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“Surviving Shepherd” – Resource Guide developed by a Shepherd student!

How to Sign Up for Shep OWL or a Writing Tutor

Shepherd University Student Resources

College Success Podcast Series from NPR

A Year of Firsts: College Success Podcast Series from Instagram

Monthly Adjustment Issues 

In Defense of the Liberal Arts

College is not a Commodity

The Unexpected Value of the Liberal Arts

Why College is Worth It

The benefits of a bachelor’s degree, both economic and non-economic (personal)

Learn Like a Tiger – Challenges help us Grow

Growth Mindset Introduction: What it is, How it works, and Why it Matters

GRIT scale

Developing A Growth Mindset

Tips for Choosing a Major

Major Exploration Tips for Students

Differences Between High School & College

Wallace Commencement Address

Midterm Motivation

Anti-Racism Resources

Information Literacy:

Information Literacy – Wesleyan University

Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Research

Google Scholar

Critical Thinking: 

Critical Thinking Questions

Questions a Critical Thinker Asks

Fact Checking Information

Tips for Analyzing News Sources

How to Make Hard Choices


Mental Health resources 

Distinguishing Consent

Self-Care Tips

How to Overcome Stage Fright (and other stressors)

How You Think About Stress Matters

Stress Less (counseling services presentation)

Financial Literacy:

Make Cents WV

SPENT online finances game

Ways to Pay for College – MPT

Maximizing College & Minimizing Debt

You Need A Budget – budget monitoring software

Time Management, Note Taking, & Study Skills:

Note Taking Strategies

Time Management Strategies

Time Management – The Personal Time Survey

Time Management Tips

Email Etiquette

Academic Tips (wide range of topics)

For Instructors:

FYEX Learning Outcomes

FYEX 101 syllabus template FYEX 102 syllabus template

Pedagogy Tips for FYEX Instructors

Classroom Engagement & Active Learning Tips

Pronouns, Names, & Gender Inclusivity in the Classroom

Gender-Fair Language & Gender Inclusive Pronouns

Field Trip Guidelines  (Waiver Form – PDF version and Word Version)

Introducing the Wellness Competency

Questions to Promote Critical Thinking

Assignment to Learn About Campus Support Services

Assignment to Learn About Academic Success Skills

Incorporating Information Literacy 

ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox – a platform and repository for sharing Framework materials

Framework for Information Literacy – adopted in 2016. Builds on and expands the standards outlined in the 2000 Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

GRIT & Resilience PowerPoint

Time Management  & Study Skills 

Anti-Racism Scaffolded Resources

Diversity Exercises/Scenarios

Topic Suggestions for Short In-Class Writing Reflections


What First Year Students Should Know

Tips for Building Interest & Motivation

Problem Solving through Group Discussion