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Academic Success Workshop Objectives

General Objective: To learn and/or enhance metacognitive strategies and integrate these skills into a daily study routine, to increase awareness of learning style, and to identify both internal and external variables which impact learning.

Workshop 1

TIME MANAGEMENT

How Can I Do It All?

  • To identify the number of hours spent on academics, personal, and/or social activities.
  • To graphically illustrate how the above hours compare with the ideal number of hours spent on these tasks.
  • To understand the benefits of distributed learning.
  • To prioritize academic responsibilities.
  • To develop a realistic and workable study schedule.
  • To plan adequate time for long-range assignments.
  • To increase awareness of personal temperament and how this impacts organization, time management, studying, and planning.
  • To discuss the reasons why students procrastinate and introduce ways to reduce this self-destructive behavior.

Workshop 2

MEMORY / NOTE TAKING

There is Just Too Much To Learn

  • To understand some basic principles of learning, memory, reception, retention, recollection, and concentration.
  • To integrate these principles into daily study routines.
  • To explore and implement a variety of memory techniques including mapping, charting, chunking, explaining, reciting, rhyming, mnemonic devices, etc.
  • To identify issues, both interpersonal and intrapersonal, which interfere with concentration.
  • To understand your personal learning style and how it impacts studying.
  • To develop multi-modal learning strategies
  • To evaluate note-taking strategies and increase effectiveness.
  • To develop a set of symbols, clues, etc.
  • To recognize the important signals and cues in the lecture.
  • To learn to review notes within 24 hours and to learn to create mind maps, time lines, summary statements, etc.
  • To understand the art of listening as related to class lectures.

Workshop 3

TEST PREPARATION / EFFECTIVE TEXT BOOK READING

Why Did I Bomb The First Test?

  • To analyze test preparation skills and to identify areas which need improvement.
  • To organize and relate information from texts, notes, articles, and prioritize information before studying.
  • To complete a five-day test preparation guide.
  • To predict test questions.
  • To understand and prepare for different levels of questions including memory, interpretation, and application.
  • To explore test-taking strategies for both essay and objective tests.
  • To evaluate performance on prior exams.
  • To apply the paradigm of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Thinking in test preparation.
  • To evaluate current textbook reading habits.
  • To acquire new reading and comprehension skills to meet the demands of the college curriculum.
  • To develop a pre-reading routine and recognize the objective of a reading assignment.
  • To identify cue words which establish relationships, sequences, summaries, etc.