Need help with an English essay? Are you nervous about your first-ever "college finals crunch"?

The Academic Enhancement Center designs its Student Success Workshops with your needs in mind. They are offered at no additional cost and are open to all students regardless of academic standing. Student Success Workshops are offered throughout the spring and fall semesters, so check back often, as the schedule updates monthly.

All workshops take place in Building C, G360 unless otherwise noted. Contact the AEC at aec@ggc.edu or 678.407.5191 with any questions.

Spring 2017 Workshop Calendar | Workshop Offerings and Descriptions

Student Success Workshop Calendar

Events

 

Workshop Descriptions (Alphabetical)

Academic Policies and College Resources

Explore the importance of understanding GGC’s academic policies, identify strategies to improve your academic performance, and understand college resources available to help you succeed.

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Academic Writing Games

Master complex sentence structures found in academic writing by playing fun word games!

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Annotated Bibliography Strategies

Learn strategies and methods for completing a polished annotated bibliography for English and other courses.

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APA Basics

Get a brief overview of the APA citation style, including basic formatting, parenthetical citations, reference pages and the most reliable resources for help using APA style.

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Back on Track

Why does a 2.0 matter? This workshop will explore the importance of understanding GGC's academic policies, and identify strategies for improving your academic performance and college resources available to help you succeed.

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Becoming an Active Reader

Learn strategies and methods for actively engaging you in the reading process. These tools will help you analyze, evaluate and apply what you have read. As a result, your reading skills will improve significantly.

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Brush Up with Grammar Jeopardy!

Engage in a fun, interactive Jeopardy-style game.

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Building Your Academic Vocabulary

Learn strategies for actively building your academic English vocabulary to improve your reading and writing in college.

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Coding with Scratch

This workshop will assist you with the mechanics of developing basic coding skills through the use of the Scratch platform interface.

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Collage Poetry

Create fun and visual word art.

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Combating Math Test Anxiety

Use GGC's objective-based curriculum to conquer math anxiety and be successful in your math courses.

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Common Grammar Errors

How well you use words is very important in order for you to communicate properly and accurately, so understanding common grammatical errors can help you improve your writing. We will go over common mistakes that can help you act as your own editor.

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Common Comma Conundrums

Learn about common comma mistakes and how to fix them in your own writing.

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Communicating with Your Professors

In this interactive workshop, modeled after a game of soccer, you will learn effective strategies for communicating with your professors via email, telephone, text messaging, as well as face to face. We will also explore the short and long-term benefits of good communication with GGC faculty.

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Conquering Math Anxiety

This interactive workshop addresses the symptoms of math anxiety and practical ways to overcome it.

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Coping with Stress Effectively

Since stress is an unavoidable part of being a college student, this workshop explores the importance of learning how to cope with stress. You will learn ways to combat the negative impact of stress along with positive skills to manage stressful experiences. 

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Critical Thinking in the Social Sciences (2 parts)

Review the process of critical thinking in two sessions. In the first session, we analyze the theoretical framework and how far our college education has gone since the 1970s regarding the teaching and use of critical thinking. The second session will be devoted to working with practical examples from the social sciences.

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Debt Default Prevention Tips

This workshop provides tips on how to manage student loan payments to avoid default.

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Developing a Growth Mindset

In a growth mindset, the most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work – brains and talent are just the starting point. We will go over how to develop it.

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Effective Study Strategies for the MATH 1113 Final Exam

Learn strategies to improve your study and exam-taking skills as you prepare for the Pre-Calculus final exam. Bring your previous Pre-Calculus exams to implement the strategies during the session.

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End of Semester Exam Prep Strategies

Review study skills to help prepare for multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, short answer and essay exams. Please bring class materials for in-session work.

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Essential Math Skills for Physics-1 Class

This session covers essential math skills needed for succeeding in Physics-1 class.

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Evaluating Online Sources for Research

Does your electronic source pass the CRAAP test? Learn how to evaluate online sources and their quality. 

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Free Internet Software for College Success

Learn about free educational software such as Google Docs, OpenOffice, Audacity and Freemind that can be particularly useful for succeeding in your classes.

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Fun with Found Poetry

Have fun with words and create your own fill-in-the-blank game and blackout poetry in this informal writing workshop.

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How Personality Impacts Learning

This Workshop explores the elements of your unique personality and how your personality characteristics influence the way you learn and apply new information. Students will learn how to most effectively use your personality type to increase learning and retention.

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How to Improve Your Math Test-Taking Skills

Learn why just attending class and doing the homework is not enough to do well on your math exams. In addition, learn general pre-test strategies and ten steps to improving your math test-taking skills.

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How to Succeed with the AEC

Did college catch you off guard? Learn about tutoring services offered through the AEC that can help you take control of your academic success!

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How to Succeed and Exceed in ITEC 1001

Learn effective and efficient learning strategies for succeeding in the Introduction to Computing (ITEC 1001) course.

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How to Use a Financial Calculator*

Learn how to solve time value of money and bond problems using the BA II Plus or TI 83/84 calculator.

*Please bring a TI Model 83/84

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How to Use a TI 83/84 (Graphing) Calculator Effectively*

Learn how to make your calculator work for you, and succeed in your classes.

*Please bring a TI Model 83/84

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How to Write a Research Paper in One Week

Learn tips and tricks for planning, researching and writing a research paper with a quick turnaround time.

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Improving Pronunciation for Successful Presentations

This workshop is intended to help students whose first language is not English to improve their pronunciation for clearer communication in the classroom.

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Internet Resources for Improving Language Skills

Native and non-native English speakers alike can benefit from learning about websites that help with academic vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and writing skills.

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Internet Resources for Success in Math

Learn how to use YouTube and other websites for reviewing math concepts needed to succeed in MATH 1111 and 1113 courses.

