Academics Plus Workshop Series


Spring 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


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Sharpening Your Reading and Critical Thinking Skills
Tuesday, January 23, 6:30 - 8:00 PM; Weingarten Center

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.

Refining Your Academic Listening and Note-Taking Skills
Tuesday, January 30, 6:30 - 8:00 PM; Weingarten Center

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.

Polishing Your Academic Writing and Research Skills
Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 - 8:00 PM; Van Pelt Library Rm 114 (Goldstein Electronic Classroom)

There are many steps to writing a successful paper. This workshop will focus on finding and selecting appropriate sources through Penn Libraries and crafting your research into a cohesive paper. Strategies for paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting will be shared. This workshop will be co-facilitated by the Weingarten Center and Penn Libraries.

Writing Critically and Cohesively
Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 - 8:00 PM; Weingarten Center

Some 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 be mostly drawn from published works in the humanities but may be useful no matter what discipline you're studying.

Goal Setting for the End of the Semester
Wednesday, March 14, 6:30 - 8:00 PM; Weingarten Center

Ever wonder how to set realistic goals that you can actually achieve? This workshop will provide insights on what does and doesn't work when it comes to setting achievable goals and keeping yourself motivated for the final stretch of the semester.

Honing Your Presentation Skills
Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 - 8:00 PM; Weingarten Center

Do you have a class presentation coming up? Learn about the myths and realities of what it takes to be an effective presenter, even in your second language. This workshop will cover the basics of public speaking as well as common pronunciation issues in academic discourse. This workshop will be co-facilitated by the Weingarten Center and a Speaking Advisor from Communication Within the Curriculum (CWiC).