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Check out these interactive on-demand workshops, brought to you by Student Lingo.
Action plans and additional resources are offered at the end of each workshop to help
you achieve your academic goals. Watch these 30-minute workshops anywhere you have
access to the internet and a computer or tablet, day or night! Online workshops count
towards weekly drawings, portfolios and an end of the semester Kindle drawing.
Academic and Career Exploration
- Creating Your College Bucket List: Explore, Experience, Succeed
Learn how to maximize your potential by taking a personal inventory of what success
means to you. Take advantage of the many “extra” opportunities that the college experience
- Exploring Careers & Choosing A Major
This session provides you opportunities to assess your interests, skills and talents,
and to then understand how your unique characteristics relate to careers.
- Mastering The Job Interview
Learn how to connect with the interviewer, express yourself confidently and distinguish
yourself from other candidates. Session includes clips of successful and unsuccessful
interviews and an action plan to prep for future interviews.
- Maximizing Your College Experience
This lively and engaging presentation will help you “live large” and maximize your
college experience to succeed after graduation.
- What It Takes To Be A Successful Student
Explore the attitudes and habits that contribute to academic success and achievement.
“Make friends” with campus resources, departments, professors, and programs that support
- Writing Effective Resumes & Cover Letters
Learn how to create a more effective cover letter and resume that will stand out
to potential employers. Learn how to organize the information, be concise, utilize
effective action verbs and express yourself professionally.
Learning to Learn
- Discover your Learning Style
This interactive workshop will help you discover your unique learning style and provide
study strategies tailored just for you. Whether you learn best by seeing, hearing,
or doing, you'll refine your skills and be better prepared to tackle the challenges
of college courses!
- How to Overcome Math Anxiety
Assess your level of math anxiety and explore effective methods that counteract this
type of anxiety in order to be successful in math. Identify the proper steps to avoid
math anxiety before it begins.
- How to Succeed in Your Math Classes
Achieve maximum success in your math classes! You’ll learn concepts (and see examples)
for proper note-taking, test preparation, comprehension vs. memorization, avoiding
procrastination, and leveraging resources.
- Exam Preparation Tips & Test-Taking Strategies
Learn the five-step exam preparation process, along with strategies for taking different
kinds of tests. Apply these immediately to succeed during your next exam!
- How to Reduce Test Anxiety
The first half of this session covers test anxiety – what it is, how it affects you.
and what you can do to overcome it. Part two gives you tips for taking multiple-choice
tests, including how to apply specific strategies based on the style of the question.
- Learning Strategies Every Student Should Know
Do you know the difference between studying and learning? Learn how to use metacognition
when studying and how the study cycle learning strategy can help you move to higher
- Study Tips & Note-Taking Strategies
Learn proven reading, studying, and note-taking strategies for optimal performance
in lectures and on exams. Get the skills to demonstrate mastery of course material
and showcase what you have learned to your instructors.
- Understanding & Avoiding Plagiarism
Learn what it means to quote, summarize and paraphrase appropriately, what types
of information must be cited, and how citation systems work.
- 10 Habits of Mind for College Success
This workshop explores the 10 habits of mind that promote the psychological mindsets
and behaviors that cultivate success in college and in life. These habits have the
potential to shape both your academic and social engagement, as well as lifelong success.
- The Difference Between High School & College
This session will explore the transition from high school to college. You will be
challenged to rethink your attitudes and behaviors towards learning. You will learn
about the changes needed to meet the increased academic demands of college, and you
will feel more prepared as you join this new scholarly community.
- Information Literacy: How to Master College Research
Learn about information sources (books, journal articles, web sites, blogs, social
media), and how you will use sources for class assignments, professional research,
or in your personal life.
- Academic Integrity: The Dos and Don’ts
This workshop reviews ethical standards with personal and academic integrity. You
will learn about different forms of academic dishonesty and campus resources to help
you make good choices as a student and a professional.
- 10 Tips for Success in Your Online Course
Learn if online learning is right for you. These 10 key strategies will help you
succeed in your online course and show you how to manage your time in the online environment,
define study schedules, and more.
- Effectively Communicating Online: Reading & Writing Strategies
Communication is key, especially for online learning. Learn how to write discussion
postings, respond to peers and professors via email, as well as reading strategies
for the online environment.
- Online Courses: Staying Motivated & Disciplined
Get the practical tips and strategies to stay focused and motivated while taking
classes online. Learn how to break down large tasks into smaller, more manageable
steps, how to effectively communicate with your instructor, how to forge a relationship
with online classmates and teachers, and more.
- Taking Tests Online: Strategies for Success
Learn what you need to know about the test before you take it, as well as the importance
of location. Learn why taking notes during the test is an effective strategy and the
importance of “R & R” (relax and review).
Reading and Writing Strategies
- Developing A Strong Thesis Statement
A thesis statement is one of the most important parts of a good essay, and writing
a good one can be confusing. Using a narrative essay as the context, you’ll get clear
instructions for designing an effective thesis statement.
