Learning Centers
Workshops and Programs


Workshops for Students

Programs for Students

Instructional Skills Presentations for Faculty


Workshops for Students

Free 50-minute workshops on a variety of topics are offered throughout the semester according to the schedule below. You will notice that certain weeks in the semester are designated for instructional support for general skills such as calculator use, Power Point presentations, and research paper citations.

Workshops are held in the Learning Assistance Center (LAC), lower level of the Marvin Library Learning Commons. These schedules are subject to change. If you have any questions call (518) 629-7230.

Spring 2016 Schedules

Programs for Students

Smart Start
Smart Start is a two-week summer academic program to help students strengthen their math and writing skills before the Fall term begins. The Smart Start program is designed for students who want to gain confidence, learn more about the campus and prepare for college studies. Learning Center faculty will review college writing and math skills, help equip students with skills for success in their first semester of college, and introduce them to campus support staff. Participants will become familiar with the campus and make some friends before classes begin. Students may take part in the math or writing portion of Smart Start or participate in the whole program to build skills in both areas. This program is for incoming Hudson Valley freshman.
Cost: $15 for math or writing; $25 for both math and writing
Schedule: Monday, July 27 – Thursday, July 30, 2015 and Monday, Aug. 3 – Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015: 8:30 a.m. - noon
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Jump Start
Hudson Valley Community College offers a workshop series designed to help students lay the foundation for college success. Each of the 50-minute workshops focuses on a different area including writing, math, learning strategies, and computers. Learning Assistance Center, Computer Learning Center, and Writing and Research Center faculty will provide instruction in college writing, math, computers and study skills. The program has a day and evening option to meet the needs of students' busy schedules. This program is for incoming Hudson Valley freshman.

Day Option: $30
Monday, July 27; Wednesday, July 29; Friday, July 31; Wednesday, Aug. 5; and Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
1 - 3 p.m.
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Day Workshop Schedule
Monday, July 27
1 p.m. Eight Steps to Writing a Research Paper
2 p.m. Academic Computing Environment (ACE) Orientation
3 p.m. Time Management

Wednesday, July 29
1 p.m. Citing Sources in a Research Paper
2 p.m. Course Note Taking
3 p.m. Blackboard 9.1 Orientation

Friday, July 31
1 p.m. Math Study Skills
2 p.m. File Management
3 p.m. Be an Active Learner

Wednesday, Aug. 5
1 p.m. Test Taking Strategies
2 p.m. Formatting in Word 2010
3 p.m. Developing a College Level Essay

Thursday, Aug. 6
1 p.m. 'Got PowerPoint?'
2 p.m. Using Your Calculator
3 p.m. Getting the Most From Your Textbooks

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Evening Option: $15
Wednesday, Aug. 5 and Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.
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Evening Workshop Schedule
Wednesday, Aug. 5
6 p.m. Academic Computing Environment (ACE) Orientation
7 p.m. Math Study Skills
8 p.m. Be an Active Learner

Thursday, Aug. 6
6 p.m. Eight Steps to Writing a Research Paper
7 p.m. Blackboard 9.1 Orientation
8 p.m. Test Taking Strategies

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Midterm Check
The Midterm Check is an online survey that provides students with feedback on their learning styles based on their responses to 42 statements. Results are generated on the computer screen as soon as the student completes the survey, providing guidance to academic support services on campus. Students also may print the results to review later or share with their advisor. The purpose of the survey is to help students explore their learning styles and maximize their opportunities for academic success. To take the Midterm Check, login here.

Self-Paced Math Review
This course is the perfect solution for the student who needs to prepare for a High School Equivalency (HSE) or college placement test or who plans to enroll in a college algebra or trigonometry course but feels a little rusty or unprepared.

This non-credit, interactive computer video course allows students to review arithmetic and algebra skills needed for success in basic college math courses.

Students will meet with a Learning Assistance Center Education Specialist to establish a study plan. Students will then work independently and at their own pace, progressing through multi-media lessons, taking practice tests, and generating a record of their progress.
Cost: $25
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Study Groups
Learning Center professionals encourage students to form study groups. Introductory workshops are available for study group members and study group leaders. A study group leader is recruited from a specific course section when a group of students in that same class seeks help. Study group leaders are hired by the Learning Centers, trained as Peer Tutors, and paid for helping their classmates. Study groups may reserve space to meet in many areas within the Marvin Library Learning Commons building during the week and on Saturdays.

Criminal Justice Jump Start
The Criminal Justice Jump Start program is designed to help Criminal Justice, Public Administration and Forensic Science majors develop a foundation for college success. The three-day intensive workshop offers activities which focus on study techniques, academic planning, self-advocacy skills, and building peer relationships and support. College Success Specialists and Criminal Justice faculty facilitate the discussions. Three sessions are offered:
July 22 - 24; Aug. 5 - 7 or Aug. 19 - 21, 2014. All sessions run Tuesday - Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: $10

Male Leadership Workshop
The Male Leadership Workshop is dedicated to helping first-year male students succeed by informing, motivating and preparing them for success both academically and personally. Students attending this event will make a connection with the Collegiate Academic Support Program (CASP) and learn about the many additional academic support services available at Hudson Valley Community College. The event provides an opportunity to meet peers while developing leadership skills.
Cost: FREE
Friday, Aug. 9, 2013: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Instructional Skills Presentations for Faculty

The Learning Center professionals work with faculty to develop skills specific presentations for their classes to support and/or enhance course content.

Targeted Presentation: Learning Center professionals offer workshops to teach specific learning skills, study skills or computer skills based on the classroom instructor's specific needs. A timeline for delivery is mutually determined to introduce students to a concept, function, or strategy before a class project or activity is assigned. Participation verification forms are available to easily track students’ attendance.

Customized Presentation: Learning Center professionals are available to work with classroom faculty to embed skills instruction within course content. A Learning Center Education Specialist works with a classroom instructor to plan and co-present a workshop session based on specific content. The lesson plan stays with the classroom instructor for use in future semesters.

To arrange for a customized or targeted presentation contact the Learning Centers at (518) 629-7230.