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

Description

Date, Time & Location

The Balancing Act of Time Management

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.

Tuesday, August 29th
1:30-2:30pm
Sweeney Hall 106

 

The Balancing Act of Time Management

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, August 30th
3-4pm
Sweeney Hall 106

Peer Connections Open House

Kick off fall semester with Peer Connections! Discover the resources and services we offer to SJSU students. Win prizes, check out the free giveaways, and get to know our student staff who work with students throughout the semester. Refreshment and snacks will be provided.

Wednesday, September 6th
1:30-4pm
SSC 600

The Balancing Act of Time Management

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, September 7th
1:30-2:30pm
SSC 603

Getting Involved on Campus

Join us in this workshop and learn why being involved on campus is a vital part of your college life! This workshop also discusses the various ways you can get involved at San Jose State University.

Monday, September 11th
12-1pm
SSC 604

Discovering Your Spartan Identity

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, September 12th
1:30-2:30pm
SSC 601

Spartan Campus 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. 

Monday, September 18th
3-4pm
SSC 604

Writing Styles
(APA, MLA, & Other Documentation Styles)

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, September 21st
12-1pm
SSC 604

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. 

Monday, September 25th
1:30-2:30pm
SSC 601

College Student Survival Kit: 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.

Thursday, October 5th
1:30-2:30pm
SSC 603

Test Taking Tips

This workshop provides tips and strategies to help you feel prepared for college tests. From the differences between high school and college tests, to the techniques we offer to be successful at test taking, we'll emphasize the little things that matter in your preparation and ability to take tests.

Tuesday, October 10th
12-1pm
SSC 603

Suppress the Stress: Stress Management

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, October 18th
1:30-2:30pm
SSC 601

There Is No 'I' in 'Team': Working in Groups

Most college students despise working in groups, and groan at the word “group project.” However, learning to efficiently work in groups is a valuable life skill because most jobs require us to work with other people. In this workshop, you will recognize the benefits to productively working with a group, while learning strategies on how to work as a team to achieve everybody’s end goal. 

Monday, October 23rd
3-4pm
SSC 601

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.

Thursday, October 26th
3-4pm
SSC 603

The Balancing Act of Time Management

 

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, November 1st
12-1pm
SSC 601

Suppress the Stress: Stress Management

 

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.’

Monday, November 6th
12-1pm
SSC 603

Music & Social Justice: Songs of Freedom

 

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, November 8th
1:30-2:30pm
SSC 601

Test Taking Tips

This workshop provides tips and strategies to help you feel prepared for college tests. From the differences between high school and college tests, to the techniques we offer to be successful at test taking, we'll emphasize the little things that matter in your preparation and ability to take tests.

Tuesday, November 14th
3-4pm
SSC 601

The Final Run: Finals Prep

 
 

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.

Thursday, December 7th
12-1pm
SSC 601

 

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.

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. Student Involvement has compiled an online list of Co-Curricular Student Success Educational Opportunities at SJSU.