Hello! I work at an urban community college, and throughout the years, we have conducted study skills workshops in a variety of ways. It can be pretty inconsistent as to whether we have attendees. But, we've learned a few things that help. One, is getting
at least one instructor or a campus group to commit to bringing a group of students to each workshop. Second, is having cookies and lemonade, and advertising that on our workshop series posters.
In addition, we started a Don't Cancel that Class program, so that instructors can contact us to bring a presentation to a class on a day they cannot not be there. But, of course, they can also ask for a guest presenter regardless as to whether they are
there or not. We also reach out to our Smart Start instructors regularly (intro course for first year students), and some of those instructors will ask us to come in and make a presentation on a particular study skills topic.
I will sum up my comments by saying that my experience is that it does requires quite a bit of work and
consistent outreach to make these programs work. "If you build it they will come..." does not apply to this situation! If you set up a workshop series, you also need to plan for consistent promotion and outreach.
I'm really interested to see if others had different experiences!
Askey lodes | Peer/Group
Tutoring & Academic Success Supervisor
Support Center at Florissant Valley |
We are brainstorming some ideas to reach the masses. Anyone doing a study skills workshop series of some sorts that gets students attending?
Grateful for any replies, ideas, etc.
Lynda J. Sukolsky, M.Ed., PgC
Director of Academic Enrichment & Retention
Seton Hill University
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