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At this time, The Learning Center is pleased to offer several new workshops that can be requested for a classroom presentation. These workshops fall into three main categories: study skills/testing, reading/writing, and math/technology. In addition, we can work with you to create instruction that is tailored to your specific pedagogical goals. To schedule a workshop, please click on the workshop below and fill out a quick form.

This recently revamped overview of support services begins with a fun group activity that demonstrates the power and efficiency of some well-timed learning support.

This workshop has been designed to help students with their transition from Moodle to Canvas. We will cover the basics of setting notifications, navigating courses, communicating with instructors, and submitting assignments. There will be time for questions.

This workshop will help students learn to be resilient in the face of unexpected change. We will discuss how to prepare for individual setbacks as well as COVID-related events. Topics covered include communication, technology, time management, academic support, self-care, motivation, and community resources.

Study Skills/Test Taking

In this workshop, students will begin with a self-assessment to determine their personal tendency to become bored. After the self-assessment, they will discover their personal distractors, discuss boredom busters, and practice monitoring concentration while reading.

Many students find that the study strategies they used in high school are not as effective at the college level. This workshop will help students to develop new study skills and planning strategies for college success.

In this workshop, students will discover how memory works, take a memory survey, and practice some proven memory enhancing techniques.

Mind mapping is one of the most powerful study/learning tools because of the brain’s natural preference to view information in a non-linear way. In this workshop, students will learn about mind mapping, discover why it’s so effective, and practice creating mind maps.

In this workshop, students learn how brain science can improve their study habits and chances for academic success. Students will discover how the brain changes as learning takes place, consider the natural human learning process, and discuss how this process works. They will conclude with a discussion of brain-friendly study techniques, and even practice them!

Students will begin this workshop with a test-taking self-assessment, followed by a discussion of proven test-taking strategies. Next, they will assess their levels of test anxiety, discover coping skills, and learn how to deal effectively with various kinds of test questions, including multiple-choice, true-false, matching, fill-in-the-blank, and essay questions. We will also discuss the post-test analysis and how to recover from difficult test-taking experiences.

Sometimes, exams don’t go as well as planned. When that happens, it can be helpful to try a self-analysis to identify ways to better prepare for the next exam. In this workshop, we will provide students with self-assessment tools to help with this process.

This hands-on workshop will help students to tame procrastination. During this session, students will consider the causes of procrastination and learn to tame procrastination. The hands-on activity will ask students to make an unschedule. We will also take a look at some apps and programs that help with procrastination.

This presentation will require a whole class period.

 

Reading/Writing

Many new college students feel overwhelmed by the amount of material contained in-class readings. They may have difficulty deciding what’s important or struggle with comprehension. This workshop will provide practical strategies to help students read more effectively. These strategies can increase student confidence and enhance performance on assignments and exams.

Reverse outlining has been referred to as the “Swiss army knife of revising.” As such, it’s an amazingly simple and effective tool for identifying problems with claims, the structure of a paper, and the organization of individual paragraphs. In this workshop, students will learn to use the reverse outlining technique to ensure their papers are coherent and organized.

This workshop is an introduction to the basic rules of APA formatting.

This workshop is an introduction to the basic rules of MLA formatting.

 

 Math/Technology

Some students enter into the listed courses with familiarity with graphing calculators while others have never used one before. This workshop is intended as an introductory resource for students who are not familiar or slightly familiar with graphing calculators. Students will have an opportunity to learn and practice using their graphing calculator as a tool and use it for their coursework. Geared towards students taking Contemporary Math, College Algebra/Pre-Calculus, and Statistics.

This workshop is a review of how to convert units using the metric system or converting from English to metric systems using dimensional analysis. The workshop is geared toward students taking science (Chemistry, Physics, etc.) but can be modified to address conversions in many other courses.

Want a basic review of EXCEL? This workshop will help with how to create a worksheet using formulas and other tools to do the work. We will also cover linear regression or graphing. Whether it be Accounting, Chemistry, Astronomy, Business, or Culinary classes that need to use Excel, this workshop will help refresh some skills.

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