Academics Plus Workshop Series

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Fall 2018 Schedule

The Academics Plus workshops are designed to help international students transition to a new academic culture and learning environment by providing academic reading, writing, and study strategies, and introducing helpful campus resources. The hour and a half workshops are an ideal space to discuss academic, language, and cultural topics.

Dates, times, and locations of workshops are listed below. If you have further questions about the Academics Plus series, please email Julianne Reynolds, Associate Director, Office of Learning Resources and Learning Instructor for International Students, at reynj@upenn.edu.     

Goal Setting and Semester Planning

Tuesday, August 28, 6:30 - 8:00 pm; Weingarten Center, Stouffer Commons
Thursday, August 30, 6:30 - 8:00 pm; Weingarten Center, Stouffer Commons

Goal setting is an important first step to getting your semester off to a successful start. Learn how to create S.M.A.R.T. goals that work. The second step to accomplishing your goals is having a plan to protect your goals and stay motivated as the semester gets underway and life happens. We will share our best strategies for staying on track as well as a number of time management tools to help you map out important deadlines and plan ahead.

Strategic Reading and Critical Thinking

Wednesday, August 29, 6:30 - 8:00 pm; Weingarten Center, Stouffer Commons
Tuesday, September 4, 6:30 - 8:00 pm; Weingarten Center, Stouffer Commons

Reading primary and secondary sources will enhance your learning and deepen your understanding of the history, theories and current issues of your field of study. However, the amount of assigned reading can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially when English is a second language. The good news is that there are many pre-, during-, and post-reading strategies you can use to increase your understanding and retention of texts. This workshop will address those strategies and teach you how to adapt your strategies for different courses.

Expectations and Reality in the U.S. Classroom

Wednesday, September 5, 3:00 - 4:30 pm; Weingarten Center, Stouffer Commons
Friday, September 7, 3:00 - 4:30 pm; Weingarten Center, Stouffer Commons

Studying in a new country for the first time can be exciting and rewarding but it can also be confusing and frustrating as you encounter cultural differences and language barriers. In the U.S. classroom, there may be different expectations for class participation, group work, and communicating with professors and TAs (teaching assistants). This workshop will teach you how to navigate this new academic environment and mentally adjust to cultural differences in the classroom. This workshop will be co-facilitated by the Weingarten Center and CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services).

Academic Listening and Note-Taking

Thursday, September 6, 6:30 - 8:00 pm; Weingarten Center, Stouffer Commons
Thursday, September 13, 6:30 - 8:00 pm; Weingarten Center, Stouffer Commons

Information flies fast and furious in lectures and discussions. Are you taking notes on the right things? Do your notes make sense to you when you review them later? Come find out how to identify key information in lectures, maintain your focus and concentration in class, and gain familiarity with a variety of note-taking styles and strategies.

Research Skills and Citation

Monday, September 17, 6:30 - 8:00 pm; Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, Room 223
Thursday, September 27, 6:30 - 8:00 pm; Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, Room 223

Penn Libraries is a vast system of 15 libraries and millions of books and resources. Where do you even begin when you have a paper to write? This workshop will focus on finding and selecting appropriate sources through the Penn Libraries web portal and Google Scholar. Learn tips and tricks for finding the information you need. Then learn how to give credit to the scholars you cite. We will share strategies for paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting. This workshop will be co-facilitated by the Weingarten Center and Penn Libraries.

Writing Critically and Cohesively

Thursday, September 20, 6:30 - 8:00 pm; Weingarten Center, Stouffer Commons
Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 - 800 pm; Weingarten Center, Stouffer Commons

Many genres of academic writing ask you to use relevant scholarly research to support your opinion on an issue or topic. This workshop will introduce you to the fine art of engaging with and synthesizing multiple sources while using rhetorical strategies to establish your own voice. Examples referenced will mostly be drawn from published works in the humanities but may be useful no matter what discipline you're studying.

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