Student Success Initiatives

Woodbury is fully committed to supporting of all of our students in their pursuit of success.  We offer numerous initiatives and services to assist students along the way.

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A partnership for success

The success of our students is of paramount importance to us at Woodbury. To achieve this, the university partners closely with students to offers a variety of services and initiatives that will assist them along the way. Some of what is available, include the following.

Services and Resources

Woodbury offers various counseling, tutoring, and career preparation services to students.

Academic Advising

Advisers are available for academic counseling support, including:

  • Helping students with schedule adjustments and graduation planning
  • Providing academic counseling and problem-solving assistance
  • Making referrals to campus resources as needed
  • Assisting with course management software
Contact: Evelyn Guzman, Academic Counselor 818.252.5129

LEARN MORE ABOUT ACADEMIC ADVISING

The Math, Science & Subject Tutoring Center

The Math, Science & Subject Tutoring Center offers free peer tutoring to all Woodbury students. Every tutor has expertise in MATH 049 and 149, and most can tutor in MATH 220, 249, and 251 and several science courses. As a team, their expertise covers an average of 30 courses per semester, in a wide variety of subjects, as well as specialized computer programs. Our appointment scheduler lists each tutor’s specialties for that semester.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center offers free peer tutoring services at all stages of the writing process, including brainstorming, developing and refining thesis statements, synthesizing sources, using correct APA and MLA documentation, editing, and proofreading. Tutors help with conventional papers, multi-modal and digital projects, and presentations for classes as well as other professional writing documents, such as resumes and application letters. You may work one-on-one, in-person with a tutor.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Specialist

An ESL specialist is available free-of-charge to assist international students who face difficulties with written assignments and require a more in-depth understanding of English and how it is used.

The Career Development Office provides programs, services and resources designed to encourage and assist students in all aspects of career planning. The office also fosters partnerships with employers, alumni, faculty and the community to provide opportunities for students to build the foundation of a successful career.

Learn more about Career Services

Programs

A number of programs are available to help students as well.

The Bridge Program is for students who enter the university with a GPA between 2.25 and 2.49. In order to support academic success, Bridge Program students are required to fulfill the following conditions:

  • Successful completion of a 4-week Bridge course
  • Meeting with Learning Specialist, Academic Affairs, twice per semester for the first two semesters.
  • Assignment of an Academic Peer Mentor
  • Participation in peer tutoring services via the Writing Center and the use of the ePortfolio system to create a self-reflective journal documenting their first year experience.
  • Meet with Library Liaison
  • Enroll in PPDV 100 or 200, Transition to College course

Contact Info:
Edward Rivas, M.A.
Learning Specialist, Academic Affairs
Woodbury University
7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504
Edward.Rivas@woodbury.edu
818-767-0888 Ext 5122

Transition Track students are those who enter the university with a non-weighted cumulative GPA between a 2.5 and 2.74. In order to support academic success, Transition Track students are required to fulfill the following steps within their first two semesters at Woodbury:

  • Meeting with Associate VP of Academic Affairs (AVPAA) or Learning Specialist, Academic Affairs, twice per semester for the first two semesters.
  • Assignment of an Academic Peer Mentor
  • Participation in peer tutoring services via the Writing Center and the use of the ePortfolio system to create a self-reflective journal documenting their first year experience.
  • Meet with Library Liaison
  • Enroll in PPDV 100 or 200, Transition to College course

Contact Info:
Raida Gatten
Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs
Woodbury University
7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504-1052
raida.gatten@woodbury.edu
(818) 252-5218

WISE is made up of five components which provide opportunities for students to engage in high-impact practices and earn up to two $1,000 tuition scholarships. These experiences lead to highly impactful learning and help with tuition costs. The five components are:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Study Away
  • Internship or Work Experience
  • Leadership
  • Undergraduate Research

Learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom and Woodbury has identified five areas that provide opportunities for students to gain meaningful knowledge and experience.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WISE

Contact Info:
Raida Gatten
Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs
Woodbury University
7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504-1052
raida.gatten@woodbury.edu
(818) 252-5218

Tools

Woodbury offers a variety of resources and tools that students can take advantage of to help them succeed.

The Campus CARE Team engages in proactive and collaborative approaches to identify, assess, and mitigate risks associated with members of the campus community, and visitors exhibiting concerning behaviors or thoughts.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CARE TEAM

Freshman (First Year)

  • Visit the Career Services office to find out what services are available to you.
  • Discuss career interests with a faculty advisor in your department, to plan relevant course work.
  • Speak with the Career Counselor about helping you get started creating an effective resume.
  • Attend job fairs and other career events, both on and off campus, to gather information and start building your network.
  • Volunteer for community service activities to build your skills and experience.
  • Research part-time, summer or on-campus jobs related to your field of study.
  • Begin to compile a “wish list” of the companies and/or potential employers in your field that you would like to work for – and familiarize yourself with their mission, values & culture using online research.
  • Get involved with student groups and organizations related to your major and/or career interests.
  • Establish your professional online presence by creating your LinkedIn account and filling out your profile.
  • Connect with Woodbury social media accounts to stay up to date on campus activities and services.
  • Activate your account on the Woodbury Online Student Job Board to keep informed about job and internship opportunities.

