This program is designed to guide you on your journey through college, while providing you the necessary tools needed to get the most out of college. This program is created for:
First year students
Dual Credit High school students preparing for college
Utilizing this program will save you time! Allowing you the opportunity to get the most out of your education! This program includes success tools that have proven beneficial to students. This program allows you the opportunity to identify which success tools will work for you based on your time constraints and needs. Remember the skills that will make successful in college are the same skills that make you successful in the workplace – now is the time to refine those skills!
How the program works:Submit an application and attend at least 3 workshops. Make sure you sign in at the workshop so you get credit for your attendance. At the end of the year, you will be formally recognized and receive certificate of completion!APPLICATION PROCESSTo receive your credit we must have an application on file. Pick up an application in the Office of Student Life (S1032) or First Year Experience (S1053).
2015-2016 WorkshopsDates will vary. Check the Mountain View College website for scheduled dates or pick up a brochure in the Office of Student Life in room S1032.Note Taking Methods September 15 9:30 – 10:50 a.m.January 27 9:30 – 10:50 a.m.Looking for a new effective way to take notes in class? This workshop will introduce some methods for you to try. You will learn the Cornell method, mind maps, standard outline, and free-form paragraphs. This workshop explains the processes and appropriate uses of each note-taking style. Also learn to identify the key ideas in a lecture and summarize what you hear.Facilitator: R. CorreaUnderstanding Your Learning Style September 23 10:10 – 11:15 a.m.February 8 10:10 – 11:15 a.m.Looking for a study method that could save you hours of study time? Learn the definitions and characteristics of auditory, visual, tactile, and kinesthetic learners. In this workshop you will identify your own learning style and develop strategies to benefit from your strengths as a learner.Facilitator: C. CruzWriting Essentials September 29 9:30 – 10:50 a.m.February 16 12:30 – 1:50 p.m.Are your grammar skills a little rusty? Do you know the difference between a colon and a semi-colon? What is a run-on sentence? If this sounds familiar and you do not know how to correct your work, this session is designed for you. Learn to recognize common mistakes in writing and necessary techniques to proofread your own class work and personal writing. Facilitator: M. RisterReading with Purpose October 7 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.March 2 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Have you ever made it to the bottom of a page and realized you cannot remember a thing about what you have just read? In this workshop we will explore retaining and comprehending written material. Effective reading will contribute towards your success in every course during your college experience. Facilitator: G. Grimes Studying For Success October 20 12:30 – 1:50 p.m.March 23 12:30 – 1:50 p.m.Need new study techniques? Not sure where to go for help? Learning good study habits will help you better retain information for class. STOP and attend this workshop today! Facilitator: A. HinijosaExploring Research Techniques October 28 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.April 4 10:10 – 11:05 a.m. Do you believe Wikipedia is a reliable source for college level research papers? If you said yes, then this workshop is for you! In this workshop you will learn how to identify reliable, peer-reviewed sources. Discover how to use search engines, proper citation, and avoid plagiarism. Facilitator: TBACritical Thinking November 6 12:30 – 1:50 p.m.March 29 12:30 – 1:50 p.m.What is critical thinking anyway? Being a critical thinker means that you can routinely use higher-order thinking skills, based on reason and evidence. Learn the basic concept of critical thinking and understand why it is essential to the mastery of content and effective day-to-day problem solving. This workshop will help you analyze, apply and evaluate information that will help in and out of the classroom.Facilitator: R.Stein It’s Just a Test! November 11 12:30 – 1:50 p.m. April 12 12:30 – 1:50 p.m. Just hearing the word TEST can make any person nervous. If this describes how you feel, then this workshop is for you! Preparing for a test can be a lot of work, but with this workshop you will learn to study more effectively in less time! This workshop will provide tips for performing successfully on a variety of tests, including multiple choice, essay, true/false, and short answer.Facilitator: C. Edwards