Student Success Workshops
Need help with an English essay? Are you nervous about your first-ever "college finals crunch"? There’s a student success workshop designed for your needs, no matter your academic level. And, there's no additional cost.
Online Workshops Available on StudentLingo
Register for online workshops with your GGC Claw Mail address through StudentLingo. And when needed, print a certificate of completion to submit to your professors.
Exam Preparation Tips and Test-taking Strategies
Taking tests typically strikes fear, anxiety, and sometimes panic in the hearts of many students. During this session, the presenter will discuss strategies that give students the best chance of alleviating fear and passing those exams. This workshop will explain the difference between studying and learning, demonstrate a 5-step exam preparation process, and provide specific strategies for multiple choice, essay, and final exams. Students will leave with specific test-taking strategies, which can be applied immediately in order to succeed during their next exam.
Financial Literacy: Smart Money Skills for College and Beyond
Every college student wants to become financially independent, but often does not know where to begin. This workshop will guide students through ten essential money management skills necessary to take a more active role in managing their finances. Students will learn ten essential money management skills that will help them begin to manage their money responsibly and to plan for the future.
How to Achieve Well-Being, Balance and Success
When students know how to care for their personal well-being they are better equipped to adapt and thrive in the college environment. By identifying college transition and adjustment issues connected to the dimensions of well-being, students can feel intellectually alert, emotionally stable, and physically strong. This workshop helps students develop a sense of well-being that will allow them to embrace change, take action toward their dreams, and live a life of integrity.
- Identify the six dimensions of personal well-being.
- Identify college transition and adjustment issues connected to the dimensions of well-being.
- Identify their weakest life dimension.
- Identify their strongest life dimension and how it can be used to strengthen their weakest dimension for a more fulfilling life.
- Apply the Change Cycle Model to a challenge they are currently experiencing in one of their areas of well-being.
How to Succeed in Math Overview
This workshop is designed to help students achieve maximum success in their math classes. Techniques that will help students be prepared and confident are outlined in detail. Concepts such as proper note-taking and study techniques, test preparation, comprehension versus memorization, avoiding procrastination and fully utilizing the resources available are discussed and many examples are provided.
Overcoming Procrastination: Causes and Cures
Inextricably linked to time management and academic goal setting are the concepts of motivation and procrastination. Students may be able to motivate themselves to the point where they’ve planned how they’ll use their time, and they’ve even clearly set the academic goals they’d like to achieve, yet many just don’t follow through and use their schedules, even though they made them. They just can’t seem to get motivated. Why is this? What is motivation exactly? How does procrastination affect motivation? In this session, you will learn strategies to combat procrastination and ways to get motivated to reach your goals and achieve academically.
Reading Comprehension Strategies
Reading college textbooks requires a different level of engagement than reading books for enjoyment. Textbooks are often densely packed with information, and it is often hard to figure out what is important and what isn’t. This workshop explores strategies to stay active with a text so that a reader can get the most out of a textbook (and stay awake while reading one!).
Setting and Accomplishing Realistic Goals
Students aren’t born knowing how to set effective goals, but it is a skill that can be taught. Goal-setting is an important behavior management skill that can support students to sustain motivation and achieve success. According to research in business and general psychology, goal-setting works to help individuals focus efforts, stay motivated, and prolong persistence (Weinberg and Gould, 2010). This interactive workshop is designed to help students understand the goal-setting process and implement it as a tool to reach their potential and achieve their educational goals.
Stress Management Techniques: How to Minimize Stress in College Overview
This workshop provides an overview of the dimensions of wellness and how they impact the everyday choices students make about their health and their overall level of well-being. Areas covered include: physical health, emotional health, intellectual health, spiritual health, and social health. An explanation of how each of these “ingredients” when combined together, help in forming a balanced student. Within each of these dimensions, there is a further breakdown of information. These areas include: fitness, nutrition, sleep, stress management, substance use/abuse, depression/anxiety, relationships, getting involved in groups/organizations and studies.
Study Tips and Note-taking Strategies: What Every College Student Should Know
You think you’re ready for your first college exam, test, or quiz? This interactive session will provide you with proven reading, studying, and notetaking strategies for optimal performance in lectures and on exams. Facing the testing situation in college is inevitable. This workshop will show you a comprehensive system of reading, studying, and note-taking for demonstrating mastery of course material and showcasing to your professors what you have learned.
Time Management: Strategies for Success
The various aspects of college life place many demands on your time. Psychologists have studied time management practices extensively and have concluded that effective time management practices have a significant influence on college achievement. Consider that academic achievement takes time and you have to complete a large number of tasks in a short period of time. You may feel overwhelmed and stressed, thus leading you to consider how you might manage your time more effectively. This session will help you do just that: manage your time and behavior, so that you can achieve academically and still have some room for fun.
Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism
For professors who assign writing, one of the biggest problems they face is that their students plagiarize, either purposely or inadvertently. However, avoiding plagiarism isn’t difficult, once you understand the basic rules of academic writing. This workshop will help you better understand what plagiarism is, and what you can do to avoid plagiarizing when you have a written assignment. In this session, you will learn what it means to quote, summarize and paraphrase appropriately, what types of information must be cited, and how citation systems work. By better understanding professor expectations in terms of using outside sources, you will be more confident using these sources in your own writing.
What It Takes to Be a Successful Student
Research suggests that students who build strong relationships with their professors and utilize campus resources report a more satisfying college experience and are more likely to succeed academically (Light, 2001). This interactive session will challenge you to think about the relationship with your institution as a friendship. Like the beginning of most new friendships, you are likely facing some unknowns; however, you do not have to face these uncertainties alone. “Making friends” with campus resources, departments, professors, and programs that support students inside and outside the classroom will help you take charge of academic uncertainties and the feelings that go along with them. This workshop will help you strengthen your relationship with your professors and your institution, and confront those academic uncertainties.
In-person Student Success Workshops
Commonly Offered Topics
- TEAS test prep