Learning Support

Workshops Calendar

Academic support workshops are offered both online and onsite throughout the state of New York. When you select one of the tabs below, you will go immediately to the current schedule for the onsite and online workshops. Please follow the directions on each tab to how to attend the workshop(s) you are interested in.

Any questions? Contact a Director of Academic Support near you.

In-person Workshops

NOTE: If you do not see the college location where you study listed on this page, please contact your local director of academic support (DAS) for information about workshops available to you.

Online Workshops

The workshops listed below are offered online in our virtual classroom at http://bit.ly/academicsupportworkshops.

Download the schedule in PDF format: Online Academic Support Workshops (PDF  342kB)

While registration is not required, we highly encourage students to register in order to get reminder emails and any updates about the workshops. To register, send an email to learning.support@esc.edu and indicate the date and title of the workshop(s) in which you are interested.

All times shown are Eastern Time (E.T.).

Workshop TitleDescriptionDate, Time and
Workshop Leader(s)
Academic Support:
Who To/ How To
This workshop provides you with an overview of key contact people and academic support resources and services available to undergraduate and graduate students across New York state and online. Monday, Sept. 12
6 - 7 p.m.

Mildred VanBergen
Managing Yourself as a Successful Student This workshop presents you with some practical tips and strategies for how to effectively organize yourself and your time. You will also learn how to maximize your study strategies and tailor them to your individual learning needs. Monday, Sept. 12
12 - 1pm
Dan Holz
Reading for Results This workshop familiarizes you with a reading strategy and note taking system designed to help you with common college reading challenges. Tuesday, Sept. 20
6 - 7 p.m.
Seana Logsdon
Learning Strategies for Math & Science This workshop outlines some effective strategies for studying math and science topics as well as highlighting some great resources available to help students learn in the math and sciences. You will be introduced to a problem solving approach that can be applied to any kind of quantitative learning. Tuesday, Sept. 20
12 - 1 p.m.
Sue Orrell
Unclutter Your Sentences Learn how to write clear and concise sentences. We will explore how to put words in a logical order, eliminate unnecessary, redundant, awkward, and antiquated words and phrases, fix rambling sentences, and more. Thursday, Sept. 22
12 - 1 p.m.
Michele Cooper
Unclutter Your Sentences Learn how to write clear and concise sentences. We will explore how to put words in a logical order, eliminate unnecessary, redundant, awkward, and antiquated words and phrases, fix rambling sentences, and more. Monday, Sept. 26
6 - 7 p.m.
Michele Cooper
Statistics Prep: Algebra This short workshop runs through the basic principles and methods of algebra that are commonly used in an Introductory Statistics study. It is a refresher with ample opportunities for interaction and practice. Tuesday, Sept. 27
12 - 1 p.m.

Anne McDonough
Statistics Prep: Excel This is a basic Excel primer that focuses on the functions of Excel that are most useful in an Introductory Statistics study, with some attention on how to structure worksheets for maximum utility. Tuesday, Sept. 27
6 - 7 p.m.
Sue Orrell
Statistics Prep: Excel This is a basic Excel primer that focuses on the functions of Excel that are most useful in an Introductory Statistics study, with some attention on how to structure worksheets for maximum utility. Tuesday, Oct. 4
12 - 1 p.m.
Sue Orrell
Statistics Prep: Algebra This short workshop runs through the basic principles and methods of algebra that are commonly used in an Introductory Statistics study. It is a refresher with ample opportunities for interaction and practice. Tuesday, Oct. 4
6 - 7 p.m.

Sue Orrell
Writing College Papers: What's It All About? This workshop reviews the basics of writing college papers, including organization, formatting and the process of creating a paper. Dust off the cobwebs around what you may (or may not) remember about academic writing. Thursday, Oct. 6
6-7 p.m.

Brett Sherman
Grammar Brush-Up This workshop discusses how you can learn to avoid several common mistakes in grammar and punctuation that make college writing less professional and effective. It is designed for students who are new to college writing, who have been away from it for some time, or who would simply like a refresher on the basics of writing clear, well-formed sentences. Monday, Oct. 10
6 - 7 p.m

Neil Ward
Navigating College Writing for Emergent Multilingual Students This workshop covers a range of topics specifically for ESL/multilingual learners, including the benefits of being multilingual, communicating with mentors by email, writing essay sections, some grammar issues, study tips and tools for success.

