Workshops for skills not taught in textbooks.
Peer pressure can sometimes become more influential than we think. The decisions that young students make can threaten or strengthen academic goals in and outside the classroom. How can aspiring academics affirm their own interests, attitudes and values while avoiding a sea of opinions and mindless conformity? This workshop focuses on better understanding what social courage is and how to develop social skills as added academic support. By the end of this interactive workshop participants will have opportunities to explore their unique strengths and inner voices as tools that counter obstructive social influences. Participants will learn offensive and defensive strategies to resist social pressures. In addition, participants will learn to seek peers and adults as social resources to develop social capital.
In many cases – we wing it! It’s the truth! Without strategies, we do our best with what we know, use the same approaches that just don't work, or simply give up. Especially when trying to navigate through school, there is no clear guidance or course that teaches young academics how to handle common, unexpected, or major life pressures. Stress is inevitable, but how students cope with their troubles may significantly affect attention, motivation, and academic progression. This workshop offers a gateway to increased control over school and life stressors. Specifically, this workshop targets thinking and behavioral traps that often intensify stress. The goal is to learn preventive and responsive strategies that cultivate resiliency. By the end of this interactive workshop participants will have learned practical and adaptive problem solving strategies that will help them excel inside and outside the classroom.
Pursuing and dedicating relentless energy toward high aspirations begins with the belief that getting there is possible. The words, “I go to seek a great perhaps” comes to mind. But what are the inner and outer conditions that spark and sustain such pursuits? Understanding such conditions are important for the development of confidence, control, and choice with everyday experiences. This workshop focuses on better understanding how self-efficacy, self-esteem, self-regulation, and environmental structuring influence everyday decisions. The aim is to examine how existing potentials and exploring possible selves can help achieve personal, academic and professional aspirations. By the end of this workshop participants will know how to deploy ongoing and self-determined strategies that will help link current academic progression and possible future career paths.
HOW learning works
Most classrooms must focus on ‘what’ to learn. The curriculum set forth is important to develop a knowledge base that is needed as a standard and to advance to the next grade level. However, ‘how’ students learn may not be at the forefront of such content. Restrictions with time, available resources, and diversity may create difficulties for such undertakings. This insightful workshop focuses on ‘how’ learning and memory work. It provides specific techniques that will help better understand how to approach the most challenging subjects and concepts. The goal is to increase interest enhancement, reflective thought and higher-level reasoning, which are important to academic performance. By the end of this interactive workshop participants will have learned specific and practical study strategies that will help them become purposeful learners.
What is STEM? What contributions has STEM already given to the world around me? Why is STEM important to the future? And more importantly, why should I consider being part of these fields? Providing answers to such important questions is key to increasing early forethought, participation and achievement in STEM disciplines. This exploratory and interactive workshop is designed to provide early exposure and interests in STEM. By the end of this workshop participants will understand what STEM is, its significance, and academic pathways to STEM degrees. Importantly, participants will understand the implications of current academic habits and standings. This particular workshop includes three different STEM majors and/or professionals in the field that share initial interests, and potential academic and careers paths.
Various life and academic goals involve financial decision making. Therefore, our relationship with money can significantly contribute to the quality of our lives. Far too often we’re not taught financial skills to manage our money, which makes attempting to balance school and work very difficult to do. There is no clear guidance on steering clear of debt, personal savings, and considering loans for academic progression. Such lack of guidance and deep understanding can lead to long-term setbacks, missed opportunities, and stress. Although financial literacy is a lifelong journey, this workshop will provide practical money management strategies designed to make informed financial decisions. By the end of this workshop participants will have learned practical skills intended to prevent common pitfalls that can linger for years and prepare aspiring students for financial stability.
Let’s focus on strengths. The goal of this workshop is to recognize and unlock existing skills, talents, and potential. Understanding our uniqueness and developing such inner confidence are key to adapting to feelings of doubt and beliefs that are inconsistent with accomplishments. Numerous barriers beyond our control do exist that create doubt and discourage academic progression. This workshop will examine such systemic and environmental barriers in order to develop practical coping strategies and layers of support. In addition, this workshop will also include speakers who have experienced and surpassed feelings of doubt and obstacles that are common across academia. By the end of this workshop participants will know how to objectively assess internal perceptions, build a support network, and reaffirm existing strengths.