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Podcasts: Radio shows for mp3 players

Students can download podcasts to help them deal with the end of the semester.

Podcasts help students prepare for end of the semester

April 25, 2006

"Preparing for Final Exams," "Avoiding Procrastination" and "Finishing the Semester Strong."

Those are among the free podcasts issued by the University's Office for Student Affairs to better help students cope with a wide range of issues associated with the end of the semester.

Students can download all seven of the audio segments, which are between three and eight minutes long, and play them on their iPod, digital media player or computer.

Psychologists and counselors from the University Counseling & Consulting Services (UCCS) and the Student Conflict Resolution Center developed the podcasts in response to the concerns they frequently see at the end of the semester.

"We know students are busy with classes, final projects and jobs right now," said Scott Slattery, UCCS psychologist. "They are aware of the need for help in figuring out how to balance all of the last-minute demands of the term, but they don't know how to fit yet another task into their schedule. With an iPod, they can get some practical, straightforward suggestions and information in the time it takes to walk across the Washington Avenue Bridge between classes."

The Office of the Senior Vice President for System Administration assisted in development of the podcasts.

To listen to the audio clips, go to the Office for Student Affairs Web site at www.osa.umn.edu/podcasts/.