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Mastering the Social Sciences Workshops

Would you like to find out the secrets to successfully navigating social sciences courses at the university?  Would you like to develop a process to manage the large volumes of reading and/or to navigate dense texts?  Would you like to improve your strategies for organizing your notes so that they are tailored to help you understand, synthesize, analyze, connect, and review for course assessments (i.e. quizzes, in-class exams, take-home exams, and papers)?  Attend any or all of the workshops in this lecture series to learn how to master the social science courses at Cal. RSVP by clicking the link at the bottom of each workshop description.

Workshop #1 Getting Your "Mindset" for a Successful Semester

Get off to a great start by learning about Carol S. Dweck’s Mindsets.  Her groundbreaking research has been used by students transitioning to the university, professional athletes, and successful people at the top of their fields.  This workshop will introduce you to the mindsets so that you might apply in developing powerful learning processes for success.  The workshop will connect the mindsets to the other workshops in the workshop series.


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Workshop #2 Calendaring & Organizing for Success

The first step to mastering social science courses at Cal is to develop a process for getting organized for the semester.  This workshop will support students to: 1) Read, understand, and analyze the course syllabus to understand the expectations and keys to success in the particular social science courses, 2) Utilize the 17-week SLC Calendar to plan and manage time in the long-term and short term, 3) Anticipate and avoid pitfalls that may occur during the long semester.



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Workshop #3 Predicting Questions and Preparing in Advance for Exams & Papers

The secret to engagement and success is to predict paper prompts and examination questions well in advance.  Can a student actually predict examination questions and paper prompts weeks before a paper or exam format is actually introduced?  The secret is yes.  This workshop will unveil the secret and allow you to practice this skill beginning on your first day of class. The secret might also be the source that motivates, engages, and leads students to ultimate success. 


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Workshop #4 The Secrets to Reading: Addressing Volume & Density

Does the dense and large volumes of reading in social sciences concern you?  This workshop will support students by: 1) Informing students of the different types of reading assigned and how to prioritize, 2) Providing students with basic reading strategies that will allow them to synthesize, connect, and review assigned texts, 3) Developing a reading process that will allow students to understand concepts deeply in order to prepare for papers, quizzes, midterm exams.


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Workshop #5 The Art of Note-taking: Triangulating Reading, Lecture/Discussion, & Office Hours

The large, undergraduate lecture can be a difficult educational format to navigate given the fact that lecturers are given in various styles and at various speeds.  Moreover, note-taking is complicated because students can take-notes in lecture, discussion, and for office hours.  This workshop will: 1) identify various lectures styles and course situations, 2) discuss different note-taking processes that might optimize different types of learning styles, and 3) examining tangible strategies for students to develop note-taking to meet course assessment expectations. 


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Workshop #6 Forming Powerful Study Groups

Powerful study groups can facilitate efficient studying and deeper understanding of course concepts.  This workshop will: 1)Take inventory of facets that students should consider when establishing study partnerships, 2)Provide practical tools students can use when collaborating, and 3) Suggest tips to ensure focused and welcoming spaces that foster academic integrity. Powerful study groups can cultivate lifelong friendships.  This workshop can foster community building while making the social sciences more social and fun!


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Workshop #7 The Art of the Office Hour

Students are encouraged to attend office hours.  But, what does one do when you get to the door?  This workshop will discuss the contexts of office hours, preparation techniques, and best practices to ensure one leaves a great impression with instructors while deepening their engagement in the course.


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Workshop #8 Navigating Your Discipline

This workshop will discuss how you might develop a process to navigate your discipline or make a more informed decision on choosing a discipline?


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