SEAS Workshop Descriptions

A Paper Trail: Preparing a Plan for Your Final Papers
How long does it take you to write a good paper? How long should you spend doing your research? How long should you spend on revising your essay? Just as studying for your exams takes time and planning, so does writing a good final paper or research paper. Come and learn how to polish your writing process and create a plan for completing your essays on time.

All About Literary Analysis Papers
To analyze literature, you need to look at all of the elements of the work, including plot, theme, imagery, setting, characters, tone, and point of view. Analyzing literature will help you develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Attend this workshop to learn what to do when your professor assigns a literary analysis paper so that you can write with confidence.

“Backwards Reading” for Better Comprehension
Have you ever felt lost or confused as you tried to complete a reading assignment? This workshop will help you improve your reading comprehension and utilize your textbooks and other reading materials more effectively. The good news is that the special skills required for academic reading can be mastered with practice. The better news is that this workshop will help you do that!

Be a Better Writer
Some students really enjoy writing for their classes, while others feel intimidated by the whole process. Everyone, from experienced writers to novices, can become better at writing. We will discuss writing practices for every stage of the writing process, tips for how to deal with writer’s block, and advice to help you communicate more effectively in your writing.

Bouncing Back from Trouble – Resilience and Grit
Resilience, or the ability to keep going after experiencing setbacks, helps people succeed in all areas of life. It is also a characteristic that you can build and strengthen. In this workshop, we will identify skills that contribute to resilience. You will learn concrete tools and strategies that you can use to improve your responses to problems that you might encounter.

Building Your Academic Self-Confidence
For many students, attending community college is both a privilege and a challenge. While we may be glad to be here, there are times when doubts creep in about our ability to succeed and to reach our goals. This is normal, but we shouldn’t let those feelings get in our way! In this workshop, we’ll start out with a discussion about some of the things that can make us feel unsure. We’ll also spend some time thinking through the strengths that we have and some of the best ways to build the self-confidence we need to see our dreams through!

Chill Out! Dealing with Academic Stress
Do you feel like you don’t have enough time? Are you dealing with personal issues that impact your academics? Do you work too hard or not hard enough? Many factors can contribute to stress for college students; work or family obligations and other issues only add to the stress. This workshop will help you ease some of that stress by identifying its sources and providing a variety of tools to manage your stressors. We can’t fix everything, but we can connect you with time management tools and support systems to help you get through this tough time.

Compelling College Application Essays
Do you have a college application deadline hanging over your head? Essays are an important part of the college application process, and many students aren’t sure how to write them. In this workshop, we’ll review sample application questions and some examples of great essays. Then we will offer tips and tools for telling your story in the most compelling way.

Critical Thinking: What It Is and How to Do It
Critical thinking – the ability to analyze and make decisions about information and arguments – is one of the most important skills you can learn. It’s also a skill that can help you succeed in your college classes. This workshop will improve your understanding of critical thinking and provide you with a guide for cultivating your critical thinking skills.

Do It Tomorrow NOW! No More Procrastinating
Do you often find yourself rushing to complete assignments on time, even though you had time to do them earlier? Are you concerned about the amount of work required for college classes? Come to this workshop to learn about why people procrastinate, and get tips and strategies for avoiding procrastination and maintaining focus on the things that are important to you.

Getting More Out of Lectures  
One worry that we often hear from students is that they’re going to miss something important during a lecture. Although it’s good to recognize how important lectures and other class activities are, this kind of worry can be counter-productive. In this workshop, we will put your mind at ease by providing you with some tools and strategies that you can use to improve your listening comprehension and get more out of your class lectures.

Improve Focus and Memory
Many students struggle to concentrate while reading, during lectures, and in exams, which makes it difficult to remember the content of their classes. Come to this workshop to learn about strategies that can help improve your focus and your memory. You will hear about how to minimize distractions, stay on task longer, and maximize your memory recall.

Jump-Start Your Semester
One of the things that the most successful students do is plan out their semester from the beginning. Don’t have experience with that type of planning? Don’t worry! This workshop will walk you through the process of mapping out your semester and anticipating your workload. Bring your syllabi and schedules for papers, assignments, and exams; you will leave with a plan of action that will help you start and finish the semester strong.

Killer Presentation Skills
Have you been assigned a class presentation? Are you nervous about public speaking? Maybe you’re just not sure about what’s expected of you. Come to this workshop for some great ideas about planning and creating presentations that will engage your audience. We’ll also discuss some strategies for overcoming anxieties about public speaking, as well as tools and software such as Powerpoint and Prezi.

Learn to Write Effective Thesis Statements
What makes an effective thesis statement?  A strong thesis statement is the heart of your essay, yet students often struggle to write them. This workshop will cover how to write a focused thesis statement and how to structure your paper to support that thesis.  We’ll also review sample thesis statements for different kinds of essays.

Organize ALL the Things!
Buried under an avalanche of papers, assignments, deadlines, books, and appointments that you, as a college student, need to keep track of? Then this workshop is for you! We’ll discuss strategies for organizing your time, organizing your coursework, and fitting school–with all its demands–into the rest of your life. We will also have specific organization tools for you to pick up and look at, so you can decide if they will help you stay organized.

Strategies for Successful Online Learning
Online classes are perfect for many students who might otherwise have difficulty making it to campus several days a week. However, these classes can also be challenging in different ways. Online students have to be prepared to work independently, manage their time, and troubleshoot technology issues in order to get the most out of online classes. In this workshop, we will discuss some of the expectations for students and faculty, and we’ll give students some proven strategies for success in online learning environments.

Study Hacks!
Have you ever spent a lot of time studying for an exam, only to find that you still weren’t prepared? Stop wasting time with ineffective study strategies! When it comes to studying, it’s best to choose activities that are targeted toward the learning objectives of the course or exam. In this workshop, we will help you learn to identify learning objectives and then pick appropriate study activities. We will help you choose strategies that both play to your innate strengths and also challenge you to grow as a student.

The ABCs of Reading Academic Articles and Other Scholarly Sources
Do you need to read a scholarly article for an assignment, but are uncertain where to start? Many professors require students to incorporate outside sources into their class assignments, but academic journal articles and other scholarly sources can be challenging to read. Learn how to evaluate academic sources along with simple, concrete strategies to help you read and understand academic writing.

Time Management for Busy Students
Time management is one of the most challenging aspects of college. Multiple classes, assignments, and deadlines can easily become overwhelming. (Not to mention work, family, and other obligations!) This workshop will offer strategies and tools for prioritizing tasks, working more efficiently, and keeping track of everything, while still making time for the things that relax and recharge you.

Top Test-Taking Strategies
Do you get anxious about taking exams? Well, you are not alone! While there’s no quick fix for dealing with test anxiety, this workshop will offer concrete tools and strategies that you can use to prepare for your upcoming exams. We will discuss what you can do before, during, and after your exams to help you put in your best performance.

Unlocking the Secrets of the Research Paper
Many college classes require a research paper, and sometimes students find themselves struggling to write them. How long should you spend doing your research? How do you know which sources are the right ones? What should the writing and revising process look like? This workshop will answer those questions and more, setting you up for success with your next research paper!

Write That Down! Super-Effective Notes
Would it surprise you to learn that writing down everything from a lecture is actually not the best way to take notes? In this workshop, we will talk about when and how to take notes, drawing from several proven note-taking methods that help students to categorize and analyze the information from their classes. These strategies can improve your comprehension and make study time super-effective!

 

For more information contact Gwen McCrea at gmccrea@nvcc.edu / 703-575-4708.
All workshops can be customized and brought into classes or student groups.