Workshops and Programs

The Weingarten Center offers learning strategies and tutoring workshops throughout the academic year in partnership with Penn faculty, student organizations, and campus colleagues. We facilitate workshops in and out of classrooms that vary in length from 15 to 90 minutes depending on the learning objectives. We accept workshop requests for virtual and in-person programs.

Learning Strategies Workshops

Learning specialists facilitate workshops on study skills and strategies for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Tutoring Workshops

Peer-facilitated group discussions provide opportunities in some courses to discuss and apply course content, learn new ways of approaching material, and consider new resources for success.

Attend a Workshop

Check our Weingarten Center Events Calendar for upcoming events and to register for workshops.

Weingarten Center Events Calendar

Learn about upcoming events and register for workshops!

Request a Workshop

We encourage faculty, student organizations, and campus partners to submit requests for workshops that address learning strategies, tutoring, or disability services. We also offer programming inclusive of all Weingarten Center services.

Possible Program and Workshop Topics

Learning Strategies

  • Organization and Time Management
  • Exam Preparation
  • Effective Study Strategies
  • STEM Learning Strategies
  • Note-taking
  • Project Management
  • Academic Reading Strategies
  • Research and Academic Writing
  • Class Presentations and/or Participation
  • Goal Setting

 

Tutoring 

  • Tutoring support for a study session or event (dependent on availability)
  • Tutoring Workshops (e.g., How to get the most out of your time with a tutor)
  • Overview of Services

 

Disability Services

  • Disability Inclusion and Accessibility for Events
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Website and Digital Accessibility
  • Disability Awareness

 

We will attempt to accommodate all requests, but a minimum of one week’s notice is typically needed to schedule and design any group workshop.

Students, please note that this request form is only for group workshops. If you are seeking an individual consultation with a Weingarten Center staff member, please schedule an appointment through MyWeingartenCenter.

Please complete the following program request form and we will follow up with you as soon as possible.

Learning Strategies Workshops

Through workshops, our learning specialists will support you in developing effective learning habits and strategies. Learn more about our signature series below and check for current programs on the Weingarten Center Events Calendar.

Mastering the Ivy League and Fresh Start

At the beginning of the academic year, Mastering the Ivy League introduces undergraduates to essential study skills and strategies for college courses. In the spring, Fresh Start offers undergraduates the opportunity to refine their approaches to coursework and develop new strategies for academic success. Find workshop dates/times and registration links under each session title.

Take control of your learning by creating a schedule that promotes productivity and balance.

Tuesday, August 30th, 4 – 5 p.m. ET

Wednesday, August 31st, 4 – 5 p.m. ET

To register, visit MyWeingartenCenter and tap “Register for Workshops.”

Add new techniques and resources to your academic toolkit.

Tuesday, September 6th, 4 – 5 p.m. ET

Wednesday, September 7th, 4 – 5 p.m. ET

To register, visit MyWeingartenCenter and tap “Register for Workshops.”

Develop effective reading and note-taking methods as you engage with a variety of texts that may move from screen to page and back.

Thursday, September 8th, 4 – 5 p.m. ET

Monday, September 12th, 4 – 5 p.m. ET

To register, visit MyWeingartenCenter and tap “Register for Workshops.”

Gain key insights into effective STEM learning with attention to unique challenges and opportunities of problem sets and exams.

Tuesday, September 13th, 4 – 5 p.m. ET

Wednesday, September 14th, 4 – 5 p.m. ET

To register, visit MyWeingartenCenter and tap “Register for Workshops.”

Prepare for new opportunities to demonstrate what you’ve learned through a variety of assessment formats.

Monday, September 19th, 4 – 5 p.m. ET

Tuesday, September 20th, 4 – 5 p.m. ET

To register, visit MyWeingartenCenter and tap “Register for Workshops.”

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Academics Plus

The Weingarten Center partners with Student Counseling, Penn Libraries, and International Student and Scholar Services to offer dynamic workshops for international undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. These workshops address language, culture, and resources for students from linguistically diverse backgrounds. Find workshop dates/times and registration links under each session title.

Co-facilitated by the Weingarten Center and Student Counseling, this workshop focuses on academic well-being by exploring topics such as setting yourself up well for academic success, staying motivated, and connecting with others.

Tuesday, September 6th, 6 – 7 p.m. ET (Virtual)REGISTER

Wednesday, September 7th, 3 – 4 p.m. ET (In-Person @ Student Counseling, 3624 Market Street, Suite #1, Community Room, Map)REGISTER

Effective time management is so much more than creating a schedule. We talk about “time management systems” because you will most likely use a combination of various methods to manage your time and your attention. This workshop shares strategies to help you effectively plan ahead as well as manage distractions and build flexibility into your study plans.

