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We offer two series of workshops for students: Academic Skills Workshops, which focus on skills for balancing the academic and personal, and Writing Skills Workshops, which focus on skills needed to write better (in any class).
Instructors, our staff will bring the workshops to you in your classroom "on request" — if you request a workshop, we will do our best to make it happen, either in person or virtually.
Students, we also present the Academic Skills Workshops for clubs, organizations, study groups and individuals.
AS-1: Time Management – Why is managing time important to you?
In this workshop, students will identify time-management strategies to effectively manage and prioritize their time academically and personally.
AS-2: Stress Management – How can you turn stress into a positive experience?
In this workshop, students will explore what causes stress; how it affects body, mood and behavior; and ways to reduce it to turn stress into a positive experience.
AS-3: Anger Management – How is your anger affecting your life?
In this workshop, students will identify causes of anger and learn strategies to effectively manage the emotion.
AS-4: Study Skills – How do your study skills affect your academic performance?
In this workshop, students will explore various study strategies and identify good study habits to support their academic performance.
AS-5: Note-taking Tips – What does note-taking do for your academic performance?
This workshop reveals the secrets to taking notes more effectively and efficiently, both in class and from the textbook.
AS-6: Textbook Reading – Why is reading important to your academic performance?
In this workshop, students will identify effective textbook-reading strategies and good reading habits.
AS-7: Test-taking Tips – How are you preparing for and taking tests?
In this workshop, students will review strategies for taking various tests and how to prepare for them.
AS-8: To Google and Beyond – Conducting scholarly research
This workshop will introduce students to the art of doing scholarly research with the MATC Library staff.
Our Writing Skills Workshops are especially helpful for instructors of non-English courses who assign papers. For example, "WS-4: Where do I begin? Preparing a First Draft" can help History students get started in the writing process, and "WS-8: To Cite or Not to Cite? APA Documentation Made Easy" can help Psychology students properly format their papers.
WS-1: Four Foolproof Steps of the Writing Process
We will discuss the steps of the writing process and their importance in creating a well-thought-out scholarly essay.
WS-2: Facing the Blank Page: Prewriting and Developing a Thesis
In this workshop, we will discuss techniques students can use to get started writing an essay. These techniques include brainstorming, free writing, listing, outlining, clustering/mapping and questioning. Students will then have the opportunity to use their prewriting skills to write a working thesis statement.
WS-3: Where Do I begin? Preparing a First Draft
We will use a prepared thesis statement to walk through the process of creating a rough draft of a five-paragraph essay. This will include setting up the page in the proper format, writing an introduction, using topic sentences to keep body paragraphs focused, and writing a conclusion.
WS-4: Avoiding Logical Fallacies in Writing
In this workshop, we will use critical thinking skills to avoid common fallacies that weaken an argument. We will use ethics, passion and logic to construct solid persuasive arguments.
WS-5: If You Don’t Read It, Who Will? Editing and Proofreading
We will discuss ways to eliminate wordiness, avoid clichés, and remove bloated language to create lean, effective essays. We will then cover the final step in the writing process: proofreading. We will learn the importance of reading your work objectively and use tricks of the trade to find hidden mistakes in a manuscript.
WS-6: To Cite or Not To Cite? MLA Documentation Made Easy
This workshop will address MLA manuscript layouts, in-text citations and reference pages using the MLA style manual.
WS-7: To Cite or Not To Cite? APA Documentation Made Easy
This workshop will address APA manuscript layouts, in-text citations and works-cited pages using the APA style manual.
WS-8: Mystery Internet Theater: Using Internet Resources
We will discuss the basics of using online resources such as the MATC Online Writing Lab (OWL) and NetTutor.
WS-9: Rules of the Sentence Highway: Basic Punctuation Review
We will discuss the most common uses and misuses of punctuation.
WS-10: Comma Sense
We will discuss the seven most common uses of the comma.