Student Success Workshops

Spring 2014

Student Orientation to Online Learning
Presenters:  Jim Julius and Laura Paciorek
Are you taking an online or hybrid class this semester? Uncertain about what it takes to be a successful online student? Whether it's your first online class or you already have some experience, this one hour session will help you practice key skills and make you aware of important resources available to help you be your best online!
Tuesday, January 14 from 2 - 3 pm OC 1201
Wednesday, January 15 from 2 - 3 pm SAN 107
Thursday, January 16 from 2:45 - 3:45 pm OC 1201
Tuesday, January 21 from 12 - 1 pm SAN 107
Thursday, January 23 from 2:45 - 3:45 pm OC 1201
Wednesday, January 29 from 12 - 1 pm OC 1201
Tuesday, March 18 from 12-1 pm OC 1201
Thursday, March 20 from 12-1 pm SAN 107

SURF
Presenter: Charlie Medina
Trouble getting your SURF ID and password?  When can I enroll? How to add, drop, and pay for courses. What's my Financial Aid status? Where are my grades? Get answers at the SURF workshop!
Wednesday, January 15 from 1 - 3 pm OC 1201
Wednesday January 15 from from 4 - 6 pm CLC 135
Wednesday, March 19 from 4 - 6 pm CLC 135

BlackBoard
Presenter: Charlie Medina
How do I submit a document through BlackBoard? What is a Discussion Board? Where are all my assignments? Get answers to these questions and more!
Thursday, January 16 from 1 - 2:30 pm OC 1201
Thursday, January 16 from 4:30 - 6 pm CLC 135
Thursday, January 23 from 1 - 2:30 pm OC 1201
Thursday, March 20 from 4:30 - 6 pm CLC 135

Reading for Success
Presenters: Denise Stephenson & Luke Lambert
Want to read better?  This workshop is all about improving your reading.  Focus on your own reading process to develop skills for any college course:  chemistry, sociology, accounting, English. . .
Tuesday, January 21 from 4 - 5 pm OC 1202
Monday, January 27 from 2 - 3 pm OC 1202
Tuesday, January 28 from 12 - 1 pm OC 1202
Thursday, January 30 from 11 - 12 pm San Elijo Student Center Conference Room

Success in the Health Sciences
Presenter: Gabi Gadbois
Learn the expectations of a 200 level biology class and get a tool kit of resources.
Wednesday, January 22 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm OC 1202

Welcome to YOUR MiraCosta Library
Presenters: Myla Kelly, Richard Ma & Steven Deineh
Come learn all about your college's library and awesome services and resources they provide! Did you know, for instance, that they provide access to more than 150,000 eBooks?! Or to more than 10,000 magazines, journals, and newspapers?! You'll find this workshop informative, entertaining, and useful whether you're a new or returning student.
Tuesday,January 28 from 12 - 1 pm SAN 107
Thursday, January 30 from 12 - 1 pm OC 1201
Thursday, January 30 from 7 - 8 pm ONLINE
Visit http://library.miracosta.edu/homepage on the day of the workshop for a link and log on instructions

Time Management
Presenters: Nessa Julian & Carol Wilkinson
Suggestions for managing your time more effectively.
Monday, February 3 from 12 - 1 pm OC 1202
Monday, February 3 from 12 - 1 pm San Elijo Student Center Conference Room

Note Taking
Presenter: Renee Truong
Come explore note taking whether you use pen and paper or a laptop or tablet.  Learn how to identify key points and use different note taking techniques.
Tuesday, February 4 from 12 - 1 pm OC 1202

They Want Me to Write What?: Understanding Writing Assignments
Presenter: Stephanie Taylor and English Faculty
Let our Writing Center experts and MiraCosta faculty give you tips for finding that all-important question you should answer in your writing.
Wednesday, February 5 from 12 - 1 pm OC 1202

Writer's Block:  What To Do When You're Overwhelmed?
Presenter: Denise Stephenson
When we need to write, we all find ourselves facing a blank page, an empty screen. Want to relax, but need to be productive? Learn strategies to engage your assignment without stressing out.
Tuesday, February 11 from 12 - 1 pm SAN 607
Wednesday, February 12 from 12 - 1 pm OC 1202

Strike Read and Write Gold
Presenter: Robert Erichsen
Tired of reading your textbook?  Ever wanted to have your textbook read out loud to you? Come learn how this program can do just that.
Thursday, February 13 from 12 - 1 pm OC 1201

