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Academic  Skills Workshops

spring 2014

Developing good academic skills will bring greater academic success. These study skills workshops can help you improve your academic performance. To register for these workshops, call 703-993-2999, email Learning Services, or come to our office in the SUB I addition, Room 3129. Most workshops are in SUB 1, Suite 3129. Alternate locations are listed below. Workshop location will also be listed when you register.

The Certificate in Academic Skills Program utilizes these workshops to help students develop their study skills and receive recognition for their effort. Participants complete an initial assessment and receive an individually tailored plan of workshops, audiotapes, videotapes, and readings designed to enhance academic performance. Call 703-993-2999 to get started.


New this semester: Workshops for Graduate Students

Academic Survival Skills for Finals

Mon April 21, 2014 1:30pm-2:45pm SUB1 Suite 3129


College Reading Strategies

This workshop provides information on strategies for various reading demands. Learn techniques for getting the most out of textbooks, literature, and research articles.

Wed February 19, 2014 6:00-7:15pm
SUB1 Suite 3129
Tue March 25, 2014 1:30-2:45pm
SUB1 Suite 3129
Tue April 1, 2014 4:30-5:45pm
SUB1 Suite 3129

Crash Course in Academic Strategies

Get ready for the semester by attending this academic skills workshop the week before classes begin. Topics covered are: good study strategies, effective note-taking techniques, individual learning styles, ways to be test-wise and well prepared for exams, and effective time management.

Wed January 15, 2014 1:00pm-4:00pm SUB1 Suite 3129  


Critical Thinking: Thinking Outside the Box

Thinking and problem solving at the college level requires well-developed and structured cognitive skills. In this workshop, we will teach you how to be purposeful, reasonable, and goal oriented in your thinking in order to make decisions, formulate inferences, and solve problems.

Tue February 25, 2014 6pm-7:15pm
SUB1 Rm 3334
Tue April 8, 2014 6pm-7:15pm SUB1 Suite 3129  


Exam Strategies

Be well prepared and test-wise for your next exam. This workshop teaches preparation and test-taking strategies.

Thu February 20, 2014 3:00-4:15pm SUB1 Suite 3129  
Fri April 4, 2014 10:30am-11:45am SUB1 Rm 3334  
Thu April 24, 2014 1:30-2:45pm SUB1 Suite 3129  


How Do YOU Learn Best?

This workshop explores effective study methods. You'll examine how you learn best, explore strategies to capitalize on your learning style, and learn methods to transfer information from short-term to long-term memory.

Thu January 23, 2014 1:30-2:45pm SUB1 Suite 3129
Fri February 28, 2014 10:30am-11:45am SUB1 Rm 3334
Wed April 16, 2014 4:30-5:45pm SUB1 Rm 3334


Improving Concentration

The ability to concentrate, to focus one’s attention exclusively on the task at hand, is essential to learning. Both internal and external distractions can make concentration difficult. This workshop examines these distractions and strategies to enhance concentration. You learn to identify your distractions and develop strategies to eliminate them, practice relaxation techniques to improve focus, and explore other tactics to improve your concentration.

Mon February 3, 2014 3:00-4:15pm SUB1 Suite 3129  
Wed March 19, 2014 6:00-7:15pm SUB1 Suite 3129  
Mon April 14, 2014 1:30-2:45pm SUB1 Suite 3129  


Managing Performance Anxiety

Does worrying about a test make it hard for you to study? Do you forget all you know just as the exam begins? Any time you are asked to perform, tension can interfere with you doing your best. This workshop examines the reasons for performance anxiety and explores strategies for cope with it.

Tue February 18, 2014 6:00-7:15pm SUB1 Suite 3129
Mon April 7, 2014 3:00-4:15pm SUB1 Suite 3129
Tue April 29, 2014 1:30-2:45pm SUB1 Suite 3129


Math Study Strategies


Thu February 6, 2014 3:00-4:15pm SUB1 Suite 3129  
Thu March 6, 2014 1:30-2:45pm SUB1 Suite 3129  


Mindfulness Workshops: Stress Less for Increased Success (New times TBA)

Does it seem like you are always anxious about the future or get stuck dwelling on the past? Do you ever become overwhelmed by strong emotions? Do these worries get in the way of relationships or contribute to stress in your life? The Mindfulness workshops will teach you skills to live in the present moment, increasing your enjoyment in life, by learning ways to cope with stress, deal with relationship challenges, and regulate your emotions.

Mindfulness Workshops are open to all Mason students, no initial consultation at CAPS necessary. Registration preferred. New workshops will be available during Spring semester. Please watch here for time listings.


Motivation and Goal-Setting

What do you want to do with your life? Are you feeling overwhelmed or confused about your future? Are you unclear as to which path to take? This workshop examines the power of higher education and its role in your future. Learn why it is important to look at the BIG PICTURE when planning your course work and choosing your major. This workshop also allows you to explore your values and see how the choices you make now will lay the foundation for your future.

Fri February 14, 2014 10:30-11:45am SUB1 Rm 3334
Thu March 27, 2014 3:00-4:15pm SUB1 Suite 3129  
Wed April 30, 2014 4:30pm-5:45pm SUB1 Suite 3129  

Note Taking

Note taking is an essential study strategy. Notes supplement memory and can be used to create review guides prior to exams. During this workshop, participants will learn strategies for listening, writing notes, and reviewing afterwards.

Fri January 31, 2014 10:30-11:45am
SUB1, Rm 3334
Mon March 3, 2014 3:00-4:15pm
SUB1 Suite 3129
Fri April 18, 2014 10:30-11:45am SUB1 Rm 3334

Organizational Strategies

Is clutter getting in the way of your academic success? Do you have trouble keeping up with all your papers, texts, e-mails, and assignments for your classes? Come to this workshop to learn techniques to better manage your paper flow and arrange your desk, computer files, and living space in ways that will help you be more efficient and productive. We'll help you develop an individualized plan to meet your unique needs, style, and schedule. Get ready for your classes with a clean sweep!

Wed February 12, 2014 4:30-5:45pm
SUB 1 Suite 3129
Mon March 24, 2014 1:30-2:45pm
SUB1 Rm 3334

Overcoming Procrastination

Do you find yourself constantly putting off projects, assignments, or commitments? You may be caught in the "not now, later" trap. Overcome this difficulty by discovering what makes you procrastinate.

Tue February 4, 2014 4:30-5:45pm
SUB1 Suite 3129
Fri March 21, 2014 10:30-11:45am
SUB1 Rm 3334
Fri April 25, 2014 10:30-11:45am SUB1 Suite 3129  



Scheduling & Time Management

Do you spend too much or too little time studying? Learn the skills of successful time management and increase your ability to balance study with other activities.

Tue January 28, 2014 1:30-2:45pm SUB1 Suite 3129  
Tue March 4, 2014 1:30-2:45pm SUB1 Suite 3129  
Fri April 11, 2014 10:30-11:45am SUB1 Suite 3129  


Workshops for Graduate Students


Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School

Learning Services and Graduate Student Life present “Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School,” a new workshop series designed specifically for Mason graduate students. We know you have limited time and are balancing school along with multiple life commitments. How do you make the most of the time and energy you have to succeed toward your graduate degree?

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: Organizational Skills

Fri February 7, 2014 1:30-2:45pm SUB1 Rm 3311

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: Improving Concentration

Fri February 21, 2014 10:30am-11:45am SUB1 Rm 3334

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: Time Management

Wed February 26, 2014 6:00-7:00pm SUB1 Suite 3129