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Student Veterans Workshop Series

University College is proud to offer the Student Veteran Workshop Series, a new program specially designed to meet the unique needs of student veterans at UT Arlington.  This series of workshops centered around building academic success and confronting transitional challenges is presented by a fellow student veteran along with assistance from some of UT Arlington's faculty and staff.  All sessions listed below are free and require no advanced registration.  If you have any questions or ideas for future workshops, please feel free to email us at

Spring 2014 Workshop Schedule

The following workshops will be offered during the Spring 2014 semester.  All workshops will take place in Preston Hall room 104 and all study groups will take place in the 3rd floor study lounge of Ransom Hall unless otherwise specified.  This year we are also adding office hours for our Student Veteran PALs for one-on-one discussions and study groups featuring group tutoring to help with work in core subject areas.


Improving your Time Management – 12  February 2014 at 2pm; Location: Preston Hall 104

Managing time in college can be challenging thanks to an ever-changing list of priorities.  We'll discuss topics including:

  1. The military's "Hurry up and Wait" mentality versus the manage-your-own-time expectations of college.
  2. Balancing priorities and carving out time for independent study.
  3. The differences between accountability as a military personnel and a college student.



Reading, Note-Taking, and Study Strategies – 19 February 2014 at 2pm; Location: Ransom Hall 310

Textbooks provide a lot of information, but you need to know how to use them properly if you are going to get the most out of them.  The same thing is true of taking notes, whether in a lecture or from a book.  This workshop will focus many topics, including:

  1. Differences between utilizing military training manuals versus college textbooks.
  2. Taking a fresh approach to college lectures.
  3. Developing a note-taking approach that works best for you.
  4. Crafting a study plan that will allow for the most effective use of your time.




Information Processing: Teaching Styles versus Learning Styles – 5 March 2014 at 2pm; Location: College Hall Room 101

Getting adjusted to life as a college student can be challenging as you learn to navigate the many different styles of instruction that you will receive.  By understanding your preferred learning style, you will be able to save time and improve your overall information retention effectiveness.  This workshop will:

  1. Introduce the concept of a learning style and help you figure out yours.
  2. Look at the differences between the way you learned in the military and what is required now.
  3. Help you find ways to utilize your natural skills set to improve the way you study and to better retain the information.




Creating Effective Cover Letters and Resumes – 26 March  at 2pm; Location: DH Career Center

Working toward a degree is most likely just one part of your goals for a new career.  Beyond that, you'll need to be prepared for the job search process.  In this workshop, a representative from UT Arlington's Career Center, will explore how to maximize the value of your military experience on your resume and tips to improve your cover letter.




UT Arlington Disability Services:  Discrete services to properly assist you with higher education.  9 April 2014; Location: UH 104

Sometimes when we think of disability services, we think of just physical or mental disabilities. There are a lot of criteria that veteran my fall into due to service-connected disabilities or multiple medications prescribed.  A representative from the Office for Students with Disabilites will discuss:

  1. Introduce you to the functionality of disability services.
  2. Look into different types of accommodations that may be available.
  3. Give understanding to the usefulness of knowing how disability can affect learning.



Test-Taking and Preparing for Final Exams – 23 April 2014 at 2pm; Location: Ransom Hall 310

Tests are an important part of assessing how much you have learned as a student, but to be successful on a test, you will need a strategy for success.  In this workshop, we will discuss the development of a study strategy, including:

  1. Common mistakes made on exams.
  2. Developing a five-day study plan to prevent the need for cramming. 
  3. Understanding cumulative exams versus regular tests.
  4. Overcoming test anxiety.