101: Learning Styles: Why It Matters (Two Sessions)
Most students don’t recognize how and why they learn. This leads to a lot of problems in and out of the classroom – problems that could have been prevented. The purpose of this course is to explain to the student the most prominent learning styles and how these affect learning. Students will also take an assessment evaluating their learning style. We focus on how best to tap into one’s strengths and compensate for any weaknesses. We discuss how to recognize when their learning styles clashes with that of their professors – and how to deal with that issue when it arises.
102: Evaluating College Information (Three Sessions)
This workshop is designed to help students evaluate colleges. We show students how to look beyond simplistic rankings and confusing websites. We take the students through college websites and promotional materials to look at the most meaningful data and information. We discuss what to look for and why it matters – everything from faculty qualifications, incoming SAT scores, class size, dorms, athletic opportunities, available services, infrastructure, employment, graduation rates and student retention (to name just a few). The primary goal of this workshop is for our students to become knowledgeable consumers of college data so that they can make meaningful comparisons among various colleges. We’ve been part of a university system for a long time – we know what to look for.
103: Choosing the Right College (Three Sessions)
This workshop builds on workshop “102: Evaluating College Information” by going into more personalized analysis of our students’ needs. We address how personality, values, likes, skills, and academic and career goals fit with general types of colleges. One of the main reasons why students don’t graduate within the expected time is because they change schools. Sometimes the change is necessitated by personal matters. Often times though it’s because of a poor initial fit between the student and the college. Our aim is to help students narrow a pool of college choices and select the right college for the right reasons the first time.
104: Choosing Majors: Narrowing the Choices (Two Sessions)
Most students don’t know what they want to do. In this workshop we discuss majors and minors– what they are, the courses involved and how those match up with the students’ aspirations, values, goals and skills. It’s difficult to choose the right major – it takes a lot of work. With our insight, we believe we can help students sort through the almost-endless choices and narrow things down to fit with who they are, what they like, what they value, what they’re good at, and what they hope to do after college.
105: First Year Success (Three Sessions)
This workshops will help students plan for a successful first year, both academically and socially. The first year is tough and students need all the help they can get. We discuss problematic areas that freshmen typically encounter and we offer tools to help students cope with those problems. We discuss tips to guide them through the stresses of freshmen year by showing them available resources both on and off the college campus. Student retention is an important goal for the university and the student -- we help to make that happen by giving your student the knowledge to understand and prepare for the issues that he or she will be facing.
106: Understanding The College Environment (Two Sessions)
The purpose of this workshop is to provide inside information about what students should expect in college. We walk them through the hierarchy of who’s who on campus – from the president, Registrar, Deans, Department Chairs, Writing Centers, Counselors, Advisors, and others – as well as help them to identify services available to them as students. They’ll know where to go to get a particular question answered. We also discuss what they’ll see in a college level course – everything from the syllabus, to online learning/teaching software – anything that they might encounter.
107: Getting the Most out of your General Education Courses (Two Sessions)
Most schools have a general education curriculum in which students are required to take core courses such as literature, art, history, and science. We have found that most students, feeling compelled to take these courses, typically don’t get much out of them for a variety of reasons. Our focus in this workshop is to show the students why these courses are so important – for practical and education reasons – so that they can get the most out of these core courses. We believe strongly that a solid general education is vital to a healthy and productive academic career. And, from a career perspective, most employers are looking for the critical thinking, writing, and communication skills that come from these courses.
108: Choosing a Career in Healthcare (Two Sessions)
This workshop is for students who are interested in or want to learn more about careers in healthcare. There are lots opportunities to help patients other than being a doctor or nurse. We can help you figure out the health career that fits your interests and works with your own strengths and personality. We'll also discuss the various levels of education and certification required for different healthcare careers.
201: Succeeding in College (Three Sessions)
This workshop focuses on techniques to help students succeed in their coursework and other areas. We discuss issues of time management, how to talk to professors, how to get involved with research, volunteering, study habits and techniques, note taking, creating college-level presentations, creating tables, graphs, and other graphical representations of data. These skills are important for success in college as well as future employment.
202: Writing and Research (Three Sessions)
Most students don’t write particularly well. Their research skills aren’t particularly great either. This workshop will help in those areas. With proper feedback from faculty such as ourselves students will learn to write at a significantly more advanced level. Take our word for it. Students need to write well. Professors want it. Employers demand it. We take the time to walk them through how to conduct library and online research and how to synthesize that research into a well written paper.
203: Degree Completion: How To Do It on Time (Three Sessions)
Most students do not finish their degrees in the expected time. That’s a fact. This workshop helps students understand the pitfalls that await them in their path to completing their degree on time. We discuss topics such as meeting with advisors, choosing classes, how to withdraw from a course if needed, sequencing of courses, what to do when changing majors and many others. There are a multitude of factors that go into delays in graduation and many of them can be alleviated with planning and foresight. Our aim is to give our students the best chance to graduate on time and save a lot of money along the way.
204: Transitioning to Four Year Schools (Two Sessions)
Transitioning from a county or community college to a four year school is tough: credits get lost, wrong courses are taken, heightened academic expectations, and a new social and academic environment. A poor transition can easily add another semester of college with all of the financial and personal cost in time and stress that goes along with it. We get it. This workshop is designed to help community college students have a smoother transition to a four-year school. We focus on articulation agreements, what courses to take, who to talk to about registration, how to select new majors and when and where to meet your new advisors.
205: Careers and Other Myths (Two Sessions)
This workshop is designed to be an overarching examination of the seemingly infinite career choices that exist. We focus on getting the students to understand that there's not one mold that fits everyone's life. We ground our students with the knowledge that they don’t need to have it all figured out right now, and that they can have many different career paths. We discuss vocations and avocations and what those choices mean. In short, the workshop is designed to ease the stress that most college students feel about “not knowing what I’m going to do with my life.” We delve into discussions surrounding how their career fits into their overall life philosophy, goals and values.
302: Pre-Health Majors -- Making the Most of Your Undergraduate Years (Two Sessions)
Pre-health majors need to make sure their undergraduate experiences prepare them for a career in healthcare including any post-undergraduate training. This workshop helps students understand the various course requirements, standardized testing and extracurricular activities needed to apply and succeed in their professional degree program. We discuss sequencing of courses and preparing for MCAT/DAT/GRE. We also discuss ways to get experience in a healthcare setting and how to incorporate those experiences into a personal statement to support your professional school (med school, dental school, etc.) application.
303: Should I go to Graduate School? (Two Sessions)
This workshop is for those students who have an interest in attending graduate school, law school or other post-bacculerate education. We focus on what the student is hoping to get out of graduate school and what type of degree would best serve the student. Graduate school is becoming more relevant in today’s society and we help students understand the upsides and downsides to pursuing further education. We discuss the importance of proper fit between the student and advanced degree and how that fits into the student’s career and life goals.
401: Understanding Life Finances: Your guide to compound interest and retirement (Two Sessions)
Students need to have a better handle on their financial health. Most students don’t know much about credit, debt, mortgages, buying and leasing, compound interest, retirement saving and what it all means. This workshop hits on many financial decisions the students will be facing. Our aim is to make our students more financially literate so they can make better financial decisions in the short and long term.
402: Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness: A Guide to Life (Three Sessions)
This workshop is for the student who likes to talk about major life issues: why are we here? what’s life about? what is happiness? why am I taking this course? Why do we offer this course? Well, because we believe students need to discuss the big issues so they can assess where they are and where they want to go and who they want to be. We discuss the importance of finding what the student values in life and how to go about living a life that is true to those values – easier said than done, but we at least start that discussion.
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