Sophomore (Second Year)

•   Find a part-time job on or off campus to build your work experience.
•   Keep your resume updated as you add skills and experience through studies and professional development activities.
•   Work with your department to develop your portfolio.
•   Continue to build communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills through student activities and organizations.
•   Build your professional social media presence by updating your profile on LinkedIn, and establishing professional accounts on platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and begin following professionals in your field.
•   Develop a professional statement / “Elevator Pitch” that will serve as your introductory statement when meeting others at networking events, interviews, professional functions, etc.
•   Start exploring internship options for you major/areas of career interest to become familiar with the internship timelines & process, preparing you to find an internship in your junior year.
•  Research potential internship opportunities in your field to ensure that you are gaining the necessary skills and experience needed to promote yourself as a strong candidate for internships you will be pursuing in the near future.
•  Talk to alumni and conduct informational interviews to learn about the specific career options available in your discipline.
•   Pursue leadership opportunities in student groups and service organizations in order to gain experience that can enhance your resume and other professional profiles.


Junior (Third Year)

  • Identify internship opportunities through online searches, the Woodbury Student Job Board, faculty advisors, networking, and visiting Career Services.
  • Pursue, obtain and complete an internship in your field – meet with the Internship Coordinator for your department for documentation and approval.
  • Research positions in your field to ensure your skills match the ones needed in the job you want.
  • Identify the appropriate attire for job fairs, recruiting events and interviews for those in your field, and make sure your wardrobe is ready.
  • Update your resume and cover letter, learn about tailoring your documents to specific job openings, and check in with Career Services to ensure that your documents are professional and ready to submit.
  • Create/update your professional portfolio and have it reviewed by an advisor in your department to ensure it is a strong marketing tool to promote your abilities when presented to a potential employer.
  • Attend career fairs to learn the specific current skills and experiences that are expected for potential hires by the employers in your field.
  • Build your interview skills through practice – schedule a mock interview with Career Services.
  • Continue updating your LinkedIn profile with internship experiences and new skills, and focus on expanding online networking connections by interacting with professionals in your field as well as Woodbury alumni, faculty and fellow students.
  • Stay during the summer as an assistant to a faculty or staff member. Check for special positions and opportunities in your department.

Senior (Fourth Year)

  • If you didn’t completed an internship in your Junior year, make sure you find and complete one no later than Spring of your Senior year in order to meet the graduation internship requirement at Woodbury.
  • If you have finished an internship, consider pursuing and completing another internship experience to explore another aspect of your field of choice, or to provide expanded skills development and professional experience for your resume.
  • Continue to grow your network through online professional interaction, in-person networking and other career events, informational interviews and department connections.
  • Research current trends and skills in your chosen profession to make sure you have developed the necessary abilities for entry-level professionals. If there’s a skill or experience missing that’s needed for your field, pursue opportunities for independent learning.
  • Build a list of professional references who are willing to vouch for your skills. Prepare a list of the contact information for those agreeing to be your reference, to submit to potential employers when asked.
  • Schedule a mock interview with Career Services to practice your skills and prepare for interviews with potential employers.
  • Continue attending career fairs and other on and off-campus networking events to meet potential employers and practice your networking and interviewing skills.
  • Continue developing your expertise at tailoring the resumes and cover letters you submit when applying for specific openings.

 

Benefits
Identify learning skills strengths as well as areas needing improvement
Get recommendations and tips on how to specifically improve your own study skills
General Study Skills                    
Academic Confidence           
Time Management                        
Reading Comprehension          
Note-Taking Style                       
Writing Skills           
Test-Taking Skills                        
Test Anxiety        

 

The inventory consists of 46 survey questions and takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Students receive a printed report, which provides scores in the target areas, tips on how to improve those areas, and campus resources, which can assist them in succeeding academically.

Follow-up – Evelyn Guzman, an academic counselor, is available to interpret your scores, help you apply the SBI recommendations, and develop strategies to improve your study skills. She will also assess how you currently prepare for your most challenging courses and suggest more effective ways of learning and retaining course material.

You can set up an appointment with Evelyn by contacting her at evelyn.guzman@woodbury.edu, or you may call (818)252-5129 and she will be happy to schedule one for you.

Location: Students may complete the instrument in the Whitten Student Center, on the first floor of Hensel Hall or at click on the button below.
Self Assessment

This service is free for all students