- Learn real-life strategies that are based in theory and empirical evidence from educational psychology and related fields
- Facilitated by our friendly and relatable Academic Coaches and DLC staff
- Most workshops are 45 minutes, but can be adjusted by request
- Virtual presentation via CarmenZoom to large or small groups, with interactive discussions and activities designed to keep everyone engaged and learning
Active Note-Taking Strategies
Learn how to be more effective at taking notes so you can get the most out of your classroom instruction. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to recognize instructor emphasis and determine which information is most relevant, how to organize lecture content, and how to use abbreviations and symbols to be an efficient note-taker. Finally, you’ll learn how to develop an effective study plan based on your notes.
Build Your Toolbox: Top Tools for Graduate Student Academic Success
In this workshop from the Dennis Learning Center, our Graduate Academic Coaches will share their top tools and strategies for learning and studying, keeping track of files and notes, time management, and staying focused and motivated.
Dealing with Procrastination
In this workshop, you will explore your reasons for procrastination and work to identify what’s really going on when you procrastinate. You will also be introduced to a plan aimed to minimize procrastination using proven techniques to better manage your time.
Drinking from a Firehose: Strategies for reading and organizing research notes
Reading in graduate and professional school can be overwhelming, like drinking from a firehose. In this workshop from the Dennis Learning Center (DLC), you will learn how to stay on top of your reading list by reading smarter, not harder. DLC Program Manager Jackie von Spiegel will share strategies for efficient reading, developing an organized system for note-taking, and making a weekly reading and writing schedule.
Gearing Up for Higher Education
The gearing up for higher education workshop was developed to help you know what it really takes to succeed in college. It will help you apply strategies for managing time, learning from texts and lectures, and preparing for exams that will help you thrive in the context of a university.
Great Minds Work Together: Planning Effective Study Groups
In this workshop you will be introduced to social learning and why some study groups have successful experiences while others end with disappointment. You’ll also be taught the four stages of group development and how to choose compatible study group members. Finally, you will learn which study group techniques are best for each type of learner and ways to enhance your group’s effectiveness.
Keys to Strategic, Confident Test Taking
In this workshop, you will learn the optimal ways to prepare for your exams and the best strategies to take different types of tests. You’ll work to understand what an effective plan for mid-terms or finals week looks like and how you can use this plan to be more confident going into exams.
For this workshop, you will learn how to create strong thesis statements, introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions for any paper you have to write. You will learn how to combat writer’s block. We also will train you on how to appropriately document supporting materials and avoid plagiarism at all costs.
Retaking College Courses: The Roadmap to Academic Success
This workshop aims to give students the opportunity to navigate through academic setbacks by providing skills and strategies to retake college courses successfully. Students will learn to reflect, detect, and correct past academic behaviors through steps that lead to reaction, action, and interaction with course content. The goal is to give students a roadmap to college success by identifying and addressing old habits and replacing them with proactive and productive strategies. This workshop will allow students to shift out of reverse and accelerate into success.
Stress Less: Manage Academic Emotions and Increase Resilience
This workshop is perfect for students who are looking for strategies to manage stress and techniques that will help you quickly bounce back from adversity. Additionally, you will uncover the importance of thoughts, identify self-talk, and learn how to create manageable goals.
The Secret to Successful Group Projects
This workshop focuses on understanding the importance of group projects for any course or major by using social psychology strategies and tactics. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to identify and execute your role in a group project and keep your group on the right track.
Thriving in Science and Math
This workshop focuses on a variety of specific strategies that can be applied in a range of classes, including calc, chem, bio, and physics. It also goes through real examples from university exams in order to practice skill application. Join us to explore some of the keys to success in science and math, and tackle your classes with renewed confidence.
Use Your Brain! Memory Tools for Effective Studying
In this workshop you will learn about the different types of memory and the factors that affect it, how to build meaningful learning, and how to solidify that meaning for the long-term. By the end of the workshop, you will understand what it takes to not just study new information but to do so in ways to help you to truly retain it for both the day of the exam and long after.