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Workshops aim to prepare students

By Sharon Murra-Kapon/reporter

Want to learn tips for a successful college life? NW Campus will present Student Success Days, a two-day workshop of seminars 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 11-12.

Students can attend as many workshops as they want or as few as one. They can get a detailed schedule with locations at the registration desk in the Student Center Commons.

Registration will start at 8 a.m., then breakfast and juice bar at Theatre NW. Registration will continue until 1 p.m. and will open again 3:30-6 p.m. both days. Students must register to attend the workshop.

Student Success Days will provide lunch for all registered participants. Students can have pizza on Tuesday and hamburgers on Wednesday from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Wednesday’s lunch will include entertainment by a live band.

On Tuesday, students can choose from a variety of sessions, most of which will be repeated on Wednesday. Here is what to expect:

Tuesday-only sessions

Starting off the two-days at 9:30 a.m. is Making the Grade at College. Counselor Reta Fretwell will assist students in developing skills to help them grow vocationally, emotionally, physically and socially.

Dr. Annette Nolte, professor of psychology, will present Personality Type and Study Skills at 11 a.m. Tuesday and repeat the session at 4 p.m. the same day.

Nolte will explain the effect one’s personality type has on how he or she learns and will offer tips for using one’s type to improve success in the classroom.

Fight, Flight, or Just Answer the Questions: Managing Test Anxiety, presented by Tracy Williams, academic advisor, will help students understand test anxiety, demystify its effects and suggest ways to reduceanxiety.

The seminar is scheduled for 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Presenter LuAnn Krey of the career and employment center will show students how to write resumes, cover letters and thank you notes in Putting a Resume Together, an interactive session, 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Students who get butterflies when they hear the word speech can get tips for making those butterflies fly away in Class Presentations 101. Dr. Bobbi Stringer, professor of speech, and Carol Hunsberger, instructor of Speech, will present at 11 a.m. Tuesday and A’Isha Malone, instructor of speech, will present at 12:30 p.m.Tuesday.

At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Brian Cervantez, assistant professor of history; Fonda Honda, NW student, andKristen Svajda, Texas Woman’s University student, will present Getting Off on the Right Foot: Secrets to Success from Current and Former Students.

The panel of current and former students will reveal their tips and tricks for being a successful student at TCC NW.

A workshop to help students overcome their math fears and anxieties will begin at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Math Anxiety Workshop, presented by Kristie Johnson, instructor of mathematics, will provide study techniques and tools to help students be more successful in math courses.

Tuesday-Wednesday sessions

Members of the distance learning staff will present Surviving and Thriving in Your Online Course. They will explain what it takes to be a successful distance learning student. The four sessions are 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 9:05 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

In Got Time? Lily Calzada, coordinator of special services, will offer advice on best utilizing the 168 hours of a week. The session will be presented at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and 10:10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Angela Neary, assistant professor of health and physical education, will help students find time for fitness and healthy eating habits in their college schedule.

Fitting Fitness and Healthy Eating Habits into College Life: Do I Really Have to Eat That Carrot? at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Show Me the Money! by Trina Smith-Patterson, financial aid director, and Yvette Vasquez, financial aid office assistant, will help students learn how to find money for college. The session begins at 12:30 p.m.Tuesday and will be repeated at 10:10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Dr. Janice Yoder Smith, professor of biology, will conduct Shhhh! Secrets to Making a Good Grade in a Science Class! at 4 p.m. both Tuesday and Wednesday. Smith will offer a few tricks for learning some basic concepts to make science classes easier.

Students who panic when assigned research may want to attend Help! My Instructor Wants Me to Do Research! Tuesday at 4 p.m. and Wednesday at 10 a.m., Danelle Ellis, public services librarian, will explain where to start, what to look for and how to navigate the library databases.

Ellis will also conduct Put on a Good Show: Only You Can Prevent Bad PowerPoint at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and at 9:05 a.m. Wednesday.

Students will learn tips and tricks to make their class presentations worthy of an A.

Students not used to graphing calculators can bring their calculators to Calculated Effort: A TI83/TI84 Calculator Workshop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Vilma Manteiga, associate professor of mathematics, and Dr. Vinh Nguyen, associate professor of mathematics, will show students how to effectively use their graphing calculators for college coursework.

Wednesday-only sessions

Besides repeated sessions from Tuesday’s schedule, four seminars are Wednesday only.

Rebecca Turner of AXA Financial will be on campus at 9:05 a.m. Wednesday for Money Matters. Turner will show how it is never too early to be concerned about money and explain how to manage finances, create a good credit record, build wealth and increase financial literacy.

Students can learn how to track progress in their courses and communicate with their instructors in Connecting with Campus Cruiser. John Kidd, assistant professor of computer science, will start the session at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday.

Great Expectations—What Does Your Teacher Expect from You? at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday will help students learn what to expect from their teachers.

Dr. Laura Wood, professor of government and history, and Dixil Rodriguez, associate professor of English, will conduct the session.

Life Is a Laughing Matter: Insane Ideas to Maintain Sanity, presented by Ellis, will teach students how to laugh at themselves and the world. The session begins Wednesday at 11:15 a.m.

For more information, contact Sandra McCurdy at or at 817-515-7463.

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