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

This semester’s 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 remainder of his/her fall semester, as well as semesters to come.

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

Upcoming Sessions

Tuesday, November 10: 6-7 p.m. (EST)

Abigail Schaffer, college transition specialist


Title: Finals Week Prep

Description: And just like that, we have our sights on the end of the semester.

A week of finals soon stands between you and over a month of freedom from your computer, zoom, and academic work. But, before we get too excited, let’s take some time to refocus, get organized, and develop a plan to tackle this final stretch. 

Join Abby Schaffer to center yourself around your finals schedule and preparation plan. Together we will discuss strategies to stay organized during the week between the end of classes (November 20) and the start of finals (November 30). Additionally, we will collaborate on plans to stay motivated as we wrap up a semester of remote learning! 

Past Sessions

Friday, August 28: 12-1 p.m. (EST)

Abigail Schaffer, college transition specialist

Title: Time is of the Essence part 1

Description: Kick off your semester by getting organized! Come learn the importance of using daily, monthly, and semester schedules. Walk away with your own customized schedule.

Thursday, September 17: 4-5 p.m. (EST)

Abigail Schaffer, college transition specialist

Title: Achieving Academic Success Remotely

Description: An interactive workshop designed to discuss topics such as, managing expectations, best practices for online learning, methods for staying organized, and ways to maximize your participation, all during a remote setting.

Tuesday, September 22

Session 1: 12:15 – 1:15 pm EST
Session 2: 4:15 – 5:15 pm EST
Dan Kampsen, Assistant Director of Study Abroad
Rachel Cox ’21

Title: First to Go Abroad

Description: A workshop tailored toward first-generation students interested in learning about studying abroad. Topics covered include, destinations, eligibility requirements, and financial aid/scholarship opportunities.

Thursday, September 24: 4-5 p.m. (EST)

Abigail Schaffer, college transition specialist

Title: 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.

Thursday, October 1: 4:00-5:00 p.m. (EST)

Abigail Schaffer, college transition specialist
Title: Exam Prep

Description: With a few exams under your belt, take a moment to review how you did. 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.

Tuesday, October 6: 4:30-5:30 p.m. (EST)

Abigail Schaffer, college transition specialist

Title: Advancing Your Academic Network

Description: An interactive workshop, designed to discuss strategies for students to utilize when working with professors, both inside and outside the
classroom. With the second half of the semester right around the corner, now is a perfect time to check in with your professors (hopefully not for the first time) and discuss how to approach the rest of the semester.

Tuesday, October 13: 4:15-5:15 p.m. (EST)

Abigail Schaffer, college transition specialist

Title: Time is of the Essence Part 2

Description: As we enter the second half of the semester, let’s take some time to re-evaluate our daily and semester schedules. It is important to reflect where you stand in your classes and how to prioritize your tasks based on your long-term goals for semester 1.