical, and emotional signs of stress. These may include periods of anxiety, worry, guilt, or anger. You could also feel helpless, out of control, or socially withdrawn from others. You may experience difficulty communicating or concentrating, as well as have trouble relaxing or sleeping.

The current situation is constantly changing and you may have to face many transitions, such as studying or working from home. All of the ongoing changes may affect your usual routine and schedule, and most importantly, your mental health. Therefore, it is important for you to recognize and target these early warning signs of stress and anxiety.

There are many simple and effective techniques you can follow to manage stress regarding Coronavirus. The following strategies can also help you improve overall emotional and physical well-being. 

Strategies to Manage Stress & Anxiety

  • Get the facts. It is very important for you to stay informed with the latest health information. However, make sure you are getting information from reliable sources. This ensures that you are getting accurate data and facts.Examples of trustworthy sources include the official websites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/), the World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/) and your state’s department of health (for Florida’s go to: http://www.floridahealth.gov/).  Remember to also check your Sunmail account and the Albizu’s social media for official updates from the institution.
  • Take breaks from the media.  Try to limit the time you spend watching and/or listening to media coverage. It is understandable that you want to keep informed, especially if you have family members, friends, and loved ones in affected regions or countries. However, it is also important for you to take breaks from upsetting news. Focusing on positive things in your life and things you have control over can help ease your anxiety and worries. Don’t know where to start? Try practicing practice mindfulness exercises: https://www.pocketmindfulness.com/6-mindfulness-exercises-you-can-try-today/
  • Relax. Try relaxing your body by doing things that work for you, such as taking deep breaths, stretching, meditating, and engaging in pleasurable hobbies. Here are “10 Relaxation Techniques That Zap Stress Fast:”

Now is the perfect time to read books you have always wanted to but never had the time.  Need ideas? Here is a link to the Times’ list of 30 books & series to read while social distancing: https://time.com/5807460/books-to-read-coronavirus/.

You can also try listening to podcasts on topics you like, explore museums online, or watch movies remotely with friends using Netflix Party!

  • Keep yourself healthy. Try to eat healthy foods and drink water. Get enough sleep and rest. Also, adopting hygienic habits can help you stay healthy by reducing the risk of Coronavirus and other diseases.  Make sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean your hands.  Try to avoid touching your face, specifically your eyes, nose, and mouth. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Most importantly, stay home as much as possible!
  • Seek additional help.  It is perfectly okay to ask for help. If you are currently facing many challenges or issues, try talking to a loved one about it, such as a family member or a friend.  You can read more on “Why Talking about Our Problems Make Us Feel Better” here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/your-personal-renaissance/201906/why-talking-about-our-problems-makes-us-feel-better

You can also reach out to your professors and advisors. They are always looking forward to helping and providing you with any resources you may need.

If you are experiencing overwhelming worry or anxiety, consider seeking help and support from a mental health professional. For more mental health information and resources in the State of Florida, you can visit the Florida Network of Care: https://southeast.fl.networkofcare.org/mh/. If you or someone you know is in emotional distress, contact the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK [8255] or live online chat: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.

Remember that experiencing these feelings are common during and after an event like an infectious disease outbreak, even if the situation does not directly threaten you.

Now is the time to monitor your physical and mental health, practice strategies that help you relieve stress, and stay safe at home! This will soon pass. We got this!

Albizu University’s Office of Student Affairs and Title V staff is here to serve you!

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Experiencing, Learning, and Supporting Our Children and Ourselves through Online Learning http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2020/03/23/experiencing-learning-and-supporting-our-children-and-ourselves-through-online-learning/ http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2020/03/23/experiencing-learning-and-supporting-our-children-and-ourselves-through-online-learning/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2020 00:09:18 +0000 http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/?p=1184 By: Kimberly A. Sanchez – Student Support Specialist – Title V Department

                Online learning is no longer a dream of the future; we live in the age of technology and are lucky to be able receive an education through amazing programs that allow us to build online “classrooms”.  As a parent and student, I have experienced online learning and the flexibility that it gives me to work and care for my child all the while pursuing my degree goals.

                In our present circumstances, online learning has never been so important. Most, if not all universities have transitioned all of their courses to online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public schools have also switched to online learning, which has taken me by surprise because I thought I would never live to see that. One of the most interesting and enjoyable things I have been able to be a part of is watching and helping my son through his online learning experience. I know that just like me, many parents whom are also students, are going through this experience right now. It can be a difficult task to juggle your duties and theirs due to the amount of assignments the children are given. I am not going to lie; it has been challenging. But it has also been a very bonding experience. I have been able to go through and help with my child’s assignments and see his classmates work as well; it is incredible to see how creative and imaginative these children are. It gives you a glimpse of what they are like during the school day and all the wonderful ideas they have.  They upload videos, scan and send documents, and complete online learning modules – just as we do in our college courses. Ultimately, the benefits our children will receive from this experience are plentiful. This will give them practice on effectively using technology, provide knowledge on how to navigate different applications and programs, practice their IT skills, build their self-confidence to record videos, and teach them how to communicate via an online classroom.

