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College Success Workshops

 

Our College Success Workshops provide aspiring student veterans with the skills they need to succeed in higher education. These workshops come in two different types: one is designed for student veterans enrolled in community college (Community College Workshops, hosted by community colleges) and the other is designed for any veteran or service member who wants to brush up on useful academic skills regardless of enrollment status (Regional College Success Workshops, hosted by 4-year colleges and universities). College Success Workshops are offered in both full day in-person and half-day online formats.

 

Overview

College Success Workshops introduce student veterans to analytical reading, note-taking methods, college transition, time management, and effective study habits. These workshops provide a great introduction to the materials and skills covered in our academic boot camps. Instruction is given by WSP fellows, who are student veterans themselves and alumni of our boot camps.

Course Structure

Analytical reading sessions introduce students to a variety of essential reading skills that will have a major impact on how students learn in the college setting. This session teaches strategies to efficiently understand, engage with, and extract important information from difficult and unfamiliar readings. 

Study skills sessions cover the core study skills that will help students prepare for college and improve academic performance. These sessions illustrate the learning practices of successful college students which include classroom participation, note-taking, time management, and self-care.

 

College transition sessions are dedicated to exploring the expectations, challenges, and experiences student veterans face when transitioning into higher education from military service.

 

For virtual programs only, a panel of Warrior-Scholar Project alumni will engage in a discussion about their personal college experiences as well as answer questions from the students.

Sample In-Person Full-Day Course Schedule

 

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM - Welcome & Introductions

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM - Making the Transition

In a discussion led by Warrior-Scholar Project alumni, students reflect on how they can best navigate the transition into higher education by identifying expected challenges and strategies to overcome those challenges.  

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Analytical Reading Part 1

Analytical reading teaches students how to assess, analyze, and annotate difficult and unfamiliar texts efficiently. This session will demonstrate how to identify and recognize the core structure and specific aspects of an author’s argument.

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM - Lunch

1:15 PM - 3:00 pm - Analytical Reading Part 2

Students will complete a short reading assignment to practice the skills they learned in Part 1 of Analytical Reading. They will then review the experience and continue the discussion from Part 1.

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM - Study Skills

Study skills will teach students about staying organized, overcoming procrastination, time management, note taking, and studying effectively.

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM - Admissions Talk

A host campus admissions representative provides a brief presentation on the admissions process and a Q & A about college life.

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM - Program Wrap & Post-course Survey

Warrior-Scholar Project staff close out the program and students complete a short post-course survey.

 

 

Sample Online Half-Day Course Schedule

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM - Welcome & Introductions

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM - Study Skills

Study skills will teach the students about staying organized, overcoming procrastination, time management, note taking, and studying effectively.

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM - Analytical Reading

Analytical reading teaches students how to assess, analyze, and annotate difficult and unfamiliar texts efficiently. This session will demonstrate how to identify and recognize the core structure and specific aspects of an author’s argument.

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM - Alumni Panel 

Warrior-Scholar Project alumni will lead a discussion and share their own experiences and strategies navigating the shift into academic culture. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a question and answer session with the panel. 

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM - Program Wrap & Post-course Survey

Warrior-Scholar Project staff close out the program and students complete a short post-course survey.


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