Academic Workshops

Academic workshops are offered by LAS departments to help students succeed in their coursework. Some workshops are “just-in-time” workshops designed for students to prepare for an upcoming exam. Other workshops help students navigate a specific sequence of courses or explore topics such as mindfulness, “success,” and procrastination. Questions about the Academic Workshops may be directed to Dean Bob Steltman: steltman@illinois.edu


UP-COMING ACADEMIC WORKSHOPS FOR FALL 2018


The mindful student: Discovering your strengths and re-imagining “success”
Join fellow students and advisors as we explore how mindfulness can help you approach the many aspects of your studies more effectively.   What is mindfulness?  It is a state of active, open attention on the present.  When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad, an approach that can be particularly helpful when dealing with setbacks or making difficult decisions.  The emphasis in this workshop will be on how mindfulness can help you to develop and work toward your own definitions of success.
Tuesday, September 11: 4:00-5:20 PM, 1028 Lincoln Hall


Succeeding in MCB core courses
Getting the most out of the MCB Core Courses is the key to success in the major, and that requires you to do more than get by. If you have had previous difficulties in MCB courses or are worried about a particular one this semester, join us for a discussion/workshop that will help you manage time better and identify the skills necessary for success in the major. You’ll also learn how to take notes, think critically, and approach exams in a scientific context.
Wednesday, September 12: 5:00-6:00 PM, 1028 Lincoln Hall
Thursday, September 27: 5:00-6:00 PM, 1028 Lincoln Hall


So you’d like to pass your physics exam…
This presentation will introduce you to ideas and best practices to help you prepare for your upcoming physics exam.  Questions answered will include:

  • Why do we study physics?
  • How do we manage our time for studying physics?
  • What tools are available during our exam?
  • How do we analyze an exam question?
  • How do we assess our mastery of the material?

Thursday, September 13: 3:00-4:00 PM, 1027 Lincoln Hall


Preparing for your first chemistry exam
In this talk, we’ll look at one professor’s perspective on why students struggle in chemistry.  Is it that the material is too hard?  Probably not!  Instead, many students struggle because they haven’t figured out how to prepare for a challenging class that requires students to apply basic knowledge.  We will spend about an hour discussing how to best use your time before, during, and after class, and look at a few study skills that should help you perform to the best of your abilities in your chemistry classes (and beyond)!
Thursday, September 20: 4:00-5:20 PM, 1027 Lincoln Hall


Didn’t get the grade you wanted on your first ECON exam?
This workshop is here to help.  We will introduce the idea of metacognitive learning and find out how that can help you study more efficiently.  We’ll give you tips about how to summarize your notes, break down your syllabus and practice for your next exam.
Monday, October 1: 4:00-4:50 PM, 1024 Lincoln Hall


My first chemistry exam did not go well, now what?
Come join us for a discussion on how to improve your exam scores! We will chat about the differences between high school and college chemistry classes, study skills to develop moving forward, and time management.
Wednesday, October 3: 4:30-5:50 PM, 1022 Lincoln Hall
Thursday, October 11: 4:00-5:20 PM, 1028 Lincoln Hall


Mathematics: Succeeding in the calculus sequence
Many highly intelligent people find Mathematics courses challenging. In this workshop, we will explore what it means to fully understand the material in a Math class and how one should study to achieve that goal. In particular, we will discuss strategies for successfully navigating large lecture courses like those in the calculus sequence (Math 115, Math 220/221, Math 231, Math 241) as well as general strategies for succeeding in any university-level mathematics course.  Whether you struggled in a math course last semester or are feeling overwhelmed already this semester, this workshop will provide practical steps you can use as well as different ways to approach your math courses in general.
Thursday, October 4: 4:00-5:00 PM, 1028 Lincoln Hall


Recovering from the multiple-choice blues in your psychology courses
Have you recently received a disappointing score on a multiple-choice exam in psychology?  If so, and you’d like to do better on the next one, this 80-minute workshop is for you.  We’ll focus on dispelling some common misconceptions about studying for multiple-choice exams, and give you some tools for studying more effectively.  We’ll discuss how you identify what you need to know, how to know when you know it, and how to use the resources you have, including your time, effectively.  This workshop is ideal for students in any major taking test-based PSYC courses on the 100- or 200-level.
Tuesday, October 9: 4:00-5:15 PM, 1060 Lincoln Hall


So your physics exam didn’t go as well as you hoped…
This presentation will build on the 9/11 presentation and help you answer the following questions:

  • Did my exam performance reflect my expectations?
  • Do my expectations of my exam performance reflect my knowledge of the material?
  • Does my exam performance reflect my knowledge of the material?  How would I know?
  • How can I evaluate my exam taking strategy?
  • How can I improve my study plan and exam-taking strategy?
    Wednesday, October 10: 2:00-2:50 PM, 1002 Lincoln Hall