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Seminar Series on Academic Success

COVID-19 Update

This spring, our seminar series is virtual to balance our dual responsibilities to both student support and public health.

If you would like to request in-person support, please reach out to us, and we will do our best to accommodate your request within the capabilities of our space, staffing, and safety requirements.

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.

Spring 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, February 3
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Thursday, February 18
9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Monday, March 1
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Tuesday, March 23
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Monday, April 12
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

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, April 28
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Thursday, April 29
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Monday, May 3
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Monday, May 4
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

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. 

Monday, January 25
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Wednesday, February 10
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Tuesday, March 9
5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Thursday, April 8
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

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.

Wednesday, March 3
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Monday, March 15
1:00 to 2:00 p.m. 
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Thursday, April 1
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Tuesday, April 13
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

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).

Tuesday, February 2
5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Monday, February 15
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Thursday, March 25
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Wednesday, April 14
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

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, February 17
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Thursday, March 4
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Monday, March 29
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Tuesday, April 20
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

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!

Thursday, January 28
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Monday, February 8
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Tuesday, February 23
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Wednesday, March 10
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Wednesday, March 31
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/97790610941

Spring 2021 Library-SSC Seminars

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

Are you ever overwhelmed by notifications? All the negativity in your feed? Being a person in the digital age is hard, especially when we’re stuck inside using screens for everything. We’ll cover tips and tricks for staying physically and mentally healthy, setting boundaries, and more!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify personal learning needs and goals when engaging in digital environments
  • Plan strategies to manage emotional and physical health in digital personal and professional settings

Dates and Times TBD

In our networked age, the choices we make about our identities and safety online can impact all members of our communities -- just as their choices also affect us! Join us to learn how to protect yourself and others by cleaning up your digital information environment.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the impact of communication choices on online identity development,
    privacy, and security in a digital environment
  • Recognize opportunities to manage personal data, privacy, and security in a
    digital environment

Dates and Times TBD

Not everything is a lie, even if it feels that way sometimes. We’ll help you deal with information overload, navigate propaganda, and stay informed--without sacrificing your mental health to the media storm.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize how algorithms and personalization may influence online information
    exposure
  • Reflect on how personal viewpoints and values may influence engagement with
    data/information/media

Dates and Times TBD

Like it or not, organization is a key part of academic success. Save time and reduce stress by developing a plan to organize your digital stuff, from class assignments to family photos.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply organizational principles to data/information/media
  • Create a plan to preserve, maintain, and sunset data/information/media

Dates and Times TBD

Other Seminar Options

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