Workshops

Academic Success Workshops - Autumn 2019

These workshops are presented by learning specialists from the Walter E. Dennis Learning Center and are intended to help international students with a variety of academic tasks, including studying, writing papers, presenting speeches, taking notes and taking exams. Visit the Dennis Learning Center to learn more about the services they offer. Registration to each workshop is preferred but not mandatory

  • Building Confidence in Participating in Discussions and Preparing a Class Presentation
    • Wednesday, August 28, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    • 160 Enarson Classroom Building
    • This session is intended to provide international students with tips on participating in academic discussions and preparing for class presentations. Specifically, the session will offer guidance on:
      • Preparing for class discussions
      • Getting involved in class discussions
      • Asking and answering questions during class
      • Useful phrases for academic discussions and presentations
      • Practicing presentations and using feedback
    • Register
  • Developing Effective Study Skills: Memory Tools and Reading Strategies
    • Wednesday, September 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    • 100 Enarson Classroom Building 
    • This will teach international students to:
      • Describe different types of memory
      • Identify their sense-related learning style
      • Optimize factors that lead to rote learning
      • Utilize processes that build meaningful learning
      • Attend to overarching factors that affect memory
      • Develop a personal study plan incorporating the components above
    • Register
  • Communicating with Faculty and Instructors
    • Wednesday, September 11, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    • 100 Enarson Classroom Building
    • This session is intended to provide international students with tips on how to effectively communicate with their professors and instructors. Specifically, the session will offer guidance on:
      • Asking course-related questions in and outside of class
      • Discussing ideas with professors/instructors
      • Discussing academic performance with professors/instructors
      • Etiquette of writing emails to professors/instructors
      • Building a relationship with your professor/instructors
    • Register
  • Keys to Strategic, Confident Test Taking
    • Wednesday, September 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    • 100 Enarson Classroom Building
    • This session is intended to provide international students with tips on how to effectively prepare for tests and exams. Specifically, the session will offer guidance on:
      • Combating pre-exam stress
      • Planning study sessions that lead to a sense of preparedness
      • Effectively gathering and utilizing feedback from past exams
      • Strategically approaching multiple choice exams
      • Strategically approaching essay exams
      • Staying calm during exams
    • Register
  • Academic Reading
    • Thursday, October 24, 3-4 p.m.
    • 160 Enarson Classroom Building
    • This workshop will provide students with general guidance on how to read effectively for academic purposes. Many non-native English speakers find reading books and articles for class challenging and time-consuming—this workshop will offer practical tips for reading critically and efficiently.
    • Register
  • Preparing Effective Papers
    • Wednesday, October 30, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    • 100 Enarson Classroom Building
    • This workshop will help students with the most common writing assignments at the undergraduate level, including short and long research papers, essays, and response papers. Students will learn about:
      • Assignment expectations
      • How to effectively plan papers
      • Rules regarding plagiarism and citations
      • Writing resources on campus
    • Register

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