HOW TO BECOME A THINK CENTER MEMBER
Wondering what goes into being a Think Center member? One important thing and three easy steps.
Important thing: It’s FREE!
Three easy steps:
- Complete the personality-type inventory here (or copy/paste http://lec.usm.edu/think/assessment/ into your browser)
- Sign up for an available session at the Hattiesburg location here (or copy/paste https://forms.usm.edu/lec/view.php?id=18867) or at the Gulf Coast location here (or copy/paste https://forms.usm.edu/lec/view.php?id=19233) *Note; we regularly update available sessions with upcoming dates, usually about 1-2 weeks in advance.
- Show up!
For the sessions, you’ll be in groups of anywhere from 1-6, and they take about an hour. We’ll walk through your personality-type results and talk about learning strategies that will likely work best for your specific preferences. We’ll also briefly go through what we call a “problem-solving design” – which is just a series of steps to help you take the information from the session and turn it into something really practical and helpful to YOU. The same process can also be applied to research, writing, projects…pretty much anything.
That’s it! Ta-Da! Membership granted. If you have any questions or would like any more information, send an e-mail to Toni Sayger at firstname.lastname@example.org (Hattiesburg), email@example.com (Gulf Coast), or firstname.lastname@example.org (general)
Hope to see you soon!
OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED – QUICK LINKS
Already a member but wondering what else you can do? Follow the quick-links below to explore!
Being a Student Ambassador is an opportunity to delve deeper into your learning processes and understand the mission of the Think Center so that you can share that and help make an impact on USM students. It is also a chance for you to gain leadership skills and get involved in a student organization that will enhance your resume.
Various Studios – check back often for current offerings.
Coming soon: Open Office Hours for catching up/brainstorming/recapping/all the things with online or in-office options.
Gulf Coast location:
Join us at the Gulf Coast Think Center during Welcome Week for these Learning Studios designed to smooth the ride for your academic journey:
No registration required for the studios below!
Tuesday, August 26th; 10:15 to 11:15 am and 4:15 to 5:15 pm
Procrastination: The Road to Nowhere
Find out how to handle procrastination and avoid unnecessary detours on your road to “A”-ville!
Wednesday, August 27th; 10:15 to 11:15 am and 2:15 to 3:15 pm
Hi-Octane Learning Techniques
What learning techniques are the most “fuel-efficient”? Streamline your strategies with these research-based methods.
Thursday, August, 28th; 10:15 to 11:15 am and 3 to 4 pm
“Revved up” Reading: Understanding College Texts
Journal articles, college textbooks, and other dense verbiage can slow you down to a crawl. Increase your reading speed and improve your comprehension with these important tools.
DEVELOPING SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS
One of the major objectives of the Think Center is to help students build solution-oriented thinking skills. The center focuses on student learning by making the thinking and learning processes more apparent. The intent is to produce students who gain skills at comprehending content and also become better able to manage real-world situations in adaptive and resourceful ways.
The Think Center model establishes a deliberate plan to encourage the learner to grow beyond basic recall to making judgments about ideas and materials, thus internalizing the information. Students have an opportunity to join an environment designed to foster learning, identify effective strategies, and evaluate potential solutions, which can enhance both comprehension and application.
In order to empower students to understand and expand their current learning practices, students complete an online inventory and practice using a problem solving process to develop and test academic strategies they can apply in learning situations. From this information, students begin to gain personal insight and deeper understanding about the way they process and organize information.