Thursday, Oct. 13
6 - 7 p.m.
Mildred VanBergen

Thesis Statements to Make Your Professors Swoon This workshop introduces you to how effective thesis statements provide a solid foundation for strong academic papers. However, writing one can be confusing. Discover what a thesis statement really is, and practice writing and refining your own

Monday, Oct. 17
6 - 7 p.m.
Aimee Woznick

Mindset at Midterm This workshop helps you examine, and perhaps change how you think about intelligence, which can have a powerful effect on your success in college. Wednesday, Oct. 19
6 - 7pm
Daniel McCrea
StrengthsQuest: What are Your Strengths and Talents? Learn why our strengths and talents are important, and new research that shows us how we can identify and use them in college and in our lives. Wednesday, Oct. 26
6 - 7 p.m.
Daniel McCrea,
Brett Sherman
Writing through Writer's Block: How to Start Writing and Keep Going In most instances, "writer's block" is the result of trying to draft the perfect sentence/paragraph/paper in one sitting. We will discuss "writer's block," as well as model some strategies that you can use to push through your own difficult writing moments. Tuesday, Nov. 1
6 - 7 p.m.

Sophia Mavrogiannis
Summarizing and Paraphrasing This workshop helps you learn how to integrate source material into your papers and avoid plagiarism. We'll provide tips for summarizing and paraphrasing effectively with less effort! Thursday, Nov. 3
6 - 7 p.m.

Brett Sherman,
Mildred VanBergen
How to Succeed in College Reading: Effective Strategies This workshop overviews strategies for you to use before, during and after reading, helping you learn how to best focus and how to select important information from a text. You will also learn about ways to improve your abilities to retain and analyze what you have read. Tuesday, Nov. 8
12 - 1 p.m.
Miriam Russell
Learning Strategies for Math & Science This workshop outlines some effective strategies for studying math and science topics as well as highlighting some great resources available to help students learn in the math and sciences. You will be introduced to a problem solving approach that can be applied to any kind of quantitative learning. Tuesday, Nov. 8
6 - 7 p.m.
Sue Orrell
Research & Citing Sources Made Easy This workshop goes over the basics of good academic research, how to incorporate that research into your papers/projects and show you different tools to help you cite your resources properly and avoid plagiarism. Wednesday. Nov. 9
6 - 7 p.m.
Neil Ward
Leslie Edwards
Academic Support:
Who To/ How To
This workshop provides you with an overview of key contact people and academic support resources and services available to undergraduate and graduate students across New York state and online. Wednesday, Nov. 16
6 - 7 p.m.

Seana Logsdon
The Psychology of Action: Overcoming Procrastination This workshop teaches you how to manage your time and overcome procrastination Wednesday, Nov. 23
6 - 7 p.m.
Daniel McCrea
Academic Support: Who To/ How To This workshop provides you with an overview of key contact people and academic support resources and services available to undergraduate and graduate students across New York state and online. Wednesday, Nov. 16
12 - 1 p.m.
Seana Logsdon
Writing College Papers: What's It All About? This workshop reviews the basics of writing college papers, including organization, formatting and the process of creating a paper. Dust off the cobwebs around what you may (or may not) remember about academic writing. Monday, Dec. 5
6-7 p.m.

Brett Sherman
Stress Management: Flow, Relaxation, & the High Performance Mind This workshop helps you learn about your own stress responses and how to minimize stress in your life. Learn how to easily trigger flow and the relaxation response, and about their power, creativity and health benefits for our bodies, brains, and minds. The knowledge and skills taught in this interactive workshop can help you to be a successful student and all around healthier person Wednesday, Dec. 14
6 - 7 p.m.
Daniel McCrea

Any questions? Contact a Director of Academic Support near you:

Tips for First-time Users

Follow this link to access the Academic Support web conferencing "room": http://bit.ly/academicsupportworkshops

Please log in ahead of time to make sure you can get in without any problem.

