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Maximizing the Benefits of the Academic Computing Environment (ACE) - This workshop will introduce students to the Academic Computing Environment (ACE) at Hudson Valley Community College. Students will log on to a student computer and take a hands-on tour of the ACE.  Topics include: access to student computer systems - WebMail, WIReD, MyHudsonValley Portal/Blackboard; use and maintenance of student file storage space (H:/Drive); remote access to H:/Drive; print services – on campus, off campus, and wireless; wireless connection for laptop and mobile devices. The goal of this workshop is to familiarize students with all that the ACE has to offer allowing them to utilize it to its fullest potential while pursuing their studies at Hudson Valley Community College.

Navigating Blackboard Online Course Management System - This workshop is designed to familiarize students with the Blackboard Course Management System. After completing this workshop students should feel prepared to use Blackboard in an online, hybrid, or web-enhanced course. Students will learn how to navigate Blackboard, participate in a discussion board, complete and submit tests, and submit assignments.

Managing H-Drive (Your Electronic Storage Space) - This workshop will introduce students to the hierarchical structure of files, folders and drives in a Windows environment – specifically their H:/Drive. Students will learn how to create folders, move and/or copy files or folders, change the name of a file or folder, and delete a file or folder.

Using Word 2013 to Format Academic Papers - This workshop will demonstrate formatting options in Microsoft Word 2013 appropriate to format academic papers. Student will learn to set margins, apply line spacing, insert page numbers, and use a hanging indent, among other word processing format options.

Using PowerPoint to Enhance Oral Presentations - This workshop will introduce students to presentation software, specifically PowerPoint 2013, and its value as a visual and organizational aid to enhance oral presentations. Students will learn the basics of slide organization, layout and design as well as how to map out a presentation, choose an appropriate slide layout, and format slides.


MATH STUDY SKILLS - This workshop will discuss the correct approach to the "study" of math and the skills needed to help students organize and maximize their study and learning of mathematics. Five topics will be presented for consideration in relation to their place in a math course: listening in the classroom, using a math textbook, taking notes in math, doing homework correctly, and preparing for the math test. Students will leave this workshop with tips for organizing their notebooks and, most importantly, combining classroom notes with textbook reading when doing homework in a manner that becomes test preparation.

USING YOUR CALCULATOR - This workshop is designed to familiarize students with a scientific calculator. The demonstration includes the fundamental operations of arithmetic (add, subtract, multiply, and divide), parentheses, fractions, memory functions, exponent, inverse, reciprocal and square root.

UNDERSTANDING MATH WORD PROBLEMS - This workshop will help students to unravel math word problems in basic math and business math. Reading strategies will be presented to enable the students to identify key information in the word problems while guiding them in the solution setup. Emphasis will be on reading strategies, not mathematical computation.

INTRODUCTION TO MAPLE - This workshop will explore the many ways you can use Maple V to solve mathematical problems. It will present some of Maple's basic capabilities in a numerical or algebraic context and also explore Maple's extensive Help menu.

FACTORING -This is a detailed workshop including greatest common factoring, factoring by grouping, factoring of special cases: perfect square trinomials and difference of squares, and trinomial factoring. Trinomial factoring is explained using three different methods: trial and error, grouping and the slide method.

Study Strategies

BE AN ACTIVE LEARNER - To be an active learner one must participate in the learning process. This workshop will demonstrate "active" behaviors such as marking up lecture notes during and after lectures with notations that identify main ideas, information that will be on the next test, and information that needs further explanation or follow-up. Participants will be shown how to make tapes from lecture notes that enable them to recite, review, and ultimately store information in their long term memory. Additionally, methods for categorizing major and minor details, creating charts, diagrams or flow charts to organize information from textbooks or lectures, and annotating and outlining text will be demonstrated.

COOPERATIVE LEARNING- STUDY GROUPS AND PARTNERS - This workshop will encourage students to be active learners before and after class. Participants will learn how to select a study partner or to form a study group. Techniques or effective organization and evaluation of study groups will be provided. Participants will practice activities and strategies to encourage group participation and therefore increase the effectiveness of this research proven method of studying.