Thursday, September 8th, 6 – 7 p.m. ET (Virtual)REGISTER

Monday, September 12th, 3 – 4 p.m. ET (In-Person @ Gutmann College House, 211 S. 40th Street – Map)REGISTER

Penn Libraries is a vast system of 17 libraries and millions of books and resources. Where do you even begin when you have a paper to write? This workshop will focus on finding and selecting appropriate sources using the Franklin catalog and Articles+ on the Penn Libraries website. Penn Libraries will provide strategies and tools for finding the information you need. Then learn about how a Learning Specialist at the Weingarten Center can support you through the writing process.

Wednesday, September 14th, 6 – 7 p.m. ET (Virtual)REGISTER

Thursday, September 15th, 3 – 4 p.m. ET (In-Person @ Gutmann College House, 211 S. 40th Street – Map)REGISTER

Reading primary and secondary sources will enhance your learning and deepen your understanding of the history, theories and current issues of your field of study. However, the amount of assigned reading can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially when English is a second language. The good news is that there are many pre-, during-, and post-reading strategies you can use to increase your understanding and retention of texts. This workshop will address those strategies and teach you how to adapt your strategies for different courses and different modalities.

Monday, September 19th, 6 – 7 p.m. ET (Virtual)REGISTER

Wednesday, September 21st, 3 – 4 p.m. ET  (In-Person @ Gutmann College House, 211 S. 40th Street – Map)REGISTER

Information flies fast and furious in lectures and discussions. Are you taking notes on the right things? Do your notes make sense to you when you review them later? Come find out how to identify key information in lectures, maintain your focus and concentration in class, and gain familiarity with a variety of note-taking styles and strategies.

Thursday, September 22nd, 6 – 7 p.m. ET (Virtual)REGISTER

Monday, September 26th, 3 – 4 p.m. ET (In-Person @ Gutmann College House, 211 S. 40th Street – Map)REGISTER

Strategies for Success in Graduate Studies

In collaboration with the Grad Center, learning specialists facilitate discussion-based workshops to support graduate and professional students in their coursework and scholarly projects. Find workshop dates/times and registration links under each session title.

Support your writing goals for this semester by sharing them with peers, creating a plan for your major projects, and discussing strategies for staying on course.

Wednesday, September 7th, 7 – 8 p.m. ET (Virtual) – REGISTER

Thursday, September 8th, 1 – 2 p.m. ET (In-Person) – REGISTER

 

Take control of your online learning by creating a schedule that promotes productivity and balance.

Monday, September 12th, 1 – 2 p.m. ET (In-Person) – REGISTER

Tuesday, September 13th, 7 – 8 p.m. ET (Virtual) – REGISTER

Develop effective reading and note-taking methods as you engage with a variety of texts that may move from screen to page and back.

Thursday, September 15th, 1 – 2 p.m. ET (In-Person) – REGISTER

Monday, September 19th, 7 – 8 p.m. ET (Virtual) – REGISTER

Gain insights from graduate fellows at the Graduate Student Center and Weingarten Center learning specialists into effective communication and engagement as you navigate your graduate experience.

Wednesday, September 21st, 1 – 2 p.m. ET (In-Person) – REGISTER

Monday, September 22nd, 7 – 8 p.m. ET (Virtual) – REGISTER

Tutoring Workshops

Workshops are peer-facilitated discussions about topics from the week. Students will have an opportunity to discuss and apply course content along with peers, learn new ways of approaching material, and consider new resources for success in the course.

Organic Chemistry 241, 242

Exact time & location vary by section / professor; join our canvas page to see schedule
  • Workshop Leaders are selected by the Organic Chemistry Coordinator
  • Each section of the course has a designated workshop time and leader; speak to your faculty member to determine your schedule
  • There will be one virtual session each week that will be available to all students from any section (Wednesday evenings)
  • Each section has one 120 minute session is held weeky on Sunday
  • Students apply course material by working in small groups solving problem sets

Join Canvas Page to access resources & recordings for this workshop

Biological Basis of Behavior 109

See Access information in your course canvas page
  • Facilitator selected by department faculty
  • Workshop leader holds two 60 minute workshops per week; 1 in person & 1 virtual
  • Attendees will work together to apply material in practice problems

Nursing 163, 164, 165

See Access information in your course canvas page

  1. Facilitator is selected by the Nursing School faculty
  2. Workshop leader holds two 60 minute review sessions per week; 1 in person & 1 virtual
  3. Two-hour exam preparation sessions are held prior to midterm and final exams
  4. Resources & recordings for this workshop are embedded directly in the canvas page for your course

* Workshops may be canceled or rescheduled to accommodate religious or other holidays. Your specific Facilitator will share their schedule with the group. 

Calculus Start Up

WAKE UP YOUR MATH MEMORIES: 

Spend some time reviewing essential pre-calculus skills and learning Tips from Weingarten Tutors about how to succeed in Math at Penn.  Our online module will allow you to work at your own pace, check in with tutors as needed, and learn how other Penn students have found success.  Content will focus on Math 1300 & 1400 curriculum but others are welcome.  On September 6th, we will host a virtual Panel to hear tips from Penn faculty and previous students. 

Join the Canvas Course to access review material, see tutor schedule, and register for our virtual panel. (Course becomes available on 8/1/2022)