I’m going to try something a little different for me this year – sharing information with you via Compass2g. I will post my weekly schedule and announcements to Open Learning – Psychology Advising – Billy Vermillion. All of my current advisees have been added as users to this space, so you should see it when you open your Compass. If you are new to Psychology and are assigned to me, I will add you, as well; if it doesn’t show up in Compass after a few days, just let me know.
I’ve also added links back to this site, an FAQ (“How Do I…?”), and additional information about research labs. I’ll be adding/updating Compass throughout the year, so check back regularly.
For now, I am going to keep this blog site up and running and may continue to make changes to it, though I will probably be posting here less frequently for a while. I am hoping to gradually move all of the resources and information from this site into Compass.
CNBC quotes our own Alejandro Lleras in a blog post on boosting productivity. Good advice!
According to a study in the journal Cognition, even brief diversions can dramatically improve a person’s ability to focus on a task for prolonged periods of time.
‘From a practical standpoint, our research suggests that, when faced with long
tasks (such as studying before a final exam or doing your taxes), it is best to impose brief breaks on yourself. Brief mental breaks will actually help you stay focused on your task.’
“The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas.”
Sounds a lot like the skill set you develop in Psychology and LAS.
(STEM expertise is #8, and you get that with our major, as well!)
Read the article in today’s Washington Post.
Here’s some food for thought during registration season: an interesting piece in the Daily Illini on supposed “easy A” courses, the importance of general education, and finding courses that interest you.
There’s a nice article in the Daily Illini today about the importance of pursuing the major you want to pursue. With all the pressures we face from parents, friends, and society in general, this is something worth considering.
The Chronicle of Higher Education just published a good article on asking for letters of recommendation. It’s targeted towards grad students, but there is some good advice in there for undergrads, too! Check it out.
Have you ever seen this on your DARS audit?
– NO 12 HOURS OF APPROVED SUPPORTING COURSE WORK.
SEE YOUR ADVISER IN ROOM 10 PSYCHOLOGY BUILDING
TO DEVELOP A MAJOR PLAN OF STUDY FORM.
– NEEDS: 12.0 HOURS
SELECT FROM: ADVISER
***WHAT DOES IT MEAN???***
If you are a Psychology major who began your undergraduate studies prior to Fall 2015, this is one of your degree requirements. Students are required to complete 12 hours outside the major; these courses do not have to be from the same discipline, but they should have some sort of thematic unity (e.g., pre-med courses, courses on health-related topics, world literature courses, courses about history and politics, etc.). We want this requirement to work for you — think about taking courses that will help you meet your career goals, provide you with valuable skills, or deepen your understanding of a particular subject.
Many students complete this requirement by declaring an official minor or second major. If you do this, you will not need to meet with your advisor to complete a major plan of study; it will be entered by your records officer once you apply to graduate. If you do not declare an official minor or second major, you will need to meet with your advisor in Psychology (me!) to discuss the courses you want to use for this requirement. I will then submit the required paperwork to the College of LAS.
Note: This is not a graduation requirement for students completing a Psychology concentration. Refer to the department web site for more information.