Take advantage of these complimentary student workshops
If you’re now returning to school as an adult, you may need a refresher in study techniques, as well as in math or writing skills you might not have used since high school.
To help students hit the ground running and keep their skills sharp, the Academic Operations Student Support department offers 25 workshops on subjects relevant to adult learners. Some workshops cover common computer programs, such as Microsoft Word®, Excel® and PowerPoint®. In other sessions, students brush up on drafting papers or multiplying and dividing with fractions. All workshops are complimentary for students and faculty members.
University of Phoenix instructors lead these workshops, which are small, by design, to ensure that students receive individualized attention. “Capping our class size at 20 helps our facilitators focus on their students’ needs,” says Bennigna Rivera, a faculty member in Academic Operations Student Support. She leads several workshops herself, including the popular New Student Orientation Workshop.
“New Student Orientation is my favorite,” she says. This not-for-credit workshop simulates the University’s accelerated learning pace with lessons, homework and faculty feedback, Rivera explains, in order to give entering students a preview of what taking courses will be like. The orientation is open to all students, and it’s mandatory for incoming students with fewer than 24 college credits.
Workshops are available online and at select campuses. They range in length from a few hours to several weeks. To review the workshop choices, go to the eCampus website and select “Student Workshops.” Workshops start every Wednesday, and enrollment stays open until 11:59 pm on the Tuesday prior to the workshop. If you need extra help, you can even take a workshop more than once.
The University’s workshop list is growing rapidly. The number of workshops nearly doubled in the past two years, and new programs are in the works. “We’re currently developing the Career Exploration workshop,” Rivera reports, “to help our students learn to write an effective cover letter and develop a dynamic resumé for whichever industry they wish to join.”
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