The ULC's Afternoon Learning Series focus on building skills necessary to succeed in college.  Although not always tied to a specific class, the skills you learn with us will help you in a variety of courses throughout your academic career.  Workshops are kept small and discuss topics include proofreading, close reading to develop a thesis, study strategies, and more.

All Learning Series workshops are run by Learning Assistants.

See below for a list of the workshops. Sign up weekly!

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Fall 2019 Academic Skills Workshops

Our Afternoon Learning Series will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3:30pm in ARC LL01 throughout the semester.

Sign up below! Links will be active within one week prior to each workshop.  Seats are limited; please sign up only for a session you will attend.  

Close Reading: Finding Your Thesis

Are you stuck on your paper? Having a hard time analyzing literature and developing a thesis? This workshop is designed for students in literature-based courses who need to practice close reading skills to formally analyze a text. Apply the skills you learn to develop your thesis and write your paper.

Avoiding the all nighter: Time Management

Life at NYU can be an exciting and often challenging experience. From classes to clubs, registration to roommates, managing your daily college life can be an adjustment. Get advice from Peer Academic Coaches (students who have been through it before) on managing your time instead of time managing you!

Study Planning - preparing for exams

Don’t fall into the trap of putting all your energy into one exam at the expense of all your other classes, only to find yourself playing catch-up for another exam! Use your syllabuses wisely, make a plan, and face your exams with confidence.

  • Wednesday, December 4, 3:30pm
  • Thursday, December 5, 3:30pm
  • Wednesday, December 11, 3:30pm
  • Thursday, December 12, 3:30pm

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What to highlight: Reading Strategies

How is your approach to reading a history book different from reading a novel? How is it different from reading science journals? With hundreds of pages to read for a variety of classes, from literature and philosophy to sociology and science, you need to employ different strategies to be the most effective reader. This session will review a variety of techniques and approaches to reading across the disciplines.

Class Participation & Office Hours

Are you having a hard time speaking up in class or reaching out to your professor? Not sure about how or why to use office hours? Maintaining a strong line of communication with your professor is a key component to ensuring success. Get some tips and techniques useful for regular class participation as well and build your confidence!

How We Learn: Reassessing our study strategies

Did your first quiz, exam, or paper not go as well as you thought it would? It may be time to take another look at your study habits and reconsider your approach. Get a quick rundown of study strategies based on the science of learning.

The Art of Talking with Your Professor

Are you having a hard time reaching out to your professor? Not sure about how or what to use office hours for? In this workshop we cover email etiquette, how to use a professor’s office hours, and more! Maintaining a strong line of communication with your professor is a key component to ensuring success.

You got your grades back, now what?

Have you received a grade that you're unhappy with? What is it that you need to change about your study habits? Did you find yourself overwhelmed and unable to manage your time? This workshop will help you develop updated study tips and strategies based on the grades you received and the assessment of your strengths and weaknesses in each subject.

Study Strategies 101

Are your study skills a little rusty? Do you know your own style of studying and the best way for you to succeed at NYU? This workshop will touch on various study styles and learning strategies, and will introduce you to an arsenal of tools to use to succeed in your classes and study smarter!

Study Smart: Making the most of your academic resources

As an NYU student, you have access to many resources, including the University Learning Center.  Learn how to make the most of the services offered by the ULC.  What can you gain by attending LGs? What happens during Bits? Are the Academic Skills Workshops useful? Spend time with our Learning Assistants and learn how to Study Smart!

Note taking: Making sense of the lecture

Taking effective notes requires a unique combinations of skills and practices. This session will review a variety of techniques and approaches to taking neat, organized, and succinct notes in class.

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Learning Assistants

In addition to subject-matter tutoring, the ULC's Learning Assistants can help you improve your learning skills and techniques. Whether you need assistance managing your time and putting together an appropriate study plan, or would like some tips and advice on note-making or efficient reading, our LAs are here to help you. They are your peers, and want to pass along the tips they wish they'd had before! Come to our Afternoon Learning Series to learn how to become a better student, or visit them one-on-one for specific advice.