Academic Skills Workshops
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.
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
|Thur||October 25, 2013||1:30pm-2:45pm|
|Tues||November 19, 2013||6-7:15|
|Tues||December 3, 2013||8:00pm-9:00pm
Location: The Ridge Lounge
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.
|Fri||September 20. 2013||10:30am-11:45am|
|Tues||October 22, 2013||4:30pm-5:45pm|
|Mon||November 4, 2013||1:30pm-2:45pm|
Crash Course in Academic Skills
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.
|Thur||August 22, 2013||1:00pm-4:00pm|
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.
|Wed||October 2, 2013||6pm-7:15pm|
|Wed||November 6, 2013||4:30pm-5:45pm|
Be well prepared and test-wise for your next exam. This workshop teaches preparation and test-taking strategies.
|Tues||September 24, 2013||6pm-7:15pm|
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.
|Mon||August 26, 2013||3pm-4:15pm|
|Fri||October 4, 2013||10:30am-11:45am|
|Thur||November 7, 2013||3pm-4:15pm|
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.
|Wed||September 4, 2013||4:30pm-5:45pm|
|Thur||October 10, 2013||1:30pm-2:45pm|
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.
|Thur||June 13, 2013||1:30pm-2:45pm|
|Tue||July 16, 2013||10:30am-11:45am|
|Thur||August 8, 2013||1:30pm-2:45pm|
|Thur||September 26, 2013||1:30pm-2:45pm|
|Fri||November 1, 2013||10:30am-11:45am|
|Wed||December 4, 2013||6pm-7:15pm|
Mindfulness Workshops: Stress Less for Increased Success: Parts I, II and III
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.
The mindfulness workshop is a 3 part series, with each part designed to teach you different mindfulness skills you can implement in your daily life. You may attend one or all, in any order that works for your schedule. The three part series will be presented three times this fall.
Mindfulness Workshops are open to all Mason students, no initial consultation at CAPS necessary. Registration preferred. Call CAPS at 703-993-2380 to register.
|Register for any part of any session|
|Series 1||Ayelet Krieger and Tammy Levin|
|Monday, Sept 23||3-4:00pm||Room A|
|Monday, Sept 30||3-4:00pm||Room A|
|Monday, Oct 07||3-4:00pm||Room A|
|Series 2||Laura Diskin and Staff|
|Thursday, Oct 24||3-4:00 pm||Room B|
|Thursday, Oct 31||3-4:00 pm||Room B|
|Thursday, Nov 07||3-4:00 pm||Room B|
|Series 3||Laura Diskin and Staff|
|Thursday, Nov 14||3-4:00 pm||Room B|
|Thursday, Nov 21||3-4:00 pm||Room B|
|Thursday, Dec 05||3-4:00 pm||Room B|
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.
|Tue||September 17, 2013||4:30pm-5:45pm|
|Mon||October 21, 2013||1:30pm-2:45pm|
|Thurs||November 21, 2013||10:30am-11:45am|
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||September 6, 2013||10:30am-11:45am|
|Tues||October 1, 2013||1:30-2:45pm|
|Wed||October 30, 2013||4:30pm-5:45pm|
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!
|Thur||September 12, 2013||3pm-4:15pm|
|Fri||October 18, 2013||10:30am-11:45am|
|Fri||November 22, 2013||1:30pm-2:45pm|
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.
|Mon||September 9, 2013||1:30pm-2:45pm|
|Tues||October 15, 2013||1:30pm-2:45pm|
|Wed||November 13, 2013||10:30am-11:45am|
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||August 27, 2013||1:30pm-2:45pm|
|Mon||October 7, 2013||3pm-4:15pm|
|Tue||November 12, 2013||4:30pm-5:45pm|
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?
Graduate School Reading Strategies
Learn techniques for reading research articles, texts, and other literature to increase comprehension and application of knowledge in an efficient way.
|Fri||September 27, 2013||10:30am-11:45am||SUB 1 Room 3334|
Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: Overcoming Procrastination
Learn the reasons why you might be putting off your work and strategies for how to break out of the procrastination cycle.
|Fri||October 11, 2013||10:30am-11:45am||SUB 1 Room 3334|
Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: Motivation and Goal-Setting
If you are feeling overwhelmed with a project, thesis, or dissertation and don’t know where to start, join us at the third workshop on Motivation and Goal-Setting. This workshop will help you think through the big projects you have ahead and plan out smaller goals to make steady progress toward completion.
|Fri||November 8, 2013||10:30am-11:45am||SUB 1 Room 3334|