Below you will find the titles of academic strategies workshops and links to their recordings. For each workshop there may also be links to materials used in the workshop and to additional relevant resources. If there are other issues you would like addressed in a virtual workshop format, please let us know. In the meantime, we encourage you to meet with a learning consultant to address those and other issues. Materials on these and other topics can be found on our resources page.
Virtual Workshop Recordings Links
Virtual Academic Strategies Workshop Series
- Feel Confident for Midterms: Test Prep and Learning Strategies
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.
- "How does my professor expect me to do all this reading?": Efficient Reading Strategies for Princeton Courses
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.
- "How will I get it all done?": Planning for Dean's Date & Finals
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.
- "I completed my P-set, but I don’t understand the material”: Strategies for learning FROM P-sets
(Oct 21, 2020)
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.
- Learning from Virtual Teaching: Strategies for Making the Most of Instruction
Learning from instruction virtually through a screen poses challenges for our attention and engagement. Doing assignments and studying remotely can be harder without the structure of a normal campus, fellow students, and accountability. Develop new strategies and techniques for learning and studying remotely without our usual supports.
- Make the Most of the Spring Term: Strategies for Virtual Learning and More
Learning from instruction virtually through a screen poses challenges for our attention and engagement. Doing assignments and studying remotely can be harder without the structure of in-person class sessions, fellow students to work with, and the accountability of conventional classes. Develop new strategies and techniques for learning and studying remotely without our usual supports.
- Mapping Your Semester for Balance & Success: A Key Time Management Strategy For Thriving at Princeton
Map out your semester from the very start! Balance academics with everything else Princeton has to offer. Analyze the biggest organizational and time management challenges at Princeton—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!
- MCAT Prep Strategies 101
(Oct 16, 2020 )
(May 19, 2021)
Develop a study plan for the MCAT with Nathan Suek ’17, a current Columbia Medical Student who has developed and taught an MCAT prep course for over three years
- Pulling it all Together: Strategies for Preparing for Cumulative Final Exams
Cumulative finals pose unique challenges for managing and studying lots of information from multiple sources, remembering what you study, and being able to access and use what we learned on demand during exams. In this workshop you will learn study strategies that help you meet all these demands to give you greater confidence going into exams.
- The Princeton Syllabus: How Your Professors Expect You to Use It
Did you know that a course syllabus is not just list of rules, due dates and expectations, but can be used by students to learn more efficiently? Each syllabus can be decoded by students in order to get in sync with your instructor’s expectations, read more effectively, and study more purposefully. Learn new, innovative strategies in this interactive discussion.
- Seven well-being habits for highly productive students
(Feb 25, 2021)
Do you feel that you lack the willpower or ability to stick to any habit that the internet or a particular influencer has convinced you is life-changing? Especially given the our current situation, it may feel more difficult, or impossible, to develop and maintain consistent habits that are conducive to success and flourishing. However, under these unconventional learning settings, having daily habits to bring more structure and routine into your everyday life may be even more beneficial. In this workshop, we will discuss seven simple well-being habits and how to implement them that could potentially help you become more productive and efficient.
- "So Much to Learn, So Little Time": Deciding What to Study and How
(Sep 25, 2020)
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.
- Study strategies and Time Management for Pre-health Courses (with HPA)
(Oct 19, 2020)
- "That Looked Nothing Like the Homework": How Princeton Exams are Different and How to Prepare for Them
(Oct 16, 2020 )
Recording not available.
Many students find adjusting to the examination styles of each new course to be challenging, and it is usually around midterm time that this realization sets in. Turn the "shock" of midterms into a successful learning experience by reflecting, evaluating, and strategizing for the future. Join us for this Midterms Reflection Workshop. Together we will reflect on the midterm experience: what you learned, how you felt, what you would like to work on, discuss ways to adjust your mindset and approach to the course, learn how to evaluate your test results in a practical and constructive manner for future success, and develop strategies for academic success in the remainder of the semester.
- Thriving at Princeton: Mapping Your Semester for Balance & Success
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!
- Time Management for Balance and Success
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!
- Time Management Strategies: Creating a Structured AND Flexible Routine
Try out proven practical techniques and tools for managing your days and weeks. Develop course-specific weekly learning cycles so that you can manage time, allocate tasks, and learn efficiently in each and all your courses. Find out about fundamental principles of time management and self-management that allow you to flexibly adapt to new, unexpected situations.
- Using Cognitive Science Research to Learn More Efficiently
Experimental research has identified a set of guiding principles of learning that can make students studying more effective and efficient. In this workshop you will learn about these principles and how to realistically apply them in studying for your own courses.
- What’s Working, What’s Not: Adapting to Succeed in Princeton Courses
(Oct 28, 2020)
No matter how your midterm week went, this workshop is designed to help you learn from your experience so as to finish the semester strong. Reflect on and analyze what’s working—and not— for you in your courses. Midterms and papers provide useful feedback on how to read, learn and study. Build on what’s been effective and get new ideas for how to adapt your approach to achieve your goals on future assignments and finals. Leave with new strategies and a new approach to strategizing.
- why am I so bored (remotely)?
(Nov 10, 2020)
Tapping into our motivations in order to deal with the challenges of virtual learning during these turbulent times is an issue for almost ALL students. We’ll explore new ways of finding and channeling our motivations that will be useful now but also when facing challenging times in the future. Join Nic Voge for an informal conversation.
- "Why do I keep putting things off?": Overcoming Procrastination
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.