Category: Academics

Summer Session 2014

By , April 8, 2014 10:42 am

Summer Session 2014Whatever your goals are, UMKC Summer session is a great way to meet them. Whether you’re looking to catch up, making sure you stay on track, or aiming to graduate ahead of schedule, UMKC Summer Session 2014 offers flexible scheduling, a variety of classes, online offerings and in-state tuition for area Kansas students. Enrollment for current UMKC students is underway and open enrollment begins April 28.

Each year, Summer Session allows students to complete course credits in over 50 academic areas within several UMKC schools:

  • Bloch School of Management
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Computing and Engineering.

Look for window posters, floor stickers and fliers across both Volker and Hospital Hill campuses for more information, and be sure to get your free Summer Session t-shirt by inquiring about classes. For a full rundown of Summer Session 2014, including registration dates and course lists, visit

Personalized Research Coaching with a UMKC Librarian

By , April 8, 2014 10:41 am

Search Consult Promo ULIBS ScreenSign up for a Free Research Coaching Sessions with a UMKC Librarian

We all need to use an Ask the Expert lifeline once in a while. Lucky for you, UMKC Librarians are expert researchers and are always happy to help.

Sign up for a free 15, 30, or 60-minute coaching session for your study group or just for yourself. During your session, you can expect the librarian to help you develop a search strategy, choose the best databases, locate both popular and scholarly/peer reviewed sources, and give you insider search tips.

Whether you have no idea how to start your research or you’re struggling to find relevant sources, a Research Coaching Session is just what you need to write a stress-free, A+ paper!

Study tips for Mid-Terms

By , March 4, 2014 9:17 am

study groupsHello fellow UMKC students. I am Kathleen Ramo, a Bachelor of Health Sciences student in the School of Nursing here at the university. As mid-terms approach I would like to share some study tips that I find useful. Before you get started it’s helpful to find out what your learning style is so your time is used effectively. There are many short quizzes online! To find out your learning style click here: Below are some tips I find useful and I hope they are helpful for you as well! Good luck on your mid-terms!

  • Give yourself plenty of time with the amount of material you have to study for.
  • Take a short break when things no longer start to make sense. When you go back to the question after a short break you may find you know the answer with a clear head.
  • Don’t pull “all nighters”. It always ends in regret and your brain doesn’t function at its full capacity without sleep.
  • Eat! Don’t skip meals to cram for exams. Your body needs energy to focus.
  • Ask questions. If something doesn’t make sense don’t hesitate to e-mail your professor or another student. Material that you may not understand maybe someone else can lend helpful hints
  • Study without distractions. Yes, this means turning off your cell phone if you have to and shutting your computer down. You know how tempting social media is.
  • Make “to-do” lists for each class you need to study for and put time frames on each item.
  • Focus on one task at a time. During mid-terms your list of “to-dos” grows and can get quite overwhelming. Cross one thing off at a time so you feel accomplished.
  • Use tables and/or diagrams; draw pictures, use arrows and label. 
  • Make flash cards for key terms.
  • Have someone else quiz you after you are confident with the material. Any questions you cannot answer confidently is material you should go back over.
  • Be organized
  • Highlight and/or use different colored writing materials.
  • Drink plenty of water!
  • Be prepared for your exam. The night before make sure you have everything you need ready to go. No one needs the extra stress of lost car keys the morning of an exam.
  • Details, Details, Details!

Study Tips for classes with a study guide:

  1. Handwrite the questions and the answers. This helps to retain the question and the answer as a whole.
  2. If you prepare you study guide in advance don’t just fill it out and set it aside, go over it! Multiple times!
  3. If you prefer to work in groups make sure you discuss solutions to the answers because just writing down answers does not help with information retention. Always write your own answers after group discussion so each person is learning and working.
  4. Highlight and use different colored writing materials for each chapter or question on the study guide. This helps when you are going back over your study guide so you understand what you’ve written and what material coincides.
  5. If your instructor has prepared lecture notes, use them to help fill out your study guide. If they have taken the time to prepare notes it’s probably important to them.
  6. Watch for reoccurring themes throughout the material. If it appears more than once it’s probably important.