Pronunciation Workshop
Presenter: Ruth Gay
Pronunciation is a huge part of learning a language. At this workshop you'll have the opportunity to listen to and to practice authentic English as it is spoken in the real world. You'll also learn some tricks for sounding like native speakers.
This workshop will be geared towards lower level ESL students (levels 1 - 4)
Thursday, February 13 from 12 - 1 pm CLC 112
This workshop will be geared towards higher level ELS students (levels 5 and beyond).
Thursday,April 24 from 11:45 - 12:45 pm CLC 112

Take the TEAS - Strategically
Presenter: Gabi Gadbois
Are you a pre-nursing student preparing to take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills)? Are you confused about how to study, or want to know ways to improve your test performance? Attend this workshop, which will cover study skills and strategies to help you prepare for the TEAS and achieve your best possible score!
Wednesday, February 19 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm OC 1202

Keeping Motivation Alive
Presenters: Luke Lara & Adrean Askerneese
How to deal when life and school collide.
Thursday, February 20 from 1:30 - 2:45 pm OC 1202

Help! Zombies Are Attacking My Essay!
Presenter: Sarah Pultz
Writing an essay can be as frightening as facing a horde of undead monsters. Learn strategies successful writers use to create engaging, well-structured essays using examples from popular zombie fiction, so you can take over your essay before the zombies do!
Monday, February 24 from 5 - 6 pm ONLINE
Visit www.miracosta.edu/writingcenter the day of the workshop for a link and log on instructions.

Writing Your Scholarship Essay
Presenter: Brandi Blahnik
Your personal statement is a critical part of your scholarship application.  Join us for useful tips and techniques to get started.
Tuesday, February 25 from 12 - 1 pm OC 1202
Wednesday, February 26 from 12 - 1 pm San Elijo Student Center Conference Room

Ready, Set, Research
Presenters: Myla Kelly, Pamela Perry & Richard Ma
Search smarter, not harder.
Tuesday,February 25 from 12 - 1 pm SAN 107
Wednesday, February 26 from 7 - 8 pm ONLINE
Visit http://library.miracosta.edu/homepage on the day of the workshop for a link and log on instructions
Thursday, February 27 from 12 - 1 pm OC 1201

Oral Presentations
Presenters: Anthony Ongyod & Eric Robertson
Developing, designing, and delivering one’s work out loud and in front of others.
Wednesday, February 26 from 11 - 12 pm OC 1202
Thursday, February 27 from 12:30 - 1: 30 pm San Elijo Student Center Conference Room

Minimize Stress, Calm Your Senses, Focus on Success
Presenter: Edward Pohlert
Key stress relief strategies for students.
Wednesday, March 5 from 12 - 1 pm OC 1202
Tuesday, April 15 from 12 - 1 pm OC 1202

Practice Safe Writing:  Avoid Plagiarism
Presenter: Denise Stephenson
Temptation is everywhere! Learn how to avoid different kinds of plagiarism. It's vital to your academic health.
Tuesday, March 18 from 12 - 1 pm San Elijo Student Center Conference Room
Wednesday, March 19 from 12 - 1 pm OC 1202

Aha! Articles!
Presenters: Jennifer Paris, Richard Ma & Steven Deineh
Finding periodical articles in the MiraCosta College library.
Tuesday, March 25 from 12 - 1 pm SAN 107
Thursday, March 27 from 12 - 1 pm OC 1201
Thursday, March 27 from 7 - 8 pm ONLINE
Visit http://library.miracosta.edu/homepage on the day of the workshop for a link and log on instructions

The Scholarship Thank You Letter
Presenter: Brandi Blahnik
Awarded a scholarship?  Join us for information about what to include in that all-important thank you letter.
Wednesday, March 26 from 12 - 12:30 pm OC 1202

Cite Right!
Presenters: Myla Kelly and Glorian Sipman
What IS it with all these confusing acronyms and citing sources?! In this workshop, the shroud of mystery surrounding citation styles will be cast off (to the tunes of Sweden's biggest pop act) as your learn the basics of MLA and APA style. Bring your sources, your Works Cited / Reference list, or just bring your interest and enthusiasm. After this workshop you will no longer be in the dark about citing sources effectively.
Tuesday, April 22 from 12 - 1 pm SAN 107
Thursday, April 24 from 12 - 1 pm OC 1201