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Graduate Student Learner Series Workshops

We offer many workshops each semester at both the Main and Downtown Campuses. Each semester’s offerings vary and we try to schedule them at times that are convenient for graduate students, but we know that not everyone can attend when we offer them. That is why we have built such a rich online resource section with taped video workshops and why we offer one-on-one academic coaching appointments so that students can follow up with us on any specific issues they are having. Click on the link below to see our current workshop schedule(s). All completed workshops are available for viewing or download at your Grad Assist Blackboard page. Additionally, we offer special programs throughout the year. As we add programs we will post their information and flyers below.

For more information, please contact

Fall 2017 Graduate Success Workshop Series

All workshops will be held Wednesdays 4:30PM - 5:30PM in JPL 4.04.22

  • September 27th: Time Management & Graduate Studies
  • October 18th: Critically Engaging with Scholarly Research
  • October 25th: Technology Tools for Success
  • November 8th: Writing Tips & Tricks
  • November 15th: Mindfulness for Stress Management

Fall 2017 Graduate Success Workshop Series Flyer

To learn about Library Resources and Services for Graduate Students, Click Here.

Faculty Support

In 2011-2012, we served 2700 graduate students at UTSA through in-class workshops, academic coaching, thesis/dissertation group, and Writing Institute. Our program is a national model for other professionals in learning assistance, from across the country, who want to expand their services to assist graduate students in being successful.

We encourage faculty to utilize our programs by putting a reference to our services on your course syllabus or making announcements in class about our services and programs.

Below is a short paragraph to include in your syllabus:

Graduate Student Learning Assistance at the Tomás Rivera Center (TRC) provides one-on-one Academic Coaching which can assist with many academic concerns, such as pre-writing strategies, overcoming writing blocks, managing time, and developing graduate-level reading, note taking, and study skills.  To schedule an Academic Coaching appointment at either the Main Campus or the Downtown Campus, call 210-458-4694 or email .  Other services include a workshop series, Thesis/Dissertation Group, Writing Institute, and online resources.  Visit the TRC website ( and the UTSA Grad Assist page, available through Blackboard, for more information on any of these services.


Additionally, we can schedule our staff to come to your class and present a workshop to your graduate course. Please note that we can tailor our workshops to meet your and your students' needs. Many faculty have utilized our services over the past six years (i.e., Business, Architecture, Education, English, Political Science, Social Work, Public Policy, Communication, History, Counseling, and Bicultural-Bilingual Studies). In 2011-2012, we presented 75 in-class workshops, reaching over 1000 students.

Our topics include:

  • Framing a Research Question
  • Writing a Literature Review
  • Manage Research and Readings
  • Perfecting Your Presentation Skills
  • Facilitate Paper Peer Reviews
  • Comprehensive Exam Prep
  • Time and Task Management
  • Expectations and Excellence in Grad School

Additionally, we can work with you to create a workshop that is the right fit for your course! Please email to request a workshop.

Student feedback:

  • Great presentation! I feel so much better about writing my paper. Thanks :)
  • Workshops during classes are especially convenient for grad students who already have very full schedules.
  • I think all incoming grad students should hear this lecture!
  • The presenters are always professional and enthusiastic. This is a very beneficial program for all grad students.
  • Most helpful part: being able to ask specific questions and having a person to answer them.

Research & Outcomes GSLA TwitterGSLA Facebook

Brief reports on our program’s success and research that supports the need for programs that assist graduate students in their academic pursuits.

National Comparison Matrix of Graduate Services Offered
Graduate Resources & References
UTSA TRC GSLA Program’s 2009-2010 Executive Summary Report
Poster Presentation (CASP 2009): Basic Writing Instruction for Graduate Students
Poster Presentation (CRLA 2008): Implementing Learning Assistance for Graduate & Professional Students

For more information, please contact Learning Assistance at:
Main Campus | MS 1.02.02 | 210-458-4694 or Downtown Campus | DB 2.114 | 210-458-2838

The University of Texas at San Antonio
Tomás Rivera Center
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, Texas 78249

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