Graduate Admissions Workshop

The McNair Scholars Program, Honors College, and Alpha Scholars Program teamed together to bring in graduate school admissions expert, Donald Asher, to conduct a workshop for our students this past weekend. Mr. Asher covered topics ranging from general application basics to how to select a solid dissertation committee once admitted. Everyone in attendance came away with new insight into the world of graduate school and how to best prepare for the application process. Special thanks to Donald Asher for providing our scholars with such rich information.

Taking it all in.

Taking it all in.

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Listing worries for Mr. Asher to address

Listing worries for Mr. Asher to address

Donald Asher and his lovely drawing of the United States.

Donald Asher and his lovely drawing of the United States.

Super concentration!

Super concentration!

And then this happened...

And then this happened…

James is always thinking hard!

Team work!

Team work!

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Mentor Appreciation Dinner at The Beehive

On Tuesday of this week, we gathered for dinner at the Beehive Restaurant to thank the faculty mentors who worked with our scholars this summer. Faculty mentors help guide scholars through the research process from design to implementation and write-up. The disciplines represented in this year’s projects were Social Work, Speech Pathology, Nutrition, Biology, Business, Multimedia, Nursing, Mathematics/Statistics, International Studies, History, Criminology, and Information Technology. The mentors put in a considerable amount of time to ensure that each scholar had a great experience and gained invaluable preparation for the world of graduate school.

We are beyond appreciative of our mentors and their contribution to the scholars and the ACU McNair Scholars Program. Thank you all for serving our students!

Our intimate setting at The Beehive

Our intimate setting at The Beehive

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John likes lemons

John likes lemons

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John does not like photos

John does not like photos

Our fearless? leader...

Our fearless? leader…

 

Flashcard Frenzy: Studying Flashcards the Easy Way with Anki

You know the story:  every semester, around mid-terms and especially finals week, everyone loads up on 3×5 cards and starts frantically making flashcards. Some just use a pencil, but I’ve seen plenty pull out their markers, channel their inner artist and OCD, and color code their cards. If they are lucky and actually get all their cards made, they pore over them one after another trying to cram the information into their brains.

What if there was a different way?

Enter the free, digital flashcard program, Anki. Anki is a simple and easy way to study any information you want.

What makes Anki so great is that it determines when you are likely to forget the info on a flashcard, and presents that card to you just before that time. The time is determined by how difficult or easy the information is for you to remember whenever you review the card. In other words, you only review cards that you need to review on any given day.

Anki only brings back a card for your review when you are likely to forget it. No need to make cards by hand, lug them around, and study all of them at once with no rhyme or reason.

You can add any information you want for your classes and even download decks made by others. It is great for languages, those tough science, Bible, or history courses, and is especially good for studying GRE vocab!

Anki is a software program for your computer, and this is where you make most of your flashcards and decks. Anki also has a web version, helpfully called “Ankiweb,” that allows you to study online from your phone or tablet.

We also will post useful Anki links in the resources pages of the blog, but here they are to get you started: