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Seminar Series on Academic Success

COVID-19 Update

This fall, we are offering both in-person and virtual seminars to stay accessible to as many students as possible.

The Student Success Center follows the university's guidance on Covid-19 safety protocols. Please plan to follow all university Covid guidelines at our events.

Join us for our fall seminars! In-person and virtual options are now available.

Our Seminar Series on Academic Success provides free, interactive, small-group presentations for students of any level or discipline who want to develop their academic success skills. We focus on presenting research-based skills and strategies in an accessible way. Seminars are led by our friendly peer academic coaches, who are also available for individual appointments.

To request disability accommodations, please contact us at least 10 business days prior to the seminar you would like to attend.

Fall 2021 Seminars

Have you ever wondered how, after hours of going over notes and materials, you still can’t remember what you need to know? It turns out that many of the most commonly used learning strategies just don’t work. This seminar will provide you with tips and strategies to make your learning and studying more effective!

Wednesday, September 8
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
RAND 216

Thursday, September 23
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
RAND 221

Tuesday, October 5
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/4407482261

Tuesday, October 26
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
PAM 2001

Monday, November 15
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
TORG 1060

Are you stressed out over all the exams, papers, and group projects that will soon be taking up your time? Learn how to stay motivated, manage the stress, and find the time to do all of the things you need (plus some time for fun!). We will also review strategies for effective test taking.

Wednesday, December 1
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/5889410439

Thursday, December 2
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/2578811623

Monday, December 6
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
TORG 1060

Tuesday, December 7
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
TORG 1060

Taking an online course that you thought might be easier? An online course takes time, dedication, self-control and self-motivation that is on par with a program on a physical campus in terms of quality. Learn evidence-based strategies of how to approach an online course differently than attending a class in person. 

Thursday, September 16
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/my/kendk18

Tuesday, October 12
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
TORG 1060

Wednesday, October 27
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
RAND 216

Monday, November 8
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/2323519678

You try to get your work done, but there’s always a better time. All of a sudden it’s the night before your big test, or project, or paper and there’s not enough time to get it done! You stress out, stay up all night, and turn something in that you know is not your best work. If you’re tired of that routine, come learn how to use your free time more efficiently to get homework done before the final countdown. This workshop will include motivation techniques to get you started early, help to design a study/homework plan to avoid rushing at the last minute, and will debunk the idea that we work better under pressure.

Tuesday, September 28
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
TORG 1040

Monday, October 11
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/6583879263

Thursday, October 28
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
TORG 1060

Wednesday, November 10
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/5889410439

Do you spend a lot time reading your assignments, but then don’t remember what you read? Does your mind wander or do you doze off when you’re trying to read? When you’re in class, do you have a hard time knowing what to write down in your notes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, attend this seminar! You’ll learn techniques for getting the most from your readings, staying focused, increasing your reading comprehension, memory recall, and note-taking (both in class and while reading).

Thursday, September 9
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
TORG 1060

Monday, September 20
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
TORG 1060

Wednesday, October 20
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/6583879263

Tuesday, November 9
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/2578811623

Come learn about successful test-taking! In this seminar you’ll learn strategies for preparing for tests, what to do during a test to help you to remain calm and what to do after your test to learn from your mistakes.

Wednesday, September 22
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/6583879263

Thursday, October 7
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
TORG 1060

Monday, November 1
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
TORG 1060

Tuesday, November 30
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
TORG 1060

Do you ever wish there were just a few more hours in each day? Do you wonder how you’ll ever be able to accomplish everything you need to do? Time management is a challenge for many students, but attending this seminar can help you get organized and learn how to use your time more effectively, leaving time for both school and fun!

Tuesday, September 14
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
TORG 1040

Monday, September 27
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/6583879263

Wednesday, October 6
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
TORG 1060

Thursday, October 21
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/3630633969

Wednesday, November 3
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/2578811623

Fall 2021 Library Seminars

We’re happy to announce the following seminars presented by our partners in the University Libraries!

Are you ready for November? We'll help you navigate propaganda, make informed choices, and get ready to vote!

Monday, October 18
5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
3310 Torgersen Hall

Are you ever overwhelmed by notifications? Are your apps a mess? Being a person in the digital age is hard. We'll cover tips and tricks for making intentional choices about how you organize and engage with your phone.

Monday, October 25
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Newman Library, 207A

Get ready for finals by making sure you never miss an announcement! Like it or not, organization is a key part of academic success. Save time and reduce stress by developing a plan to organize your inbox.

Thursday, November 11
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Newman Library, 207A

What do companies really want with your data? How much do you need to worry about protecting your privacy? Improve your situational awareness in digital spaces and learn strategies to fight back against surveillance and manipulation.

Tuesday, November 16
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Newman Library, 207A

Other Seminar Options

Hoping to offer one of our seminars in your class? You can request a seminar presentation here.

If our live seminars do not fit your schedule, visit our Canvas site to see short recordings and reflective questions on each of our seminar topics.

Want to discuss these topics one-on-one? Schedule an appointment with one of our academic coaches.