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Resources for Students

Glossary of Terms

For those unfamiliar with university life, many vocabulary terms used around campus might seem like a foreign language. It is important for students to understand the terms commonly used at Western Washington University to be able to make the most out of their college career. Please take a look at the glossary of terms to familiarize yourself with Western's "Academic Language."

Glossary of Terms Commonly Used at Western


Purposeful Goal Planning Worksheet

Use this blank goal planning worksheet to help you prioritize your academic goals and to decide what steps are necessary to achieve them. A very powerful academic tool indeed!

Purposeful Goal Planning Worksheet


Not quite sure how to set SMART academic goals? This sheet is loaded with useful language and goal examples to help you effectively plan out your goals! Please use this to help with the Purposeful Goal Planning Worksheet which can be found directly above.

How To Write Purposeful Academic Goals


Academic Plan Worksheet

Please use this blank academic planning worksheet to help you map out the courses that you might take during your college career here at Western. Having an academic plan can really help you make the most of your time and money while in college. Please download and print this worksheet out and meet with an academic advisor to get started on the right path!

Academic Plan Worksheet

Academic Improvement Plan

Please use the academic improvement plan below to help you and your advisor develop a plan for academic success. Our First Alert program can provide you with many tools to turn things around. Please download and print this document. Fill it out before you meet with an academic advisor. The Plan of Action can be completed with the help fo the advisor when you come in for your appointment.

Academic Improvement Plan


Quarterly Calendar

Please use this blank quarterly calendar to help you keep track of important dates throughout the quarter. Write down your exam days and your assignment due dates and post it some place that you can easily see it. This can be a real academic lifesaver!

Winter Quarter Calendar 2014

Blank Weekly Calendar

This is the weekly calendar that you can use to help plan your weeks during the quarter. You can include things like class time, study time, dining, exercise, social happenings, sleep, and other activities. This is a very useful tool for helping you to stay on top of everything!

Blank Weekly Calendar


Not sure how to make your calendar as effective as it can be? Please take a look at the sample calendar for ideas on how to organize your own weekly calendar, including the use of color to help you identify different activities.

Sample Weekly Calendar


Blank "To-Do" Checklist

Do you use checklists to plan and prioritize your time and obligations? Please use this "To-Do" checklist to help with planning your study times, your homework assignments, your social obligations, and your daily necessesities. The first list is there to help you "brainstorm" all of the things you need to do. Once you have written them down, the second list is there for you to prioritize what you need to do first, second, third, and so on.

Blank "To-Do" Checklist

Page Updated 05.01.2014