Nexus is derived from Latin and means a connected group or series. Nexus connects students with the resources to be a successful student.

Nexus is derived from Latin and means a connected group or series.

Nexus connects students with the resources to be a successful student.

Nexus is a unique academic support program of the Academic Success and Advising Center at Centenary University.  It is designed to empower students who show potential to be successful in college the opportunity to develop effective study strategies and skills during their first semester to be successful in college.

This will be accomplished through a series of workshops, online tutorials and strategic individual weekly academic check-in/coaching sessions. The program will begin with the first workshop during Freshmen Orientation.

Topics to be addressed:

  • Academic Expectations-The differences between high school and college
  • Study Strategies- Assessment of students’ awareness about and use of learning and study strategies
  • Time Management – Developing a semester overview, weekly schedule and daily to do lists
  • Note-Taking Systems- One strategy does not fit all students or disciplines
  • The Study Cycle – Learning strategies to attend class, review notes, intensive study and ongoing review
  • Textbook Reading – Developing an effective way to read, take notes or annotate text and strategies to improve comprehension
  • Test Preparation – How to prepare for exams by creating study guides, review strategies and self- testing techniques
  • Metacognition – Learning how we learn
  • Interdependence- Learning to be interdependent by developing supportive relationships and utilizing campus resources
  • The Value of Education- Understanding the value of a college degree

Full participation in the entire program is required and earning a GPA of 2.0 or better during the first year is required for continued enrollment at Centenary University.

This is a full-year program.  Students will continue to be followed in the Spring semester based on their Fall GPA. Students below a 2.0 will be on Academic Probation and required to be in weekly monitoring sessions. Students who earn a GPA of 2.0 – 3.0 will attend bi-weekly coaching sessions. Students who earn a GPA over a 3.0 will attend monthly academic coaching sessions


Nexus Tentative Schedule for Fall 2017

Tuesday, August 29         Opening session  

  • Overview and expectation of Nexus
    • Personal Responsibility
    • Case Study – Victim vs. Creator
  • Meet your Nexus coach
  • Administer LASSI – an online instrument that examine students’ learning strategies, skills and thought processes related to identifying, acquiring and constructing meaning for important new information, ideas and procedures, and how they prepare for and demonstrate their new knowledge on tests or other evaluative procedures.

Week of September 4  

  • Online Module: Academic Expectations/Goal Setting
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of September 11

  • Time Management Workshop: Monday 3 – 4pm
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of September 18

  • Note-Taking Workshop: Monday 3 – 4pm
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of September 25

  • Textbook Reading Workshop: Monday 3-4pm
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of October 9

  • Test Preparation Workshop: Mondays 3-4pm
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of October 16

  • Online Module: The Study Cycle
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of October 23

  • Online Module: Healthy Lifestyle and Academic Success
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of October 30

  • Online Module: Mindfulness and Stress Management
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of November 6

  • Online Module: Metacognition
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of November 13

  • Online Module: Self- Regulated Learning
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of November 20

  • Online Module: Collaborative Learning/Working in Groups
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of November 27

  • Online Module: Decision Making/Making Choices
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of December 4

  • Online Module: Interdependence
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of December 11

  • Online Module: Post LASSI
  • Individual Coaching Session