If you have not done so as a parent, I would definitely take a dive into their online classrooms to review their assignments and also review the other student’s assignments. My son is 10 years old and being able to see the videos that he and his classmates have developed online has been a treat – very funny and innovative children. It is astounding to see how brilliant children are – no matter how young. This can also serves as a nice break from your course work and a great distraction from what is going on around us. Enjoy and take advantage of those moments! And relish in this time at home with your children!

Important Information: Remember to stay safe and take care of yourselves during this crucial time. Eat well, get some sun, wash your hands, rest and repeat. Please remember to check your Albizu student email on a daily basis to keep up with your professors and stay up-to-date with any communications from the institution. And please note that if you are experiencing a hard time adjusting to all the transitions and/or this pandemic, we at Title V and the Student Affairs department are here to help you.

If you need to meet with a peer mentor to discuss other pertinent issues email peermentor@albizu.edu or ksanchez@albizu.edu.

If you need help with assignments, consider making an appointment with the Tutoring Center by calling (305) 593-1223, ext. 3264 or 3245 or by sending an email to dosa@albizu.edu

For any issues related with Blackboard/Collaborate contact the ITS department at auitshelpdesk@albizu.edu;

If you are having problems connecting to Blackboard or Sunmail, contact the auitshelpdesk@albizu.edu. Students with limited access to the Internet may want to take advantage of a 60 day free trial offer from Comcast – https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/internet-essentials-low-income-broadband-coronavirus-pandemic choose Carlos Albizu University.

Albizu University’s Office of Student Affairs and Title V staff is here to serve you!

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What is APA Style? http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2020/03/20/what-is-apa-style/ http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2020/03/20/what-is-apa-style/#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2020 18:51:09 +0000 http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/?p=1001 By: Rita M. Rivera – AU PsyD Student, Student Learning Assistant – Title V Student Success

The American Psychological Association (APA) style is generally used for scientific communication. APA style sets a standard that is used in many APA journals, books, and electronic databases.

APA style is generally used in different fields, such as psychology, business, and nursing. It can also be used to format research papers. Remember to consult with your professor or refer to your course syllabus to make sure that your assignment needs to be written in APA style.

In order to format a paper in APA style (seventh edition), the following guidelines should be followed:

Aspect 1: Font Style and Size & Margins

  • APA style recommends essays to be typed and double-spaced on standard-sized paper (8.5” x 11”).
  • Make sure that your document’s margins are 1 inch on all sides.
  • In regards to font style and size, APA style requires to use a font consistently throughout the paper.
    • A common used font is 12-point Times New Roman.
    • Other acceptable fonts include 11-point Calibri, 11-point Arial, 10-point Lucida Sans Unicode, 11-point Georgia, and 10-point Computer Modern.

Aspect 2: Title Page (Student Papers)

Sample Cover Page
Sample Cover Page
  • The seventh edition of APA style provides slightly different directions for formatting title pages of professional papers and student papers.
  • For student papers, the first page should have a title page that includes the following information:
  • The page number on the upper right corner of the first page. Page numbers should begin on the first page and follow on every subsequent page. No other information is required.
  • The title of the paper should be centered, bold, and written in title case. The title should be three or four lines below the top margin of the page.
  • The author’s name should be two lines below the title. Author’s name should be written as follows: First name, Middle Initial(s), Last Name.
  • The author’s institutional affiliation should be under the author’s name. This usually corresponds to the department containing the course for which the paper is being written and the institution’s name (e.g. Department of Clinical Psychology, Albizu University).
  • The number and name of the course should be under the institutional affiliation.
  • The instructor’s name and the due date of the assignment should be under the name of the course.
  • Note that running heads are no longer part of student papers in the seventh edition of APA style.

Aspect 3: Body Pages

  • Usually, after the cover page, the pages that follow are those with the content of the essay.
  • These pages should also have page numbers in the upper right corner.
  • The title of the paper should be bolded and centered above the first body paragraph.

Aspect 4: Level Headings

  • In APA style, there are 5 different heading levels that you can use. These can be considered styling formats for subtitles and sub headers. Level headings classify a paper into sections.
  • Regardless of the number of levels, always use the headings in order, beginning with level 1.
  • The format of each level is the following:

Aspect 5: Citations

  • Remember to cite all paraphrased and copied information in both a Reference(s) page [write Reference when there is only one source being cited] and in in-text citations.
  • Citations in APA depend on the type of source of the material being used (e.g. books, scholarly articles, websites).
  • You can refer to the Tutoring Lab at Albizu University, an APA Handbook, or https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ for specific instructions on how to cite different sources in APA.

As previously mentioned, APA style can be used when writing research papers. Make sure to stay tuned for our next post on The Recipe for an Effective Research Paper!


