College Success Workshops
College Success Workshops are presentations on both academic and life skills that help improve students' college careers. These workshops are facilitated by Peer Mentors and are available on request for your student organization, fraternity/sorority, or SJSU class. Check the 'menu' below to see the workshops we have available, then fill out the form to request a workshop.
- All requests are tentative until confirmed by a member of Peer Connections staff. Please request as far in advance of your workshop as possible - 2 weeks is preferred.
- Workshop availability is dependent on the availability of our Peer Mentors.
- Workshop requesters are also responsible for providing the workshop location and equipment
(computer, projector, SMART classroom, etc).
Great 8 Workshops
These are the most commonly requested workshops that our mentors present.
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.
Treat 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!
Study Smarter Not Harder: Study Strategies
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!
Surviving on a Student Budget: Smart Spartan Spending
College is an exciting milestone but comes with a hefty price tag. 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 it's going up, down, or sideways.
Managing Time & College: 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.
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!
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.
Safety First is Safety Always: 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.
Here are some extra workshop topics that we have presented in the past. We usually direct requesters to the Great 8 workshop topics as they are the most common workshops. However, if you prefer one of these workshop topics or one of your choice, we can work with you to accommodate your request.
Informs students about goal-setting in college and helps them make SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) goals for their college experience.
Discovering Your Strengths
Recognizing and capitalizing on your strengths enhances self-confidence and creates the greatest potential for success. We have a variety of Strengths workshops available for request. Please request a Strengths workshops and we’ll work with you to individualize the workshop to meet your needs.
Gives students tips and techniques to take effective notes during class or during reading assignments in order for them to retain as much knowledge as possible.
Informs students about what test taking in college looks like and offers tips and techniques to be successful at different forms of tests, such as objective or timed writing exams.
Peer Mentor Secrets to College Success
Educates students on tips that cover a wide range of topics in order to help them progress through their college career. The workshop will cover how to explore academic interests, initiate faculty interaction, how to get involved, and finding campus resources.
Discusses strategies to overcome academic and personal challenges related to online learning. This will also enable students to strategize for both short-term and long-term success in an online or hybrid class.
Working in Groups
Discusses the benefits of working in groups, how to successfully work in groups, and to address potential setbacks and obstacles that groups may present along with some strategies to overcome them.
Study Groups and Review Sessions
Explores different methods for how efficiency in studying for a class can be maximized within study groups and review sessions.