Aims to assist students become self-directed, independent learners by acquiring and
refining skills necessary for university success. This service emphasizes the importance
of effective academic and self-management skills while it also acknowledges individual
learning styles among students. Through academic counseling, SCC aspires to help students
make successful transitions during their university career and achieve to the best
of their abilities.
Individual Academic Counseling
This service involves meeting with students individually for one-hour, weekly sessions
for a period of 5-9 weeks, depending on the progress rate. Individual academic counseling
typically involves the following components:
Educate students regarding UAEU’s academic policies including academic probation system,
and inform students of other academic support resources available on campus.
Encourage students to follow up with their college academic advising units to learn
about their academic status and discuss specific academic concerns with course instructors.
Discuss goal-setting and individual academic (productivity) plans with students.
Help students in gaining effective time management, smart academic habit skills, and
assist students in creating balanced study schedules that match their academic needs
and learning style.
Improving Academic Skills Program (IASP)
This group program assists students struggling academically and those on academic
probation. IASP aims at assisting students acquire the necessary skills to address
their academic limitations and achieve success. The program is offered several times
during the academic year. IASP covers the following five broad areas:
Understanding Academic Difficulties: Explains UAEU academic probation system and related
implications. Using an academic needs checklist, students are encouraged to identify
the academic challenges that they are facing. Factors contributing to low GPA are
Using Lectures Effectively: Covers strategies for making the most use of lectures
including active listening and participation, critical thinking, efficient note-taking
and maintaining optimal attendance.
Effective Study Skills: Coaches students on reading skills, memory, concentration,
and organizing information.
Preparing for Exams and Overcoming Test Anxiety: Addresses effective preparation and
test taking strategies. Test anxiety is also briefly discussed.
The overall goal of personal/psychological counseling is to maximize student success
by attending to student mental health needs and removing barriers to learning. Through
personal counseling, students learn to take charge of their lives, acquire skills
necessary for adjusting to the demands of university life, and overcome difficulties
that may prevent them from meeting their academic, personal and career goals.
Is one-on-one counseling with each student in weekly, one-hour sessions. Students
are seen for a multitude of issues that range from typical developmental challenges
to more serious adjustment and mental health issues. The duration varies from one
student to another depending on the presented issues and progress in treatment.
This involves working with a small number of students who share similar concerns and
treatment goals. Group counseling addresses either general or specific issues. This
form of counseling facilitates a healthy exchange of experiences, provision of sympathy
and support and the development of skills necessary for effective coping and problem
solving. Groups typically meet once a week for a duration determined by counselor
and group members.
These are one time sessions provided to students, faculty and staff to address a specific
question, or to increase awareness regarding developmental, learning, and adjustment
challenges faced by students.
Consultations and Information
SCC provides consultations to University students about specific issues or concerns
that are relevant to SCC’s areas of emphases. In addition, our counselors are available
to consult with faculty and staff who are concerned about students experiencing difficulties.
Consultations can be offered in person or over the phone. When indicated, we will
also facilitate referrals to the appropriate campus or community resources.
Outreach Programs and Workshops
Outreach programs are an integral part of SCC’s mission. As the department is committed
to its developmental and preventive objectives, these skill-building sessions provide
structured information on SCC’s areas of emphases with opportunities for guided practice
and feedback. An extensive, structured outreach program is planned and implemented
each semester covering a broad range of topics. Some programs target select student
groups such as new students or prospective graduates, whereas others cater towards
the general UAEU student population. Outreach programs take place on campus, as well
as in student housing units. Due to the increased response from students, some programs
are offered multiple times during the academic year.