American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association: 7th edition. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Myers, M., Paiz, J., Angeli, E., Wagner, J., Lawrick, E., Moore, K., Anderson, M.,…Keck, R. (2019, December 20). General format. Purdue Online Writing Lab. https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/general_format.html

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Tips for Studying Remotely http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2020/03/18/tips-for-studying-remotely/ http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2020/03/18/tips-for-studying-remotely/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2020 21:54:16 +0000 http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/?p=958 By: Rita M. Rivera – AU PsyD Student, Student Learning Assistant – Title V Student Success

       Studying remotely can be a challenge, specifically if you are not accustomed to online learning or if this is your first experience with online learning. Have no fear! Here is a collection of tips to help you transition to attending classes remotely! 

1.  Keep calm and check your email

       Make sure to have access to your Sunmail account. All important updates from the institution, including your professors, will be sent to your school email. It is important for you to regularly check your email for any notifications from Blackboard, changes to your courses’ syllabus, and news from the university. Also, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your professors! They are all eager to help you succeed and make this transition as smooth as possible. Go faculty!

2. Plan your time wisely

      Yes, you are home. Yes, you most likely have Netflix or Hulu or Disney+ or all of the above! Plus, we live in the era of social media. It may be tempting to spend all of your time scrolling around the Internet. However, it is important for you to sit down and work through your projects as consistently as possible. If you were already attending school during a block of time every day, keep using that time to work on your remote assignments. Just because you are not physically attending school, does not mean you are on break or vacation. Keep up with your course workload! You will be done before you know it!  Don’t forget to register for your Summer 2020 courses!

3. Know what tools you need

     Depending on the course you are enrolled in, you may need to figure out what kind of tools can help you the best. Albizu University uses the Blackboard system. Make sure that you are familiar with the program and able to navigate through your courses. It is important that you have a compatible browser too! Do not wait until the last minute to figure all of this out (e.g.  5 minutes before an online quiz). If you have any questions or tech-related issues, contact the school’s information technology department at auitshelp@albizu.edu.

     Some classes may require you to scan your work. You can try using the camera of your smartphone as a scanner. However, if that does not work, there are certain apps, such as Scanner, that you can download to your phone, personal computer, or laptop and use to scan your homework.  Make sure to check your options before the deadline of an assignment. 

4. Take your work seriously

     Again, you are not on break (yet)! You are taking classes at home. Give your work the amount of attention it needs. Generally, a classroom limits inevitable distractions. Therefore, find a quiet space to work! This way you will keep your environment as free of distractors as possible.  Do not scroll through those PowerPoint slides while your TV is on. Try to put your phone away while you are attending online lectures. Remember that once you are in front of the camera you are in the presence of you professors and peers. Be professional and respectful (e.g. dress accordingly, do not use your phone while your professors and peers talk, and wait your turn to chime in and ask questions). Try to stay mentally engaged during synchronous course activity!

5. Stay healthy

You want a healthy mind in a healthy body! Our brain depends on our body’s health to work to its fullest. Eat well, hydrate, get plenty of sleep, and take regular breaks. Pause between classes to stretch your arms and legs, as well as to avoid eye strain from the computer screen.  Most importantly, RELAX. Practice stress management techniques such as relaxation and breathing exercises.  Do not stress out so much about studying remotely! If you keep a positive attitude and manage your time wisely, you will be able to adapt to whatever comes your way! You got this! 

For any issues related with Blackboard/Collaborate contact the ITS department at auitshelpdesk@albizu.edu

If you are having problems connecting to Blackboard or sunmail, contact the auitshelpdesk@albizu.edu. Students with limited access to the Internet may want to take advantage of a 60 day free trial offer from Comcast –https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/internet-essentials-low-income-broadband-coronavirus-pandemic choose Carlos Albizu University. 

If you need help with assignments, consider making an appointment with the Tutoring Center by calling (305) 593-1223, ext. 3264 or 3245 or by sending an email to dosa@albizu.edu

If you need to meet with a peer mentor to discuss other pertinent issues email peermentor@albizu.edu or ksanchez@albizu.edu

Albizu University’s Office of Student Affairs and Title V staff is here to serve you!

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Student Success Podcast Episode 1 http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2019/02/05/student-success-podcast-episode-1/ http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2019/02/05/student-success-podcast-episode-1/#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 21:52:03 +0000 http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/?p=852 The Title V Department is excited to share our first episode of the Student Success Podcast! Just like the Student Success Blog, the Podcast will share information and tips for how to be a successful student here at Albizu. In our first episode, we will meet the Title V Peer Mentors, Sean-Michael and Maudy. In this episode’s Student Spotlight, we will talk to Ruba, an education major here at AU. Take a few minutes out of your day to learn more about what Title V offers Albizu students by clicking here and listening. Enjoy!

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Student Spotlight: Ruba Samhan http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2019/02/01/student-spotlight-january-2019/ http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2019/02/01/student-spotlight-january-2019/#respond Fri, 01 Feb 2019 21:01:53 +0000 http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/?p=837

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