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Academic Strategies

Hillyer College

Make a smooth transition to college with the help of our Academic Strategies faculty.

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About the Department

We offer two important courses for first-year students: College Study Skills and Critical Literacies. Master time management and fundamental library skills, and explore your career interests during your first semester. You will then refine your critical reading and thinking skills then produce a synthesis paper that demonstrates these skills.

The Department runs the Hillyer College Study Center, which has tutors to help you along the way.

My academic advisors and professors in Hillyer taught me how to be a successful student in and out of the classroom. I entered college without confidence in my academic ability, and while being a student of Hillyer I was able to learn and push myself in ways which fit my learning style to become successful.

Ellin Gurvitch, A'17, '19,

Marjorie Jackson

Assistant Professor, Academic Strategies,

Marjorie Jackson realized early in her tenure at UHart that first-year students began college without the ability to stay focused, think critically, and own their learning. These traits led to her research, and then development of The Mindful Learning Framework: Principles to Guide Thinking and Learning, which gives students a method for thinking and learning. 

Jackson believes The Mindful Learning Framework is the precursor to acquiring the traditional academic strategies taught in Hillyer’s first year courses. She also points out that all of The Mindful Learning Framework principles can and should be applied to all college courses.

Jackson says her research, which was recently awarded funding through a University of Hartford Coffin Grant, is focused on making The Mindful Learning Framework practical so that anyone can use it and learn from it.

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It teaches students that thinking and learning is within their own power but it comes when it’s with intention.

Linda Moran

Assistant Professor and Department Chair, Academic Strategies

Research Interests: Teams and leadership development, student retention strategies

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Why do you enjoy teaching students at Hillyer?

Hillyer students are exciting to teach. They are eager for a new start in their academic career. Students have dreams, and realize this is the time to invest in themselves. Classes are small, so I know each students' learning style and academic interests. This allows me to design classes with multiple-modalities to connect with each student.

Faculty & Staff

Marjorie Jackson
Associate Dean of Student Academic Services; Assistant Professor of Academic Strategies
Dean's Office for Hillyer
Academic Strategies

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Cheryl Jones
Instructor of Academic Strategies
Academic Strategies

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Linda Moran
Assistant Professor of Academic Strategies; Department Chair
Academic Strategies

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Gail M. Syring
Instructor
Dean's Office for Hillyer

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