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This is a Test...This is ONLY a Test
January 26, 2015; 2:30 - 3:20pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Ms. Donna McCubbin

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.


Finding Your Purpose at Clemson
January 27, 2015; 5:00 - 6:00pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Rusty Guill

What do you want to do with your life? Are you worried that you are wasting your life? This workshop examines the power of higher education and its role in your future. Rusty Guill gives an account of overcoming tragedy and finding ones purpose in life.


Forming Study Groups
January 27, 2015; 12:30 - 1:30pm
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.


Reading and Notetaking
January 28, 2015; 5:00 - 6:00pm
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.


Identity Theft
January 29, 2015; 5:00 - 6:00pm
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.


Notetaking 101
February 3, 2015; 4:00 - 5:00pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: 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 create your notes to be more meaningful and powerful. You will experiment with new ways to capture and record the most critical points in class.


Finding Your Career Path
February 5, 2015; 3:30 - 4:45pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Sue Whorton & Nicholas 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.


Effective Communications with Professors
February 9, 2015; 12:20 - 1:10pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Mr. 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.


Test Taking Strategies
February 9, 2015; 3:00 - 4:00pm
Location: FIKE Wellness Zone, capacity: 15
Presenter: STAR presenter Kenora Entzminger

In this workshop you can 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


Creating Graphical Organizers
February 10, 2015; 7:00 - 8:00pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: 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.


How You Can Learn Anything
February 10, 2015; 12:30 - 1:30pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Ms. 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!


Memorization Techniques
February 12, 2015; 5:00 - 6:15pm
Location: 201 Kinard, capacity: 85
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.


ENGR 1070 Exam Prep
February 16, 2015; 6:15 - 7:15 pm
Location: 100 Holtzendorff, capacity: 150
Presenter: Dr. Will Martin

Not sure what to expect? Come to this timely workshop and get prepped for your upcoming exam in ENGR 1070.


Procrastination 101
February 16, 2015; 12:30 - 1:20pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Ms. 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.


Working Toward Excellence
February 17, 2015; 5:00 - 6:00pm
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.


ENGR 1070 Exam Prep
February 17, 2015; 6:15 - 7:15 pm
Location: 100 Holtzendorff, capacity: 150
Presenter: Dr. Will Martin

Not sure what to expect? Come to this timely workshop and get prepped for your upcoming exam in ENGR 1050.


Budgeting 101
February 18, 2015; 12:20 - 1:10pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Mr. Brandon Pryor, Mr. Josh Harris

This interactive workshop will give you tips on balancing your finances while in school.


Study Skills
February 18, 2015; 2:00 - 3:00pm
Location: FIKE Wellness Zone, capacity: 15
Presenter: STAR presenter Kenora Entzminger

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


Test Anxiety
February 19, 2015; 4:00 - 5:00pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Dr. Sue Whorton

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.


How Your Brain Learns
February 23, 2015; 12:20 - 1:10pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Dr. Fred Switzer

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!


Reading and Notetaking
March 5, 2015; 4:00 - 5:00pm
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.


Learning from the Inside & Out
March 10, 2015; 12:30 - 1:30pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Dr. Arlene Stewart & Ms. Courtney Honeycutt

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.


Sleep Matters
March 11, 2015; 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: 118 ASC Building, capacity: 73
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.


Finding Your Career Path
March 23, 2015; 5:00 - 6:15pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Dr. Sue Whorton & Ms. 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.


Raise Your GPR from the Dead
March 24, 2015; 5:00 - 6:00pm
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.


Credit 101
March 25, 2015; 5:00 - 6:00pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Mr. Brandon Pryor, Mr. Josh Harris

Tips on keeping your finances in order while in school and maintaining good credit.


How Good is Your Time Management
March 26, 2015; 5:00 - 6:00pm
Location: 201 Kinard, capacity: 100
Presenter: Ms. Rise' Sheriff

What does a pickle jar have to do with time management? Come to this fun, interactive workshop on time management and find out.


Retaining Scholarships: HOPE, LIFE, Palmetto Fellows
March 30, 2015; 3:45 - 4:30pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Ms. Lori McGregor & Ms. Kayla Broome

An overview of the LIFE, HOPE, and Palmetto Fellows scholarships are presented and the 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.


Winning the Procrastination Battle
March 31, 2015; 3:30 - 4:15pm
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.


Countdown to Finals
April 1, 2015; 5:15 - 6:00pm
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 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
April 2, 2015; 12:30 - 1:20pm
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 the best way to prepare for their final exams and develop a plan for the rest of the semester. Bring your syllabi….


Avoiding Plagiarism
April 2, 2015; 4:00 - 5:00pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Mr. Aaron Albro

In this workshop you will learn the correct way to cite references so that you won’t fail the paper, the course, or worse yet - have to leave Clemson.


Reading at the Speed of Sight
April 2, 2015; 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.


Stress
April 6, 2015; 3:00 - 4:00pm
Location: FIKE Wellness Zone, capacity: 15
Presenter: STAR presenter Kenora Entzminger

Everyone experiences stress. Yet, most of us never really learn how to effectively cope with stressful situations. 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.


Test Anxiety
April 6, 2015; 5:00 - 6:00pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Dr. Sue Whorton

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.


This is an Exam...this is ONLY a Final Exam
April 7, 2015; 7:00 - 8:00pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Ms. 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
April 13, 2015; 4:00 - 5:00pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Dr. Christine Murphy & Ms. 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 Finals Approach
April 14, 2015; 12:20 - 1:15pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Ms. 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….


Test Taking Strategies
April 14, 2015; 5:00 - 6:00pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Mr. Matthew Kirk

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.


Last Minute Tips for Finals
April 21, 2015; 12:30 - 1:20pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Dr. Christine Murphy

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
April 22, 2015; 3:00 - 4:00pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Ms. Beth McWilliams

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 Relief
April 23, 2015; 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 stressful situations. 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.