GETTING ORGANIZED FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS - This workshop is designed to help participants develop an organized approach to learning in the higher education environment. The college catalog and student handbook will be used to identify what a student needs to do to be successful at a specific institution. Introductions to note taking, time management, and textbook reading systems will give participants tools to learn at the college level.

GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR TEXTBOOKS - This workshop is designed to give students or prospective students strategies for getting the best value from their textbooks. A five step process will assist participants in selecting the important information from a text and recalling it for class discussions and tests. The SQ3R method and textbook marking guidelines are presented to make reviews of text material much easier and more effective.

HOW TO BREAK DOWN A JOURNAL ARTICLE AND UNDERSTAND IT - This workshop will teach students how to identify the key components of any journal article. In addition, students will learn critical thinking skills to enable them to critique journal articles. Participants will practice developing a summary and a critique of an article.

HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR CLASS TIME - College students receive instruction in many new learning environments. Participants in this course will look at different types of teaching styles and adjustments they can make to succeed in particular instructional settings. Students will review typical course assignments to gain a better understanding of what is expected.

I'M LATE - IS IT PROCRASTINATION?- This workshop is designed to help students recognize procrastination as a potential problem to their studies. Strategies will be given on how to prevent procrastination from forming to correcting it before it gets "out of hand". Students will become an active force in their abilities to succeed in the class and studies. "Don't put if off any longer!"

IMPROVING YOUR MEMORY - The memory improvement workshop offers an overview of how the memory works and presents eight tried and true systems that will make recall easier. The use of lists, mnemonics, and associations will be practiced to help participants find the methods that work for them personally.

LECTURE NOTE TAKING - This workshop reviews the listening skills and note taking techniques needed to record important lecture information. Participants are shown how to identify the main ideas of the lecture, differentiate between major and minor details, compare and contrast ideas presented during the lecture, use abbreviations, white space, and configurations to record notes. A double entry note taking system, which shows participants not only what to record during the lecture but also how to make their notes into study sheets that can be recited and reviewed, will be presented.

PREPARING FOR FINAL EXAMS - This workshop is designed to give participants an end of the course approach to studying for final examinations. After creating a master schedule to maximize study time, participants will learn how to develop a table of contents and study sheets for a course. The value of active studying, including the use of study partners and groups, is also discussed.

SHARPEN YOUR CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS - This workshop will introduce students to critical thinking skills. Based on Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Objectives, students will learn to identify the type of learning objective they are being asked to perform. Students will learn specific strategies for answering questions involving analysis, evaluation, application and synthesis of presented information.

TEST ANXIETY - This workshop is designed for anyone whose stomach churns and palms sweat at the mention of a test. A survey of the sources of test anxiety will be the basis for a discussion of anxiety and what can be done to control it. Strategies such as visualization techniques, home quiz simulation, arrival, seating plans, and test preparation will help participants understand their fears and enable them to do their best in test situations.

TEST TAKING STRATEGIES - How to do your best on any test is the goal of this workshop. Too often, learners allow distractions to take away their focus on a test. Test anxiety will be the first topic of discussion, followed by the set rules for taking any kind of test. Strategies for multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching column, short answer, and essay questions will be introduced. Participants will leave the workshop with specific strategies to apply in test situations.

TIME MANAGEMENT - The time management workshop introduces three strategies that help participants take control of their time thereby increasing their available time for academic preparation, leisure activities, and a healthful lifestyle. Participants learn how to construct a daily "to do" list, a weekly schedule, and a monthly calendar. This enables them to incorporate study time into their daily routines, prepare adequately for tests and quizzes, and plan for long range assignments such as term papers and presentations.

UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY OF TEST QUESTIONS - Students will have an opportunity to identify various types of tests and format. Using sample test questions, they will learn to predict, formulate and model test questions in preparation for the test. These steps will provide students with a strategy for reading critically while confidently preparing to take a test.

