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How to be Successful in General Engineering
August 25, 2015; 5:00 - 5:45 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Ms. Erica Harper, Ms. Meg Newton and STAR and student Engineering panel

Welcome to General Engineering! Come join your advisors and learn tips on time management, study habits, and specific Engineering study resources. Unclear about expectations? Concerned with some aspect of being in such a rigorous major? Become familiar with best practices on how to start your college career on the right foot. A student panel of upperclassmen engineers will be available to give advice and answer your questions. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!


How to be Successful in General Engineering
August 25, 2015; 6:00 - 6:45 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Ms. Erica Harper, Ms. Meg Newton and STARs Katie Hafner, Jenny D'Anthony, and student Engineering panel

Welcome to General Engineering! Come join your advisors and learn tips on time management, study habits, and specific Engineering study resources. Unclear about expectations? Concerned with some aspect of being in such a rigorous major? Become familiar with best practices on how to start your college career on the right foot. A student panel of upperclassmen engineers will be available to give advice and answer your questions. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!


Reading and Notetaking
August 31, 2015; 5 - 6 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Ms. Justine Chasmar

This workshop offers reading and note-taking strategies for use in and out of the classroom. You will learn to make your notes more meaningful and adapt the strategies to your style. You will experiment with new ways to capture and record the most critical points in class. This workshop is a good fit for students who are in a class with a lot of required reading.


Raise Your GPA from the Dead
August 31, 2015; 12:20-1:10 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Mr. Matthew Kirk

Didn’t get the best start in your classes last semester? Come to this workshop and learn how to raise that GPA for good! Get some last minute tips, as well as learning some techniques that will help you keep that scholarship. The road to a good GPA is not always easy. We’ll show you how to get out of the “rut” that you are in. The Objectives of this workshop: • Provide a list of helpful hints to manage your course load; • Provide a basic knowledge of academic skills for becoming a successful student; • Calculate your GPA and discover what grades are needed to achieve the desired GPA; • Provide last minute tips for “raising” your GPA.


Google Apps for Academic Success
September 1, 2015; 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 55
Presenter: Mrs. Laurie Sherrod

Come and join us for a quick overview of Clemson’s Google Apps for Education. Bring your own laptop and/or mobile device if you would like to participate – or just come and watch! We’ll demonstrate Gmail labs (tricks for adding new experimental features!), Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Forms, Google Sites, and Google Hangouts.


Study Smarter Strategies
September 2, 2015; 12:20 - 1:10 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Mrs. Beth McWilliams

Do any of these statements sound familiar? *What worked in high school doesn’t work now. *I study all the time, but I still do poorly on tests. *I am beginning to think I’m not meant to be here. If any of these sounds like something you have said, you’re in the right place. Ideas, strategies and tools that will enhance the processing and retention of college level materials will be presented in this workshop. The objectives of this workshop are the following: • Develop new perspectives that can change your learning experiences; • Learn to apply proven study strategies; • Understand and lessen emotions associated with test preparation and test anxiety.


Procrastination
September 9, 2015; 3:00-4:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Mrs. Beth McWilliams

Everyone procrastinates now and then but habitual procrastination may cause you lots of stress. This interactive workshop provides a structured process for examining your individual procrastination pattern, why you do it, and how to stop procrastinating in areas that concern you. The objectives of this workshop are for participants to learn the following: • Analyze their unique pattern of procrastination; • Decide what they want to change; • Develop a plan of action to get things done now!


Success with Study Groups
September 14, 2015; 5 - 6 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Ms. Justine Chasmar

Study groups are student-driven groups designed to review class material and solve course-related problems. This presentation will touch on the differences between informal and formal study groups, how to get started in a study group and strategies for holding a successful study group session.


This is a Test...This is ONLY a Test
September 15, 2015; 5:00 - 5:50 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Ms. Emma Reynolds

Would you like that ‘extra edge’ in preparing for tests this semester? If so, then plan to attend this timely workshop. In an interactive, discussion-oriented format, students will learn from the workshop leader and other students some effective test preparation tools, test taking strategies, and tips to combat test anxiety. Participants will learn: • Ways to remember textbook and lecture material; • How to successfully handle multiple choice, essay, and short-answer exams; • The most effective ways to predict test questions; • How to manage time during the week of a test; • How to lessen test anxiety; • How to adopt a growth mindset.


