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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.

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Spring 2016 Sessions

Sessions begin the week of January 25th. Sign up weekly!

Sessions are designed to be 45 - 60 minutes.


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.

  • Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 - 7:30pm, ARC LL02
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2:00 - 3:00pm, ARC LL01

Close Reading of Texts: A workshop on finding the thesis for your paper

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.

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2:00 - 3:00pm, ARC LL01
  • Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 - 7:30pm, ARC LL02

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!

  • Tuesday, April 5, 2:00 - 3:00pm, ARC LL01
  • Wednesday, April 6, 6:30 - 7:30pm, ARC LL02

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!

  • Tuesday, April 12, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, ARC LL01
  • Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 - 7:30pm, ARC LL02

Creating a Study Plan

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, April 20, 6:30 - 7:30pm, ARC LL02
  • Tuesday, April 26, 2:00 - 3:00pm, ARC LL01

More Academic Skills Workshops

  • Presentation Skills

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 8th.  Sign up weekly below.

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

Walk-ins are welcome if seats remain available.

  • Wednesday, May 4, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, ULC at UHall

  • Monday, May 2, 6:00 - 7:00pm, ULC at UHall

Proofreading Clinics

Get some help with looking over your paper! These sessions are meant to help sharpen your own proofreading and editing skills when looking over your writing. Be sure to come before the paper is due to get the most out of these Proofreading Clinics! Sign up weekly below.

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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!

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!

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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.

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