Advanced Academic Strategies Workshop Series
The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning is offering a series of hands-on, active, and process-focused workshops in which students learn and apply strategies designed expressly for the highly demanding Princeton University context. Led by McGraw's Associate Director, Nic Voge, the emphasis is on advanced and innovative techniques for purposeful and efficient learning. Students apply the strategies to their own course materials whenever possible during the workshops and, ideally, make a one-to-one follow-up appointment in The McGraw Center which builds upon what they learned in the workshop.
The strategies introduced emerge from a common core of research-based learning principles and comprise an integrated strategic approach. While each workshop can stand alone, the series is designed to build on itself and thus reinforce the core principles, and yet is sequenced to be responsive to the current demands of the semester (e.g. midterms).
Spring 2016 Workshops
Making the Most of Reading Week & Finals Prep
Previous Advanced Academic Strategies Workshops
Balancing Work & Play During Winter Break
Become your own MATLAB coach! – MATLAB for Novices and Beginners
Developing an Effective Plan for Completing Independent Work
Efficient Learning Strategies: Studying Large Amounts of Information
Effective Mid-Term Exam Preparation Strategies
Learn More From Lectures: Tech Tools and Strategies for Taking Effective Notes
Taking good notes in class is an important skill that is often taken for granted. But taking effective notes is crucial if you are to make the most of Princeton courses. Both new technologies and effective strategies can help you learn more from lectures.
Make the Most of your Textbook and Course Resources: Chemistry and Life Sciences
Making The Academic Transition To Princeton: Student Panel
Making the Most of the Rest of the Semester
Make the Most of your Textbook and Course Resources: Physical Sciences and Mathematics
- Grasping the big picture
- Building more practical tools for problem sets
Mapping Your Semester for Balance and Success
Bring to the workshop the syllabi from each of your courses and leave with a useful toolkit for:
- Efficiently schedule your whole semester
- Manage time on a daily and weekly basis
- Getting more out of your study time
- Using to-do lists more effectively
This is an active, hands-on workshop in which you will apply strategies to YOUR own courses. Individualized follow-up appointments with staff in the McGraw Center in Frist can be arranged.
Participating in Precepts and Seminars
Precepts and seminars can be great for clarifying content, talking through ideas, learning new skills and more, but they can also be intimidating, confusing and frustrating at times. Many students feel that they don’t understand expectations for precept, or how to learn effectively from them, while others notice how students have very different levels of preparation that allow them to engage with course material and participate in precept. What do professors and precepts expect, how can students prepare effectively, and what resources are available to do so?
In this conversation, we will focus on concrete strategies you can use before, during, and after class so that you are both contributing to and gaining from class discussions.
Post-MidTerm Reflection: (Re)Planning for Academic Success
- Reflect on the midterm experience: what you learned, how you felt, what you would like to work on.
- Discuss ways to adjust your mindset and approach to the course.
- Learn how to evaluate your test results in a practical and constructive manner for future success.
- Develop strategies for academic success in the remainder of the semester.
Presenting Your Argument: The Magic Thesis Statement and your Social Sciences JP or Thesis
Organizing Your Semester
Preparing for Finals & Dean's Date
This multidisciplinary panel of undergraduate students will share their successful strategies for how to complete Dean's Date assignments efficiently and prepare for exams effectively.
- Time management
- How to be productive
- Dealing with stress
Come get your questions answered about managing one of Princeton's unique challenges.
Is procrastination an obstacle to maintaining balance and achieving academic success? If so, you are not alone. Up to 80% of college students report that procrastination has been a significant issue. Procrastination is not a matter of mere “laziness” and the solution is not simply “better time management”. In order to overcome procrastination it is vital that you understand its root causes and motivational dynamics. It is also vital to learn an array of (sometimes counter-intuitive) strategies and techniques for dealing with it.
Reading for Independent Work in the Social Sciences
Seeing what is there: Effective Strategies for Getting Past Academic Frustration
Spring Semester Reset: Success in Discussion-Based Courses
Strategies for Efficient Reading
Succeeding in your Discussion-Based Class: How to Prepare and Engage in Seminars and Precepts
- Managing reading assignments
- Maximizing participation during class or precepts
- Preparing to write papers.
Time Management for Princeton
Time Management, Task Management & Overcoming Distractions
Understanding and Overcoming Procrastination