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 academic year’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 spring semester, as well as semesters to come.

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


Fall 2021 Sessions

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 1: Tuesday, Ocober 19 – Friday October 22

Session 1, 11 – 1 p.m. (EST) 

Session 2, 3 – 5 p.m. (EST) 

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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.


Spring 2021 Past Sessions

Title: Individual Time Management Workshops

Description: Start off your semester with an organized mindset! Come take some time to review and organize your spring 2021 semester and learn how to better manage your time. During this workshop, you will be able to work one-on-one with Abby Schaffer, College Transition Specialist, to better understand how to map out your daily, weekly, and semester schedule.

Presenter: Abigail Schaffer, College Transition Specialist

Week 1: Tuesday, February 2nd – 5th

Session 1, 10 – 12 p.m. (EST) 

Session 2, 2 – 4 p.m. (EST) 

Week 2: Tuesday, February 2nd – 5th

Session 1, 10 – 12 p.m. (EST) 

Session 2, 2 – 4 p.m. (EST) 


Title: Individual Time Management Workshops

Description: Start off your semester with an organized mindset! Come take some time to review and organize your spring 2021 semester and learn how to better manage your time. During this workshop, you will be able to work one-on-one with Abby Schaffer, College Transition Specialist, to better understand how to map out your daily, weekly, and semester schedule.

Presenter: Abigail Schaffer, College Transition Specialist

onday, February 8th – 12th

Session 1, 11 – 1 p.m. (EST) 

Session 2, 4 – 6 p.m. (EST) 


Title: Strategies for online learning

Description: Whether you are residing on campus or remote this semester, many classes are still being held via online platforms. During this workshop, we will discuss various structures of online learning, as well as strategies to assist students in finding success. Additionally, we will have time to talk about past experiences and how we can learn from the fall semester.

Presenter: Abigail Schaffer, College Transition Specialist

Wednesday, February 17

5:15 – 6:00 pm EST


Title: taking ownership of your academic journey

Description:  As a student, you have the opportunity to take ownership of your own academic journey. Colleges encourage students to take an active role in their coursework, but what does that exactly mean? When is it appropriate to inquire about the exact expectations of a specific course or assignment? How should you approach a professor? Can you seek assistance on an assignment? 

After you attend this session, you will have a better understanding of how to decipher what’s expected of you and how to decode your assignments. 

Tuesday, March 16th

4:15 – 5:10 p.m. (EST) 


Fall 2020 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.


Thursday, November 5

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, First generation student & Studied Abroad in greece

Title: First to Go Abroad Workshop Series – Part 2: Financials

Description: A workshop for first-generation students, who are interested in studying abroad. During this session, we will cover topics such as out-of-pocket costs, budgeting tips, and scholarships. 


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! 


Title: individual Mid-Semester Check-In Meeting

Description:  As we pass the halfway point of the spring semester, let’s take some time to evaluate how everything is going. Together we can discuss how you currently feel, what’s been going well, what you’re proud of, and whether any adjustments can be implemented to ensure a smooth end to your semester.

This check-in meeting is tailored to your specific needs. Some potential topics that can be discussed include, time management, exam prep, strategies to assist in seeking academic help (with faculty, class deans, advisor, etc.), finding motivation to finish strong, goal setting, or anything else you feel is important to discuss!

Presenter: Abigail Schaffer, College Transition Specialist

April 12th – 16th

Session 1: 10:00 – 1:00 p.m. (EST) 

Session 2: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. (EST)