Suggested College School Supply List

Although there is no *official* list of school supplies published by Purdue, here is a list of items that the advisors in Exploratory Studies suggest they purchase:

  • 3-hole punch
  • Apps: Purdue (campus map, meals, etc.; Apple Store version.), Amazon Student, Boiler Guide (help resources), Purdue IPhone App, CityBus Routes, notetaking (like Evernote), time management (like Pattern or even an app to use with the Pomodoro Technique), flashcards (like Quizlet), and dictionary and thesaurus apps (like Merriam-Webster).
  • Backpack or messenger bag (with a laptop sleeve)
  • Big envelopes for keeping nice papers neat
  • Binders or notebooks
  • Calculator (wait until after the first day of math class to purchase)
  • Cold and allergy medicine
  • Colored pencils
  • Folders
  • Glue sticks
  • Headphones
  • Highlighters
  • Laptop and external hard drive backup/cloud backup (not required; Purdue has a lot of computer labs)
  • Markers – a pack of multiple colors (also good to have at least one black Sharpie)
  • Note/index cards – lined or unlined
  • Paper – both printer paper and lined paper for your binder
  • Paper clips
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Pens – standard blue and black, as well as wilder colors
  • Planner (Mortar Board planner available at Wal-mart and bookstores) or calendar app
  • Plastic sleeves for binders
  • Post-its
  • Rubber bands
  • Scissors
  • Stapler – both standard sized (for your desk) and mini (for your backpack)
  • Staples (standard and mini)
  • Tape
  • Umbrella and rain boots
  • USB/thumb drive (4GB or higher)
  • White out
  • Winter clothing & jacket (flip-flops and a hoodie are NOT Indiana winter attire)

Supplemental Instruction Linked Courses for Fall 2016

Supplemental Instruction is a free, peer-taught way to get extra help in what the university considers to be our hardest courses.  SI session change weekly to stay current with the material being taught in the course.  Schedules and locations of the SI sessions can be found using the Boilerguide app. Regular attendance is the best way to improve your grade from “meh” to “excellent”!

Remember: There are notes by each linked course in MyPurdue > Registration Tab > Look Up Classes link to remind you that the course has SI support.  SI linked courses for the Fall 2016 semester include:

  • MA 153, MA 158, MA 16010, MA 16020, MA 161, and MA 162
  • CHM 111, CHM 115, CHM 116, CHM 257, CHM 12901
  • BIOL 110 and BIOL 203
  • PHYS 172, PHYS 220, PHYS 241
  • ECE 201 and ME 200
  • CS 158, CS 159, CS 240
  • AGEC 217
  • ECON 251
  • STAT 225 and STAT 301
  • MGMT 200 and MGMT 201

Preparing for Exams (March 30)

The Academic Success Center is holding a FREE workshop entitled “Smart Studying: Effective Ways to Prepare for Exams,” just in time for finals preparation!  The workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 30th from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the UR Success Center (Shreve Residence Hall, room C107).  Although the workshop is free, registration is recommended.

Spring 2016 Final Exam Schedule Now Available!

The Spring 2016 Final Exam Schedule has been published!  You can see the exam schedules for both final and evening exams online:

  • Click on the PDF file version to see a complete alphabetic listing of all final or evening exams.
  • Click on “Final Exam System” or “Evening Exam System” to see your personal list of final or evening exams (through Scheduling Assistant).

Biology Help Room

From the Biology Counseling Newsletter, January 21, 2016: 

The Biology Help Room located within the Biology Resource Center (Lilly B-401) has tutors available to help with first- and second-year biology courses during the following times:

  • Monday – Thursday:                9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday:                                      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tutors who speak Mandarin Chinese are available during the following times:

  • Monday          10:30am –   1:00pm
  • Tuesday            3:00pm –   5:00pm
  • Wednesday      1:00pm –   3:00pm
  • Thursday        10:30am –   1:00pm
  • Friday                9:00am – 11:00am

The rest of the BRC including the student lounge is open 24/7.  For more information, TA schedules, and listings of specific resources, check out the Biology Resource Center page!

Academic Help Resources Here!

Well, now that the first few weeks are over, you all have a good idea of which classes are going to be a breeze and which ones are, well, going to be a slogger.  Never fear – there are plenty of help resources on campus for every type of student!

A great primary resource for academic help is Student Success’s awesome site:  Workshops, free tutoring, tutoring for a fee, Help Room location and hours, Supplemental Instruction group learning sessions, and the BoilerGuide app to help you keep track of all of it.

Knowing about resources is your first step.  Using them consistently is the next step.  If one resource isn’t working for you, try another.  True learning is difficult – intelligence is something you build, not some fixed entity that chews on the info you pour into it!  Take ownership of your own learning, attend help resources regularly, and watch your study skills improve and your grades rise. 🙂