College Success Workshops

College Success Workshops are presentations on academic and life skills that help improve students' college careers. These workshops are facilitated by Peer Mentors and are open to all SJSU students. Come meet other students to share ideas and
learn about success strategies and resources.


Workshop Title



Date, Time & Location

Peer Connections Open House!

Come and learn all about Peer Connections' services and the many ways we can assist you! With prizes and free activities as part of SJSU's Fall Welcome Days.

Thursday, September 6th, 1:30-3:30pm

SSC 600

Frosh: Are You Spartan Ready for the Semester?

Come and get to know your fellow Spartan Ready peers, meet your peer mentor, and enjoy some snacks! Let us know what you're excited for this semester, how you will be Spartan Ready for your classes, and get answers to any questions you may have about campus. 

Tuesday, September 11th, 2-3:30pm

SSC 603

Transfer: Are You Spartan Ready for the Semester?

Come and get to know your fellow Spartan Ready peers, meet your peer mentor, and enjoy some snacks! Let us know what you're excited for this semester, how you will be Spartan Ready for your classes, and get answers to any questions you may have about campus. 

Thursday, September 13th, 2-3:30pm

SSC 603

College 101

What does college feel like? For most, it probably feels like the original Legend of Zelda game where you're thrown into the world with no instructions and a strange old person is trying to give you the means to defend yourself and survive. In this workshop, you'll have your own personal wise sage guiding you through college and the transition from high school with discussions about the key differences, workloads, and common college experiences.

Monday, September 17th, 2:30-3:30pm

SSC 603

Timing Success

Do you feel as though there is so much to do and very little time? What if you could do everything you want to accomplish without feeling overwhelmed? This workshops allows students to create academic goals that will set the tone for their time management of their semester so that they can have a successful year at San Jose State.

Tuesday, September 18th, 1:30-2:30pm

SSC 603

Finding Your Niche @ SJSU

Are you interested in getting involved on campus but you don't know where to start? SJSU offers students with a wide variety of opportunities for involvement. This workshop will provide you with insight on organizations across campus, how to get involved, and where to start looking for new opportunities.

Wednesday, September 19th, 12-1pm

SSC 603

Don't Go #textbook Broke

A Peer Connections collaboration with the SJSU Martin Luther King Library! Come learn the tips and tricks about affordable learning solutions offered by our library.

Thursday, September 20th, 1-2pm

SSC 603

Spartan Safety

College brings new experiences, new environments, and new people, which can be both fun and exciting, but also risky. Learn the importance of personal safety/security on campus and how to empower yourself as a bystander. This workshop will educate you on the policies and procedures on crime prevention and appropriate responses.

Monday, September 24th, 2-3pm

SSC 603

Student Budgeting

College is an exciting milestone but it comes with a hefty price tag. Being a college student is more than just making education your top priority, it is also becoming financially independent. This workshop will help you become confident and conscientious about your financial decisions. You will learn about money saving tools and strategies to help take charge of your finances, whether its going up, down, or sideways.

Tuesday, September 25th, 2-3pm

SSC 603

Keep Calm and Study On

This workshop covers the necessary tools needed to succeed in day to day academic life - note taking and study strategies - that will help improve students' overall academic experience.

Monday, October 1st, 12-1pm

SSC 603

Strengths Workshop Series: An Introduction

Have you ever wondered what your best qualities are? Come to the Strengths workshop and get a basic understanding of general self-strengths.

Tuesday, October 2nd, 12-1pm

SSC 604

Managing College & Time

As college students, we are expected to juggle classes, dedicate time to studying, go to work, and also have fun in our everyday lives. This workshop guides students to perfect the art of balancing time, and how to overcome the pressure of being a college student. We all have the same amount of time each day; the way we manage the time given to us determines our success.

Wednesday, October 3rd, 1:30-2:30pm

SSC 603

Study Smarter, Not Harder

Has anyone ever stared at a book for 3 hours and made no progress on their studies? Ever feel like Spongebob when he tried to write his essay on Traffic Lights? This workshop aims to tackle the intricacies of studying techniques and strategies so that there is more time for other activities!

Thursday, October 4th, 2:30-3:30pm

SSC 603

Strengths Workshop Series: Strengths and Self-Exploration

Learn how your strengths can benefit you in your personal life. Practice strategies for overcoming difficult situations in day-to-day college life.

Tuesday, October 9th, 12-1pm

SSC 604

DIY: Passion Planning

In this session, you'll express yourself with your planner using arts & crafts materials. We'll cover methods, such as the Passion Planners and Bullet Journals, and how to use a planner in your daily routine. Bring your course syllabi and let's get crafty! This session is open for the first 20 students.

Wednesday, October 10th, 12-1pm

SSC 603

Cultivating Growth Mindset

Responding to challenges with either a Growth Mindset or a Fixed Mindset can transform your entire experience.  It's the difference between seeing a situation as a "failure" or one as a learning opportunity. Learn about how to cultivate a Growth Mindset and how to apply it to your daily life.

Thursday, October 11th, 2:30-3:30pm

SSC 603

DIY: Vision Board

Bring your goals to life! Come join us to create your own custom vision board. We'll provide the materials, just bring yourself and your ideas!

