Academic Success Center

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Fall Workshops

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Study Skills - a STAR workshop
October 27, 2014; 12:20-1:05 pm
Location: 234 ASC, capacity: 15
Presenter: STARs Abby Holcombe and Ryan Goetz

Are you studying in the most effective manner? Come and learn about tips that can improve your retention of the material you are studying.


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.


Test Anxiety - a STAR workshop
October 28, 2014; 6 - 6:45 pm
Location: Wellness Zone at FIKE, capacity: 15
Presenter: STAR Sarah McCown and Kenora Entzminger

Come and learn about ways you can work to lessen the anxiety you experience before and during a test.


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.


Procrastination - a STAR presentation
October 29, 2014; 6 - 6:45 pm
Location: 301 ASC, capacity: 15
Presenter: STARs Felicity Caughran and Shirkerah Abney

Procrastination is deliberately putting off tasks, and most of us at one time or another have been guilty of putting off doing what we know should be done. However, a continual pattern of delaying and avoiding is a major barrier to time management.


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.


Creating a Spending Plan - STAR presentation
October 30, 2014; 1 - 1:45 pm
Location: 234 ASC, capacity: 15
Presenter: STARs Billie Meacham & Kurt Stelzig

A budget is a spending plan. In this workshop you will learn about the benefits of having a spending plan, and will actually create a spending plan. Please come to this workshop with a record of what you have earned and spent for the past week or month. This is part 2 of a 2-part series. Ideally, you should have attended part one last week and have been tracking your spending over the course of the past week. Participants who have not attended Part one should take a few minutes prior to the workshop and list your expenditures over the past week.


Countdown to Finals
November 5, 2014; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: Dr. Christine Murphy, STAR Kenora Entzminger

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….


Time Management - a STAR presentation
November 5, 2014; 6 - 6:45 pm
Location: Wellness Zone at FIKE, capacity: 15
Presenter: STARs Felicity Caughran and Shirkerah Abney

Come learn about the basics of time management.


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.


Effective Communication with Professors - a STAR workshop
November 11, 2014; 6 - 6:45 pm
Location: 301 ASC, capacity: 15
Presenter: STAR Sarah McCown

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


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.


Stress - a STAR presentation
November 12, 2014; 6 - 6:45 pm
Location: Wellness Zone at FIKE, capacity: 15
Presenter: STARs Felicity Caughran and Shirkerah Abney

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.


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….


Test Anxiety - a STAR workshop
November 18, 2014; 6 - 6:45 pm
Location: Wellness Zone at FIKE, capacity: 15
Presenter: STARs Sarah McCown and Sydney Paul

Come and learn about ways you can work to lessen the anxiety you experience before and during a test.


Sleep - a STAR workshop
November 19, 2014; 6 - 6:45 pm
Location: 301 ASC, capacity: 15
Presenter: STARs Felicity Caughran and Shirkerah Abney

Sleep IS important! Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about one of the essential skills needed to excel in school and life. Hear about tips on how to get a good night sleep, how to naturally regulate your sleep/wake cycle, how to create a relaxing bedtime routine, and how to get stress and anxiety in check.


Test Taking Strategies - a STAR presentation
November 20, 2014; 1 - 1:45 pm
Location: 234 ASC, capacity: 15
Presenter: STAR Billie Meacham

Are you preparing for and taking your tests as effectively and efficiently as you can? This workshop will offer you some tips you may not have considered to improve your testing.


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.


This is a Test...This is ONLY a Test, a STAR presentation
December 2, 2014; 6 - 6:45 pm
Location: Wellness Zone at FIKE, capacity: 15
Presenter: STAR Sarah McCown

Exams are next week. Are you prepared? Come and hear about things you should be doing this week to help you prepare for those exams next week.


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.