Community / News / January 22, 2014

CTL offers new workshops

Junior Ashlee Pitts and freshman Crystal Singletary from the Center for Teaching and Learning are holding workshops in SMC E-117 at 6 PM every Monday. The next sessions will focus on test-taking and note-taking skills, Jan. 20 and 27 respectively. (Jason Deschamps/TKS)

Junior Ashlee Pitts and freshman Crystal Singletary from the Center for Teaching and Learning are holding workshops in SMC E-117 at 6 PM every Monday. The next sessions will focus on test-taking and note-taking skills, Jan. 20 and 27 respectively. (Jason Deschamps/TKS)

Playing on the “Keep Calm” theme, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is  offering a three-part workshop series during winter term for students interested in developing skills that encourage productive learning habits. The seminars are run by junior Ashlee Pitts, and freshman Crystal Singletary, and are held on Monday evenings from 6-7 p.m. in SMC E-117.

Developed by Pitts, the seminars focus on time management, test-taking and note-taking.

“The first seminar, we focused on getting students to find what exactly they put as priorities in their lives,” said Pitts. “We talked about the different types of planners you can use and how to effectively use your time.”

Pitts explained that the second and third seminars will emphasize strategies on how to  study and take notes in class.

“We knew this would be a trial run,” John Haslem, who helps oversee the seminars, said.

“We’re still in a formulation stage and looking to improve that.”

Haslem explained that these workshops may be formatted into orientation in the future.

“There are students who could benefit from this,” he said. “First-years will see them as more useful.”

However, Pitts explained that the workshops are not geared towards any group of  students in particular.

“Who couldn’t benefit from time management?” Haslem asked. “Your professional life will be more demanding than Knox life.”

The CTL plans to continue developing these workshops next term and into the following year based on the student attendance.

“We are planning on possibly holding them again next term if we have a high student turnout, as well as possibly incorporating these workshops into future first-year orientations,” said Pitts.

“We’re looking to develop a set of programs,” Haslem said. “It’s an ongoing commitment we’re going to stick with.”

Samantha Waight

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