Success Workshops

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Student Success Workshops are offered by the Division of Academic Enhancement (DAE) each fall and spring semester and provide a comfortable environment where students can feel free to ask questions and engage with academic coaches, mentors, and peers.

Workshops are often supported by the Housing Academic Team (HAT). HAT is a collaboration between University Housing, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and the DAE.

 

Student Success Workshops for Fall 2017:

Preparing for Terry: The ETS Exam

As pre-business students transition to UGA, our academic coaches provide guidance on taking the ETS Proficiency Profile entrance exam.  Students will learn test-taking strategies specific for this exam.

  • Friday, August 11, 2017 / 2:00 pm / Correll Hall Room #214
  • Friday, August 18, 2017 / 1:00 pm / Correll Hall Room #222

In the Know at UGA

Transitioning to UGA, as an incoming freshman or transfer student can feel like an overwhelming process.  In this workshop, DAE academic coaches share ten essentials for student success in getting acclimated to the UGA campus.

  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 / 12:30 pm / Tate Center Room #473
  • Thursday, August 24, 2017 / 3:00 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #250
  • Monday, August 28, 2017 / 12:15 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #250

Start Right: Tools for a Successful Semester at UGA

At this workshop students will tour the newly renovated learning center and learn about all the ways in which to appropriately use the DAE’s resources, academic coaching, tutoring, and campus expertise to help ensure you reach your goals at UGA, your academic progression thru major, and overall degree completion.

  • Monday, August 21, 2017 / 12:15 pm / Milledge Hall Room #115
  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 / 11:00 am / Milledge Hall Room #115
  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 / 11:15 am / Milledge Hall Room #115

Formula for Success: Learning Strategies for CHEM 1211

General Chemistry 1211 can be one of the most challenging, initial courses for incoming students at UGA.  Dr. Anne Marie Vencill will share useful insights about how to use metacognitive learning strategies to ensure your success in chemistry at the college level.

  • Monday, August 21, 2017 / 5:00 pm / Science Learning Center Room #345
  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 / 5:30 pm / Science Learning Center Room #345
  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 / 5:00 pm / Science Learning Center Room #345

Managing Time, Priorities, and Procrastination

Time flies, but that’s no reason for you to go through each day simply “winging it.”  Through conscientious use of time and commonsense planning, you can make the most of your day and avoid procrastination.  This presentation provides insights on organizing your coursework and effectively managing your time and priorities.

  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 / 12:30 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #267
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 / 12:30 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #250

Note-taking 1.0

The majority of what you are going to learn at UGA will come through listening.  This presentation will help you make a conscious effort to listen and learn from lectures by staying actively involved and take (better said: make) good notes.

  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 / 2:00 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #250
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 / 3:30 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #250

Communicating with UGA Instructors by Email (for International Students)

Although university students often communicate with their professors by email, writing appropriate and effective email messages can be challenging for several reasons. The language of email has features of both written and spoken English, so achieving the right level of formality can be difficult. The “rules” of academic email are not explicit. Additionally, notions of what is appropriate, effective, and polite may differ from one culture to another. This workshop will help international students learn how to write emails that communicate their messages effectively.

  • Friday, August 25, 2017 / 3:00 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #207

Characteristics of Academic Writing Style (for International Students)

Writing academic papers at an American university can be a challenging task for international students because they are not only required to write in a language that is not their first language but also expected to use the appropriate academic style. American academic writing style (e.g., the use of Latinate verbs, formal negatives, hedges, I, and so forth) may be unfamiliar to many international students, may change from one department to another, and may differ significantly from the style used in an academic context back home. This workshop will introduce international students to many of the characteristics of academic style and will help them make informed stylistic choices as they engage in various writing tasks.

  • Monday, September 11, 2017 / 4:00 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #207

Coping Strategies for UGA Introverts

If you haven’t heard, college is supposed to be the best four years of your life, largely because you are going to make thousands of friends, and you will get to be around them ALL THE TIME – unless you are a true introvert. The purpose of this workshop is to provide you specific strategies for coping at a large extroverted university, to get the most out of your academic and social environment in your own introverted way, and to provide you a forum for understanding the power of your personality.

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017 / 2:00 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #250

Communicating with UGA Faculty

Students will learn how to appropriately engage with UGA faculty before, during, and after class, during office hours and via written communication (email).

