Thursday, June 7, 2018


In order to qualify for many scholarships, you need to do something NOW--get a strong score on your ACT. For the rest of this week, ACT should be your focus. By concentrating on key skills NOW, you will open up the possibilities of scholarships available to you.

Another reason to make sure you score as high as possible on your ACT is so that you can go ahead and apply to colleges THIS SUMMER.  And, in addition to your GPA, you need an ACT of 20.  The higher your score, the more POSSIBILITIES you will have for scholarships!  

The University of Montevallo TRIO Upward Bound Programs BELIEVE in you...use your SUPER STRENGTH and SUPER STRATEGIES.

So, get busy NOW.

Friday, October 13, 2017

SUPER SATURDAY OCTOBER 14

TRIO Upward Bound Super Saturday tomorrow, October 14th, from 8:30 a.m.--12:30 p.m.  

For this week ONLY we will meet in Morgan 102 (the building next to Comer).  ACT Prep, Make Up An Absence, Tutoring, Scholarships and Essays.  Bring your books and get ready to LEARN!

Friday, October 6, 2017

NEW TRIO PROGRAM COMES TO UM

The University of Montevallo TRIO Upward Bound Programs are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Math and Science grant from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $263,936.00 per year for the next five years.  This grant will allow us to serve an additional sixty (60) students from Bibb, Chilton and Shelby counties. 

The TRIO Upward Bound Math and Science program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students.  The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science, and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in related fields of study, and ultimately move on to careers in math and science professions.

This program will offer a six week summer residential program with intensive math and science training and skill development; year-round counseling and advisement; exposure to faculty members who conduct research in mathematics and the science; computer training; and student-involved scientific research under the guidance of faculty members and graduate students, who are serving as mentors.

This fall we will offer a one-time open enrollment for students in grades 9-12.  Students must have at least a 2.5 grade point average, be a first generation college student (neither parent graduated from a 4-year college), and/or from low-income household (a family of four annual income of less than $36,900). Students must also be interested in pursuing a postsecondary degree in math or science.    



Monday, October 2, 2017

Follow this link to the Success 101 Power Point presented at the TRIO Upward Bound Parent and New Student Orientation on October 2.
SUCCESS 101: Practical Tips to Academic Success


Friday, September 15, 2017

COLLEGE VISITS FALL 2017

Here are the college visits for this fall.  Contact Mr. Barnes at barnesp@montevallo.edu if you would like to visit these schools.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

RESOURCES FOR BETTER GRADES


Khan Academy
·        http://www.khanacademy.org/
Khan Academy has thousands of videos on everything in all areas of mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, finance, and history.  Using this site, you can practice skills you have learned but might have forgotten, or learn new skills and concepts at your own pace.   Scroll down on this page and find a free tutorial on ANY mathematics, or academic course!   The UB Homework Helpers can assist you by recommending videos to watch and challenging you to do your best on EVERY math skill! While this site won’t do the work for you, if you understand the concept, you can learn how to do it! 
Quizlet
·        http://quizlet.com/
A great FREE site where you can make your own flashcards you can print and/or play games. You can also see flashcards Mrs. Buff and Upward Bound tutors have made for you to use.  Or, if you prefer, you can make your own flashcards, search for other Quizlet flashcards made by educators, and become an expert in your classes!  (Quizlet is especially great for Spanish, French, Biology, and History).
Mathematics Resources
Of course, it’s great because it’s PURPLE, but this index can also help any student or tutor to understand a particular concept STEP BY STEP!
·        http://www.mathwords.com/
A link to an online dictionary of mathematical terms.
Chemistry
·        http://www.khanacademy.org/
This is an AWESOME site used by many of the Chemistry teachers!  Learn how to do your chemistry homework with the help of Khan Academy and watch your grades improve!
This is a great resource to understand and view terms, equations, etc. associated with stoichiometry.
If you’re having difficulty in Chemistry, this is the place to visit!  You can view tutorials to help you with basic chemistry, through AP Chemistry concepts.
Prudent chemistry information that is more detailed and has study guides.
·        http://www.gcsechemistry.com/index1.htm
Interactive periodic table and other great basic information for non-science majors.
·        http://chemistry.about.com/library/blproblems.htm?PM=ss14_chemistry
This site provides an index of different mathematically based chemistry problems with examples for your reference.  It also has links to other chemistry sites.
·        http://www.sparknotes.com/chemistry/
A helpful chemistry resource with summaries about reactions, stoichiometry, and ions.  
Biology
·        http://www.biology-online.org
These sites provide different ways of explaining and examining basic biological processes for introductory classes.
·        http://www.biology.arizona.edu/
The Biology Project website that provides a wealth of information on biology topics.
·        http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ Punctuation, grammar, mechanics, notes of how to discuss literature, and a handy dandy list of literary terms can be found at this link and will help you to write any English paper using MLA format. 
·        http://www.bartleby.com/bulfinch/  Learn everything you want to know about mythology at this site, which features Bulfinch’s Mythology by topic.

