9 tips to implement Crowning Achievements online workshops in Z-Learning

The Crowning Achievements academic program launched this fall, and we wanted to give you tips from the chapters using it most on how to best implement the program. You will learn how to get started in Z-Learning, encourage members to complete their questionnaire and workshop, and integrate it into what you already do for academics. Not to mention, as members’ GPA goes up, so does your chapter’s!

Get out your pen, and write these tips from Zetas to Zetas on what’s worked for them!

1. Reveal the program by showing your members the Z-Learning website. Tell all of your awesome nerds about the great features and what it’s all about by using the Kick-Off workshop.

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2. Tell them why members should take the workshops. Why should they care, you ask? By taking the questionnaires and workshops in Z-Learning and applying what they learned, members will learn needed skills to achieve their academic goals, gain confidence in completing coursework and prepare for their career path. AND they will learn to study!

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3. Do Z-Learning questionnaires and workshops together in a chapter meeting or in a computer lab. Everyone will actively participate and pay attention when their sisters are around the room doing the same thing. Members can share what they learned with one another and get great advice. Just remember to bring headphones because most of the workshops have sound.

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4. If your chapter uses Berry Bucks, or ZTA “Monopoly money” members can trade in at the end of the semester/quarter for prizes, give those to members who completed it as an incentive. Make it RAIN!

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5. Help members brush up on their academic skills like J. Law’s obvious talents. Fulfill the requirement of one academic skill-based program per year by connecting member’s lowest questionnaire scores to the topic of the in-person academic achievement program.

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6. When members complete their questionnaire and workshop, make it count as a study hour for the week (if your chapter has a study hours program). Take a break from the books to learn how to stop procrastinating or study smarter.

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7. Who doesn’t love prizes? Use social media shout outs or candy as incentives to complete their questionnaire and workshop.

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8. Your members just might forget to log on after the Kick-Off, so send friendly reminders after the Kick-Off meeting with quick instructions of how to log onto Z-Learning and what they need to do.

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9. Encourage members to actually apply the strategies they learned in the workshops to their classes. Follow up with activities to spark conversation and remind members about the helpful strategies.

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Remember, if you are Academic Achievement Chairman, you can check out who has completed their questionnaire and workshop in ZetaBase by logging in, going to the Z-Learning tab and choosing the report you want to see. These are your go-to reports to give out prizes and incentives.

Now go use these tips and strive for academic greatness!

*Thank you to those rockstar chapters who contributed to this list: Beta Upsilon, Delta Eta, Delta Iota, Delta Mu, Eta Lambda, Kappa Lambda, Kappa Pi, Theta Kappa, Upsilon, Zeta Nu, Zeta Omega and Zeta Upsilon.

Zeta Tau Alpha: A Love Story

This Valentine’s Day we’re focusing on love, the greatest of all things. There are many types of love, but there’s nothing quite like the love we have for our sisters. The Zeta Tau Alpha love story is one that stays with us throughout our lives and one that should be celebrated. Check out these nine reasons why Zeta love is the best love ever.

1. From the moment you hugged your new sisters on Bid Day, you knew you’d found best friends for life.

2. Whether you’re working together to put on an awesome Think Pink® event or competing in an intramural game together, you and your sisters make a great team.

3. You know that no matter what happens, nothing can tear you apart.
4. You can truly be yourself around your sisters and you know they will still love you.
5. Your sisters always know what to say to cheer you up or encourage you.
6. You know they will always have your back and you will always have theirs.
7. You never want to leave your sisters and find it hard to walk away after spending time with each other. You just like being together!
8. But you know that no matter where you all are, the bonds of sisterhood will remain strong.
9. Because your sisters are your people, and they always will be.
This Valentine’s Day, be sure to tell your sisters how much you love them.

A Zeta’s guide to New Year’s resolutions, as told by the best gifs of 2014

It’s that time of year again—the moment we’ve painstakingly cultivated Pinterest boards about—it’s New Year’s resolution time.

Below are nine resolutions we could all follow to make our lives a little brighter in 2015, according to some of the best gifs and moments of the last year.

  1. Do more of what makes you happy.
    We all need a spirit-boost every once in a while. Make time to do things that make you happy this year, like rewarding yourself with a post-study session dance break.
  2. Prove there is more than meets the eye.
    As sorority women, we are constantly battling stereotypes. Make a promise to yourself and your sisters that 2015 will be the year of living ZTA values to break down those stereotypes.
  3. Make friends with someone you don’t know.
    Go out of your way to get to know someone new. This could mean going out of your way to talk to someone in one of your classes or at work—maybe even someone in another Panhellenic sorority—or just spending more time with a new member you haven’t gotten to know very well yet. Strike up a conversation by doing something nice for them!
  4. Be healthy—mentally, physically and emotionally.
    Lose the Grumpy Cat blues by deciding to take charge of every aspect of your health this year. We even have some resources that can help! Check out our wellness Pinterest board and our new fraternity-sponsored mental health programming, Behind Happy Faces.
  5. If you fall, get up and dust yourself off.
    Take a note from Jennifer Lawrence’s red carpet/award show appearances in 2014: Sometimes falling down can be endearing, especially if you follow it by accepting an award for something awesome.
  6. Try something new!
    No matter what you do this year, take a trip outside your comfort zone. Travel somewhere you’ve never been before, learn a new skill or go out on a limb for the sake of fashion.
  7. Let go.
    A list about 2014 wouldn’t be complete without a “Frozen” reference, so here it is. Follow Elsa’s example and let go of things that have held you back in the past!
  8. Make teamwork a priority.
    When we work together, we can accomplish great things. Don’t forget, team work makes the dream work in 2015.
  9. You do you!
    Keep chasing your dreams this year and don’t let anyone knock your style! Set tangible goals and accomplish them in your own way. It doesn’t matter how you get there, so long as you do.

Having trouble deciding which one of these you want to take on? Let us help you pick with our ZTAFeed quiz!

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5 Steps to Finding Your Greatness

As Zetas, we pride ourselves on being leaders, but each of us has areas where we continue to “Strive for Greatness,” which happens to be the theme of our upcoming National Leadership Conference in July 2015.

In this biennium, ZTA is focusing on greatness and here is how you can find your greatness within. It’s within reach, if you follow these five steps to be G-R-E-A-T!

Grow
Find your passion!  What do you love doing? How can you grow and develop in that area? How can you enhance your own skills?

Reality
Take time to really evaluate yourself as a leader.  Sometimes we have an idea of our strengths and they can actually be areas we need to develop. We’ll never know unless we take a minute to reflect on our current reality. For ZTA chapters, this means assessing your real strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats.

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Explore
Get out of your comfort zone and think about new ideas to positively change and improve your reality. Ask other people for fresh ideas and generate tons of creative options. Have fun with it!

Answer
Narrow down your list of creative options and choose the direction you would like to take. Weigh the pros and cons of your final few and make your final choice of what to do.

Take Action
You’ve done the work to figure out your next move. Now, it’s time to do it! Make personal goals and an action plan to make it happen.

There you have it! The G-R-E-A-T acronym is now yours to use. Learn more about it, NLC and the plan for the biennium here.