Welcome to the Hoos Focused!
As of Fall 2023, we now have TWO weekly offerings (details below):
Hoos Focused Group Meeting (Fridays at 2pm) AND
Hoos Focused Study Hall (Sundays 2-4pm)
Hoos Focused Group Meeting
Fridays 2pm in 204 Clemons (Fall 2023 Semester: 8/25-12/1)
We are a drop-in group with the goal of supporting students who struggle with concentration, organization, and/or focus. Our group is open to both undergraduate and graduate students from all UVA schools and co-led by Dr. Elaine Bailey (SDAC) and Christy Rotman. Consider joining us consistently or just drop in on weeks you are available.
Each meeting will begin with a moment of mindfulness, followed by a resource or content for discussion. Open dialogue and strategy exchange are welcome and we encourage students to use the group for increased accountability. Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. Join us on Friday afternoons at 2pm to learn strategies for success and to connect with other students! We look forward to meeting you!
"Hoos Focused Group Meeting is a great support system for people with ADHD. Mentors provide valuable inputs in figuring out solutions for academic as well as everyday problems. It can also be really relieving and helpful to hear other peers share their struggles and coping mechanisms." - participating graduate student
"Hoos Focused Group Meetings have been pivotal in helping me meet important deadlines, like qualifying essays and exams - and even required dissertation goals - in my graduate program. The Hoos Focused community's encouragement and support, not to mention their helpful resources and informative lectures, helped me regain a sense of optimism when I felt hopeless about my prospects of getting crucial work done on time. I can't recommend this group highly enough to anyone who struggles with focus, organization, or maintaining progress with goals!" - participating graduate student
Hoos Focused Study Hall **new Fall 2023**
Sundays 2-4pm in 220 Clemons (Fall 2023 semester: 9/17-12/3)
Need some increased accountability to work alongside others and support your focus and productivity?
Join this new weekly study hall hosted by Eltina Sankoh, a graduate student and SDAC employee. Bring your own work and benefit from the camaraderie and shared focus!
Many college students express concern about maintaining focus and discipline in their courses. The goal of Hoos Focused is to serve as an educational resource and community setting for students at UVA who share these concerns. If you find yourself experiencing difficulties with any of the following, consider joining us for one or both of our weekly offerings. Hoos Focused Group Meeting topics might include:
- Planning for long-term assignments
- Organizational support and assignment planning
- Time management tips
- Long-term and short-term goal setting
- How to maintain attention in class and while studying
- Understanding an ADHD diagnosis
- Conducting self-care practices
- Ways to stay motivated throughout the semester
- Coping with test anxiety
- And more!