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Academic Success Workshops

Academic Success Workshops

Partnering with Faculty

Help your students achieve success through targeted workshops offered by the Academic Success Center. Topics covered include study skills, metacognition, motivation, goal setting, and time management. See the list below for the specific workshops we offer.

The Academic Success Center has worked with departments such as Nursing, Education, and Biology, and we look forward to collaborating with your department as well!

For more information or to schedule a workshop for your class or department, please email

Spring 2019 Workshop Series

Eat That Frog!: Overcoming Procrastination by Professor Denise Green & Dr. Ralph Jernigan
Partnering with MK Scholars

  • Jan. 28, 8:15 a.m. & 9:20 a.m.
  • Dorm 17

How to Thrive, Not Just Survive Academically by Dr. Roger Mackey
Partnering with the Department of Psychology

  • Feb. 7, 5:30 p.m.
  • DeMoss Hall, Room 1284

Your Shirt's on Backwards: Metacognition and the Dunning-Kruger Effect in the Classroom by Professor Dan Berkenkemper
Partnering with the School of Education

  • Mar. 19, 5 p.m.
  • DeMoss Hall, Room 1284

Taming Test Taking Errors by Professor Lori Roach
Partnering with Club Sports

  • Apr. 4, 6 p.m.
  • LaHaye Ice Arena

Abstract Thinking: Writing Your Research Week Proposal Abstract by Caitlin Elliott & Writing Services Staff

  • Jan. 24, 4 p.m.
  • Jerry Falwell Library 171

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    Ending Well: Revision & Proofreading Strategies

    Revision & Proofreading Strategies

    This presentation discusses the final stretches of writing papers. We will discuss how to effectively revise and proofread for an academic context. We will also talk about the drafting process, as well as strategies for spotting grammar errors.

    Finding Your Passion, Living Your Purpose

    Personal Growth & Goal Setting

    In this presentation, we will help you try to figure out your future, even if you don't know where to start. We will help you understand that there is no “conventional route to success,” but instead you will discover that success can be achieved through their passion and God-given abilities. We believe once you find your own “sweet spot,” you will ultimately succeed in your academic studies and future careers. This presentation will use current research, inspirational stories, and group activities to help you find their passion and live out your purpose.

    Graduate Level Research Methods

    Information Literacy

    We will discuss how to research properly at the graduate level, which sources are and are not acceptable, and how to organize research for ease of access during the paper-writing process. Additionally, we will discuss how to brainstorm for paper topics, outlining strategies, and how to prioritize which information to leave on the cutting room floor.

    Name It and Claim It

    Goal Setting/Motivation

    It is quite evident that students who are intrinsically motivated and have clearly determined goals have a greater chance of being successful in their academic pursuits. This the presentation will allow you the opportunity to refine your goals while offering suggestions and tips for increasing the motivation to finish your degree.

    Eat That Frog!

    Overcoming Procrastination

    This presentation addresses one of the worst enemies of college students – procrastination! We will help you explore your study habits and give you tips to help overcome bad habits, develop new habits, and begin to be the boss of your own calendar!

    Spaced Repetition & the Leitner System

    Memorizing large amounts of information

    This presentation will explain the importance of spaced repetition for long-term retention and the use of the Leitner System, a flash card system that is often used in conjunction with spaced repetition for memorizing large amounts of information.

    Starting on the Right Foot: Narrowing Your Essay Topic

    Topic Narrowing / Essay Organization

    This seminar teaches you how to generate paper topics from research questions, as well as how to narrow down a topic to the scope of a particular assignment. We will also cover academic specificity by discussing how to write for a particular audience.

    Taming Test Taking Errors

    Mindset/Time Commitments/Test Taking

    This presentation will offer tips on how to handle test anxiety, preparation, and strategies during testing, and reflection after the fact. The goal is to help you be more systematic when tackling tests.

    How to Thrive, Not Just Survive Academically

    Motivation/Study Skills/Academic Success

    This presentation will offer motivation, study tips and life lessons to help you be more successful in academics and in life. The objective is not only to help you survive, but to thrive academically.

    Your Shirt's on Backwards: Metacognition and the Dunning-Kruger Effect in the Classroom

    Reading/Critical Thinking/Study Skills

    This presentation will examine the Dunning-Kruger Effect and explain the important implications of strong metacognition in the classroom and effective study strategies to increase your metacognition.

    Critical Thinking

    Critical Thinking/Study Skills

    In a recent study, critical thinking was identified as one of the most important skills needed for job success, and one that is lacking in today’s workforce. This workshop was designed to help students to think critically in their academics, as they prepare to think critically in their future careers.


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