Academic Success Center

Workshops & Seminars

Fall Workshops

Select a Session: Jumpstart | Fall | Spring Back to workshop home

Google Apps for Academic Success
September 1, 2014; 2:30-3:25 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
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 will demonstrate gmail labs (tricks for adding new experimental features!), Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Forms, Google Sites, and Google Hangouts.


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


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


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


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


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; 2:00-3:00 pm
Location: 118 Academic Success Center, capacity: 75
Presenter: STARS


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


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.


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.


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


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.


Memorization Tips & Techniques
October 14, 2014; 5:00-6:15 pm
Location: 101 Kinard, capacity: 100
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.


It's About Time
October 28, 2014; 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 101 Kinard, capacity: 100
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.


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.


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


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.