You can access the online workshops via a computer, smartphone or tablet.

On a Computer or Laptop

  • Put the web conference "room" address - http://bit.ly/academicsupportworkshops - into your web browser.
  • At the login prompt, type your first and last name and hit Enter.
  • Java will load.
  • When prompted to run Blackboard Collaborate, click "run."
  • Select the connection speed and you're in!

On a Smartphone or Tablet

  • Download the free application "Blackboard Collaborate" from your app store.
  • Follow the directions on screen and, when prompted, use the web conferencing "room": http://bit.ly/academicsupportworkshops.

For Technical Assistance

Please contact the ITS Service Desk.

Graduate Student Workshops

The workshops listed below are offered online in our virtual classroom at http://tinyurl.com/escgradworkshops.

Download the schedule: Graduate Academic Support Workshops ( 20kB)

While registration is not required, we highly encourage students to register in order to get reminder emails and any updates about the workshops. To register, send an email to learning.support@esc.edu and indicate the date and title of the workshop(s) in which you are interested.

All times shown are Eastern Time (E.T.).

Workshop TitleDescriptionDate, Time and
Workshop Leader(s)
Making the Transition to Graduate School Graduate school can pose new demands and challenges for even the most diligent of students. This workshop will explain key ways in which graduate-level work may differ from what you were used to in your undergraduate education. Learn some simple strategies that will help you make the leap!

Thurs., Sept. 8
6 – 7 p.m.
Mildred Van Bergen

Tues., Sept. 13
6 – 7 p.m.
Mildred Van Bergen

Intentional Reading

A focused, purposeful approach to reading books and peer-reviewed journal articles is necessary to acquire knowledge, think critically and write at the graduate level. In this workshop, we will examine academic texts to learn how to skim and identify key information and ideas; read deeply, actively, and critically; analyze and respond to texts; and more. Take your reading skills to the next level by becoming an intentional reader!

Mon., Sept. 19
6 – 7 pm
Michele Cooper

Tues., Sept. 27
12 – 1 pm
Michele Cooper

Entering the Academic Conversation: Discussing and Responding to Sources Graduate school is largely an initiation into a broader community of scholars. So how do you, a student, enter into the major conversations in your discipline? In this workshop, we will show you how to discuss and respond to scholarly sources in your writing. We will provide examples of phrasing used in academic discourse and will also show you how to cite your sources appropriately using in-text citation.

Thurs., Sept. 29
6 – 7 pm
Brett Sherman
Mildred Van Bergen

Wed., Nov. 2
12 – 1 pm
Brett Sherman
Mildred Van Bergen

Tips and Tricks for Lengthy Writing Assignments A hallmark of your graduate experience will be the contribution of significant new scholarship to your field. As rewarding as this experience can be, it can also feel overwhelming. This workshop will introduce you to some practical strategies for breaking down lengthy writing assignments into manageable steps. Learn to crush writer's block and build momentum so that you can stay on track!

Thurs., Oct. 27
12 – 1 p.m.
Seana Logsdon

Tuesday, Nov. 15
6 – 7 p.m.
Seana Logsdon

Any questions? Contact a Director of Academic Support near you:

Tips for First-time Users

Follow this link to access the Academic Support web conferencing "room": http://tinyurl.com/escgradworkshops

Please log in ahead of time to make sure you can get in without any problem.

You can access the online workshops via a computer, smartphone or tablet.

On a Computer or Laptop

  • Put the web conference "room" address - http://tinyurl.com/escgradworkshops - into your web browser.
  • At the login prompt, type your first and last name and hit Enter.
  • Java will load.
  • When prompted to run Blackboard Collaborate, click "run."
  • Select the connection speed and you're in!

On a Smartphone or Tablet

  • Download the free application "Blackboard Collaborate" from your app store.
  • Follow the directions on screen and, when prompted, use the web conferencing "room": http://tinyurl.com/escgradworkshops.

For Technical Assistance

Please contact the ITS Service Desk.