SMART Workshop Descriptions
7 Study Habits of Highly Effective Students
You want to be successful in college. With the right set of skills, you can be. This workshop is about learning how to learn. During this workshop, you’ll take an online questionnaire to assess your study skills know-how. You’ll receive immediate results in areas such as:
- Test-taking strategies
- Reading strategies
This workshop will provide you with a ton of suggestions and tips on how you can become an independent learner.
Above PAR Reading Strategy
Do you feel like textbook reading is pointless because you can’t remember what you’ve read? If so, you have a lot of company. Between 40-50% of what you read is forgotten within the first 15 minutes. This workshop introduces you to a strategy called Above PAR, a three-step process involving PREVIEW, ACTIVE READING, and REVIEW. Attend this workshop and learn essential skills used to develop reading comprehension and retention.
Everything you wanted to know about college, but didn’t know who to ask! Learn helpful tips about:
- Using RamPort and Blackboard
- E-mailing Instructors
- Understanding College Terminology (such as core curriculum, GPA, and electives)
In this workshop you will learn how to use your ASU OneCard to access services, events, and facilities across campus.
Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime. This proverb speaks to self reliance but can also be applied to critical thinking. We all have the ability to think critically; and many of us use critical thinking skills on a regular basis–we just don’t know it. This workshop will define critical thinking, list the steps involved in thinking critically, and demonstrate problem-solving/decision-making strategies for college and everyday life.
Dealing with Test Anxiety
Most symptoms of test anxiety occur while taking an exam. The most common is freezing or experiencing a mental block. Some students read and re- read the test questions and find them meaningless or a feeling of panic may occur if they don’t know the answer to a question. Being easily distracted during an exam, worrying about one’s performance compared to other test takers, forgetting what you learned, or experiencing physical discomfort such as nausea, rapid pulse, muscle tension, headaches are also symptoms. If you are experiencing this kind of worry and anxiety this workshop is to help you learn ways of reducing this anxiety and improve your test performance.
Effective Strategies for Learning a Foreign Language
In this language workshop, you’ll learn how, when, and why to say what to whom.
This workshop explains how to complete the FAFSA application online, the financial process, different types of grants, and the requirements to apply for financial aid.
Just because you’re in college, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be thinking about saving and financial planning for the future. This workshop provides tips and tricks for both.
Give Your Semester an Energy Boost
Having a study plan , sticking to it , and giving yourself plenty of prep time for tests can “give you wings!” This workshop will help you refocus your study habits, understand your grade point average (GPA), and consider options to prevent having to withdraw from a class.
Introduction to BlackboardIn this workshop you will learn the basic elements of Blackboard (Bb) such as how to login, locate the courses you are taking, explore the Bb tabs, and how to check your grades. You’ll also learn how to take an online exam and about online testing tools such as the LockDown Browser.
Your learning style profile provides an indication of possible strengths and possible tendencies or habits that might lead to difficulty in academic settings. In this workshop, you will take the Index of Learning Styles, an online instrument used to assess learning style preferences on four dimensions:
- Active vs. Reflective
- Sensing vs. Intuitive
- Visual vs. Verbal
- Sequential vs. Global
During the workshop, you will learn how to analyze the results of your learning styles assessment. We will also explore various approaches to learning, discussing the four dimensions and how they are best applied to suit your needs.
Mastering Academic Time Management
Being successful in college requires a great deal of your time and energy; but being successful also means having a life—being well rounded. How then can you evaluate your schedule to ensure you stay on track, effectively managing your time and priorities? This workshop will provide you with time management tips and tools to help you make decisions regarding the best use of your time at Angelo State:
- Identify your priorities and create a laser-like focus on your academic goals
- Support your goals by aligning daily and weekly activities based on your priorities
- Learn tips and techniques to overcome your main time bandits and increase your productivity
- Achieve more in less time (study smarter, not harder)
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Want to know what the fuss is over lecture notes? Or ever wonder what do you with your notes once you have them? This workshop will help you organize your course materials and provide invaluable note-taking tips, while introducing you to various note-taking methods. By the end of the workshop you will know how to:
- Explain the purpose and value of lecture notes
- Listen to a lecture and apply the most effective note-taking system
- Review and clarify your notes
How to keep going, when the going gets tough (and it will). Workshop attendees will discuss goal setting and motivation techniques such as deductive reasoning and lateral thinking. Learn to stay flexible, creative, and open to keep you feeling positive and hopeful even when times get rough.
Research NOW! Getting the Grade (Library Research)
Attend this library workshop and get a leg up on all your upcoming papers and research assignments. Learn about applicable library information resources and simple search techniques and tips that will help you get a better grade!
Used when applying for jobs, a resume (also spelled résumé) documents your education and employment history, demonstrating that you are a viable candidate. The purpose of a resume is to get an interview. This workshop will provide tips and techniques for creating not only an effective and professional resume but one that matches your skills and qualifications to the job and employer. Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to improve what you already have, come learn how to market your knowledge and accomplishments, transforming your resume into a powerful tool that gets results.
Social Networking Addiction
Can Facebook (FB) become an addiction? Many college students report spending inordinate amounts of time on FB and experiencing “disconnect anxiety” about logging off. Many report the amount of time spent on social networking sites adversely affects their academics. During this workshop you will learn the signs of FB addiction: compulsive and obsessive site checks, the need for public validation from FB friends, and the need for the “high” that comes from checking the number of likes on your latest post. You will also learn the signs and symptoms of disconnect anxiety which include agitation, stress, and craving.This workshop includes a discussion about options for reducing the amount of time spent daily on Facebook and other social media sites.
Successful Writing Strategies
For many college students, writing can be a difficult and daunting process. Students encounter obstacles from the planning stages of composition writing to the final editing stages. Come join us for an enjoyable and fun workshop that provides you with useful strategies that can improve your writing and make you more comfortable with the process. You will participate in activities that will demonstrate the following:
- Invention/pre-writing strategies
- Drafting/organization methods
- Revising/editing techniques
In just about every tough class, students identify tests as the most common problem and reason for the difficulty. Starting with a test-taking assessment, this workshop details the strategies behind preparing for and and taking tests. Believe it or not, the two are related! The workshop will identify different test-taking strategies and attendees will have an opportunity to apply some of these strategies with a mock exam.
What Are You Going To Be When You Grow Up?
How old were you the first time someone asked you these questions? Do you know the answers, yet? Self-assessment and career exploration are two hand-in-hand activities you will revisit throughout your entire life. If you don’t know “where are you headed” and/or cannot explain why you are headed there, this is the workshop for you. You will:
- Identify your work-related values
- Explore your personality type and interests
- Review occupations and fields
- Learn about occupational fit
- Leave with an understanding of why you have chosen (or might consider) an occupation or field
Resources for further exploration, verification, and confirmation will be provided.
You Can’t Study for Math…Can You?
Conducted by Math Lab staff, this workshop provides the essentials to studying for any math class.