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017 / 3:30 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #207

Studying in Groups

This workshop will help students learn how to leverage group study strategies as they seek to master the material and prepare for final exams.  Students will learn how to utilize the strengths of others and groups help compensate for individual members’ weaknesses.  Students will also learn the “do’s” and “don’t’s” of how to study in groups.

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 / 11:15 am / Miller Learning Center Room #348
  • Thursday, November 9, 2017 / 1:00 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #207

Mindsets for Success in College

Recent research shares that our brain’s ability to learn and grow can be fostered through specific efforts on our part. In this workshop, you will learn more about this research and what you can do to increase your intelligence through the investment of your time and effort.

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 / 3:45 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #207

Effective Writing in College

This workshop reviews some essentials of good sentence construction and strategies for analysis. Students will learn the difference between summary of information and analysis of information. Students will also learn strategies for avoiding high frequency errors in terms of sentence construction and punctuation.

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 / 4:00 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #207

Read Between the Lines: Effective Reading and Text Comprehension Strategies

This workshop will help students boost their ability to better comprehend dense materials and the complex information as required for mastery in college. Students will learn to prepare methodically, read with a purpose, navigate confidently, and appropriately manage the pace of various reading assignments and texts.

  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 / 3:00 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #250
  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017 / 3:00 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #207

Effective Stress Management

As the semester progresses, managing stress effectively can support us in enjoying daily life and in completing high quality work. In this workshop, you will learn brief stress management strategies designed to build your capacity to remain relaxed yet alert as your schedule becomes busier.

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 / 3:00 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #207

Preparing for Mid-Term Exams

This workshop provides useful strategies for preparing for mid-term examinations and teaches some practices that support long-term academic success. Students will learn the importance of active learning strategies, such as how to use the office visit with a professor as a valuable element of their preparation for examinations.

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 / 4:00 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #207

Financial Literacy Workshop: A Discussion on Hedonic Accounting for College Students

Does money buy happiness? Turns out, it all depends on how you spend it. In his interaction discussion on “hedonic accounting,” personal finance professor Dr. Matt J. Goren merges the psychology of happiness with personal finance planning. He demonstrates how spending more on what makes us happy paradoxically reduces overall spending while increasing quality of life. He offers practical advice on how to cut certain expenses, increase income, save more, and ultimately move forward on the “path to financial independence.” This framework is particularly impactful for college students as they transition away from living at home and toward entering the workforce. As Goren demonstrates, setting healthy financial habits now can mean enormous benefits down the line – and fewer things make us happier than never needing more money!

  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017 / 5:00 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #250

Note-taking 2.0

In this workshop, students will learn more about using your notes to completely master the class material.

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017 / 5:00 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #207

Withdrawing from a Class?? Consider ALL the Consequences

The fall semester class withdrawal deadline is Thursday, October 19th, at 11:59 pm.  Although withdrawing from a class may seem like a great option if you are not doing well in a class, the consequences must be considered.  At this workshop students will learn about how withdrawing from a class can impact financial aid, HOPE eligibility, housing, progression thru major, and overall degree completion.

  • Monday, October 16, 2017 / 4:00 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #207
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017 / 3:00 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #214

Keeping HOPE Alive

Rep’s from UGA’s Office of Student Financial Aid will provide answers to your questions so you can understand what is required to maintain the HOPE scholarship.

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017 / 4:30 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #207

Enhancing Focus and Wellness through Mindfulness

In recent years, science has discovered that mindfulness practices enhance focus and can even improve academic performance. This workshop will provide brief brain-based strategies, which with regular practice, can improve concentration and recall..

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017 / 4:00 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #207

Time Management in the Space of Preparing for Final Exams

In this workshop, students will learn how to best manage multiple commitments, classes, and responsibilities i.e. time and priorities in preparation for final exams.

  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017 / 3:00 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #250

Preparing for Finals

In this workshop, students will learn how to best organize and manage their time, efforts, and learning strategies in preparation for all types of tests and final exams (essay, multiple choice, and short answer).

  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017 / 4:00 pm / Miller Learning Center Room #207

Formula for Success: Acing the CHEM 1211 Final Exam

In this workshop, students will learn best practices, learning, and review strategies to prepare for the final exam in Chemistry 1211.

  • Monday, December 4, 2017 / 5:00 pm / Science Learning Center Room #345
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 / 5:00 pm / Science Learning Center Room #145

 

For more information about Student Success Workshops, please contact Keith Allen at khallen@uga.edu

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