Why RooWriter? Top 5 Answers…

By , February 24, 2014 4:42 pm

RooWriter PosterTop 5 Reasons to take the RooWriter now!

1.  It’s convenient:  just log in to the RooWriter at and follow the prompts.

2.  You want to graduate this semester:  beat the rush and take the RooWriter two months before graduation–remember, it’s a requirement to graduate.

3.  You need to enroll in a Writing Intensive class:  take the RooWriter now before it’s time to register for next semester.

4.  You’ve taken and passed English 225 or Discourse II (or equivalent):  you are eligible NOW to take RooWriter (you’ll need to take it

5.  You want to improve your writing!  RooWriter evaluations can help you strengthen the skills that you need for college classes and the workplace.

Good reasons aside, all UMKC undergraduates are required to take the RooWriter Writing Assessment at least once.  When you take RooWriter, you begin by choosing one of six reading packets on a variety of important issues.  Next, you start the 72-hour writing period and the website assigns you a “prompt” consisting of questions to answer in an essay of 750-1,500 words.  Then you will receive assessments from trained evaluators.  The first time you take RooWriter, your student account will be billed a small charge and you can take the assessment again as many times as you want for no additional charge.

Study smarter–not harder!

By , February 11, 2014 10:58 am

study groupsThere is nothing worse than spending hours on end studying and then realizing you got nothing out of it!  Sometimes, just going through the motions—especially if you are easily distracted— isn’t enough.  As any coach would say:  practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect!

So how do you make the most of your time?  First, make a schedule of when you will study what.  It helps to keep you focused on one class at a time—try to ensure that you set aside time to study after each class period to help you keep on top of the readings and assignments.  Next, make a study outline by reviewing  your class notes and matching them with key points in the text book and other course materials.  Rewrite your notes, not only to make them more legible, but also to take the time to really think about why you made those notes in the first place.  If it was important enough for your professor to share with the class, it’ll likely be on a test (and it goes without saying that it’s vitally important to actually attend class so you can take these notes in the first place!).

Forming a study group is another great option–not only does it create a specific time for you to study, it also gets you active in your learning by giving you opportunities to discuss the course concepts with your classmates.  Get together over coffee at the Union or the Library to go over notes, make sure you didn’t miss anything, ask questions about material you didn’t understand, and help each other work through problems and difficult concepts.

Did you know that some of your classes have study groups built in?  Supplemental Instruction, or SI, is a great opportunity UMKC offers to help you get more involved in your academic success.  SI sessions are facilitated by an SI Leader, a student who has already taken the course and done well in it.  SI Leaders know the course content and are eager to help guide you through it!   If you attend SI sessions regularly, chances are you will earn a better grade.  You will also develop more effective ways of studying, which will help you in all your classes.

Don’t forget to utilize tutoring services available with Academic Support & Mentoring, located in the Atterbury Student Success Center.  And for writing projects, stop by the Writing Studio at any stage during the project–from pre-writing to final proofing–they can help!

And of course, talk with you professor during office hours or make an appointment.  But don’t waste this opportunity to have one-on-one consultation with your professor!   Be sure you come to the meeting prepared with all your questions—and bring the work you have already completed so you can review things step-by-step.  You will learn more by doing than by expecting to receive all the answers handed to you.

Women Graduate Students — Apply for a GAF Grant

By , November 19, 2013 11:22 am


UMKC Women’s Council 2014 Graduate Assistance Fund application process is open now until December 2, 2013 at 5 p.m.

Eligible Applicants:

UMKC women graduate students in a post-baccalaureate approved program of study in A&S, SBS, BSOM, Conservatory, SOE, SCE, Graduate Studies, Nursing and first professional women students in Dentistry, Law, Medicine and Pharmacy.

Apply to Fund:

Research projects, scholarly activities, travel to present papers, workshop attendance, and other special needs.

Funding requests up to $2,000!

For more information on eligible requests and general information, go to and click on the Apply Now button.  For specific questions, email or call 816-235-2452.

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