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Academic Support Center Workshops

The SPCC Academic Support Centers offer the following workshops for individuals or groups in both seated and online delivery formats. Check this page often for the latest schedule of seated sessions, or for links to online videos. And if you would like to discuss one of these topics with a tutor in a one-on-one setting, visit either Center during operating hours.

Discovering Your Learning Style
Not everyone learns the same way. In this workshop, you will identify your personal learning style, as well as strategies for using your particular style to benefit your educational experience.

Getting Organized
This workshop will help you to discover your organizational style, and how to take advantage of it.

Improving Your Memory
The secret of a good memory is attention, and attention to a subject depends upon our interest in it. This workshop will give you lots of tips and suggestions on how to improve your memory retention and have fun doing it.

Study Smarter, not Harder
Good students don’t just study harder, they study smarter. The secrets of successful college students will be demonstrated. Learn to organize and pace your study efforts, review main points and supporting materials, test your knowledge, and practice its application.

Time Management Strategies
College students need to effectively manage their own time. Learn how to plan your day and work your plan. Learn to manage a detailed calendar online. Learn to balance tasks, revise plans and set realistic goals.

Math Tips and Tricks
Learn a few simple tips to maximize math learning, as well a couple of strategies like mnemonics that show math’s lighter side.

Cornell Notes and Making them Work for You
You will learn a tried and true technique that has been shown to improve note taking and subject understanding. Learn to use this method for class lectures, discussions and for reading.

Better Notes = Better Grades
Learn to improve note taking for class, reading and research by using the Cornell Note Taking/Study System and the Visual Concept Mapping process.

Test Taking Strategies
Yes, there are ways to increase your chances of scoring higher on tests. Learn to eliminate the wrong answers, separate questions by level of difficulty, pace yourself and other valuable techniques. View online

Preparing for Writing a College Paper
Learn the basic steps in the writing process, how to get started, decide which writing techniques to use, set deadlines for each step, brain storm, narrow your topic down, explore available resources, create an outline and write the first draft.

How to Write a Topic Sentence
A successful paper always has a strong topic sentence. Learn what a topic sentence is, how to create it, strengthen it, and then how to support it with details.

Mastering Coherent Sentence Structures
Learn the components of a coherent sentence and how to put them together effectively. Learn to strengthen your writing by applying structural concepts such as simple, compound and complex sentences, parallelisms and appositives.

Coming Up with a Good Idea!
Explore brainstorming, mapping, writing prompts and other creative activities that you can use with any writing assignment. Learn to take any subject and come up with at least five good ideas to write about.

Complex Sentences: Easier than You Think.
Increase your writing confidence. Learn to identify the various relationships between two thoughts-- agreement, disagreement, dependency and condition. Practice the use of coordinating conjunctions and take your writing to a higher level.

Outlining
Don’t drive without a steering wheel; don’t write without an outline! Learn to create a skeletal outline which organizes your thinking into key points and supporting details.

Critical Thinking Skills
Move naturally from simple to complex thinking with Bloom’s Taxonomy. Learn to identify and use the six levels of thinking: remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating. The good news is, you’re already doing it!

Writing a Great Research Paper, MLA Style
Do not be intimidated! Learn the format requirements of the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style. Practice the basic steps in the research and writing process: topic identification and main idea, exploratory and targeted research, outlining, organizing key points and supporting detail, creating citations and reference lists.

Writing a Great Research Paper APA Style
Do not be intimidated! Learn the format requirements of the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style. Practice the basic steps in the research and writing process: topic identification and main idea, exploratory and targeted research, outlining, organizing key points and supporting detail, creating citations and reference lists.

Writing Hooks
Using “hooks" isn’t just for fiction writers. Practice writing provocative introductory sentences which will fascinate your readers’ (and teachers’), and hold their attention. Focus on what people really want to know.

Plagiarism: Guilty or Not Guilty?
Most people who plagiarize don’t know how easy it is to paraphrase or summarize properly. Learn how to check your writing using internet resources such as TurnItIn. Apply techniques for conducting quality research without plagiarizing.

Coping with Stress
Learn what causes stress and how to minimize or reduce it. Take charge of your mental and emotional state of well-being by planning. Practice using activity logs, to-do lists, time management techniques, and prioritizing and delegating methods.

Overcoming Anxiety
If you are feeling anxious and having trouble focusing, you can regain control. Learn the common causes of anxiety and several effective ways to manage or eliminate it.

Final Exam Review
Learn the proper way to study for your exams so you don’t have to cram the night before. Learn to evaluate your knowledge and identify your learning gaps by self-testing.

Delivering Effective Presentations
A good presentation is a combination of several factors: the speaker, the information being given and supportive aids. Learn how each element influences the end product. Learn to use the various features of PowerPoint to inform, entertain, and instruct your audience.

Predicting Exam Questions
Wondering what might be asked on the exam? There are clues in the textbook, class assignments, and lecture notes. Find out what they are and how to apply them to your most challenging subject.