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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2012 Workshop Schedule
The following workshops will be offered during the fall 2012 semester. All workshops will take place in Ransom Hall room 303 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.
Transitioning into College and Exploring University Resources -- September 5, 2012 at 2pm
Discuss the differences between the military and college lifestyle, including:
- Navigating new reporting structures and transitioning from a chain of command to working with faculty, staff, and advisors.
- Understanding and coping with a new set of responsibilities.
- Adjusting to a new environment and working with traditionally-aged college students.
- Overcoming common issues from transferring credit to getting advised for classes.
Improving your Time Management -- September 19, 2012 at 2pm
Managing time in college can be challenging thanks to an ever changing list of priorities. We'll discuss topics including:
- The military's "Hurry up and Wait" mentality versus the manage-your-own-time expectations of college.
- Balancing priorities and carving out time for independent study.
- The differences between accountability as a military personnel and a college student.
Reading, Note-Taking, and Study Strategies -- October 3, 2012 at 2pm
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:
- Differences between utilizing military training manuals versus college textbooks.
- Taking a fresh approach to college lectures.
- Developing a note-taking approach that works best for you.
- Crafting a study plan that will allow for the most effective use of your time.
Information Processing: Teaching Styles versus Learning Styles -- October 17, 2012 at 2pm
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:
- Introduce the concept of a learning style and help you figure out yours.
- Look at the differences between the way you learned in the military and what is required now.
- 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 -- October 31, 2012 at 2pm
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, Cliff Garinn, a representative from UT Arlington's Career Center and a military veteran, will explore how to maximize the value of your military experience on your resume and tips to improve your cover letter.
- Also join us for a special resume work session on November 5, 2012 at 2pm on the 3rd floor of Ransom Hall. Bring your resume and any questions that you may have about interviewing or cover letters for hands-on assistance from the Career Center.
Test-Taking and Preparing for Final Exams -- November 14, 2012 at 2pm
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:
- Common mistakes made on exams.
- Developing a five-day study plan to prevent the need for cramming.
- Understanding cumulative exams versus regular tests.
- Overcoming test anxiety.