Academic Strategies Workshop Series


Fall 2021 Workshop Series

All workshops are held in 330 Frist Campus Center

"What should I do to start my courses strong?": Strategies for success

Friday, September 3, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.        RSVP 
Monday, September 6, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.        RSVP 
Learn practical strategies for starting your courses off strong and managing your time effectively so you can make the most of all that Princeton has to offer. Get their advice, ask your questions, leave with valuable resources.

Thriving at Princeton: Mapping Your Semester for Balance & Success

Wednesday, September 8, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.       RSVP 
Friday, September 10, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.        RSVP 
Map out your semester from the very start! Balance academics with everything else Princeton has to offer. Learn about the biggest organizational and time management challenges from Princeton upperclassmen—so you can overcome them. Try out proven practical techniques and tools. Find out about fundamental principles of time management and self-management that allow you to adapt to new, unexpected situations. Prevent procrastination before it prevents you from getting things done!

"How does my professor expect me to do all this reading?": Efficient Reading Strategies for Princeton Courses

Wednesday, September 15, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.         RSVP      302 Frist Campus Center **New Location**
Friday, September 17, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.        RSVP      **Moved back to original location - 330 Frist Campus Center**
Learn How to Maximize Your Reading Efficiency! To achieve academic success at Princeton it is crucial for students to develop superior strategies for reading and learning from text. In this workshop, you will learn an approach that helps you align your learning strategies to instructor objectives, techniques for reading various kinds of academic texts, strategies for enhancing retention and recall, and methods for reading faster and more efficiently.

"I'm not getting much from lectures": What To Do When Lectures Aren’t Making Sense

Monday, September 20, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.        RSVP 
New technologies and effective strategies can help you learn more from lectures. In this workshop, you will learn strategies for maintaining attention during class and why it’s vital, making useful notes while also learning from lectures, and ways to utilize your notes for studying and other purposes.

“So much to learn, so little time”: What research says about how to study

Wednesday, September 22, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.        RSVP 
Friday, September 24, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.        RSVP 
Looking for more effective—and efficient—study strategies? Because of the large amounts of information assigned and the compressed schedule of midterm exam week, you need to prioritize, organize and study course content as the course unfolds. Waiting until exam week to study just doesn’t work. Learn several different study methods applicable to a variety of courses so that you can read, take lecture notes, and study.

Understanding & Overcoming Procrastination

Wednesday, September 29, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.        RSVP 
Is procrastination an obstacle to maintaining balance and achieving academic success? If so, you are not alone. Up to 80% of college students report that procrastination has been a significant issue. Procrastination is not a matter of mere “laziness” and the solution is not simply “better time management”. In order to overcome procrastination, it is vital that you understand its root causes and motivational dynamics. It is also vital to learn an array of (sometimes counter-intuitive) strategies and techniques for dealing with it.

Feel Confident for Midterms: Test Prep & Study Strategies

Monday, October 4, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. RSVP
Wednesday, October 6, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. RSVP
Friday, October 8, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. *Cancelled*
Ready for your midterms? In this workshop, you will learn proven methods for anticipating and preparing for the kind of problems and questions you will be expected to answer on exams; selecting and prioritizing the most important information in your courses; synthesizing and reducing large amounts of information from multiple sources into manageable formats; and organizing your knowledge in ways that promote deep learning, retention, and efficient recall. This is an active hands-on workshop in which you will work on materials from YOUR own current courses. So, bring a syllabus or two and any other information from your courses such as previous exams (check Canvas) that might be useful in preparing for midterms.

“I completed my P-set, but I don’t understand the material”: Strategies for learning FROM P-sets to prepare for exams

Wednesday, October 27, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.        RSVP 
In high school, most students focused on completing their math, and other problem-solving assignments, and didn’t emphasize learning FROM these problems. Learning how to solve problems happened in class, from exercises, study guides, and exam reviews—and much more practice. At Princeton many of these opportunities to learn are not available, so students must make the most of their p-sets to build mastery and fluency in using techniques for specific problem types.

Make the Most of the Second Half of the Semester: Understanding & Overcoming Procrastination

Friday, October 29, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.        RSVP 
Is procrastination an obstacle to maintaining balance and achieving academic success? If so, you are not alone. Up to 80% of college students report that procrastination has been a significant issue. Procrastination is not a matter of mere “laziness” and the solution is not simply “better time management”. In order to overcome procrastination, it is vital that you understand its root causes and motivational dynamics. It is also vital to learn an array of (sometimes counter-intuitive) strategies and techniques for dealing with it.

What’s working, what’s not?: Adapting to Succeed in Princeton Courses

Wednesday, November 3, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.         RSVP 
To achieve academic success at Princeton it is crucial for students to develop superior strategies for reading and learning from text. In this workshop, you will learn an approach that helps you align your learning strategies to instructor objectives, techniques for reading various kinds of academic texts, strategies for enhancing retention and recall; and methods for reading faster and more efficiently. This is an active, hands-on workshop in which you will learn specific strategies by applying them.

Time Management for Balance & Success

Friday, November 5, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.         RSVP 
Try out proven practical techniques and tools. Develop course-specific weekly learning cycles so that you can manage time, allocate tasks and learn efficiently. Find out about fundamental principles of time management and self-management that allow you to adapt to new, unexpected situations. Prevent procrastination before it prevents you from getting things done!

"How does my professor expect me to do all this reading?": Efficient Reading Strategies for Princeton Courses

Wednesday, November 10, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.        RSVP 
Learn How to Maximize Your Reading Efficiency! To achieve academic success at Princeton it is crucial for students to develop superior strategies for reading and learning from text. In this workshop, you will learn an approach that helps you align your learning strategies to instructor objectives, techniques for reading various kinds of academic texts, strategies for enhancing retention and recall, and methods for reading faster and more efficiently.

Deciding What to Study & How: Strategies for Managing Large Amounts of Information

Wednesday, November 17, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.       RSVP 
Looking for more effective—and efficient—study strategies? Because of the large amounts of information assigned and the compressed schedule of midterm exam week, you need to prioritize, organize and study course content as the course unfolds. Waiting until exam week to study just doesn’t work. Learn several different study methods applicable to a variety of courses so that you can read, take lecture notes, and study.

"How will I get it all done?" Planning for Dean’s Date & Finals Period

Friday, December 3, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.        RSVP 
Tuesday, December 7, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.       RSVP 
Wednesday, December 8, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.        RSVP 
This interactive workshop will focus on methods for strategizing to complete Dean's Date assignments efficiently and prepare for exams effectively. Come get your questions answered about managing one of Princeton's unique challenges. Discussion topics are time management, productivity, and dealing with stress.


Virtual Workshop Recordings

Over the summer McGraw will not be offering workshops (you CAN meet this summer with a learning consultant on any of workshop topics), but we are making available recordings of workshops along with the accompanying handouts from the past academic year. Feel free to watch them,  explore additional McGraw materials, and reach out to us with questions or topics you’d like to talk about or work on.