Test Anxiety
September 22, 2015; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Dr. Sue Whorton

Are you a student who “doesn’t test well?” Well, it might simply be a case of excessive test anxiety. Most students experience some anxiety during an exam. But excessive test anxiety can cause mental blocking, difficulty in organizing your thoughts, forgetting course material, even headache and upset stomach. Learn how to assess your own level of nervousness while taking tests, as well as relaxation techniques and how to control negative or worrisome thoughts during exams. At this workshop, participants will: • Assess their level of nervousness while taking test; • Develop plan of action for test day to maximize anxiety; • Combat negative thoughts or worries while taking tests; • Learn relaxation techniques for exam times.


Time Management
September 24, 2015; 5 - 6 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Ms. Ashley Crisp

Yes, you do have enough time for all the things you want to do! All it takes is learning and applying a few techniques to manage your time. This workshop will help you identify time management strategies that will allow you to spend your most valuable resource in the way you choose. Participants will learn: • primary key to effective time management; • a process for monitoring and planning time to effectively meet academic needs; • the appropriate times and places for studying; • how to develop a strategy that enables involvement with extracurricular activities.


Graphical Study Guides
September 28, 2015; 7 - 8 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Mrs. Laurel Whisler

Classes are in full swing and test time is approaching. In this workshop, we will explore a number of strategies that will help you learn in a deep and lasting way. We begin by providing strategies to organize the knowledge you have collected in order to create helpful study materials. Next we will explore effective ways to rehearse the study material to enhance remembering the material.


Procrastination 101
October 1, 2015; 12:30 - 1:20 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Ms. Cari Brooks

Everyone procrastinates now and then but habitual procrastination may cause you lots of stress. This interactive workshop provides a structured process for examining your individual procrastination pattern, why you do it, and how to stop procrastinating in areas that concern you. Participants will learn to: • Analyze their unique pattern of procrastination; • Decide what they want to change; • Develop a plan of action to get things done now!


Success with Study Groups
October 20, 2015; 12:30-1:30 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Ms. Justine Chasmar

Study groups are student-driven groups designed to review class material and solve course-related problems. This presentation will touch on the differences between informal and formal study groups, how to get started in a study group and strategies for holding a successful study group session.


WORKING TOWARD EXCELLENCE 8 Values for Achieving Uncommon Success in Work and Life
October 22, 2015; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Dr. Paul Buyer

In his new book, Working Toward Excellence, Dr. Paul Buyer identifies and shares 8 uncommon values – hunger, effort, process, quality, consistency, leadership, time, and perseverance – that explain why students, and people in general, achieve excellence or fall short of it. During the workshop, Dr. Buyer will define these values and create a game plan for how to start practicing them on a daily basis. By practicing these values consistently, they will become a part of who you are, leading to uncommon success in school, work, and life. Dr. Buyer is the author of Working Toward Excellence: 8 Values for Achieving Uncommon Success in Work and Life, published by Morgan James Publishing (2012).


Raise Your GPA from the Dead
October 27, 2015; 5 - 6 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Mr. Matthew Kirk

Didn’t get the best start in your classes last semester? Come to this workshop and learn how to raise that GPA for good! Get some last minute tips, as well as learning some techniques that will help you keep that scholarship. The road to a good GPA is not always easy. We’ll show you how to get out of the “rut” that you are in. The Objectives of this workshop: • Provide a list of helpful hints to manage your course load; • Provide a basic knowledge of academic skills for becoming a successful student; • Calculate your GPA and discover what grades are needed to achieve the desired GPA; • Provide last minute tips for “raising” your GPA.


Reading and Notetaking
October 29, 2015; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Ms. Ashley Crisp

This workshop offers reading and note-taking strategies for use in and out of the classroom. You will learn to make your notes more meaningful and adapt the strategies to your style. You will experiment with new ways to capture and record the most critical points in class. This workshop is a good fit for students who are in a class with a lot of required reading.


Countdown to Finals
November 2, 2015; 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: 118 ASC Building, capacity: 73
Presenter: Dr. Christine Murphy

Would you like a plan to prepare for your final exams this semester so you can avoid that stressful last minute cramming? If so, then attend this timely workshop. Students will learn the best way to prepare for their final exams and develop a plan for the rest of the semester.


