Transfer shock\trans-fer shok\n 1: the academic and social disorientation experienced by students following a transfer from one institution to another 2: the tendency of students transferring from one institution of higher education to another to experience a temporary dip in grade point average during the first or second semester at the new institution
At the beginning of the Fall semester, Military, Adult, and Transfer Services hosts a series of "Escaping Transfer Shock" workshops. As a transfer and/or post-traditional student, you may find many aspects of the college environment already familiar to you. However, Winthrop University is a new institution with new expectations and procedures, new academic requirements, and exciting new challenges. Your attendance will be a valuable investment in your future college career. Attendance at workshops is optional. Come for one session, choose a handful or attend every single one. Choose the sessions that work with your schedule and match your interests. Fall 2016 sessions will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016. The workshop schedule has not yet been finalized, but below is a sample of past years' schedules. All sessions (other than the Library Tour) will be held in 114 DiGiorgio Campus Center.
All workshops will be held in the DiGiorgio Campus Center unless otherwise noted.9 - 10 a.m.: Library Tour (Meet in Dacus Library Lobby)Winthrop’s library is a great place to study, do research and to find sources for papers. Learn the ins and outs of the library from its staff members.
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.: Professor PanelWinthrop’s faculty are dynamic, engaging, and very student-centered. Learn from faculty across the disciplines what they expect from students in the classes, how to effectively utilize office hours, and what they think makes a successful student!
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Writing a University-Level PaperAs a Winthrop student, you’ll enroll is several writing-focused courses during your career here. This session will provide tips and tricks to writing a great paper for your Winthrop courses. Whether a rock-star writer or in need of a bit of a brush up on your writing skills, you’re guaranteed to improve your writing!
12 - 1 p.m.: Lunch RoundtablesEngage in a casual discussion about opportunities for Student Involvement or Career and Civic Engagement over lunch with campus representatives! Grab your lunch from one of the many options in Markley's food court in the DiGiorgio Campus Center (or bring your own from home) and then find the table with our campus representative to learn more about great opportunities on campus.1 - 1:30 p.m.: Making the Most of your Math ClassIs your upcoming math class making you nervous? Learn from Math faculty how to excel in your math classes.
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.: Academic Resources at WinthropYou’re not left on your own to earn great grades at Winthrop. Our most successful students make use of the many academic support services available on campus. Join representatives from the Academic Success Center, Writing Center, Math Tutorial Center, and Business Resource Room to learn how you can utilize tutoring services on campus. Several academically successful transfer students will also share habits that have led them to succeed in the Winthrop classroom!
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Navigating the Winthrop WebWinthrop students are responsible for monitoring both their academic and degree progress. Wingspan and Degreeworks are two online tools that can help you do just that! Join the staff from Records and Registrar to learn all the functions of these great programs and how they can make advising, class registration, and much more easier! Your Adult Student Mentors will also help
you explore Blackboard and Turnitin, as well as connect you with some
very useful pages on the Winthrop website.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Understanding Winthrop's Academic PoliciesDid you know you can repeat a course? Or that there is an S/U option for courses? Learn about many of Winthrop’s academic policies (and where to find information about all of them) during this session.
4:30 - 5:15 p.m.: Tips from Academically Successful Transfer StudentsMembers of the Tau Sigma Honor Society - an honor society specifically for transfer students - will be on hand for a lively discussion about habits that led them to succeed in the classrooms of Winthrop!
5:15 p.m.: Classroom ToursGet a jumpstart on your semester and be ready for the first day of class! The Adult Student Mentors will take small groups around campus to visit academic buildings and find classrooms. Bring a copy of your schedule with room numbers listed.