Below are the ways you can find out more information about available ExCEL:
- Watch the ExCEL videos below - These are videos that ExCEL participants find helpful. In the first video, Dr. Stevens explains how experiencing academic confidence and an enjoyment in learning is helpful in the learning experience. The second video is the first of a series demonstrating the sides of professors that students rarely see in the classroom. Enjoy!
- Read the Self-reflection Guidebooks - The self-reflection guidebooks below are useful resources to take the most out of the videos mentioned above.
- Take the "Self-awareness Questionnaire"- The 2-minute questionnaire will help you better understand your potential learning roadblocks.
- RAISE Your GPA class (EDUC 201) - Consider enrolling yourself in one of the courses offered in the Fall 2019 semester:
Two guidebooks are available to accompany the ExCEL video on building Academic Confidence. Each of the guidebooks contains live links to the video.
REFLECTION GUIDEBOOK FOR STUDENTS – This guidebook can be used by students as a reflection exercise after watching the video.
REFLECTION GUIDEBOOK FOR FACULTY AND STAFF - This guidebook can be used by faculty and staff as a reflection exercise after watching the video.
SELFIES VIDEO FACILITATION & REFLECTION GUIDEBOOK - This guidebook can be used by students, faculty, and staff as both a reflection exercise and teaching tool.
Please contact Dr. Mark Stevens at email@example.com if you have any questions.
The Experience Confidence and Enjoyment in Learning (ExCEL) program has developed and implemented workshops about the psycho-social challenges that may be interfering with students’ academic success. The goal of the ExCEL intervention workshops is to help students identify, address, and hopefully overcome these challenges by offering a model and strategies to help students gain academic confidence, a greater sense of belonging and tools to access their academic strengths and lived experiences of resiliency and purpose. The ExCEL intervention workshops presents CSUN students psycho-education on academic motivation, test anxiety, self-efficacy, and academic confidence, as well as information about campus resources.
ExCEL INTERVENTION FACILITATOR GUIDEBOOK - This guidebook can be used implement interventions in CSUN's Developmental Mathematic Courses.
Intervention #1A: “Remember your Purpose”
The goals of the ExCEL Presentation #1A are to increase students sense of academic self-efficacy and to create a preferable view of passing developmental mathematics as an opportunity to learn from mistakes, and to acknowledge that CSUN, along with its professors and staff, wants every student to succeed. Students will identify and foster their purpose of being in college by creating a mindset surrounding hope to succeed. Students will also create an opportunity to identify and present insight of challenges presented in the academic journey to allow students to reflect on possible learned lessons and obstacles faced. To increase motivation, students were asked to identify sources of intrinsic motivation (e.g. desire to make their loved ones proud, completing goals set early on in education) and extrinsic motivation (e.g. earning college diploma, higher wages in career choice). Students will be encouraged to identify members of their family and friends that are rooting for them to finish college.
Intervention #1B: Using Failure as a Source of Inspiration and Direction
The goal of this workshop is to increase students’ self-efficacy by reflecting on their past failures. Students are encouraged to learn from their mistakes, remember their purpose in college, and create a mindset of hope. In the workshop, students reflect on a compilation of quotes about failure, and are asked to reflect on their past experiences to draw motivation to create a change in their scholastic journey. Student are then asked to compose a letter to their future selves, where they reflect on the challenges ahead in the semester, note their strengths, and increased self-efficacy.
Intervention #2: “Test Anxiety”
The goal is to increase insight on how students experience test anxiety, its cause and effects, and to facilitate a creation of effective coping skills for test anxiety. Students were asked to identify symptoms and effects from test anxiety. Presenters provided psycho-education information on anxiety (e.g. Thoughts-feelings-behaviors, fight-or-flight responses, and knowing the difference between poor preparation and test anxiety), and discussed its effects on mathematical abilities. Students will also spend time identifying ways to decrease test anxiety (e.g. finding effective studying skills, deep breathing exercises, test-taking strategies). Students will be encouraged to share their past experiences with test anxiety and identify key differences between times they felt confident and times they felt anxious entering an examination. Lastly, facilitators and students will identify how to deal with test anxiety in the moment and how to prevent test anxiety in the future.
Intervention #3: “Wind Beneath Your Sail & Proud Learning Moment”
The goal is to help students remember and re-discover their internal drive to succeed by instilling hope, and energizing students during a time where they feel worn out (i.e. close to end of semester) by reinforcing help seeking behaviors. Presenters will use a visualization exercise where students will be asked to visualize their experience of attending graduation. Students will also be asked to identify a Proud Learning Moment (PLM), a successfully accomplished task that began with self-doubts. Students will reflect on the doubts they may have experienced, their self-efficacy, sacrifices made, and joy in completing the challenging task. Students will be asked to share PLM with others and reflect on their experience. Students will participate in visualization exercise about graduation, to identify feelings of accomplishment, identify sources of support, and reflect on self-advice for academic motivation.
