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Student Success Workshop Descriptions

Fourteen unique workshops will be offered on topics ranging from faculty expectations and time management to choosing a major and health and safety at college. Read below for detailed descriptions on the workshops being offered this Fall 2014 semester:

Click on a workshop from the list below, or scroll down to read the descriptions:

Balancing Multiple Demands Job Options for First-Year Students Studying Abroad for First-Year Students
Choosing a Major Keeping Healthy Study Strategies
Exam Strategies Peer Influence & Making Smart Decisions Time Management
Faculty 411 Relationships What Successful Students Do
Getting Started with Your Four-Year Career Plan Should I Stay or Should I Go?

 

Balancing Multiple Demands

Presented by Center for Health and Wellness Promotion

College life brings many choices and responsibilities:

  • Learn techniques and skills to help you prioritize your responsibilties.
  • Learn to balance the multiple demands of college life.
  • Learn to say "no" to opportunities when you are feeling overwhelmed.

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Choosing a Major

Presented by Career Services

  • Learn about the myths and realities of choosing a major in this quick-moving, interactive session.
  • Play "The Majors Game" to begin to identify possible majors.
  • Learn how to get more information about majors you are interested in and make a decision that is right for you.

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Exam Strategies

Presented by Center for Student Success

  • Learn different strategies to prepare for short answer, essay, multiple choice, and true/false questions on tests.
  • Explore new techniques for how to approach tests and what to do on test day to increase your likelihood of success.
  • Identify ways to use past exam experiences to improve on future ones.

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Faculty 411

Presented by current faculty

  • Get tips from experiences faculty members on how to succeed in college.
  • Learn effective ways to interact with your instructors and common mistakes to avoid.

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Getting Started with Your Four-Year Career Plan

Presented by Career Services

  • All students follow a different path during their college years.
  • Learn about Career Services' Four Year Career Plan and start thinking about ways to tailor the action plan to your individual interests.

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Job Options for First-Year Students

Presented by Career Services and panel

  • Hear from students who work and the campus employers who hire them.
  • Learn the pros and cons of working during your first year, your options for working on campus, tips from campus employers, and information on how to find a job.

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Keeping Healthy

Presented by Center for Health and Wellness Promotion

Lack of attention to important health habits can lead to chronic health and academic problems:

  • Learn how to be healthier and stay well through adequate sleep, balanced eating, and exercise!
  • Learn to approach your life with a balanced and healthy perspective.

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Peer Influence & Making Smart Decisions

Presented by Center for Health and Wellness Promotion

  • Recognize that many students struffle with peer pressure and identify ways to make decisions that best align with your values.
  • Identify some common challenges students face during their first year of college and learn to avoid pitfalls that may interfere with your academic and social success.
  • Find out about campus resources available to you.

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Relationships

Presented by Center for Health and Wellness Promotion

  • Explore communication strategies that will help you work through problems and maintain harmony in all relationships.
  • Discuss types of communication patterns that can cause differences of opinion between people.
  • Learn tips for living with roommates.

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Presented by Center for Student Success & student panel

Have you thought about or considered leaving USD?

  • Hear from students who seriously thought about leaving USD and how they decided to stay or go.

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Studying Abroad for First-Year Students

Presented by Study Abroad Office & Center for Student Success

  • Learn about the study abroad opportunity offered exclusively for second-year students called "The Second Year Experience (SYE) Abroad," taking place in January 2015 in Italy, China, and Guatemala!
  • Other study abroad options and how to begin planning for them will also be shared.

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Study Strategies

Presented by Center for Student Success

  • Find out how to get the most out of the time you spend in class, and the time you spend studying on your own.
  • Hear tips about how to take notes, read assignments, and other study strategies to improve your performance in college.

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Time Management

Presented by Center for Student Success

  • Learn about effective time management techniques and develop a "Time Management Master Plan."
  • Get tips on how to overcome the procrastination bug!
  • Hear from fellow students about how they have learned to successfully manage their time at USD.

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What Successful Students Do

Presented by Center for Student Success & student panel

  • Learn about the habits, attitudes, and creative strategies that highly successful USD students utilize.
  • Get tips on study strategies, life managemnet, and overcoming setbacks from peers who have excelled at USD.

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