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Faculty Resources

New students are often not sure exactly where the Learning Center is or what its purpose is. To make students more aware of and more comfortable with the Learning Center, we encourage you to bring your class over for a short 15 minute “field trip.” While here, students will be introduced to the staff, receive an overview of tutoring and writing support, get more information about disability support and accommodations, and learn about testing procedures.

If you prefer to have a Learning Center staff member come to your class instead of coming to us, the Learning Center offers class visits which last 5-10 minutes and provide a quick overview of the services available in the Learning Center.

Learning Center can also come to your class and offer a longer workshop on academic support topics such as classroom behaviors and study habits of successful students, efficient planning to do well on exams, effective reading strategies, etc. Please see the list below of specific workshops offered by the Learning Center.

To schedule a Learning Center “field trip,” class visit, or in-class workshop please use the following form: Learning Center Class Visits, Workshops, and Field Trips

Lauren Frantz

Tips & Tricks for Using a Planner (30 min)
This workshop introduces students to the basics of starting and maintaining a planner, be it paper or digital. The focus of the workshop is on utilizing a planner as a tool for time and task management, including how to scaffold assignments into discrete tasks and keeping up with appointments or meetings.

Preparing for Advising Appointments (30-45 min)
In this workshop, students learn what it takes to be prepared for an advising appointment and how they can take responsibility for their academic plan. Skills covered include navigating WebAdvisor and using the “Search for Classes” function, pulling a degree evaluation, and utilizing the catalog to guide choices. This workshop could be a good complement to the 4-year plan assignment in FYE.

Debbie Hicks

Classroom and E-mail Etiquette (30 minutes)
Students are guided through the do’s and don’t’s of effective, polite, and professional communication and behavior when dealing with faculty and University staff in a variety of situations. Appropriate behaviors within the classroom are also discussed with an eye toward other professional environments.

Adam Ruh

Your Backpack is Your Office
A detailed discussion of organizational strategies for managing personal and academic responsibilities and demands. Topics include the handling and management of course materials, e-mail, scheduling and planners, school/life balance, and study strategies.

Collegiate Realities
An exploration of the differences between high school and college as educational environments emphasizing the academic, financial, and professional changes of becoming personally responsible for one’s academic career. This workshop is particularly effective at helping first year students transition to a college environment. Topics include cost analysis of attending, or not attending class, a schematic of the geography of an college semester in relation to a high school year, and the realities of being an adult learner.

Crit Muniz

Time Management (30 min)
This workshop helps students understand the increased importance of time management skills as they enter college and their post college life. Focusing on the increasing sense of independence and the dangers of that come with freedom and self-reliance. Tools to help with time management are introduced and discussed.

Basics of Organization (30 min)
In this workshop students examine their upbringing and personality and how they influence their current organization abilities and standards. They also learn how personal habits are the biggest key to staying organized. Tools to help with organization are introduced and discussed.

Using Your Class Syllabus as a Key to Success (30-45 min)
In this workshop students take the time to examine the components of a typical class syllabus and learn how each component gives them much of the information they will need to stay on track for success in the course. It is also demonstrated how students can transfer information from the syllabus to calendars and planners.

Coping with Test Anxiety (30 min)
In this workshop students learn the differences between testing and other types of anxiety. They will learn about causes, myths and symptoms. Finally the workshop covers the ways that students can learn new skills and habits that can help minimize or eliminate the effects of test anxiety.

Google Calendar (30-45 min)
In this workshop students are taught the basics of Google Calendar. They also are given ideas on how the program can help them with time management and organization, with special emphasis on using it in tandem with their class syllabus to stay on track.