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


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, January 31 from 5:00-6:30 PM, 1090 Lincoln Hall
Thursday, February 15 from 5:00-6:30 PM, 1090 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, February 1 from 4:00-5:20 PM, 163 Noyes


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?

Tuesday, February 6  from 2:00-2:50 PM, 1027 Lincoln Hall


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.
Monday, February 12 from 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, February 19 from 4:00-5:20 PM, 125 David Kinley Hall