We offer a series of twice-weekly Transition Workshops for first-year students throughout the fall semester: Surviving 1st Semester, Time Management/Organization, Textbook Reading & Note-taking, Memory & Test Prep, Midterms--What Happened?, and Final Exam Prep.  The workshops are run by tutors who have been trained by a Learning Specialist in the Academic Resource Center.  These workshops are well-advertised, but attendance has never been robust, and tends to dwindle as the semester progresses, despite very positive evaluations.  Some FYS instructors incentivize attendance, and attendance at separate sessions for particular 1st-year athletes is mandatory.  If there's a secret to increasing or maintaining attendance throughout the semester, I haven't discovered it yet--but we keep trying. 

Mary Beth Kallen, M.Ed.
Learning Specialist
Associate Director, Academic Resource Center
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Muhlenberg College
2400 Chew Street
Allentown, PA  18104

>>> "Campa, Samantha" <[log in to unmask]> 5/13/2016 11:24 AM >>>
Hi all, I work at a mid-sized community college, with about 1300 students in on-campus housing. We have attempted workshops (on various topics including time management, learning strategies, etc.) during our "welcome week" when the freshmen move to campus in the fall. There is never a good turnout for these, but we continue to feel that the information is important to provide. Those of you with successful workshop programming: how do you get students to attend? How do you structure workshops within the broader welcome programming? Those of you in similar situations: what do you do instead of workshops to communicate with a broader audience about academic success skills? I apologize for already bringing up fall, but any thoughts are much appreciated! Thank you. Samantha Campa Academic Support Advisor Iowa Western Community College [log in to unmask] 712-388-6841 

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