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We have tried both workshops and classes over 17 years at our University.

We offer about eight sections of Study Skill classes for no credit,
pass/fail grade, both in the Fall and Spring semester. Students may register
for the class just like they do for their other classes. The course covers
all the usual study skill topics. It meets twice a week for 50 minutes each
class period for six weeks. Five sections are offered the first six weeks of
each semester and three to fours sections are offered the last six weeks of
the semester. Our experience has been that students who resisted help at the
beginning of the semester, are willing to take the class after mid-term
grades are posted and they are not getting the results grade wise that they
had anticipated. I teach these classes and have always had higher enrollment
in the fall semester than the Spring semester. Class size is held to 15
students  but most sections average 12-15 students in the Fall semester and
3-8 students in the Spring semester. The class is not required of any
specific group of students. However, we encourage incoming freshmen during
summer orientation to consider the class. Students are referred by faculty,
professional staff, residential life staff, and sometimes parents. The best
references are from students who have completed the class and encourages a
friend to take it.  These classes are considered another retention support
service available to our students at no extra charge other that a $5.00
materials fee payable by the third class meeting.

We have not done open workshops for the past seven or so years. Our
experience with offering topical open workshops throughout the semester was
not working. Even with advertising in the campus newspaper and flyers in the
dorms, very few students would come and many times no one. The Center does
have a few requests to come into select classes by faculty one time and talk
about study tips, time management etc. Usually, the instructor has a
specific topic in mind when we get the request.

 A member of the Learning Center staff is often invited to present in our
Fall semester freshmen experience classes titled The University Experience.
All incoming freshmen are highly encouraged to take this class when they
meet with their academic advisor during summer orientation. Most of our
freshmen do choose to enroll in one of about 40 sections offered for a one
credit hour pass/fail grade. This class is offered only in the Fall
semester.

I have gained so many ideas from being a member of this listserv. I thought
it was time I share when this question was asked.

Carolyn Griffith, Director
Center for Learning Assistance
& Study Skill Class Instructor

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> From:         Oppitz, LouAnn[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent:         Friday, May 04, 2001 9:10 AM
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> I have a question for those who offer open workshops for study skills on
> their campuses.  Do you also offer Study Skills as a class?
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> From: Carolyn Zaccagni [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Friday, May 04, 2001 7:44 AM
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> An open question to the group:
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> Does your Center offer open study skills workshops?
> About how many and how well attended are these workshops?
> These are sessions which anyone on campus can attend
> but have not been requested by a professor or campus organization.
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> Carolyn Zaccagni
> Learning Skills Specialist
> Saint Joseph's University
> 5600 City Avenue
> Phila., PA 19131
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> An open question to the group:<br>
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> Does your Center offer open study skills workshops?<br>
> About how many and how well attended are these workshops?<br>
> These are sessions which anyone on campus can attend<br>
> but have not been requested by a professor or campus organization.<br>
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> <font size=2>Carolyn Zaccagni<br>
> Learning Skills Specialist<br>
> Saint Joseph's University <br>
> 5600 City Avenue<br>
> Phila., PA 19131<br>
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