Fresh Start Workshop Series

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Spring 2020 Schedule

FRESH STRATEGIES FOR A NEW SEMESTER

Wednesday, January 15, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. — Weingarten Center, Stouffer Commons

At the beginning of the spring semester, many students are looking for strategies to build upon fall semester success and to foster improvement and growth in response to new and ongoing academic challenges. Join us for this session in which will share and discuss effective strategies related to academic reading, note-taking, organization, time management, and effective study habits. Get your semester off by taking an active approach to your spring schedule.

GOOD HABITS FOR STEM COURSES

Tuesday, January 21, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. — Weingarten Center, Stouffer Commons

Many STEM courses emphasize the importance of strong problem-solving skills. Even though problem-solving can be difficult, students can learn habits that will help them improve their problem-solving ability. In this workshop, students will learn a step-by-step process for approaching any word problem and how to practice that process on homework problems and practice exam problems. In addition to this, students will learn how to use problems to identify gaps in their knowledge, so that they can fill them in with focused study.

STAYING ON TOP OF YOUR READING

Monday, January 27; 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. — Weingarten Center, Stouffer Commons

If you’re anticipating a heavy reading load from your spring courses, this workshop will help you identify strategies for reading strategically to clarify your purpose, maximize your understanding, retain information, and prepare for assessments and writing assignments. Please bring sample reading materials from your courses, if possible.

PREPARING FOR SUCCESS ON MIDTERM EXAMS

Tuesday, January 28; 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. — Weingarten Center, Stouffer Commons

Preparing for your exams is about knowing what you know, knowing what you don’t know, and filling in the gaps. Penn exams challenge your ways of knowing in new ways and may require a higher order of thinking than your previous assessments. In this workshop, work with a learning instructor to determine what, when, and how to study for your upcoming exams. Please bring any relevant study materials.

EXAM ANALYSIS: LEARNING FROM MIDTERMS

Wednesday, February 26, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. — Weingarten Center, Stouffer Commons

Learning from midterms is just as important as preparing for them. In this workshop, students will learn and practice some simple techniques for discovering how the exam was composed and what to expect on their next midterm. These techniques will also help them determine the big ideas of the course in preparation for their finals study and review. Different types of exam questions – short answer, multiple choice, extended response – will be discussed so that all students are served.

SEMESTER PLANNING AFTER SPRING BREAK

Tuesday, March 17, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. — Weingarten Center, Stouffer Commons

Spring Break is a great time to relax, travel, volunteer or catch up, but the challenge is typically readjusting after the break. In this interactive, hands-on workshop you will reassess how you have been managing your time and courses and will learn strategies to efficiently schedule your whole semester, manage time on a daily and weekly basis, and get more out of your study time. The purpose of the session is to apply strategies to your own courses; therefore, please bring course syllabi, your academic schedule, and any other relevant materials.

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