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Know Your Learning Style

Discover your personal learning style and explore how you can benefit from identifying it. 

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Logarithm Workshop

Gain a greater understanding of logarithms, which is an important topic covered in both college algebra and pre-calculus classes.

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Microsoft Word for Academic Papers

Get a hands-on introduction to Microsoft Word tools essential for successful assignment completion such as formatting, grammar-checking, pagination and citation.

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My Interests or My Skills? Which is Best for a Major?

What is more important when you choose your career: your skills or your interests? This workshop will explore the difference between skills and interests and how they both figure into your selection of a satisfying career. What do employers look for? How do you know if you will succeed in it? In addition, explore how your selection of a major can advance your career choice even when it seems unrelated.

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Navigating MATH 0987 and MATH 0989

Receive pointers and advice for completing MATH foundations courses.

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Note-Taking Techniques

Learning how to take notes effectively will greatly help you retain, study, and review the information you are receiving in your different classes. In this workshop, we will go over what to do before, during, and after taking notes in class and introduce different note-taking methods so you can be successful in your academic performance.

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Organizing a Research Paper

The facilitator will review strategies you can use for organizing research papers and essays. The primary focus will be on how to construct an outline and use it as a basis for building paragraphs to complete an assignment. You are encouraged to bring in essay and research questions that can be used as examples (preferably not ones that are due this semester).

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Overcoming Self-defeating Patterns

Often times we set goals for academic success, but encounter barriers due to pre-existing patterns of thinking, emotion and behavior. This workshop will explore the self-defeating patterns that interfere with success and how to overcome them with new productive patterns.

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Paraphrase and Cite it Right

Practice constructing sentences and short paragraphs that include the three key ingredients of signal phrases, paraphrased sources, and in-text citations.

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Preparation Strategies for Chemistry Final Exams

Discuss strategies to help prepare for various types of chemistry final exams (e.g., multiple choice, calculation-based problems, etc.)

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Preparing for the GACE Program Admission Math (MATH 201) Assessment

We will discuss some of the topics assessed, and suggest ways to succeed by working smart, not just working hard, such as being able to identify what is being asked, what information in the question will help you, and how to get the answer as quickly as possible, and with the minimum amount of computing and memorizing.

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Preparing for Your Math Final Exam

Receive pointers and advice on how to prepare for your math final exams.

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Procrastination Paralysis: What You Can Do Now

Understand procrastination by identifying some of its causes, and learn about a variety of methods for overcoming it.

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Reading and Note-Taking for Psychology Articles

Learn active reading and note-taking strategies to maximize comprehension of scholarly journal articles in the field of psychology.

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Reading Tips for Busy College Students

Learn strategies for reading your textbooks and other materials more efficiently to increase your chances for success in college.

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Remembering What You Read

Review useful strategies and fundamentals to help you remember what you have read, so you can be successful in your learning process and academic performance.

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Sentence Combining and General Editing

Practice creating complex sentences from simple structures, and in the process, analyze phrases, clauses, and sentences to refine and edit drafts into stronger communicative tools across all academic content areas and applied technologies.

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Setting Realistic and Attainable Goals

Create specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely goals using the SMART Goals System.

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Skills for Learning Chemistry

Learn strategies to make studying and learning chemistry more effective.

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Solving Punctuation Problems

Get an in-depth overview of the most problematic punctuation marks necessary for academic writing across disciplines.

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Step Through the Writing Process

Writing is more than just slinging mud at a wall. Learn how to conquer writer's block in four easy steps.

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Study Skills for Success

This workshop will give an overview of the study preparation process and provide tips on how to study.

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Surviving the College Transition

Discover the differences between high school and college, and learn strategies to improve your college performance.

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Ten Tips for Building Your Academic Vocabulary

Improve your college reading and writing skills with active vocabulary building.

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Textbook Reading Strategies

Learn five steps that could help make learning and studying from your textbooks more efficient and effective using the research-proven SQ3R approach.

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TI Calculator Techniques for STATs – Part I*

Learn how to make your calculator work for you and succeed in your STAT classes.

*Please bring a TI Model 83/84

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TI Calculator Techniques for STATs – Part II*

Learn how more advanced functions can help you succeed in your STAT classes.

*Please bring a TI Model 83/84

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Time Management in the Digital Age

Manage your time more effectively in today's wired world. Discover free apps and digital programs to be more efficient, learn strategies to avoid procrastination and overcome information overload, and explore examples to prioritize and declutter.

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Time Management Strategies

Explore how academic success depends on effective time management by learning how to identify time wasters and time savers, and how to manage your time and goals effectively.

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Tips for Taking In-Class Timed Essays

Learn strategies to prepare for and take in-class and online timed essays.

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Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism

Learn ways to recognize plagiarism pitfalls and strategies to prevent accidental academic dishonesty. 

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Tips for Forming Effective Study Groups

Want to make studying stress-free? Gain valuable tips for making group study sessions productive.

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Tips for Writing Biology Lab Reports

Learn strategies for writing Biology lab reports.

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Tips for Writing Narrative Essays

Learn how to add vibrant details to narrative essays using imagery, concrete words and the five senses.

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Using APA to Avoid Plagiarism

Learn how to avoid plagiarism by accurately using the APA citation system in essays, presentations and other projects.

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Utilizing Mindfulness to Increase Academic Success

This workshop explores research-supported information about the positive effects of using mindfulness as a way to increase concentration and reduce stress. Learn how to practice simple mindfulness techniques and how to incorporate them into your daily life.

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Working with Weird Words

Learn about challenging words (irregular verbs, plurals, etc.) to enhance your writing skills through games and activities.

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Writing Successful Scholarship Essays

Learn how your scholarship essay can help wow the committees and win you money.

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