Countdown to Finals
November 3, 2015; 12:30-1:30 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Dr. Christine Murphy

Would you like a plan to prepare for your final exams this semester so you can avoid that stressful last minute cramming? If so, then attend this timely workshop. Students will learn the best way to prepare for their final exams and develop a plan for the rest of the semester. The objectives of this workshop: • Strategies to begin getting ready for finals early; • Ways to break your study plan into manageable parts; • Develop a plan for the remainder of the semester; • Lessen test anxiety with proper preparation & planning.


Professor Communication 101
November 5, 2015; 12:30 - 1:20 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Ms. Emma Reynolds

Ever experienced communication confusion with a professor? Does the thought of office hours raise your blood pressure? Come see how to decode a syllabus and learn communication tips to get across the message. This interactive workshop will help you avoid miscommunication from the start.


Memory Tips
November 10, 2015; 4 - 5 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Mr. Matthew Kirk

To succeed in college, and later a job, you must develop and exercise an efficient memory. Most of us only use a fraction of our memory capability. The way we improve our memory is not by improving intelligence or mental capacity, but by using some simple and fun memorization techniques and exercises. Workshop Objectives: • To laugh and have fun while learning • Explore some old and new memorization techniques


Test Anxiety
November 11, 2015; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Dr. Sue Whorton

Are you a student who “doesn’t test well?” Well, it might simply be a case of excessive test anxiety. Most students experience some anxiety during an exam. But excessive test anxiety can cause mental blocking, difficulty in organizing your thoughts, forgetting course material, even headache and upset stomach. Learn how to assess your own level of nervousness while taking tests, as well as relaxation techniques and how to control negative or worrisome thoughts during exams. At this workshop, participants will: • Assess their level of nervousness while taking test; • Develop plan of action for test day to maximize anxiety; • Combat negative thoughts or worries while taking tests; • Learn relaxation techniques for exam times.


This is an Exam...This is Only a Final Exam
November 16, 2015; 7 - 8 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Mrs. Laurel Whisler

Would you like that “extra edge” in preparing for your final exams this semester? If so, then plan to attend this timely workshop. In an interactive, discussion-oriented format, students will learn from the workshop leader and other students the best way to prepare for their final exams.


The Finals Approach
November 16, 2015; 4:00 - 4:50 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Dr. Christine Murphy & Mrs. Lori McGregor

Would you like a plan to prepare for your final exams this semester so you can avoid that stressful last minute cramming? Students will learn about the best way to prepare for their final exams, and develop a plan for the rest of the semester. Bring your syllabi…. The Objectives of this workshops: • Strategies to begin getting ready for finals early; • Ways to break your study plan into manageable parts; • Develop a plan for the remainder of the semester; • Lessen test anxiety with proper preparation & planning.


The Finals Approach
November 17, 2015; 12:30 - 1:20 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Dr. Christine Murphy & Mrs. Lori McGregor

Would you like a plan to prepare for your final exams this semester so you can avoid that stressful last minute cramming? Students will learn about the best way to prepare for their final exams, and develop a plan for the rest of the semester. Bring your syllabi…. The Objectives of this workshop: • Strategies to begin getting ready for finals early; • Ways to break your study plan into manageable parts; • Develop a plan for the remainder of the semester; • Lessen test anxiety with proper preparation & planning.


Last Minute Tips for Finals
November 30, 2015; 12:20-1:10 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Dr. Christine Murphy & STAR

FINALS ARE NEXT WEEK!!! ARE YOU READY??? No? Come to this workshop to get last minute tips to prepare for finals. You will create a study checklist for each final and focus on learning strategies to remember, understand, and apply course material.


It's Not Over 'til It's Over
December 1, 2015; 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 73
Presenter: Mrs. Beth McWilliams

Do these statements sound familiar? *What worked in high school doesn’t work now. *I study all the time, but I still do poorly on tests. *I am beginning to think I’m not meant to be here. If any of these sounds like something you have said, you’re in the right place. Ideas, strategies and tools that will enhance the processing and retention of college level materials will be presented in this workshop. The objectives of this workshop are the following: • Develop new perspectives that can change your learning experiences; • Learn to apply proven study strategies; • Understand and lessen emotions associated with test preparation and test anxiety.