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Academic Enhancement Seminars

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“AES is a comfortable place to be in an uncomfortable situation.”                                 
Previous AES Student

What is AES?

Academic Enhancement Seminars (AES) are offered as a one-credit courses through the Department of Counseling Psychology for students who want to improve their study skills and improve their grades.

What is the structure and goal of AES?

Students meet once a week for ten-sessions. The seminar is divided into three distinct phases. The first phase focuses on helping students clarify the reasons they are in school and what they expect to achieve. The objective of this phase is to assist students to develop clear short- and long-term goals while simultaneously coming to a better understanding of their sources of internal and external motivation. The second phase extends the goals set forth in phase one, helping students to formulate strategies and improve problem-solving skills that facilitate achieving both academic and social goals. Finally, the third phase focuses on developing the types of social competence that are integral to academic and interpersonal success. 

What are the objectives of AES?

  • Improve grades

  • Enhance communication skills both academically and socially

  • Develop more efficient study skills

  • Learn to manage time more effectively

  • Gain knowledge of available University resources

  • Download the Current AES Syllabus

Who is eligible to enroll in AES?

Any student who is currently on academic probation status and has not previously enrolled in the seminar.

When does the seminar begin and end?

AES typically begins during the second or third week of each semester. The first week of AES classes for ​​​​Summer 2020​ is June 16 to July 9th. The summer classes meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

​What are the seminar meeting times and places?

Times for​ ​Fall 2020 are forthcoming.

We are offering one seminar meeting time for Summer 2020. This class is offered entirely online.
Seminar Day / Time Meeting Place Instructor
115-002 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays 1:00-2:15pm
Online - CANVAS
Cynthia Smith

*There are currently no AES sections that are specifically for STEM focused students.

How do I enroll?

Students on academic probation will be contacted ​by email during the first or second week of the semester with details on how to enroll in AES. If you have not received an email by that time, please contact ​the AES Teaching Team to express interest at aes@education.wisc.edu.

   **You can also fill out the AES Enrollment Google form to indicate your interest and availability.**

Please complete the form by Monday, 8 June 2020 by 11:59pm. Enrollment for AES is on a first-come first-serve basis.

Can I enroll in AES during the summer?

Yes! Summer AES classes were first offered in Summer 2016, offered during ​a three-week session of the summer. For more information please contact Andrea Burdick for enrollment information.

Who do I contact to find out more about AES?

If you have questions about AES please contact Andrea ​Burdick or the AES Teaching Team at aes@education.wisc.edu.

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