Getting Ready for Your Next Semester

Are you working on your Fall semester schedule? Have some questions about your Academic plan? Join us for a 45 minute webinar that will focus on helping you answer key questions about preparing for your next semester.  Topics covered will include program identification, course selection, college resources, schedule planning, and registration/payment tips.nullWe have a live session scheduled with an ELI Counselor on Thursday, August 7 from 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm.

We hope to see you online! If you can’t make it live, but would like to receive the information, email us at ELICounselors@nvcc.edu.

Furthering Your Education with ELI

nullAre you thinking about signing up for an online course this fall? Not sure if online learning is right for you?  Join us for a 30 minute webinar that will focus on the benefits of studying online at NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute. We will discuss programs offered, options for accelerating your program and student support services.

We have a live session on Wednesday, August 6 from 12: 15 pm – 12:45 pm.

We hope to see you online! If you are unable to attend live, but interested in receiving the information, email us at ELILearn@nvcc.edu.

Start Strong at ELI

Welcome to ELI! We are dedicated to helping you start strong. Whatever your educational goals, we can help you achieve them. If you are a first-time-to-college student, ages 17-24 (including high school/homeschool/GED graduates), you need to Start Strong at NOVA.

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Start Strong begins this fall. The six new policies will change the way new students register and prepare for classes. The new polices are part of an effort to strengthen the NOVA experience. Five of the new policies affect first-time-to-college students (ages 17-24). New students are required to attend a Student Orientation and meet with a First Year Advisor. As a new ELI student, you can attend a campus Student Orientation, or you can work with ELI virtually to get started.

The sixth policy requiring on-time registration impacts all students: new, current, transfer, international, military or any other type of student. All students must be registered for classes by 11:59 p.m. the day before the session’s start date. Once the session begins, registration is closed.

If you are not enrolled in a class on the start date of the session you will not be able to enroll without permission from the division dean. If you miss on-time registration you can still register for later start date. ELI has several start dates each semester, for students interested in starting a class later in the semester. Check out ELI Critical Course Deadlines for more information. For more information about on-time registration view this video.

The Etiquette Around Discussion Forums

We recently came across some discussion board forum tips from a website called online learning tips that we wanted to share! Whether you are new to online learning, or a seasoned pro, converting your thoughts to written words can be tough. What you might say out loud in a classroom setting might not come across well in print. Tone can be difficult to master while writing and on top of all of that, you need to worry about spelling and grammar.

All ELI courses require discussion board posts and often times you are asked to comment on your classmates posts. In a face-to-face setting, you might not have any problems discussing the material with classmates, but getting comfortable writing your comments out can take time. Check out the tips in the online learning tips post and feel free to share some of your own in the comments section!

If you need assistance locating helpful study resources, contact your Student Success Coach at elisuccess@nvcc.edu or call 703.764.5076.

Fall Tuition Due Today!

Reminder!

Your fall tuition payment is due today, Monday, July 28 at 5 p.m.!

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If you have questions about payment, visit NOVA’s Fall 2014 payment information here.

You can also call the ELI Hotline at 703-323-3347 for assistance.

 ELI’s first fall session starts Wednesday, August 20 and for many courses, additional sections are offered starting September 3, 17, 24, or later. Check the full list of Fall 2014 courses here.

There is still time to register for a fall course, just remember if you register for fall courses on or after today, Monday, July 28, your payment is due by 5 p.m. the next business day.

Reminder: Tuition due Monday!

Reminder! If you registered for fall courses and haven’t submitted your tuition payment yet, you must do so by Monday, July 28 at 5 p.m. to avoid being dropped from your courses! If you have questions about payment, visit NOVA’s Fall 2014 payment information here. You can also call the ELI Hotline at 703-323-3347 for assistance.

Of course, there’s still plenty of time to register for fall if you haven’t done so already! ELI’s first fall session starts Wednesday, August 20 and for many courses, additional sections are offered starting September 3, 17, 24, or later. Check the full list of Fall 2014 courses here.

Just remember that if you register for fall courses on or after Monday, July 28, your payment is due by 5 p.m. the next business day.

Student Lingo Workshop: Testing Anxiety

If your final exams are quickly approaching or you are in the middle of mid-term madness, we strongly encourage checking out the Student Lingo recorded workshop entitled, Taking Tests Online: Strategies For Successtest anxiety

How often do you feel like you know the material like the back of your hand, but when you get into the testing situation, you freeze? This workshop discusses various strategies for test preparation and coping skills for situations that provoke test anxiety. The presenter does a great job describing scenarios in a testing situation that can easily lead to test anxiety in addition to our internal messages and how best to control them. She also discusses external circumstances that contribute to test anxiety and how to keep them at bay before you enter the testing situation.

The presentation also contains strategies for taking different types of tests ranging from multiple choice to true/false to essay formats. The presenter’s emphatic style and her understanding of issues related to test anxiety keeps you engaged and hopefully, when you take your exam, you will feel more confident and at peace after viewing this presentation!

If you need assistance locating helpful study resources, contact your Student Success Coach at elisuccess@nvcc.edu or call 703.764.5076.

ELI Textbook – free courses making headlines

Are you working on your fall schedule? Are you interested in taking a class that doesn’t require you to purchase any textbooks or course materials? An OER class might be right for you!

This past fall ELI offered a series of 12 general education courses that do not require students to purchase textbooks or other course materials. These textbook-free classes used free open educational resources (OER).

Courses can be taken individually, or as a series to satisfy the requirements for the General Education Certificate. In lieu of traditional textbooks, all readings and materials used in the courses will be available to students free of charge online or through Blackboard – NOVA’s course management system. OER materials include teaching, learning, and research resources that are in the public domain or are released under a licensing agreement that permits their free use or re-purposing by others.

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Read more about how ELI’s OER-Based General Education project will save NOVA students money in Community College Week.

For more information about ELI’s OER courses, contact the ELI Counselors at elicounselors@nvcc.edu.

Payment for fall classes due Monday, July 28!

Heads up! If you registered for fall courses and haven’t submitted your tuition payment yet, you must do so by Monday, July 28 at 5 p.m. to avoid being dropped from your courses! If you have questions about payment, visit NOVA’s Fall 2014 payment information here. You can also call the ELI Hotline at 703-323-3347 for assistance.

Of course, there’s still plenty of time to register for fall if you haven’t done so already! ELI’s first fall session starts August 20 and for many courses, additional sections are offered starting September 3, 17, 24, or later. Check the full list of Fall 2014 courses here.

Just remember that if you register for fall courses on or after Monday, July 28, your payment is due by 5 p.m. the next business day.

Student Lingo Workshop: The Writing Process

Are you feeling overwhelmed about an upcoming research paper? 

nullStudent Lingo is a free online resource that offers workshops on a variety of success topics. There are a few new workshops this semester that focus on the writing process from pre-writing and planning, drafting a thesis sentence and the revision process. Even if you are familiar with the various stages of writing a research paper, this tool offers a refresher and a reminder of ways that you can prepare for the essay using techniques like brainstorming and creating a story board to link sequences of events.   

These recorded workshops are presented by a knowledgeable presenter in a Power Point format.  If you are feeling overwhelmed by the next essay that you have to write check out the workshops that are associated with the writing process. The presenter discusses the various stages of writing and strategies that you can employ in the beginning to ensure that your essay is thorough in achieving its intended purpose. The presentations also discuss linking ideas in an organized fashion as well as important elements related to the revision process.  

If you need assistance locating helpful study resources, contact your Student Success Coach at elisuccess@nvcc.edu or call 703.764.5076.

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