Making the transition to a new academic semester is not something that we anticipate students to accomplish overnight. In order to achieve academic success, there are a number of academic areas that should be regularly revisited in order to sharpen one’s skill set and prepare for the rigor that comes along with a college curriculum.

The Achieving Academic Success workshop series will focus on these specific academic areas and review strategies that student’s can immediately implement in order to prepare for the current semester, as well as semesters to come.

Take a look at the schedule below and register for as many workshops as you prefer.


Fall 2022 Sessions

Title: Individual and Small group Time Management Workshops

Description: Start off your semester with an organized mindset! Come take some time to review and organize your fall 2022 semester and learn how to better manage your time. During this workshop, you or your small group will work with the College Transition Specialist to better understand how to map out your daily, weekly, and semester schedule.

Each student will sign up for one 30 minute time slot. After the initial appointment, it will be determined if a follow up appointment should be scheduled. Click on the registration link to indict the times you are available to meet.

Presenter: Abigail Close, College Transition Specialist & Junior Class Dean

Week 1: Tuesday, August 30 – Friday, September 2

Session 1, 11 – 1 p.m.

Session 2, 3 – 5 p.m. 

Week 2: Tuesday, September 6 – Friday, September 9

Session 1, 11 – 1 p.m.

Session 2, 3 – 5 p.m.

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Spring 2022 Past Sessions

Title: Individual and Small group Time Management Workshops

Description: Start off your semester with an organized mindset! Come take some time to review and organize your spring 2022 semester and learn how to better manage your time. During this workshop, you or your small group will work with the College Transition Specialist to better understand how to map out your daily, weekly, and semester schedule.

Each student will sign up for one 30 minute time slot. After the initial appointment, it will be determined if a follow up appointment should be scheduled. Click on the registration link to indict the times you are available to meet.

Presenter: Abigail Close, College Transition Specialist & Junior Class Dean

Week 1: Tuesday, January 25 – Friday, January 28

Session 1, 11 – 1 p.m. (EST) 

Session 2, 3 – 5 p.m. (EST) 

Week 2: Tuesday, February 1 – Friday, February 4

Session 1, 11 – 1 p.m. (EST) 

Session 2, 3 – 5 p.m. (EST) 


Title: Developing a growth mindset

Description: Perfection is hard to achieve and challenges are presented regularly throughout an academic semester. How do you react when faced with adversity? During this workshop, students will learn the value of a growth mindset and ways to begin implementing this mindset immediately.

Presenter: Abigail Close, College Transition Specialist & Junior Class Dean


Fall 2021 Past Sessions

Title: Individual and Small group Time Management Workshops

Description: Start off your semester with an organized mindset! Come take some time to review and organize your fall 2021 semester and learn how to better manage your time. During this workshop, you or your small group will work with the College Transition Specialist to better understand how to map out your daily, weekly, and semester schedule.

Presenter: Abigail Close, College Transition Specialist & Junior Class Dean

Week 1: Tuesday, August 31 – September 2

Session 1, 11 – 1 p.m. (EST) 

Session 2, 3 – 5 p.m. (EST) 

Week 1: Tuesday, September 7 – September 10

Session 1, 11 – 1 p.m. (EST) 

Session 2, 3 – 5 p.m. (EST) 


Title: Navigating moodle and your Course syllabi

Description: Picture this, you’ve attended your first week of classes, you’re back in your room, and now you’re trying to determine how to access course materials. It seemed so simple when you were in class, but with so much information coming your way, you forget where to go. No need to worry! Attend this workshop to learn the in’s and out’s of Moodle and how to navigate your course syllabi. You’ll learn some pro tips and tricks that you’ll be sure to remember.

Presenter: Abigail Close, College Transition Specialist & Junior Class Dean

Wednesday, September 8: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.


Title: Explore Lafayette as a Current student, not a prospective student

Description: During this session, you’ll learn the Lafayette lingo. Then you’ll embark on a tour of campus from current students. It may have been a while since you last were on campus and even back then, you took the traditional tour of campus showing you the outside of academic buildings, dorms, student centers, etc. But have you ever wondered what the go-to off campus food options are? What about which dorm has the best lounge? Also, you keep hearing everyone say Mojo. What is Mojo? Take some time to come to this session and get the inside scoop from some of your peers.

Presenter: Abigail Close, College Transition Specialist & Junior Class Dean and Current Students


Title: Effective reading strategies: what is sq3r?

Description: Do you want to become a more active reader? How can you retain more information when reading? Come learn the reading strategy SQ3R, which will
help teach you how to read with a purpose, take notes while reading, and most importantly, how to incorporate time for review.

Presenter: Abigail Close, College Transition Specialist & Junior Class Dean

Wednesday, September 22: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.


Title: exam prep/study strategies

Description: With exams quickly approaching, take a moment to learn how to effectively preparere. It is never too late to take some time to adjust your study skills. Come learn some helpful testing strategies that will help assist you in conquering your next round of exams.

Presenter: Abigail Close, College Transition Specialist & Junior Class Dean

Wednesday, September 29: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.


Title: individual check-in with college transition specialist

Description: Now that we have surpasses the first six-weeks, let’s take some time to evaluate how your semester is going. Together we can discuss how you currently feel, what you are proud of, and whether any adjustments can be implemented.

Presenter: Abigail Close, College Transition Specialist & Junior Class Dean

Week 1: Tuesday, October 12 – Friday October 15

Session 1, 11 – 1 p.m. (EST) 

Session 2, 3 – 5 p.m. (EST) 

Week 2: Tuesday, Ocober 19 – Friday October 22

Session 1, 11 – 1 p.m. (EST) 

Session 2, 3 – 5 p.m. (EST) 


Title: individual Finals week prep sessions

Description: The end of the semester is in sight. Sign up to meet with Dean Abigail Close to get organized around finals week. You’ll leave the session with a plan to complete your remaining assignments and a study plan. 

Presenter: Abigail Close, College Transition Specialist & Junior Class Dean

Tuesday, December 7 – Friday, December 10 

Session 1, 11 – 1 p.m. (EST) 

Session 2, 3 – 5 p.m. (EST)