Academic Resources






FALL 2019 Academic Success Workshops

All Workshops Will Take Place in Rm 30, MSU Student Union

For more information, contact the Collaborative Learning Center at 517 -355-2363 or

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Time Management for Academic Success (ATM) Achieve academic success by moving beyond basic planners and calendars;  learn how adding a few simple time management techniques to your routine can significantly improve your academic performance and reduce the anxiety that comes with procrastination.

Note: Participants may be asked to bring course syllabi and class schedules to the session.

M, 11/4, 10:00 – 10:50 AM

Effective Note-Taking (ENT) Do you find yourself taking notes and then not knowing how to study them later? Or maybe the way you take notes just isn’t working for every class. This workshop will introduce you to different strategies to revitalize your note-taking to be better organized and more efficient when studying.

No more times for Fall

Take Charge of Your Reading (TCR) Don’t let your course readings be an obstacle to success. If you have trouble getting through your  reading assignments, remembering what you have read, or making connections between readings and lectures, you may have fallen into a pattern of passive reading. Do you want to find out how to read with purpose and efficiency? This workshop will teach you to think strategically about efficient reading strategies. You will also learn ways to read for better recall and long term retention.

Note: Participants may be asked to bring examples of typical reading assignments to the session.

No more times for Fall

Keeping Your Priorities Straight (KPS)
In this workshop, we will discuss time management and prioritization with an emphasis on tools and strategies. Bring your schedules, to-do lists, and planners to this session so you can practice during the workshop. We will discuss how to balance competing priorities and manage your tasks based on your own schedule. We will also discuss options for planners, to-do lists, and other productivity tools.

No more times for Fall

High-Impact Study Techniques I: Spaced Study and Retrieval Practice (HIST 1)
Learn two simple, scientifically proven techniques that promote superior recall both on exams and in future classes in less time than “massed” study sessions (cramming).

No more times for Fall

Techniques II: Brain Building (HIST 2) 
Learn how a few powerful tools: elaboration, dual coding, and concrete examples along with some equally effective graphical and analytical strategies can improve your understanding and recall of high priority course concepts.Note: Participants may be asked to bring examples from their courses of learning/studying challenges.

No more times for Fall

More Than Memorizing: Using Analytical Study and Graphic Organizers to Enhance Content Recall and Critical Thinking (MTM)Did you enter college with great memorization skills, only to find that you need more than memorization to answer some types of exam questions — like those that require critical thinking or application of course content? In this workshop, you will learn study strategies that build on and reinforce recall while expanding your ability to apply new knowledge to more challenging exam questions.

M, 2/25, 6:30 – 7:20

Mathematics Success Skills(MSS) Do you feel that the time you spend studying isn’t reflected in your exam scores?  Come learn some strategies you can use to take the mystery out of math exams.

No more times for Fall

Annotate Your Way to Higher Grades (AHG) Research shows that students who learn how to annotate texts and lectures tend to significantly increase their grades while spending less time studying. This workshop teaches easy, time-saving annotation skills to replace underlining, highlighting, outlining, or copying text content, so you can learn more in less time.

Note: participants may be asked to do a small reading and/or annotation practice assignment (20 min. or less) before the session.

W, 11/19, 6:00 – 6:50 PM

Ace Your Exams (AYE) Many successful students feel that high school did not prepare them for some of the challenges of college work. This feeling often arises from students’ post-exam shock and feeling that their exam scores do not seem to reflect the work they put into studying. Making matters worse, uncertainty about how to fix the problem, may lead to excessive anxiety before and during exams — anxiety that further undermines performance. In this workshop, we will discuss how college exams are different from high school exams and learn some strategies that will bring your skills, and thus, understanding and retention to the next level!

T, 11/19, 10:20 – 11:10 AM

Get Ready for Finals (GRF) Learn easy strategies to prioritize learning goals and schedule study time for finals week. This session will also review a few high-performance study strategies to help you give your best performance on final exams.

W, 12/4, 6:10 – 7:00 PM

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