Success Skills Workshops
Success Skills Workshops are one-hour sessions that focus on skills students need to be successful in college (study skills, note-taking, motivation, etc.). While there is no shortcut to success, the goal of the workshops is to empower students to identify and apply academic habits and soft skills through a deeper understanding and purpose of them.
Workshop topics are chosen based on research and student feedback that lead to stronger academic success. Each workshop in the series is led by a Learning Commons professional staff member and features interactive breakout sessions with peer educators.
Review the workshop descriptions below and then register for each workshop by clicking on RSVP for Success Skills Workshops. For a step-by-step guide on how to register, go to How to RSVP for Success Skills Workshop. Registration closes 12 hours prior to the workshop start time.
Note: By registering, you are reserving a limited seat. If you must cancel, email Hannah Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org 24 hours before the workshop. If you do not cancel within this time frame or at all, your workshop will be marked as a No Show. Two workshops with this status will affect your ability to attend future workshops.
Preparing for a Successful Semester: Planning and Organizing for Your Classes Expand
Most students start out the semester with the best of intentions. Without a continued plan, though, these positive habits can wane. With some early organization and planning, you can set yourself up for success throughout the semester.
In this workshop, we will focus on structures of organization using your syllabi, effective academic habits, and time management that will result in a creation of your own unique plan for the semester. Key skills covered during this time are goal-setting, time management, prioritization and useful campus academic resources.
Bulking Up Your Notes: Strategies for Taking Notes in College Expand
One of the biggest factors in your classroom learning is taking notes. A key aspect to learning and retaining knowledge is memory. Learn more about memory and notes to assess your note-taking style and bulk them up to be better than before.
In this workshop, we will focus on the common myths and latest research on the skill of note-taking, how memory and note-taking relate to learning, styles of notes, and an assessment of your current behaviors resulting in the creation of your own blended style of taking notes. Key skills covered during this time are note-taking, metacognition, time management, and motivation.
Study Smarter, Not Longer: Study Skills Working For You Expand
Studying is one of the most useful tools in passing a class and yet, often, is one of the biggest stressors. Using research on memory to enhance studying, you will learn how to study smarter rather than longer.
In this workshop, we will focus on the latest research on memory and studying, discuss different options of studying as they relate to different content, and practice different methods resulting in a personal study game plan. Key skills covered during this time are memory, study skills, time management, procrastination and motivation.
Bouncing Back: Moving Past Surviving to Thriving Expand
Are you feeling overwhelmed by course work? Do you feel the weight of that poor exam grade? Move past the “I just need to survive this semester” and towards thriving.
In this workshop, we will focus on the latest research on growth mindset and motivation, assessing your personal goals and action steps, and creating structures for achievement of these goals resulting in your own individualized plan for thriving in college. Key skills covered during this time are motivation, cognitive reframing, growth mindset, resiliency, and goal setting.
The Looming Exam: Push Past Procrastination to Action Expand
You sit down to start studying, ready to give this all you have. While you are pulling up your notes, you decide to take a little detour… next thing you know, you are lost in the sea of Netflix and Snapchat and your study time is up! This procrastination leads to more and more stress and less and less work. Come learn about procrastination and gain the skills to push past it to action and achievement.
In this workshop, we will focus on the latest research on motivation and procrastination and an assessment of your own behaviors resulting in a balanced plan for continued motivation for your next exam and throughout the semester. Key skills covered are motivation, prioritization, stress management and perseverance.
Ugh, Group Work: How to Successfully Navigate Working with Peers Expand
Group work is all around college. Whether it is for one homework assignment or semester long project, you are required to participate in small groups with peers. Often times, this causes anxiety, stress and frustration leading to thoughts of “How do I do this?” Learn skills and strategies to move your small group experience from one of dread to opportunity.
In this workshop, we will focus on the latest research on small group learning, key components to a successful small group experience, and tools to use when in the throes of a group project. Key skills covered are group dynamics, communication skills, and stress management.
Writing Well: Why and How to Write Your Next Essay or Paper Expand
Whether you are stuck on the first sentence or the last, writing an essay is messy and takes a lot of mental energy. Bring in an upcoming writing assignment and dive into strategies for writing well!
In this workshop, we will focus on jumpstarting the writing process, qualities of a strong writer, and critical components of strong academic writing. Key skills covered during this time are the writing process, academic integrity, citation skills and motivation.
Who has Time for Finance? Getting Familiar with Your Money Expand
Outside of courses, finances are one of the biggest stressors college students have. Do you want to work on this stressor so that it is less stressful? Come learn about how to control your money rather than it controlling you.
In this workshop, we will focus on the different areas of finance (personal finance, student loans, and credit cards), strategies to start to manage your money, and finish out with resources to support your financial health moving forward.
Stress and Wellness: Finding Your Balance Expand
As the semester finishes up, students are overwhelmed with final papers, exams and projects. Often times, this workload leads to an overabundance of stress! Take some time to learn about balancing your assignments, studying and stress relief.
In this workshop, we will focus on the science of stress, explore strategies of stress relief and create a balanced plan of action to help destress during Finals Week.
Presenting Like a Pro: Utilizing Public Speaking Skills in Your Next Class Project Expand
Does the thought of presenting in front of your class terrify you? Are you seeking to be the best public speaker your professor has ever seen...or at least good enough to get a good grade? Come to this workshop with your topic in mind and willingness to practice your presention skills with others!
In this workshop, we will focus on tips and tricks for presenting, practice strategies, and create action steps to prepare for your next class presentation.