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Advanced Academic Strategies Workshop Series

Spring 2015 – Pedagogy and Professional Workshops

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).

   

Organizing Your Semester (for Balance and Success)

Map out your semester from the very start!

Balance academics with everything else Princeton has to offer. Try out proven practical techniques and tools. Find out about fundamental principles of time management and self-management that allow you to adapt to new, unexpected situations. Prevent procrastination before it prevents you from getting things done!

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.
http://www.princeton.edu/mcgraw/us/strategy-consultations/
Friday, Feb. 6, 1:30-3:00 p.m.,  330 Frist
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 to reserve a space.

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 8:30-10:00 p.m.,  329 Frist
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Efficient Learning Strategies: Studying Large Amounts of Information

Looking for more effective—and efficient—study strategies?

Because of the large amounts of information assigned and the compressed schedule of midterm exam week, you need to prioritize, organize and study course content as the course unfolds. Waiting until exam week to study just doesn’t work.

Learn several different study methods applicable to a variety of courses so that you can read, take lecture notes, and study more purposefully and efficiently in ALL of your courses.

Friday, Feb. 13, 1:30-3:00 p.m., 330 Frist
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Wednesday, Feb. 18, 8:30-10:00 p.m., 329 Frist
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Strategies for Efficient Reading

Learn how to make the most of assigned readings.

To achieve academic success at Princeton it is crucial for students to develop superior strategies for reading and learning from text. In this workshop you will learn: an approach that helps you align your reading strategies to instructor objectives techniques for reading various kinds of academic texts strategies for enhancing retention and recall methods for reading faster and more efficiently 
This is an active, hands-on workshop in which you will learn specific strategies by applying them. Arrange an individualized follow-up appointment at Frist with a McGraw Consultant. Sign up at: 
http://www.princeton.edu/mcgraw/us/strategy-consultations/
Friday, Feb. 20, 1:30-3:00 p.m., 330 Frist
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to reserve a space.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 8
:30-10:00 p.m., 329 Frist
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to reserve a space.

   

Understanding and Overcoming Procrastination

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.

In this workshop you will:

  • Gain a deeper awareness of what procrastination is and why people do it
  • Understand the motivational dynamics and mind games that perpetuate procrastination
  • Learn a variety of techniques for managing procrastination

All participants can arrange individualized follow-up appointments at:.
http://www.princeton.edu/mcgraw/us/strategy-consultations/

Friday, Feb. 27, 1:30-3:00 p.m., 330 Frist
RSVP
to reserve a space.

   

Effective Mid-Term Exam Preparation Strategies

Ready for your midterms? In this workshop you will learn proven methods for:

  • Anticipating and preparing for the kind of problems and questions you will be expected to answer on exams. 
  • Selecting and prioritizing the most important information in your courses. 
  • Synthesizing and reducing large amounts of information from multiple sources into manageable formats. 
  • Organizing your knowledge in ways that promote deep learning, retention, and efficient recall.

This is an active hands-on workshop in which you will work on materials from YOUR own current courses. So, bring a syllabus or two and any other information from your courses such as previous exams (check Blackboard) that might be useful in preparing for midterms.
Wednesday, Mar. 4, 8:30-10:00 p.m., 329 Frist
RSVP  to reserve a space.

Friday, Mar. 6, 1:30-3:00 p.m., 330 Frist
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to reserve a space.

   

Post Mid-Term Reflections: (Re)Planning for Academic Success

Many students find adjusting to the examination styles of each new course to be challenging, and it is usually around midterm time that this realization sets in. Turn the "shock" of midterms into a successful learning experience by reflecting, evaluating, and strategizing for the future. Join us for this Midterms Reflection Workshop.  Together we will:    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.
Friday, Mar. 27, 1:30-3:00 p.m., 330 Frist
RSVP
to reserve a space.

   

Understanding and Overcoming Procrastination

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.

In this workshop you will:

  • Gain a deeper awareness of what procrastination is and why people do it
  • Understand the motivational dynamics and mind games that perpetuate procrastination
  • Learn a variety of techniques for managing procrastination

All participants can arrange individualized follow-up appointments at:
http://www.princeton.edu/mcgraw/us/strategy-consultations/.

Wednesday, Apr. 1, 8:30-10:00 p.m., 329 Frist
RSVP
to reserve a space.

   

Final Exam Prep/Making the Most of Reading Week

TBA

   

Upcoming Workshops

Organizing Your Semester (for Balance and Success)
2/6/14 and 2/11/14

   

Efficient Learning Strategies: Studying Large Amounts of Information
2/13/14 and 2/18/14