Center for the First-Year Experience
iFocus Online Workshops - watch 24/7!
Check out these interactive on-demand workshops, action plans and valuable resources 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 end of the semester Kindle drawing.
Academic & 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 affords.
- 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 you.
- 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, explore effective methods that counteract this type of anxiety in order to be successful in math, and identify the proper steps that can be taken 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 5-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 learning levels.
- 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 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
Know 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 & 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 process of writing papers 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 and the processes of editing and proofreading. Learn effective strategies for both 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 more.
- 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 time. Learn how to manage your time and behavior with these strategies including the 8-8-8 formula for effective time management.