"WHY CAN'T I REMEMBER WHAT I READ?" - This workshop is designed to introduce students to a variety of reading strategies to use before, during and after reading to engage their thought processes. Students will practice the use of strategies using their course text. Strategies will cover activating prior knowledge, interacting with the text, and summarizing information. Students should bring a course text with them. (Can be course specific, i.e., "Why can't I remember what I read in my Psychology text?"


APA FORMAT - In this workshop, the basic guidelines for using American Psychological Association format in research papers are discussed, while a sample APA paper is examined. Summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting are reviewed, along with suggestions for avoiding plagiarism and adhering to HVCC's Plagiarism Policy. Students are then given time to work on the computers and begin to set up their research papers in the correct format, with the guidance of the workshop instructor.

APA VS. MLA FORMAT - In this workshop, which is designed for students who have been given a choice as to which format to use in their research papers, the essential differences and similarities between MLA and APA research formats are discussed. The basic guidelines for using both Modern Language Association and American Psychological Association formats are discussed. Summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting are reviewed, along with suggestions for avoiding plagiarism and adhering to HVCC's Plagiarism Policy. Students are then given time to work on the computers and begin to set up their research papers in the correct format, with the guidance of the workshop instructor.

CHICAGO MANUAL STYLE FORMAT - In this workshop, the basic guidelines for using Chicago Manual Style format are discussed. Summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting will be reviewed, along with suggestions for avoiding plagiarism, and maintaining a formal, academic tone in research papers. Students will then have the option to work on the computers to begin to set up their research papers with the guidance of the workshop instructor.

EIGHT STEPS TO WRITING A RESEARCH PAPER - This workshop provides participants with guidance through the eight necessary steps for writing a research paper: selecting the topic, writing theses questions and a thesis statement, finding sources, taking notes, outlining the information, organizing the paper, writing the paper, and citing the sources. A writing checklist that includes grammar, punctuation, and content suggestions is reviewed. Discussion of a schedule for completing the steps of a research paper is included.

HOW TO WRITE A COLLEGE PAPER - This workshop will introduce participants to the process of creating a short paper that will meet the standards of college level work. It will include selecting an appropriate topic, brainstorming, simple research, taking notes, organizing your information from the preparation phase of writing. It will conclude with hands on guidance for writing, revising and preparing the final copy.

MLA FORMAT - In this workshop, the basic guidelines for using Modern Language Association format in research papers are discussed, while a sample MLA paper is examined in depth. Summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting are reviewed, along with suggestions for avoiding plagiarism and adhering to HVCC's Plagiarism Policy. Students are then given time to work on the computers and begin to set up their research papers in the correct format, with the guidance of the workshop instructor.

PLAGIARISM: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW - In this workshop, students are informed about the campus wide plagiarism policy. The rationale behind the new plagiarism policy and its importance will be discussed. Students will be encouraged to think about their own approaches to research and the writing process. Suggestions on how to avoid the common mistakes that students sometimes make with outside sources while working on research papers will be discussed. The importance of summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting properly, in addition to using the proper research documentation style, will be emphasized.

"WHERE DOES THE COMMA BELONG?" - Students will learn ten rules to help them feel confident in using commas. They will learn which kinds of sentences require commas and where to put them correctly.

WRITING A COLLEGE ESSAY - This workshop will help participants develop the skills of writing creative introductions in order to catch the reader's attention. Different methods of developing the body of an essay will be presented. Methods of drawing a good conclusion will be shared in an effort to teach how to successfully end an essay. Handouts will include a plan sheet for writing a process paper.

WRITING A REVIEW OR CRITIQUE - This workshop is designed to help participants develop a system that goes beyond writing a summary. Participants will start will a summary of an article or presentation, move to learning how to make an evaluation of the information and end with a recommendation developed during the process. A discussion of criteria, standards and evaluative items will show how to come to a sound judgment based upon assembled facts.