Monday, October 15th, 1:30-2:30pm

SSC 603

Test Taking 101

How do I prepare for tests in college? If you’re asking this question, then this is the workshop for you! This workshop teaches students how to prepare for tests by creating a study schedule and how to use their resources to study for an exam.

Tuesday, October 16th, 1-2pm

SSC 603

Time to Talk: Parents & Mental Health

Certain conversations can be difficult to have, especially with your parents. Come join us to learn more about navigating the 1st generational experience, including the cultural and communication barriers between children and their parents.

Tuesday, October 16th, 3-4pm

SSC 603

Strengths Workshop Series: Interpersonal Development

Learn how to use your strengths in interpersonal situations. Practice integrating your strengths into your personal relationships and teamwork.

Wednesday, October 17th, 12-1pm

SSC 604

Strengths Workshop Series: Professional Development

Let your strengths guide your career interests and develop your professional skills.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 12-1pm

SSC 604

Treat 'n' Check Yo'Self : Self-Care

Time invested into yourself is never time wasted. In this workshop, you will learn the power of self-care and mindfulness, and various self-care techniques that are perfect for busy college students. It is time to put yourself first!

Wednesday, October 24th, 12:30-1:30pm

SSC 603

Conflict Resolution

Conflict is an inevitable part of college and also life. Discover the importance of empathy, active listening, body language, and so much more! Understand the importance of effectively resolving conflict, even if it means agreeing to disagree!

Monday, October 29th, 12-1pm

SSC 603

Me, Myself, and I

The most important person is YOU, so take some time out of your day to learn how to take care of yourself in the midst of a busy semester and to unwind from midterms.

Tuesday, October 30th, 1-2pm

SSC 603

Strengths Workshop Series: Final Thoughts

Review the skills you have gained and go on to apply them in your life!

Wednesday, October 31st, 12-1pm

SSC 604

Snooze It or Lose It
Part 1

Do you consistently hit the snooze button in the morning? Do you find
yourself tired throughout the day, even with several hours of sleep? Come learn your own sleeping pattern and how it impacts your life.

Thursday, November 1st, 3:30-4:30pm

SSC 603

Snooze It or Lose It
Part 2

Are you staying up at night with too many thoughts on your mind? Come
explore the intricate relationship between sleep and stress, and how
to manage this issue.

Monday, November 5th, 12-1pm

SSC 603

Understanding Rape Culture

This workshop explores the dark and scary reality of Rape Culture, and its prevalence in college today. We will learn how to recognize subtle contributing factors to Rape Culture, then you will be provided with tools on how to dismantle Rape Culture, and how to support those affected by sexual assault.

Wednesday, November 7th, 12-1pm

SSC 603

Defeating Procrastination

Many of us wait until the last minute to do our assignments, but do we really want to admit it? Come to this workshop to combat procrastination tendencies and to be more proactive in the academic year!

Tuesday, November 13th, 1:30-2:30pm

SSC 603

Going Beyond Gender

This workshops illustrates the challenges of societal gender norms and its negative effects on our daily living. We will transition from past-thinking of masculine versus feminine, to future-thinking of dismantling the binary gender roles to foster a more inclusive and thoughtful society.

Wednesday, November 14th, 12-1pm

SSC 603

DIY: Skin Care

Life is tough on your skin, why not treat it? We'll be making face masks and lip scrubs to cleanse and exfoliate your stress away.

Monday, November 19th, 12-1pm

SSC 603

Survivor: Finals Edition


Ever feel like you are crawling to the finish line? No need to fear! This workshop will introduce how to best prepare for your finals.

Two dates to choose from!

Monday, November 26th, 1:30-2:30pm


Tuesday, November 27th, 1:30-2:30pm

SSC 603


How do I sign up for these workshops?

Our student success workshops do not require advanced sign-ups and are first-come, first-serve. Just come to the room at the scheduled time, and see if there are seats available! Note that space is limited to 20-25 attendees maximum depending on the room's capacity.

What if I can't make the time of the workshop?

If you are unable to attend a particular workshop but would like more information on the workshop's content, please contact a Peer Mentor and let them know of your interest. It is possible that the Peer Mentor could go over some of the skills with you individually.

What if I am going to be late to or have to leave early from a workshop?

We ask that you do not arrive late or leave early, as it can be disruptive to the workshop and is a distraction both to presenters and the other students attending.

How do I prove that I attended a workshop?

Some classes or organizations may require that you attend a particular workshop.  We will work with you to provide that proof. Often we can sign the page of notes that you took.  If this is not sufficient, we may be able to email your professor, advisor, coach, etc. that you attended our workshop.

What if I want information on something that's not listed above?

We are always looking for more workshop topics. If you have something in mind, please see a Peer Mentor.

How are these workshops different from other workshops across campus?

Our Student Success workshops are facilitated by Peer Mentors, who bring a student perspective to each topic. However, we do encourage you to also check out the other workshops as there are an amazing variety of topics that range from health and wellness, diversity and social justice, to major and career development.