- Drafting Introductions, Body Paragraphs & Conclusions
Once the work of prewriting is done, the process of drafting begins. Learn ways to
organize body paragraphs for flow and coherence, as well as three strategies to write
an effective conclusion.
- Pre-Writing Techniques: Planning & Idea Development
The real work of writing a paper is in generating ideas, choosing the best ideas
and focusing the ideas. Learn several methods of pre-writing designed to make the
writing process more effective.
- Reading Comprehension Strategies
Textbooks are packed with information and it is often hard to figure out what is
important and what isn’t. Learn how to chunk a text for the big picture and annotate
for key details (and stay awake while doing it!).
- The Revision Process: How To Proofread & Edit Your Writing
There are differences between the processes of revising, editing and proofreading.
Learn effective strategies for all three stages of writing.
- Financial Literacy: Smart Money Skills for College & Beyond
Take an active role in managing your finances with these 10 essential money management
skills. Integrate these skills into your daily routine to become financially independent.
- How to Achieve Well-Being, Balance, and Success
When you know how to care for your personal well-being, you are better equipped to
adapt and thrive in college. Learn how to develop a sense of well-being to embrace
change, take action toward your dreams, and live a life of integrity.
- How to Develop Your Cross-Cultural Skills
Learn how to increase your cultural responsiveness by gaining insight into your values
and evaluate your perceptions about those who are different from you. Identify strategies
for becoming more culturally responsive and inclusive -- now and in the future.
- Improving Student-Faculty Relationships
Learn how to respectfully communicate with instructors via email, phone, and in person.
Demonstrate enthusiasm and interest in each class with these strategies while learning
which behaviors you should avoid when working with faculty.
- Navigating The Financial Aid Process
Learn the basics of the financial aid application process, how to evaluate financial
aid packages, the top 10 steps to staying on top of the financial aid process, and
- Overcoming Procrastination: Causes & Cures
Combat procrastination by knowing the thoughts, feelings, and attitudes that fuel
it. If you can’t seem to get motivated, check out these solutions while identifying
anti-procrastination behaviors and habits.
- Setting and Accomplishing Realistic Goals
We aren’t born knowing how to set effective goals, but it is a skill that can be
learned. Understand the goal-setting process and implement it as a tool to reach your
potential and achieve your educational goals.
- Stress Management Techniques: How to Minimize Stress in College
Your everyday choices affect your health and well-being. Learn how the dimensions
of wellness – physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and social – combine together
to form balance or imbalance.
- Time Management
Academic achievement takes time, and you have to get a lot done in a short amount
of it. Learn how to manage your time and behavior with these strategies, including
the 8-8-8 formula for effective time management.
- Emotional Intelligence: The Other Key to Academic Success
Learn about emotional intelligence: the key skills, abilities, and competencies that
help you in your personal and professional life. You will gain insight into the dimensions
of self-awareness, self-management, self-regulation, and motivation.
- Mental Health 101: Information & Resources
Many students struggle with depression and anxiety that interfere with their ability
to succeed academically, personally, and socially. You will learn the practical steps
to respond to mental health crisis.
Success Strategies for First Generation Students
First-generation college students may experience different challenges than students
who have family members that have attended and completed a college degree or certificate.
Learn strategies to prepare for life after college, whether you choose to go straight
into the world of work or continue your education.
Spanish Workshops Available
- Lo Que Se Necesita Para Tener Exito En La Universidad
Explorar las actitudes y hábitos que contribuyan al logro y éxito académico. "Son
amigos" con recursos del campus, departamentos, profesores y programas que te apoyan.
- Cómo Explorar Carreras Y Escoger Una Especialización Académica
Esta sesión ofrece oportunidades para evaluar tus intereses, Aptitudes y talentos
y luego comprender sus características únicas a las carreras.
- Cómo Superar La Entrevista De Trabajo
Aprenda cómo conectarse con el entrevistador, expresarse con confianza y distinguirse
de otros candidatos. La sesión incluye clips de entrevistas exitosas y fracasadas
y un plan de acción de preparación para futuras entrevistas.
- Pasos Para El Proceso De Ayuda Financiera
Aprender los conceptos básicos del proceso de solicitud de ayuda financiera, cómo
evaluar ayuda financiera paquetes, los 10 primeros pasos para mantenerse en la cima
de la ayuda financiera y mucho más.
- Descubre Tu Estilo De Aprendizaje
Este taller interactivo te ayudará a descubrir tu estilo único de aprendizaje y proporcionar
estrategias de estudio a medida para ti. Si aprendes mejor por ver, oír, o haciendo,
perfeccionaras sus habilidades y estar mejor preparados para afrontar los retos de
- La Ansiedad Ante Los Exámenes: Estrategias Para Tener Exito
La primera mitad de esta sesión cubre prueba de ansiedad – lo que es, cómo te afecta
y lo que puedes hacer para superarla. Parte dos da consejos para tomar exámenes de
opción múltiple incluyendo cómo aplicar estrategias específicas basadas en el estilo
de la cuestión.