Workshop Descriptions and Outlines

AVOIDING VAGUE LANGUAGE

Learn how to write concisely, using details and noting specifics instead of reverting to vague or unclear language.

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COMMAS, COLONS, AND SEMICOLONS

Learn the difference between commas, colons, and semicolons and learn how to use them appropriately.

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CRITICAL READING

Learn how to read a complex essay using close reading strategies (such as highlighting and annotation) to increase comprehension and appreciation of ideas. 

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FRAGMENTS

Learn how to identify and correct sentence fragments.

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Inference and Analyis

Learn how to “read between the lines” and analyze complex texts.

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INTRODUCTIONS AND CONCLUSIONS

Learn concrete techniques for crafting innovative introductory paragraphs, which include creative lures and clear thesis sentences, and compelling concluding paragraphs, which do not simply repeat information found in the essay.

 

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KEYS TO COLLEGE SUCCESS #1: WHAT HAPPENS IN YOUR BRAIN WHEN YOU LEARN?

In this workshop, students will learn about how our brain develops new neural pathways when we learn new skills and how practicing those new skills can make those pathways stronger.

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Note: The Keys to College Success workshops are presented as a series of five, but you don't have to take all five. In addition, the workshops can be taken in any order and in any combination of days and times that work for you.


KEYS TO COLLEGE SUCCESS #2: INTELLIGENT PRACTICE

This workshop focuses on the concept that it's important to work smarter, not just harder, and that working smarter means finding good strategies and being willing to ask for help from others.

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Note: The Keys to College Success workshops are presented as a series of five, but you don't have to take all five. In addition, the workshops can be taken in any order and in any combination of days and times that work for you.

 

KEYS TO COLLEGE SUCCESS #3: CULTIVATING A GROWTH MINDSET

In this workshop, students will learn about the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset and how cultivating a growth mindset can increase your chances of succeeding.

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Note: The Keys to College Success workshops are presented as a series of five, but you don't have to take all five. In addition, the workshops can be taken in any order and in any combination of days and times that work for you.


KEYS TO COLLEGE SUCCESS #4: THINKING ABOUT THINKING

Learn about metacognition – thinking about thinking – and how this can help you succeed.

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Note: The Keys to College Success workshops are presented as a series of five, but you don't have to take all five. In addition, the workshops can be taken in any order and in any combination of days and times that work for you.


KEYS TO COLLEGE SUCCESS #5: SUCCEEDING BY FAILING

Students will learn about the value of failure.

Outline coming soon.

Note: The Keys to College Success workshops are presented as a series of five, but you don't have to take all five. In addition, the workshops can be taken in any order and in any combination of days and times that work for you.


LOGICAL FALLACIES

Learn to identify nine of the most common logical fallacies: hasty generalization, post hoc ergo propter hoc, ad hominem, straw person, appeal to tradition, appeal to popularity, two wrongs make a right, false dilemma, and slippery slope. (Recommended for English 101 and above)

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MLA AND APA DOCUMENTATION

Learn about stylistic requirements and citation guidelines mandated by the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the American Psychological Association. 

 

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OUTLINING AND ESSAY STRUCTURE

Learn how to brainstorm and outline a basic essay in accordance with standard conventions of style, structure, and format.

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PARAGRAPH DEVELOPMENT

Learn how to compose paragraphs that expand on ideas meaningfully without resorting to repetition, summary, or assertion.

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PARTS OF SPEECH

Learn to identify the relationship of parts of speech using the sentence diagram method.

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PROOFREADING

Learn the difference between editing and proofreading. Learn multiple strategies for finding and correcting errors in your writing.

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QUOTATION INTEGRATION

This workshop helps students locate, format, edit, and properly cite quotations.

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RUN-ON SENTENCES

Learn to identify and correct run-on sentences.

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SUMMARY VS. ANALYSIS

Learn to differentiate clearly between summary and analysis and how to write a summary and analyis.

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THESIS SENTENCES

Learn how to craft a clear thesis. 

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TIMED WRITING ASSIGNMENTS

Learn strategies for improving your performance on in-class written examinations.

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VISUAL ARGUMENTS

Students will learn how to use visual arguments, including identifying its relevance, avoiding bias, establishing its credibility, and formatting visuals with the correct appendices and MLA citations.

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WRITING SUMMARIES

Students will learn to important skills related to summary and paraphrasing. Specifically, they will be exposed to concept of contextualized summary, an important skill for working with material science discourses.  

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