EDUC 201: RAISE Your GPA is a course offered through the Michael D. Eisner College of Education at CSUN. This one-credit course is designed to help students strengthen learning habits, increase academic self-confidence and motivation as well as the ability to set and achieve goals, with the aim of increasing academic persistence. This course is intended for students who are working to get off academic probation and want to prevent disqualification. Additionally, this course will introduce students to the CSUN resources and programs available to support academic success. The course learning objectives will be accomplished with the use of proven learning principles, self-assessments, interactive exercises, hands on practice and weekly writing assignments.
Fall 2021 sections include:
REMINDER: No permission number is needed to register. Talk to your academic advisor about whether this might be a good course for you!
Resources at CSUN
Below are resources that you can utilize as a student at CSUN.
The Career Center at CSUN offers career exploration and advisement along with job-search strategies to students and eligible alumni. By providing guidance on choosing a major and advice on how to make decisions, set goals and plan, the Career Center helps students advance on their career paths.
Disability Resources and Educational Services
Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) is guided by the belief that each individual has strengths, abilities and talents. Through student service, training and education programs, DRES furthers the vision of an inclusive society that supports the attainment of academic, professional and personal goals and persons of all abilities.
Educational Opportunity Programs
The Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) at California State University, Northridge designs, administers, and supports programs that deliver access and retention services to CSUN students. EOP provides services to historically low income, educationally disadvantaged, first-generation college students; a population that not only reflects the diversity of CSUN's feeder communities but also the diversity of the University itself.
Learning Resource Center
The Learning Resource Center's (LRC) mission is to enable students to improve their academic performance through a variety of learning programs including workshops, one-on-one and group tutoring, and supplemental instruction classes to develop and strengthen 1) critical thinking skills, 2) study strategies, 3) writing skills, and 4) performance in subject matter courses.
The mission of the Oviatt Library is to support the diverse information needs of our academic community through the delivery of relevant library resources and services, partnerships with CSUN faculty and staff in the education of our students, and the development of information competence and research skills that will prepare students for lifelong success in the digital age.
National Center on Deafness
The NCOD provides communication access, leadership opportunities, scholarships and direct communication classes for approximately 150 students who are deaf and hard of hearing each year by offering services such as interpreting, speech-to-text transcription, note taking, tutoring and academic advisement. The NCOD offers information for all prospective and current students and can provide guidance in applying for admission to CSUN.
The mission of the Testing Center is to advance the academic mission of California State University Northridge by facilitating an individual's educational and professional goals while providing a considerate and secure atmosphere for testing. The Testing Center provides high quality testing services to meet the growing needs of our students, faculty, administration and community.
University 100: The Freshman Seminar
The Freshman Seminar (3units, letter-graded) is dedicated to ensuring your college success and motivating your journey towards lifelong learning. The seminar will enable you to develop your own plan for personal, academic, and career success through self-evaluation, application of specific techniques, discussions, field experiences, and traditional classroom exercises. These activities will help you acquire effective study strategies, stimulate your critical and creative thinking skills, practice university-level oral and written expression, establish short-term and long-term goals, become a skilled user of library resources, and learn to manage time more efficiently. You'll find out about the many campus resources available to students and will be actively encouraged to form lasting relationships with your professor and classmates. This is a course about making choices: about setting and meeting your personal, academic, and career goals. University 100 is available for GE credit in Subject Explorations--Lifelong Learning (S4), and for Information Competence (IC) credit.
University Counseling Services
University Counseling Services (UCS) wants you to fulfill your personal and professional dreams and get the most out of your experience at CSUN. UCS offers services such as individual counseling, group and workshops, outreach workshops, the ExCEL individual counseling, crisis/urgent care assistance and peer education programs. We have a remarkable team of psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, psychiatrists, pre-doctoral interns, postdoctoral fellows, psychiatric residents and administrative staff. Each team member promises you ethical, respectful and professional care.
We offer individual tutoring to students writing papers in classes in an y discipline, supplemental instruction in first-year composition, workshops on various topics in reading and writing, and many ways to prepare for the UDWPE. At the University Writing Center, we believe that successful writers--beginning or experienced--benefit from discussing their work with an engaged and supportive audience. The Writing Center and Tutor Lab assist student writers by offering individualized feedback on their writing, at any stage of the process, including understanding the assignment, brainstorming, forming a thesis, developing content, organizing ideas, and learning proofreading skills.