Author Archives: Christy Rotman

Office Hours: Helpful tips to get the conversation started – Part 2

*Not sure what office hours are, what they are for, or why students use them? Click here to read Part 1 of this blog post!

Office hours are a great opportunity for students to build a relationship with their instructor, …

By Christy Rotman
Christy Rotman College Life Skills Coach
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Office Hours – What are they for and why go? Part 1

Office Hours may be a new thing for students when they start at UVA or college in general. Here at UVA office hours are not just for struggling students nor are they only for getting class questions answered or helping …

By Christy Rotman
Christy Rotman College Life Skills Coach
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Help! I struggle to focus!

Students often share their struggles to focus both in and out of the classroom and how they feel frustrated, discouraged, and powerless. This blog post is intended to clarify some misconceptions about focus and offer some practical and empowering strategies …

By Christy Rotman
Christy Rotman College Life Skills Coach
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Study Groups – the WHAT, WHY and HOW

Participating in a study group can be one of the most efficient and effective ways to spend your study time. The format allows you to elaborate concepts, explore questions, teach content, quiz each other, and practice problems – all research-backed ways …

By Christy Rotman
Christy Rotman College Life Skills Coach
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Resources to Boost Your Confidence in STEM

Mika Poblete, a fourth-year student majoring in biochemistry shared the following learning resources she has found helpful during her studies at UVA. She recommends these to students across the university for confidence and success in STEM courses. Check these out …

By Christy Rotman
Christy Rotman College Life Skills Coach
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Tips to Manage the Workload of World Language Courses at UVA

World language courses at UVA are popular and fun for students across the University. At the same time, once the semester is underway, students sometimes feel surprised by the demanding nature of the classes and overwhelmed by the amount of …

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Christy Rotman College Life Skills Coach
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Out of sync with your asynch classes? Get back on track with these tips

Learning online offers advantages to many students – for example: flexible schedule, no commute, and the ability to revisit lecture recordings. Even with these benefits, online learning can also surface new challenges. As we all settle in to remote learning this …

By Christy Rotman
Christy Rotman College Life Skills Coach
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New Ways to Think About Procrastination – Part 2

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Explore your WHY

We procrastinate for all kinds of reasons. Understanding the reason or the WHY behind your procrastinating habit is another great strategy to help you make change. Since …

By Christy Rotman
Christy Rotman College Life Skills Coach
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New Ways to Think About Procrastination – Part 1

“Everyone procrastinates, but not everyone is a procrastinator.” – Dr. Joseph Ferrari, psychologist

According to Dr. Ferrari, author of Still Procrastinating: The No Regrets Guide to Getting It Done, only 20% of adult men and women are procrastinators – people who procrastinate …

By Christy Rotman
Christy Rotman College Life Skills Coach
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