Thursday, September 3, 2015

Five Tips for Success in Class

The start of a new semester can be exciting as you get into new classes. However, as we all know it can get tough as the weeks go on and the work piles up. Here are five tips to help you have a successful semester.

1. Go to class. We know, this seems pretty obvious. But you'd be surprised how many students get behind after missing just a class or two.

2. Talk to your instructor if you're having problems. This also seems obvious, but some students are worried about discussing problems they are having understanding the class material. Talk to your instructor before you get frustrated and lost.

3. Take part in Supplemental Instruction (SI) if it’s offered in a course. Your instructor will let you know. SI is like a study group on steroids. Students who participate usually increase their grade by up to a letter.

4. If a class doesn’t have SI consider forming your own study group. Working with other students outside of class can really help.

5. Get extra help. We have several free labs and services to help you with study, homework, assignments, papers and research. Visit the College Success Zone website for
Have a great semester everyone!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Consider Travel Study This Coming May - Important Meetings

A schedule of meetings is set for students interested in participating  International Travel-Study 
(Study Abroad) in 2016!

Vol State will again be very involved in the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS ) Program. This program offers the opportunity for students to travel-study in one of 15 country programs in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. England, Ireland, Scotland, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, China, India, Italy, and more. This year will see Cuba as a new program. Scholarships are available.

Students interested must attend one of these meetings. All Gallatin campus meetings will be held in Mattox 104.

Tuesday, September 8th-            3:00 P.M.
Thursday, September 10th          5:30 P.M.
Saturday, September 12th           9:00 A.M.
Monday , September 14th           1:00 P.M.
Wednesday, September 16th      5:00 P.M.
Thursday, September 17th          5:30 P.M.
Friday, September 18th               9:00 A.M.

Highland and Livingston meetings will be announced soon. 

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Free Academic Help for All Students

Vol State offers free assistance with papers, speeches, math homework, assignments, research, study groups and much more. The services are available for all students. Check out the College Success Zone for a list of what's available. Get the tools you need to succeed in college:

Monday, August 31, 2015

An Honest Talk about College Completion

College isn’t easy. Many community college students drop out. Don’t be a statistic. You can do this and we will help you each step of the way. Your goal and our goal is the same and it’s simple: graduation. You need to get that certificate or degree. Here are some tips on how to do it:
Get focused and stay on track: Meet with your academic advisor at least once a semester. Pick a major and a degree plan as soon as you can. Take only the classes you need for your degree. How do you do that? Take charge of your college career with free tools, such as DegreeWorks and College Scheduler. You’ll find them on your My Vol State page.
Keep going:  Community college students face a real challenge with time. The longer college takes, the less chance you have of graduating. Does that mean you can’t do it as a part-time student? Of course not, but it’s best to take multiple classes each semester. Clearly, you don’t want to get overwhelmed by taking more classes than you can handle. We know its tough balancing work, family and school. Still, the quicker you get through college, the better chance you have of succeeding. Consider online courses and summer courses, but first speak with your academic advisor.
Don’t give up, if you run into problems. Visit the Advising Center for help. Is life getting in the way of college? They will have ideas on how you can keep going to school. The Vol State Advising Center can be reached at 615-230-3702. It’s in the Ramer Administration building, room 174, in Gallatin. You can also ask for advising help at the front desks of Livingston and Highland Crest.
Get free academic help. Is there one particular class that you can’t seem to pass? (We all have that one class.) Make sure you get extra help. Many courses have free Supplemental Instruction study groups. The college also has free help with papers and speeches in the Language Center and free help with Math in the Learning Commons. Smarthinking provides free online tutoring in many subjects.  Did you notice that we keep saying “free”? Here's a list: College Success Zone
Graduation is the goal. Whether you want to get a job after graduating with a career degree from Vol State or transfer to a college or university for a four-year degree, the common goal is graduation.

You can do this. We will help.

Commit to college completion.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

September 2015 Vol State Events Calendar

Ongoing          Faculty Art Exhibition, Thigpen Gallery and Ramer Great Hall, through October 5

Sept. 1             Welcome Day and Commit to Completion Signing, Highland Crest, 10am to 1pm

Sept. 2             Welcome Day and Commit to Completion Signing, Livingston, 10am to 1pm         

Sept. 7             Labor Day Holiday, all locations closed

Sept. 8             Cycling 101- How Do I Get Started?, Vol State Bike Club, Nichols Dining, Noon

Sept. 9             Intramural Soccer Sign-ups, Library Lawn, 2pm

Sept. 9            Coffee with the Prez. Cafeteria, 10am-11am

Sept. 10           Commit to Completion Signing, Cafeteria, 10am to 1pm

Sept. 10           Belmont University Nursing Info, Warf Room 110, 12:45pm-2:10pm

Sept. 11           Harvest Moon Soiree, Bluegrass Country Club, 5:30pm, tickets $75, Foundation

Sept. 12           TN Promise Sign-Up Event, campus-wide, 8am, RSVP to

Sept. 15, 16     Career Readiness Symposiums, all students invited, Caudill Hall, 12:45-2:10pm

Sept. 16           Hispanic Heritage Quiz Bowl, Cafeteria, 12:45pm

Sept. 17           Constitution Day, Speech and Election 2016, Thigpen Library, 1pm

Sept. 17           Cumberland Nursing Info Session, Warf 110, 12:45-2:10pm

Sept. 17           TN Promise Sign-Up Event, campus-wide, 5pm, RSVP to

Sept. 18           Movie Night: Avengers Age of Ultron, Library Lawn or Pickel, Dusk (6:45pm)

Sept. 22           Motivational Speaker: Odell Bizzell, Nichols Dining Room, 12:45pm

Sept. 23           Fall Job Career Fair, Pickel Field House, 10am-1pm

Sept. 23           Sumner County College Night, Pickel Field House, 6pm to 8pm

Sept. 29           Open Mic- Students Perform, Library Second Floor, 12:45-2:10pm

Sept. 29           TN Promise Sign-Up Event, Highland Crest, 5pm, RSVP to

Sept. 30           Employee Benefits Fair, Ramer Great Hall, 10am-3pm

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

If You are Offered Supplemental Instruction (SI) Use It

Some classes at Vol State have the free option of Supplemental Instruction or SI. If you have a class that offers SI, you should take the opportunity. SI can help you do better in the class and SI sessions are usually held for the harder classes.
Supplemental Instruction provides students study support with a peer who has completed and earned a B+ or higher in the course. SI Leaders attend class sessions with the students and hold two 50 minute study sessions outside of class. SI is currently offered in courses such as anatomy and physiology, chemistry, history, Spanish and many others. Students who attend SI are more likely to complete the course successfully and earn up to a full letter grade improvement. Visit the SI web page to learn more about the courses served by SI, and the SI Leader contact information by course.
Do yourself a favor...if you have the option of taking SI sessions- do it!
Here is more info about the program: