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ENGR 1050 Quiz Preparation
September 2, 2014; 8:00-9:00 pm
Location: 100 Holtzendorff, capacity: 140
Presenter: Dr. Steve Brandon

Your first engineering exam is right around the corner … how should you prepare? What types of questions can you expect? How much time should you spend studying? How do you even study for this type of exam? This workshop will address all of these questions to help you prepare for the ENGR 1050 exam.


Rules of the Game
September 2, 2014; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Mrs. Donna McCubbin

Would you walk into Death Valley on Saturday, and expect to play basketball? How successful do you think you will be if you approach college using high school rules? Come to this workshop to make sure you know the Rules of the Game. Bring your syllabi. This workshop is intended for first semester college students, although everyone is welcome. Please note that much of the content of this workshop was presented in Jumpstart your Success in Your College Studies workshop.


Raise Your GPR from the Dead
September 3, 2014; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Ms. Kristin Goodenow

Did not get the best start in your classes last semester? Come to this workshop and learn how to raise that GPR 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 GPR is not always easy. We’ll show you how to get out of the rut that you are in.


Study Smarter Strategies
September 3, 2014; 3:00-4:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Mrs. Beth McWilliams

Ideas, strategies and tools that will enhance the processing and retention of college level materials will be presented in this workshop.


ENGR 1050 Quiz Preparation
September 3, 2014; 6:00-7:00 pm
Location: 100 Holtzendorff, capacity: 140
Presenter: Dr. Steve Brandon

Your first engineering exam is right around the corner … how should you prepare? What types of questions can you expect? How much time should you spend studying? How do you even study for this type of exam? This workshop will address all of these questions to help you prepare for the ENGR 1050 exam.


Reading and Notetaking
September 4, 2014; 12:30-1:30 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
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.


Tips on Being a Successful Clemson Student
September 4, 2014; 4:00-5:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: STARS

This workshop is presented by STARs - Students Teaching Academic Responsibility. There will be a short presentation by each STAR on some of the many resources available to Clemson students, as well as an opportunity for discussion. Come hear tips from these successful Clemson students on how to start your college career on the right foot!


Finding Your Career Path
September 8, 2014; 4:30-6:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Dr. Sue Whorton & Nick Paschvoss

How can I be sure that I am making the right choice about a major? The best way to choose the right major is by making a well-informed decision. This workshop will help you to break the process of choosing a major into manageable steps that will lead you, step-by-step, to a good choice of major. The workshop will conclude with a session to review the requirements and process for changing your major.


Tips on Being a Successful Clemson Student
September 8, 2014; 12:20-1:10 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: STARS

This workshop is presented by STARs - Students Teaching Academic Responsibility. There will be a short presentation by each STAR on some of the many resources available to Clemson students, as well as an opportunity for discussion. Come hear tips from these successful Clemson students on how to start your college career on the right foot!


Tips on Being a Successful Clemson Student
September 9, 2014; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: STARS

This workshop is presented by STARs - Students Teaching Academic Responsibility. There will be a short presentation by each STAR on some of the many resources available to Clemson students, as well as an opportunity for discussion. Come hear tips from these successful Clemson students on how to start your college career on the right foot!


Stalking & Harassment
September 9, 2014; 12:30-1:15pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Sgt. Karl Kaylor

September is Campus Safety Awareness Month Attend this timely workshop presented by the Clemson University Police Department to increase your awareness of these important topics. Learn about stalking and harassment laws and tips for prevention.


Procrastination 101
September 10, 2014; 11:15-12:15 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
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.


Tips on Being a Successful Clemson Student
September 10, 2014; 2:30-3:15 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: STARS

This workshop is presented by STARs - Students Teaching Academic Responsibility. There will be a short presentation by each STAR on some of the many resources available to Clemson students, as well as an opportunity for discussion. Come hear tips from these successful Clemson students on how to start your college career on the right foot!


Money 101
September 10, 2014; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Brandon Pryor & Josh Harris

Budget does not have to be boring! College brings many new experiences – including the responsibility of managing your money. Get practical advice on how to manage your money, which is an important step to a strong financial future.


Forming Study Groups
September 11, 2014; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
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.


College is Your First Job
September 11, 2014; 2:00-3:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Mrs. Donna McCubbin

Being a college student is your first full-time job. Do you know how to accomplish the necessary tasks as you proceed from day-to-day? Do you know how to talk to your “boss” and how you will be evaluated? Bring a syllabus for each class and begin to plan for success at your first job. Please note that much of the content of this workshop was presented in Jumpstart your Success in Your College Studies workshop.


This is a Test...This is Only a Test
September 15, 2014; 12:20-1:10 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Mr. Matthew Kirk

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 the best way to prepare for tests.


Alcohol & Drugs
September 16, 2014; 12:30-1:15pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Sgt. Karl Kaylor

September is Campus Safety Awareness Month. Attend this timely workshop presented by the Clemson University Police Department to increase your awareness of these important topics and how their abuse can impact your academic success. Discussed will be issues about illegal substance abuse. Remember, if you are under 21, alcohol is an illegal substance.


What To Do After You Open Your Textbook: A Study How-to
September 18, 2014; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Dr. Arlene Stewart

Have you ever said, Why did I buy this textbook? We never use it!? Or, have you ever wondered how you were supposed to read 3 long chapters before the next class? You should come to this workshop! Learn how to use the textbook to help you learn the course content and how to prepare for exams.


How Your Brain Can Learn Anything
September 18, 2014; 12:30-1:30 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Mrs. Donna McCubbin

Were you able to ride a bike the first time you tried? What kinds of things did you do to learn that skill? Does the way you study matter? Are the strategies you’re using working for you? Come to this workshop to develop the skills to learn anything! Main strategies we will cover include: the Study Cycle, utilizing academic resources, and communication with professors.


Test Anxiety
September 22, 2014; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
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.


Meet Doc
September 23, 2014; 12:30-1:15pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Sgt. Karl Kaylor

September is Campus Safety Awareness Month. Attend this timely workshop presented by the Clemson University Police Department. Doc is CUPD’s explosive detection dog. Come and learn about Doc’s job as a member of the CUPD. Learn about how he was trained and what he can do.


Hands Free Phone Usage
September 30, 2014; 12:30-1:30 pm
Location: DRL - Brown Room-Cooper Library, capacity: 30
Presenter: Karl Kaylor & Kim Alexander


Study Smarter Strategies
October 2, 2014; 12:30-1:30 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Mrs. Beth McWilliams

Ideas, strategies and tools that will enhance the processing and retention of college level materials will be presented in this workshop.


Credit 101
October 6, 2014; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Brandon Pryor & Josh Harris

Understanding credit is an important part of building your financial reputation. You have big dreams for the future, some of which – like a car, a house or more schooling – cost more money than you have right now. Credit is a tool that can help you achieve those financial goals.


Finding Your Career Path
October 8, 2014; 4:00-5:30 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Sue Whorton & Hristiyana Zhelezova

How can I be sure that I am making the right choice about a major? The best way to choose the right major is by making a well-informed decision. This workshop will help you to break the process of choosing a major into manageable steps that will lead you, step by step, to a good choice of major. The workshop will conclude with a session to review the requirements and process for changing your major.


Working Toward Excellence
October 9, 2014; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
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.


Procrastination 101
October 13, 2014; 12:20-1:10 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
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.


Graphical Study Guides
October 13, 2014; 7:00-8:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
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. Emphasis will be on creating graphical study guides.


Forming Study Groups
October 14, 2014; 3:30-4:30 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
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.


Sleep Matters
October 14, 2014; 6:00-7:00 pm
Location: 100 Brackett, capacity: 350
Presenter: Dr. June Pilcher

Ever wonder how much sleep you really need? When is the best time to sleep? Can you really learn more with your eyes closed? Is napping an alternative to sleeping at night? So what do dreams really do? The answer to these and many more questions await you in this fast-paced and humorous look at sleep, fatigue, napping and more. Don't miss this opportunity to learn one of the essential skills needed to excel in school and life as presented by one of the leaders in the field of human factors.


Memorization Tips & Techniques
October 16, 2014; 5:00-6:15 pm
Location: 101 Kinard, capacity: 140
Presenter: Ms. Rise Sheriff

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.


Avoiding Plagiarism
October 20, 2014; 12:20-1:10 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Mr. Aaron Albro


How Good is Your Time Management?
October 28, 2014; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 101 Kinard, capacity: 140
Presenter: Ms. Rise Sheriff

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.


Effective Communication with Professors
October 28, 2014; 2:00-3:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Matthew Kirk

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.


Reading at the Speed of Sight
October 28, 2014; 6:30-7:30pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Dr. Bill Stanton

Is the amount of reading required in college overwhelming to you? Don’t worry! Speed-reading is an acquired skill. Learn the basics and with practice and determination, you can increase your reading rate ten-fold. This workshop will highlight techniques to increase your rate to help you stay on top of all your reading assignments.


Notetaking 101
October 29, 2014; 4:30-5:30 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Dr. Arlene Stewart

The most important aspect of note-taking is the format and structure of your notes. Taking effective notes will help you make the most out of the time you spend in class. In this workshop, you will learn strategies to make your notes more meaningful and powerful. You will experiment with new ways to capture and record the most critical points in class.


Raise Your GPR from the Dead
October 30, 2014; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Ms. Kristin Goodenow

Did not get the best start in your classes last semester? Come to this workshop and learn how to raise that GPR 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 GPR is not always easy. We’ll show you how to get out of the rut that you are in.


Countdown to Finals
November 5, 2014; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
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 about the best way to prepare for their final exams, and develop a plan for the rest of the semester. Bring your syllabi….


Countdown to Finals
November 6, 2014; 12:30-1:30 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
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 about the best way to prepare for their final exams, and develop a plan for the rest of the semester. Bring your syllabi.


Winning the Procrastination Battle
November 10, 2014; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Mr. Matthew Kirk

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.


Test Anxiety
November 11, 2014; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Dr. Sue Whorton

Are you a student who does not 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.


Retaining Scholarships: LIFE, HOPE, Palmetto Fellows
November 12, 2014; 3:30-4:30 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Ms. Lisa Crowe, Mrs. Lori McGregor, Mr. Jeff Holliday, Ms. Kayla Broome

An overview of the LIFE, HOPE, and Palmetto Fellows scholarships will be presented and requirements for retaining each scholarship will be discussed. Students will be given strategies for maintaining the required 3.0 GPR and strategies for acquiring the necessary 30 credit hours per year.


Learning from the Inside & Out
November 13, 2014; 12:30-1:30 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Dr. Arlene Stewart

You’re smart, right? You study hard, right? You had terrific grades in high school, right? So… why don’t your grades always reflect that? Come to this seminar to discover how you learn and what you can do that will help improve your grades.


This is an Exam...This is Only a Final Exam
November 13, 2014; 7:00-8:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
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 17, 2014; 4:00-5:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
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 the best way to prepare for their final exams, and develop a plan for the rest of the semester. Bring your syllabi….


Identity Protection
November 17, 2014; 12:20-1:10 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Brandon Pryor

Identity Theft is a growing concern these days. And, unfortunately, as a college student, you may be at greater risk of ID theft because you have little or no credit history and you may not know how to protect yourself. Discover how identity theft happens, and learn what actions you can take to prevent criminals from assuming your identity.


The Finals Approach
November 18, 2014; 12:30-1:30 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
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 the best way to prepare for their final exams, and develop a plan for the rest of the semester. Bring your syllabi….


Last Minute Tips for Finals
December 1, 2014; 12:20-1:10 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Dr. Christine Murphy

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 2, 2014; 3:00-4:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Mrs. Beth McWilliams

In this workshop you will: 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.


Stress Management - Stress Release
December 4, 2014; 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Dr. Hal Stevens

Everyone experiences stress. Yet, most of us never really learn how to effectively cope with a stressful situation. The end result is that stress can overwhelm us and undermine our ability to perform. For many students, excessive stress can interfere with their success in college. This workshop will help students learn to manage stress before it manages them.