Academic Skills Workshops

The ULC's Lunchtime Learning Series: Academic Skills Workshops 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 Lunchtime Learning Series workshops are run by Peer Academic Coaches.

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

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All workshops begin at 12:30pm and are held in the Lewent Lounge on the 9th floor of the Silver Center.

Study Strategies

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!

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!

  • Wednesday, November 16, 12:30pm

Reading Strategies

Do you approach reading a novel the same way you approach your calculus textbook? What about your Texts & Ideas readings, or poetry? Learn about different techniques for reading with different purposes, and learn how to handle your reading load! NOTE: You can focus your session on reading strategies for specific fields (reading science textbooks, etc.), overview strategies for several types of reading, or even do a session on speed-reading (--all of which have been done by ULC LAs in the past).

  • Wednesday, September 21, 12:30pm

Note-taking Strategies

Do your note-taking methods still work for you? Discover new techniques for organizing your thoughts and taking notes -- in class or from your readings. Use your note-making strategies to save time and study more efficiently!

  • Wednesday, September 28, 12:30 - 1:30pm

Writing for the Bluebook

Many writing-based courses have midterms that require the ability to write responses within the exam time. Strategies for responding to short answer questions and tips on taking essay and take-home exams will be discussed.

Study Planning

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.

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.

  • Wednesday, November 30, 12:30pm

Presentation Skills

It's time for class presentations! This workshop will give you a good introduction to public speaking skills and techniques for creating a good presentation. Practice your delivery, get some tips and critiques, and build your confidence!

  • Wednesday, December 7, 12:30pm


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Peer Academic Coaches

In addition to subject-matter tutoring, the ULC's Peer Academic Coaches 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 Coaches are here to help you. Like all of our Learning Assistants, the Coaches are your peers, and want to pass along the tips they wish they'd had before! Come to our Academic Skills Workshops to learn how to become a better student, or visit them one-on-one for specific advice.