Seminars help students with time management, stress and other life challenges.
By Ryann Palacios
The SLAC Lab team has created workshops to help students cope with the struggles they face when the going gets tough.
“We have heard students ask for advice on study habits and time management,” said Geraldo R. Guerra, coordinator of the Student Learning Assistance Center.
This is the first semester the workshops have been offered. They began this month and will continue through Saturday.
“The workshops are laid-back and comfortable,” Guerra said. “It’s not going to be like another class.”
The longest a workshop would last is 15 minutes.
“The workshops are not going to take up a lot of time,” Guerra said. “We know students have busy lives.”
All workshops are in the SLAC Lab, Room 707 of Moody Learning Center. The remaining schedule is “Learning Styles” at 4 p.m. and “Time Management” at 6 p.m. today; “Note-taking Skills” at 1 p.m., “Study Smarter Skills” at 3 p.m. and “Online Learning” at 6 p.m. Tuesday; “Online Learning” at 10 a.m. and “Working and Communicating with Your Professor” at 11 a.m. Wednesday; “Test-taking Skills” at 3 p.m. Thursday; “Stress Management” at 10 a.m. and “Working and Communicating with Your Professor at 11 a.m. Friday; and “Time Management and Overcoming Procrastination” at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Math tutor Diane Lopez said her background in sociology has allowed her to take a different approach with her math anxiety workshop.
“Instead of it being about how to overcome your math anxiety, I talk a lot more about the anxiety behaviors we have and how they influence our reaction to math,” Lopez said.
Lopez said she likes to make the presentations relatable to students.
“I’ve confessed to students about taking remedial math,” Lopez said. “I have suffered through math anxiety and that I was able to overcome it.”
Workshops include math anxiety, test taking, time management and note taking. Students can find them on the SLAC Workshop Orgsync page. The workshops are on a rotating time schedule so students get a chance to attend different ones. Students are encouraged to register for the workshops but walk-ins are welcome.
The SLAC Lab will be helping students stay stress-free the week before finals. Students will get assistance from the lab for extra hours during an extended week. The lab will be open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 28–Dec. 1 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3.
For more information, call the SLAC Lab at 210-486-0165.