The Center for Academic Excellence offers a number of workshops each semester on topics ranging from coping with grammar to handling test anxiety, and everything in between.
For dates and times of workshops happening this semester, visit the campus calendar.
Coping with Grammar
Confused by commas? Wracking your brains over run-ons? Fatigued by fragments? This workshop is designed to take the mystery out of some of the most common sentence-level errors that students make. Participants in this workshop are encouraged to bring examples of their own work; however, sample sentences will be provided.
Revision and Editing
Few writers get it right the first time. Writing is thinking, and that means that as we write, our ideas develop and sometimes change entirely. Revision means adding, removing, and rearranging paragraphs and ideas, whereas editing involves relatively minor changes. In this workshop we will discuss and practice strategies for both.
This workshop is based on the principles of plagiarism in relation to academic honesty and intellectual property. Who owns it, and can I use it? Students will come to understand these principles by participating in a fun activity, creating a piece of intellectual property, and ultimately creating a citation for it!
Generating Ideas and Thesis Statements
Do you ever find yourself staring at the computer screen, thinking about all the research you've done and all the notes you took, but not having the first idea about how to start the paper? Many writers, even professionals, face writer's block at one time or another. In this workshop we'll discuss easy ways to generate and organize ideas. We will also review the components of an effective thesis statement, and you'll create at least one of your own. Participants should feel free to bring papers which they are currently drafting.
Choosing Scholarly Sources
All information is not created equal. During the publishing cycle, scholarly information goes through intense scrutiny. Understanding the ins and outs of scholarly publishing allows the researcher to select appropriate material that is peer reviewed, or refereed. In this workshop, you'll learn what constitutes scholarliness and how to find scholarly sources.
Developing and Structuring Arguments
There is more to an argument than just stating an opinion: once you make a claim, you've got to support it. While every argument is different, there are some basic elements of argumentation that writers can use to compose persuasive discourse. Participants in this workshop will generate claims and reasons to support them. We'll also consider the importance of counter arguments and see how they can be used to strengthen our own claims.
Writing for the Social Sciences
This workshop will review the elements of an APA style paper. Topics will include abstracts, literature reviews, heading levels, APA writing style, manuscript structure and content, differences between an abstract and a lit review, and integration of source material.
Trash or Treasure? Evaluating Websites
If you use the Internet, you can always use help deciding if a site is quality or not. After all, anyone can put anything on the Internet, so it's reader beware! Come and hear about a 5-item checklist that can help you separate the good from the bad and the ugly.
Incorporating Source Material into Your Paper
In this workshop we'll discuss techniques for introducing and blending source material into your essays as well as techniques that prevent us from plagiarizing the work of others.
Summarizing and Annotating Scholarship
This workshop will guide you through summarizing, annotating, and comprehending scholarly sources so that you can successfully incorporate them into your papers. RW 199 students are especially encouraged to attend this workshop.
Fun with Fractions
This session will be a refresher on computations and operations using fractions. If Tom paints 1/5 of a fence and Terry paints 1/2, how much of the fence remains to be painted? Sally is training for a marathon and wishes to complete a total of 30 miles of training this week – she runs 8 3/5 on Monday, 5 1/4 miles on Tuesday, and 6 1/2 miles on Wednesday; how many more miles will she need to complete this week? This workshop is open to all students, but specifically targeted to Fisher nursing candidates wishing to review for the Level A Math Skills Assessment.
Percents and Ratios
This session will be a refresher on using percents and ratios to solve problems. If something is on sale for 45% off and costs $100, how much was the original price? If I make lemonade with a ratio of three cups of water to one lemon, how much water would I need for four lemons? This workshop is open to all students, but specifically targeted to Fisher nursing candidates wishing to review for the Level A Math Skills Assessment.
Descriptive Statistics Using R
Are you in a class where you need to compute descriptive statistics such as mean and standard deviation using R? Come to this workshop and learn the basics of R, an open-source software environment for statistical computing and graphics. Topics covered will include importing Excel data, computing summary statistics and correlations using R Commander, and using R output to report your results.
Study Skills for the Final Stretch
Overwhelmed by the end of the semester rush to the finish line? This workshop will help you plan your work and work your plan. Participants will learn ways to make the most of time available, develop strategies to calm and focus the mind, and increase memory by taking notes while studying.
Test Taking and Test Anxiety
The word "test" can produce anxiety in even the most well prepared students. This workshop will offer some specific strategies for test taking as well as ways to reduce the anxiety and negative thoughts that get in the way of academic success.
Choosing a Major
Choosing a major can be a hard decision to make. Learn ways to approach making a decision that include how to research and explore major options as well as the campus resources that are available for obtaining more information on majors of interest.
Job Search Strategies
An effective job search is well defined and effectively utilizes a number of resources and techniques. Learn how to build a strategy that will assist you in meeting your job target. This workshop will address how to: identify your job target, identify employers, apply for a job, and follow up on opportunities. Open to all majors and class years.
Effective Résumé Writing
Have a résumé that needs to be revised or updated? Improve the effectiveness and readability of your résumé with some tips on how to organize content and utilize space as well as ways to approach describing your experiences. Bring the most recent copy of your résumé with you to the workshop.
This workshop provides useful information on how to use LinkedIn to research companies, contacts, and job opportunities while also optimizing your online presence through an effective personal profile.
An internship can help define your career path, develop highly sought after professional skills and build your network for future opportunities. Develop your internship search strategy and learn about resources for identifying opportunities.
APA for Graduate Students: Common Questions
This workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of APA papers--details that demand more time to complete correctly than you might expect. Bring a paper that you are working on to review the proper format for headings, in-text source citations, references, and tables.
Writing a Literature Review
Whether writing a research paper or a dissertation, literature reviews help to explain and synthesize important texts for the writing project, allow the writer to get a broader picture of the sources, and provide readers with a context for the research. From getting oriented to completing this portion of the research project, this workshop will walk you through the process of writing a literature review while highlighting key features along the way.