Tools for Navigating PSU
Did you know:
- PSU's combined enrollment (undergraduate, graduate, post bac) is over 26,000 students?1 This includes 1,500+ first-time freshpeople and 2,700+ brand new transfer students!
- Located in the biggest city in the state, PSU has the second largest student body of all the Oregon public 4-year colleges and universities.2 It's easy to feel like a small fish in a big pond!
- Resources for PSU students are abundant!
Being new, it can be hard to know where to start. That's where academic coaching comes in! During the 2019/2020 school year, 81% of the students who worked with Academic Coaches were undergraduates and 46% were transfer students.3 Why was coaching so popular with these groups? Many students report that academic coaching offers more consistent, engaged and personalized support than meeting with an advisor, professors, or peers.
Academic coaching is a holistic service that takes into consideration all the elements of a student's life that may have an impact on their academics. Coaches connect students with a vast array of available resources -- both at PSU and beyond -- based on individual students' needs.
So whether you're getting a jump start ahead of your first term, or you've just arrived at PSU, or even if you've been here for awhile, you'll find a few handouts and worksheets below to help you navigate Portland State. And whenever you're ready, it would be great to see you in coaching!
Statistics sources: 1. PSU's Factbook; 2. National Center for Education Statistics; 3. PSU's Learning Center 2019-2020 Impact Report (Undergraduate and transfer student groups are not mutually exclusive.)
It really helps me just to know there's someone checking in with me weekly. With isolation, it's much easier for everything to feel like a blur with school, and these check-ins help me with establishing routine.
Learn where everything is on campus with PSU's Interactive Campus Map!
PSU has many free resources available to students. This is a list of some of them, but by no means is this all. If you'd like to learn more about available resources specific to your needs, meet with an Academic Coach!
A time survey helps you better understand where all of your time goes. Professors expect students to spend an average of 2-3 hours per class credit on homework and studies each week. Do you have enough time for your studies?
Think about what you need to get done this term - these are your big goals. Break your big goals into smaller pieces so they're more manageable and progress is easier to track. This approach is part of the SMART Goals technique. Learn more about setting goals to support success!
Having a dedicated space for study can support productivity. Whether you already have a go-to spot, or you're trying to identify where the best area would be, keeping these tips in mind will help make your workspace an ideal place to get things done.
Kurzweil 3000 is a free support software with a wide range of uses for working with electronic docs! Use it to convert docs from text to speech, mark up docs, take notes, create outlines, and build brainstorms -- all in one place! Try it on your own or meet with a coach for a demo!