Student Academic Success Center

Academic Success Workshops - Winter 2014

Date                       Workshop                                                                             Time/Location

 Mon., Jan 22         Time Management – Tips for Taking Control               5-6pm KC 2266

Thurs., Jan 23       Reading College Textbooks: From Uggh! to                  5-6pm North C 137
                                 to Understanding

Mon., Jan 27          How to Study for BIO and CHM                                        5--6pm North C 142

Wed., Jan 29         There’s Apps for That!                                                       7-8pm KC 2266

Thurs., Jan 30      Time Management – Tips for Taking Control               5-6pm North C 137

Mon., Feb 3           Power Study Strategies for Deep                                   5-6pm KC 2266
                                and Active Learning  

Wed., Feb 5           Attention! How to Gain Focus and                                    5-6pm North C 137
                                 Improve Concentration

Thurs., Feb. 6        There’s Apps for That!                                                        5-6pm North C 137

Wed., Feb. 12        Tests:  Prepare Instead of Panic!                                    5-6pm North C 137

Tues., Feb. 18       How to Study for BIO and CHM                                         7-8pm North C 137

Mon., Feb. 24        From Procrastination to Motivation                                 6-7 pm KC 2215/16

Tues., March 11   Power Study Strategies for Deep                                    5-6pm North C 137
                                and Active Learning

Mon., March 17     Tests:  Prepare Instead of Panic!                                    5-6pm KC 2201

Wed., March  19   From Procrastination to Motivation                                5-6pm North C 137

Mon., March 24    Attention! How to Gain Focus and                                    5-6pm North C 142
                                Improve Concentration

Mon., April 7         A Final Exam Plan for Low Stress and High Success      5-6pm KC 2263

Wed., April 9         A Final Exam Plan for Low Stress and High Success      5-6pm North C 142

 Workshop Descriptions

Time Management – Tips for Taking Control
Balancing personal, professional and academic commitments, along with spending time with family and friends, can be a challenge. Developing your own system of organization and time management will help you be in control of your life and learning. You will assess your current approach and identify strategies that you can put in place immediately to help you achieve your goals and  improve your effectiveness.

Reading College Textbooks:  From Uggh! to Understanding
Having effective reading and note-taking strategies are key components to your academic success at GVSU. Students often struggle with the volume of reading expected as well as how to stay focused while reading and during class lectures. This workshop will provide practical tips and techniques to help you read more effectively and achieve deeper understanding of the material. Several different note-taking strategies will also be shared.

How to Study for BIO and CHM
Discover specific strategies for How to Study CHM and BIO. This workshop will be led by an upper level science students who will share tips to help you prepare for science exams successfully.

There’s Apps for That!
Technology can be a distraction or it can be a partner in your college success. This workshop will show you ways to enlist your electronic devices in helping you manage your time, study effectively, communicate and organize yourself. Most of the tools and apps are free or very low cost and could pay off huge in helping you be successful. Be sure to bring your laptop, i-pad, or smart phone device to try them out!

Power Study Strategies for Deep and Active Learning
Learning at the college level requires higher levels of processing information. If you are not earning the grades you want, despite studying hard, it is probably because your current strategies aren’t working.  This workshop will explore the learning expectations of college courses and will teach you many active learning strategies that will make a big difference in your understanding of the material and your grades. “The Power Hour” study technique will help you focus your energy and get results.

Attention!  How to Gain Focus and Improve Concentration 
Do you find your mind wandering in lectures, when you are reading your textbooks or studying notes?  Lack of focus and concentration is often a concern for college students who are juggling many demands and many distractions.   Fortunately, concentration is a habit that can be learned and developed with commitment and patience. This workshop will discuss practical strategies that can help you gain focus and make your study and class time more productive.

Tests:  Prepare Instead of Panic!
Doing your best on tests/exams requires a plan.  Each course and each exam is different and successful test performance is a process that begins long before the test is given and continues after the test is over. This workshop will  discuss how to use the Learning Cycle model to improve your preparation and  performance on tests. Test taking strategies to reduce anxiety will also be shared. 

From Procrastination to Motivation
Procrastination and Motivation are two closely linked and often challenging aspects of college success. This workshop will discuss the possible causes of procrastination and the formula for increasing academic motivation. We will discuss action steps that you can take to turn your procrastination into motivation and your self-doubt into self-confidence.

A Final Exam Plan for Low Stress and High Success
Procrastination may be your middle name, but don’t wait until a week (or a few days) before the final to begin your preparation! At this workshop, we will discuss test-taking tips and strategies specifically relating to final exams. Final exams can cause stress and anxiety levels to rise, even in the very best students. Come and identify strategies to deal with the stress that comes with taking tests.


      Academic Success: 
Something to Smile About!


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