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

Finding Your Niche @ SJSU

SJSU is full of many different clubs and organizations, and it can be hard to find a place where you fit in. This workshop will give you information on organizations across campus, how to get involved, and where to start looking for new opportunities.

Tuesday, February 13th, 12-1pm

SSC 603

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.

Thursday, February 15th, 2-3pm

SSC 603

Scholar for the Dollar: Applying for Scholarships

Come and join us in this workshop that presents a step-by-step master plan on how to apply for scholarships. You will learn tips and tricks that can potentially assist you in receiving a scholarship. A list of scholarships and resources will be provided at the end of the workshop.

Wednesday, February 21st, 3-4pm

SSC 603

Spartan Safety

Learn what it means to be safe and be aware! This workshop will give you tips on how to ensure both you and other college students are safe at San Jose State University. Furthermore, this workshop provides you with resources and strategies on how to handle suspicious activities on campus.

Tuesday, February 27th, 2-3pm

SSC 603

Shifting to Thrifting: Budgeting

Being away from home and living independently means learning how to manage your finances efficiently. The transition is not easy, but San Jose State University offers resources to help you learn this new skill set. Come find out how to navigate these resources and make the most out of your money.

Thursday, March 1st, 12:30-1:30pm

SSC 603

Finesse Your Stress

There is no doubt that college students have a lot on their plate, with classes, working, and social life. You will learn what stress looks like for you. With a better understanding of your own stress, you can learn coping techniques and take control.  We will guide you to draw your own bridge between ‘stressed’ and ‘relaxed.’

Wednesday, March 7th, 2-3pm

SSC 603

Study Smarter, Not Harder

Good study habits are the right habits to keep as college students. Come to this workshop to learn more about the best way you should be studying for your classes. Mentors will also share their individual tips and techniques on how they study for their classes.

Tuesday, March 13th, 3-4pm

SSC 603

Essays from MLA to APA

Learn the different styles of writing in college such as APA and IEEE. Each style and format is used across different majors, and each student is expected to follow these specific guidelines. Learning the different styles of writing and citation can assist you with classes throughout college.

Thursday, March 15th, 1:30-2:30pm

SSC 603

Treat & Check Yo'self: Self-Care & Mindfulness

The most important investment at the end of the day is yourself. Discover what self-care and mindfulness can do for you! Learn different methods and techniques to improve your health and lifestyle.

Wednesday, March 21st, 1-2pm

SSC 603

Resolving Your Beef: 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!

Wednesday, April 4th, 3-4pm

SSC 603

Songs of Social Justice

The history of the arts have been a powerful tool for expression. Whether that expression was used to raise awareness, speak for the silent, or embrace the joys of life, a basic premise was that art can be used to show the world as changeable and help to change it. Explore the relationship music has with social justice and learn how to craft your own art to make the world a better place.

Wednesday, April 11th, 4-5pm

SSC 603

Understanding Rape Culture

Rape Culture: A society or environment whose prevailing social attitudes have the effect of normalizing or trivializing sexual assault and abuse. Delve deeper into different societal attitudes towards masculinity, femininity, and our understanding of sexuality.

Wednesday, April 18th

SSC 603

Financial Literacy

Learning the language of finances is an important life skill.  This workshop will cover the essentials of financial literacy such as loans, income, and handling debts.

Tuesday, April 24th, 3-4pm

SSC 603

Eat Like a Spartan: Spartan Food Resources


Everyone has been a hungry college student before, but not everyone knows about all the food resources that are present at SJSU. This workshop introduces the resources and events that provide college students with nonperishables while highlighting the thrifty food deals on and around campus.

Wednesday, April 25th, 11-12pm

SSC 603

Building Healthy Relationships


It is inevitable to have a variety of relationships in college. You build new bonds with those who are around you, all the while older bonds begin to change. In this workshop you will learn how to adapt to the changes in all types of relationships, and to build healthy relationships and end toxic relationships that can impact your life in many ways.

Wednesday, May 2nd, 4-5pm

SSC 603

Clinch Those Finals


Preparing for finals is the last crucial run you need to make in order for your semester to be a success. In this workshop, we focus on how to expand your finals study plan, and how to keep your attention on class material instead of the anxiety of this last push. You will learn effective study strategies, ways to efficiently use your time, and how to take a test.

Monday, May 7th, 12-1pm

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.