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Workshops | Academic Success Coaching

There are two types of workshops for undergraduate students:
the Expert Learner Series and workshops by request.

Click here to fill out a workshop request form.

Are you a student looking for a workshop to attend? Scroll down to see our current offerings.
Are you a student interested in meeting with a coach one-on-one? Click here to fill out the Academic Success Coaching interest form.

Expert Learner Series

Can’t make it to the beach this summer because you’re taking classes?
Beat the heat, and learn some new study skills, with the Expert Learner Series!

Workshops are Tuesdays, 12-1pm in JPL 4.04.22 (Assembly Room) on the following dates:
July 2: Time Management
July 16: Study Strategies
July 30: Exam Preparation

Registration is encouraged, but not required. Click here to register.
You can attend any or all of the workshops in the series.

Can’t make it to a workshop? Call or stop by the TRC to schedule a one-on-one appointment with an Academic Success Coach.
For accommodations to participate fully in the workshop, please call us at 210-458-4694 or email us at

Workshop Upon Request

Additionally, we can schedule our staff to come to your class and present a workshop to your undergraduate course. In-class workshops typically last 45 to 50 minutes, but can often be pared down to a specific timeframe. Academic Success Coaching service presentations can be conducted in as few as 10 minutes. Please note: the professor or their designee is required to be present during the entire presentation or workshop.

Topics include:

      Time Management & Study Skills

      The focus of this workshop is to help students explore ways to manage their time effectively through the use of daily, weekly, monthly, and/or semester calendars. Additionally, students will be able to identify strategic approaches for college success before, during, and after class. Students will leave knowing what note-taking and text-book reading strategies work best for their preferred method of learning.

      Note-Taking and Proactive Textbook Reading

      Students will become familiar with the four preferred methods of learning and how they can impact the process of retaining information. An overview purposeful planning, setting/ tracking your goals, and reaching out to your resources will also be discussed.
      Students will explore how effective note-taking and reading proactively can aid them in the learning process. Students will understand the reasons for taking notes, taking notes from readings, the use of effective highlighting, and annotation techniques.

      Reading Scholarly Sources

      This workshop provides a brief overview of reading scholarly literature and ways to avoid getting lost in the details of the article. Students will learn what annotated bibliographies are, how to annotate sources as they read, and how to organize multiple sources. This workshop is designed to help students dissect information from scholarly articles to smoothly transition into writing a literature review.

      Effective Communication

      This workshop examines the elements of effective communication, the communication cycle, and tips for communicating effectively. Students will have a better understanding of how to professionally communicate with their professors and peers through a discussion on email etiquette.

      Effective Examination Preparation

      In this workshop, students will gain an understanding of what to do in advance and on the day of their exam to reduce the stress associated with exams. Students will learn how to generate questions from lecture notes to assess how well they understand the material from the textbook and class lectures. Students will be able to distinguish various techniques for studying effectively for exams and specific strategies for taking different types of exams; multiple choice, essay, problem solving, etc.

      General Research Processes

      In this workshop, students will gain a basic understanding of what a research paper is and the process of successfully executing it from start to finish. Students will receive a detailed explanation of what should be included in the introduction, literature review, methodology, analysis, and concluding sections of the research.

      General Writing Processes

      Students will develop a basic understanding of the phases of the writing process and four different writing styles: exploratory, logistical, dimensional, and spontaneous. Students will learn different strategies that highlight their preferred style of writing through the drafting, revision, and editing phases.

      Writing a Literature Review

      This workshop provides a basic overview of what a literature review is, as well as the importance of providing a clear roadmap of explaining the gap in the literature. Students will learn various strategies for organizing multiple sources through the use of mind maps and matrices. This workshop will include a discussion on the difference between summarizing and synthesizing information.

      Presentation Skills

      Students will explore different communication styles and identify which one works best to explain their research or project. This workshop provides detailed steps to prepare for a presentation and how to handle common challenges when asked difficult questions.

Student Feedback About Workshops

"The speaker was great and very helpful!"

"I have learned about presenting a lot but this workshop actually taught me some new things that I haven’t been told before."

"This was an excellent presentation! I was honestly not that excited to come to class today knowing there would be a guest presenter, but [she] was engaging, intelligent, and really taught me so much about what I already thought I knew. Great job!"

"Thank you very much, I am now very excited to start this project and now I know not to waste my time, and how to spend my spend my time efficiently"

"Effective presentation that allowed to calm nerves about the upcoming assignment in class."

"I love the way these topics are presented. Also love the encouragement & help the speakers provide."

For more information, please contact Academic Success Coaching at:
Main Campus | MS 1.02.02 | 210-458-4694 | Downtown Campus | DB 2.114 | 210-458-2838