Academic Success Workshops

Developing strong studying strategies brings greater academic success. Academic Success Workshops can help you improve your academic performance by enhancing your skills on a variety of topics, such as scheduling and time management, studying for exams, maintaining concentration, and overcoming procrastination.

Until in-person classes resume, Learning Services is offering all Academic Success Workshops virtually at this time. You can register for an upcoming Academic Success Workshop on Mason360 to receive the meeting link via email.

Please register with the link below or the calendar on the right. If you need further assistance, please call (703) 993-2999 or email Learning Services.

Register for an Academic Success Workshop on Mason360!

Academic Survival Skills for Finals

The end of the semester can leave you feeling overwhelmed by everything that you have to do. During this session, participants will develop a plan to complete their final papers, projects, and exams and discuss techniques for managing stress.

Campus Resources

Wondering about tutoring resources? Looking for research opportunities? Need help locating internships or discovering a new major? Come learn about the resources Mason has to offer including tutoring, advising and student support, plus many more!

College Reading Strategies

This workshop provides information on strategies for various reading demands. Learn techniques for getting the most out of textbooks, literature, and research articles.

Exam Strategies

Be well prepared and test-wise for your next exam.  This workshop teaches preparation and test-taking strategies.

Focus Better

The ability to concentrate, to focus one’s attention exclusively on the task at hand, is essential to learning.  Both internal and external distractions can make concentration difficult.  This workshop examines these distractions and strategies to enhance concentration.  You learn to identify your distractions and develop strategies to eliminate them, practice relaxation techniques to improve focus, and explore other tactics to improve your concentration.

How to Study for Online Courses

Taking an online course and struggling to balance time? Having trouble adjusting to the online format? Come to this session to learn how to establish strong study strategies for success in your online class.

Learning How to Learn Crash Course

Get ready for the semester by attending this academic skills workshop the week before classes begin.  Topics covered are good study strategies, effective note-taking techniques, individual learning styles, ways to be test-wise and well prepared for exams, and effective time management.

Managing Academic Anxiety

Does worrying about a test make it hard for you to study?  Do you forget all you know just as the exam begins?  Any time you are asked to perform, tension can interfere with you doing your best.  This workshop examines the reasons for performance anxiety and explores strategies for coping with it.

Memory Strategies

Want to improve your memory? Come to this session to learn how memory works and strategies for remembering and recalling information.

Motivation and Goal-Setting

What do you want to do with your life?  Are you feeling overwhelmed or confused about your future?  Are you unclear as to which path to take?  This workshop examines the power of higher education and its role in your future.  Learn why it is important to look at the BIG PICTURE when planning your course work and choosing your major.  This workshop also allows you to explore your values and see how the choices you make now will lay the foundation for your future.

Note Taking During Class

Note-taking is an essential study strategy.  Notes supplement memory and can be used to create review guides prior to exams.  During this workshop, participants will learn strategies for listening, writing notes, and reviewing afterward.

Overcoming Procrastination

Do you find yourself constantly putting off projects, assignments, or commitments?  You may be caught in the “not now, later” trap.  Overcome this difficulty by discovering what makes you procrastinate.

Project Management

This session will provide you with strategies for managing large projects such as programming, research, and group projects. Learn how to define the scope and terms of your project, identify resources and strengthen skills, create a timeline, and keep everything organized.

Scheduling & Time Management

Do you spend too much or too little time studying?  Learn the skills of successful time management and increase your ability to balance study with other activities.

Science & Math Study Strategies

Gain strategies for learning science & math, preparing for and taking exams, and dealing with anxiety around science and/or math subjects. The information in this workshop is relevant to any course which involves scientific or mathematical concepts such as Biology, Chemistry, Accounting, or Biostatistics.

Sleep Better

In this workshop, you will learn about the negative effects of poor sleep and discover how to improve their “sleep hygiene.” You will also learn relaxation techniques specifically designed to calm the mind at night and improve sleep quality.

Need help with writing?

Check out The Writing Center’s Workshop Schedule!


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