·        http://www.arthuriana.org/teaching/Handout_Buff_True_Knight.pdf This was a handout created by a talented group of University of Montevallo Upward Bound English Honors students during the Summer of 2002.  The information was presented at a Medieval Literature Conference in Kennesaw, GA in 2004 and published on the Arthuriana Pedagogy page as a resource sample for teaching high school students research medieval literature.  
·        http://labyrinth.georgetown.edu/  Medieval studies scholarly resources compiled and organized from around the world. Contains texts in all European languages, including Latin and Greek
·        http://www.gradesaver.com/study-guides/ Classic Notes by Gradesaver allows students to view themes and character lists for most important/classic works of literature.  While it does not replace reading the text, Classic Notes can help students understand novels, plays, and epic poetry. 
Foreign Languages
Access this site on You Tube to view LOTS of Spanish lessons.  These videos are done with a teacher, and cover all aspects of Spanish.
WOW!  Get all the help you need with pronunciation, vocabulary, and key concepts.  Use this site along with a tutor, or access specific lessons to review important areas.
·        www.quizlet.com
At this site, you can type in a subject area and find all the vocabulary flashcards you will need to make an A every time in EVERY language course!
·        http://www.wordreference.com/
A fantastic online dictionary for French, Spanish, German, and other languages.
·        http://www.colby.edu/~bknelson/SLC/index.php
A great site for Spanish grammar information and exercises as well as cultural information.
·        http://www.studyspanish.com/
A lot of excellent general information, quizzes, and activities for Spanish.
Economics
·        http://www.pinkmonkey.com/studyguides/subjects/eco/contents.asp
An excellent site for reviewing and studying macroeconomic concepts.
History
·        http://college.cengage.com/history/us/resources/students/weblinks/index.html A collection of links to web sites covering all of American History
·       http://wps.ablongman.com/long_divine_app_7/20/5190/1328854.cw/index.html  This link provides students with EVERYTHING related to US History, from Old World to the present.  It is provided by Pearson Education.
·        https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-united-states-history/about-the-exam?ushist  This site is College Board’s overview of the AP History test. 
A collection of about 1200 web sites focused on all kinds of history.
·        http://www.house.gov/ and http://www.senate.gov/
Links to information on the US Senate and the House of Representatives that contains current information on issues.
·        http://psych.athabascau.ca/html/aupr/students.shtml A huge site that provides a wealth of information about psychology in general and resources for tutoring and teaching psychology.
·        http://www.sociosite.net/topics/sociologists.php
Excellent general information about famous sociologists and sociological subject matter.
Study Skills Resources
·        http://www.howtostudy.org/resources.php
A fantastic resource for tips related to study skills and studying in general.  This information is beneficial for learning HOW to study!
Advanced Collaborative Online Whiteboards
At this site, you can actually work out mathematical equations and/or use it for balancing/computing in Chemistry. FREE.
·        Whiteboards tutor should look in to using for online, emergency tutoring.
·        You Tube (or videos on your phone working problems).  LOTS of videos on any subject. (OR SET UP YOUR OWN YOU TUBE)…just let me know.

Monday, August 21, 2017

THE SECRET BEHIND THE "A"


Have you ever noticed how some students work hard and make those "A's" in their classes?  While part of the secret may be an ability to comprehend quickly, most successful students will tell you that there's a method to making great grades.  Often, the higher grade comes with more efficient organization, focus, and a PLAN to get higher grades--that's right--very little to do with ability and everything to do with attitude. Read more about how to unlock the Secret Behind the "A" here. 
The Secret Behind the "A"