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Academic Skills Workshops

Academic Skills and Success 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.  Topics include proofreading, close reading to develop a thesis, as well as English language support.

Spring Sessions

Now What? Writing Series

These linked workshops will help you generate ideas, approach your writing process in new ways, and engage in more effective research strategies to improve your writing assignments, regardless of topic or length.

"I Have Some Sources, Now What?": Tips for Writing a More Insightful and Comprehensive Research Paper

This writing workshop will discuss tips to help you research efficiently and effectively. Students will leave the workshop knowing how to find more sources for a research paper, as well as some tips for how to best incorporate those sources, and how to approach writing longer assignments.

Week of April 19th (Offered Twice):

  • Monday, 4/20 from 3:30-4:30pm in ARC Study Room (See IA for Room Assignment)
  • Tuesday, 4/21 from 6:30-7:30pm in Large UHall Study Room

Reading Across Disciplines

This workshop will introduce you to strategies to help you read efficiently and effectively across disciplines, which can often be difficult when the textbooks and reading assignments you have seem overwhelming. Whether you are taking courses in the sciences, humanities, or a combination of the two, this workshop can help you prioritize assigned reading in terms of importance, as well as help you strategize when you choose what content to focus on.

Week of April 19th (Offered Twice):

  • Tuesday, 4/21 from 5-6pm in ARC Study Room (See IA for Room Assignment)
  • Wednesday, 4/22 from 5-6pm in ARC Study Room (See IA for Room Assignment)

Presentation Skills

This workshop will provide you with tips and tricks to help create in-class presentations and deliver them with confidence to your peers and instructors.  At the end of this workshop, participants will have a chance to plan, prepare, and practice a brief presentation of their own.  No advance preparation is required.

  • Thursday, 4/23 from 6-7pm in Large UHall Study Room

From Bluebook to Multiple Choice: Test-taking Tips and Strategies

This workshop will provide you with strategies to help better manage time and develop strategies to take your exams more effectively. Multiple choice exams, short answer exams, and essay (aka “Bluebook”) exam strategies will all be discussed.

  • Wednesday, 4/22 from 6:30-7:30pm in ARC Study Room (See IA for Room Assignment)

Time Management / Procrastination


This workshop will provide you with strategies to help better manage your time and overcome procrastination as you complete weekly assignments and study for exams throughout the semester.

Week of April 19th (Offered Twice):

  • Tuesday, 4/21 from 12:30-1:30pm in ARC Study Room (See IA for Room Assignment)
  • Wednesday, 4/22 from 12:30-1:30pm in ARC Study Room (See IA for Room Assignment)

International Students
English Language and Writing Support

Conversation Circles, one-on-one writing sessions, and weekly study groups for international and other undergraduate students for whom English is a second or other language.

Read more and sign up here!

Express Yourself! Conversation Circles

Increase your fluency in another language!  These sessions supplement your foreign language studies and are designed to help you gain confidence speaking in the language you are studying.  Sign up each week to attend!  Sessions begin the week of February 9.

Seats are limited so please be considerate and only sign up if you intend to come.

Walk-ins are welcome if seats remain available.

University Learning Center

All workshops are scheduled to last 45 - 60 minutes, and are held in one of our two locations (unless otherwise noted):

  • ARC: Academic Resource Center, 18 Washington Place, Lower Level ULC Study Rooms or Classrooms
  • UHall: University Hall, 110 East 14th Street, in ULC study rooms at the top of the stairs by UHall Commons

Visit the ULC for the Peer Academic Coaches walk-in hours for one-to-one help as well!

ULC Staff Graduating

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.

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