Workshops and Programs

Mastering the Ivy League

Mastering the Ivy League offers discussion-based workshops that are designed for all undergraduates but may be particularly helpful for students who are new to Penn or taking in-person classes for the first time. This fall, virtual and in-person sessions at the Weingarten Center are available for each topic. Registration is limited for in-person sessions, but recordings will be posted after each virtual session.

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

Learn strategies that promote flexibility, active engagement, and focus.

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

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

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

Flyer for Mastering the Ivy League Fall 2021 workshops

Academics Plus Workshops

The Academics Plus workshops are designed to help international students and students from diverse linguistic backgrounds transition to Penn by providing study strategies and introducing helpful campus resources. The workshops are an ideal space to discuss academic, language, and cultural topics.

If you have questions about the Academics Plus series, please email Julianne Reynolds, Associate Director and Learning Specialist for International Students, Learning Resources.

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 will share strategies to help you effectively plan ahead as well as manage distractions and build flexibility into your study plans.

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. Join us to learn about strategies and tools for finding the information you need. Then learn about the many ways Learning Resources can support you through the writing process. This workshop will be co-facilitated by the Weingarten Center and Penn Libraries.

Group work is very common in the U.S. classroom. Faculty like to assign group projects because they echo real world situations of collaborative work and teach about leadership, teamwork, accountability, communication, and critical thinking. Students, however, tend to have varying attitudes about these group assignments. Some are excited about the chance to collaborate and get to know others better while others may feel they work better on their own. Some may also feel marginalized in one or more of their identities (language, gender, race, ability, etc.). Join us for a discussion about different communication styles and strategies for making group work more effective. This workshop will be co-facilitated by the Weingarten Center and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

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.

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.

Academics Plus workshop flyer

Strategies for Success in Graduate Studies

In collaboration with the Graduate Student Center, learning specialists facilitate discussion-based Strategies for Success in Graduate Studies workshops for graduate and professional students. This fall, we are offering both virtual sessions and in-person sessions at the Weingarten Center.

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.

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

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

Explore technologies and Apps to maximize your online learning with greater efficiency.

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

Flyer for Strategies for Success in Graduate Studies

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

Sundays: 4pm – 5pm (Virtual – Access Zoom) 
Wednesdays 4pm – 5pm in Williams 201
  • 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

Sundays: 9pm – 10pm (Virtual)  &  Fridays 1:45 – 2:45 in Fagin Hall 110
  • Facilitator is selected by the Nursing School faculty
  • Workshop leader holds two 60 minute review sessions per week; 1 in person & 1 virtual
  • Two-hour exam preparation sessions are held prior to midterm and final exams
  • 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 Workshops

WAKE UP YOUR MATH MEMORIES: Review the Math tools you need to succeed in Calculus.

The Calculus start-up event will provide an opportunity to hear from Math Faculty & other Penn students about how to approach ivy league calculus, review essential math skills, and identify resources that will help you succeed in your calculus course. Students will also have an opportunity to review essential math topics with peer tutors. 

Content will focus on Math 103 & 104 curriculum but others are welcome. 

Fall 2021 Date: Wed, 9/8/21 6pm – 9pm 

Calculus Start-Up flyer

Additional Resources and Support

We also encourage you to explore our Study Tools and Strategies and the Weingarten Center Blog for strategies and resources related to these topics. In addition, please feel free to schedule an individual consultation with one of our learning specialists through MyWeingartenCenter.