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San Diego State University

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TRiO Seminars/Workshops

Fall 2015

Click on any workshop title to see a description of the workshop. Project participants will be notified every Monday of the week's "theme" workshops, but workshop appointments can be scheduled at any time during the semester. To schedule an appointment, contact a TRiO staff member at trio_sss@mail.sdsu.edu or (619) 594-5315.

 

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Composition & Grammar

The Art of Argument
College Writing Basics
How Comma I Don’t Know How to Punctuate?
Narrative Writing
The Road to Revision
Vivacious Verb Tenses


Research

Dare to Document Sources: An overview of MLA & APA Style
Exploring the Love Library
Love-ing the Online Library


Financial Literacy

Budgeting Basics
Cashing in on Cash Course
Credit Score Confidential
Desperately Seeking Scholarships
Fun with Financial Literacy
Navigating Financial Aid & FAFSA Websites


College Skills

School Survival Skills
Time for Time Management
Transfer Student Orientation (Toto, We’re not in Community College Any More.)


Real-World Skills

Powerful Power Points
Rockin' Resumes & Cover Letters
Writing for Careers


Test-Taking Strategies

Preparing for the WPA Exam
Worry-Free Writing Exams

Fun & Relaxation

Journal Writing Salon
Poetry Salon
Reading for Rejuvenation
Writing for Stress Relief

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The Art of Argument
Ethos, Logos, Pathos . . .What does it all mean and how are these concepts relevant in the “real” world? This workshop will answer these questions and arm you with the tools to structure an effective argument paper.
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Budgeting Basics
Does it seem like you’re always out of cash? Do you have just enough to cover the bare necessities but never enough for the occasional luxury? If you’d like to learn how even the smallest budget can be structured to allow some flexibility for fun, come join us for this workshop!
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Cashing in on Cash Course
Money Management, Cheap Eats, Getting out of Credit Card Debt . . . These are just a few of the multitude of financial topics covered by Cash Course. Join this workshop to learn how this fun, free, web-based resource - combined with tutorials from the TRiO staff - will make you wise about money.
Available by appointment
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College Writing Basics
Has it been a while since you've written an essay?  Do you remember what a thesis is?  This workshop strips it down to the essentials, covering everything from outlining, composition and proofreading.
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Credit Score Confidential
Do you know what a credit score is, who is looking at your particular score, and why it matters? This workshop explains credit scores, discusses how to improve and maintain your credit score, and shows you who else is interested in your score and why: i.e. potential employers, landlords, loan officers, and so on. We'll also show you how to access your credit report for free - without signing up for any fee-based services.
Available by appointment
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Dare to Document Sources
Proper documentation can make or break your grade on a paper. If you’re confused about the difference between the MLA & APA styles, or if you’re not even sure why it matters, this workshop is for you. Never again lose points for failing to document your sources.
Available by appointment
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Desperately Seeking Scholarships
Are you missing out on free money because you don’t know where to look for scholarships? Are you afraid that your GPA isn’t high enough to get a scholarship?  If so, this workshop might surprise you when you learn there is a scholarship out there meant just for you. You’ll also have an opportunity to schedule help with your application essay.
Available by appointment with Demitrius.
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Exploring the Love Library
Do you know where to watch movies or play classic Atari video games in the library? Do you know where the progressive time zone clock is located? Do you know how to check out books? If you answered "no" to even one of these questions, this tour is for you! Meet in the HTC and go from there.
Available by appointment
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Fun with Financial Literacy: One to One
Loans, scholarships, personal budgets, savings, long term planning, paying for graduate school, developing good credit . . . the TRiO staff is here to help you through these topics in one-to-one meetings. You can be confident that your questions will be addressed in  a confidential setting, and you’ll take away a better understanding of using finances to achieve your short & long term goals.
Available by appointment
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How Comma I Don’t Know How to Punctuate?
Do you know when to use a comma and when a semicolon is more appropriate? You will after this workshop!
Available by appointment
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Journal Writing Salon
Did you know that writing in a journal or a blog can actually help you become a better writer? Come join us for a few fun and relaxing writing exercises what will help you get the ideas flowing. Bring a pen & paper!
Available by appointment
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Love-ing the Online Library
This is a hands-on workshop in which you’ll navigate the online library and databases, including some fun features you probably didn’t even know about (do you know how to use the Website to check out DVDs from the media center?). You’ll also find out how to use computer-based versions of all the TRiO workshops.  
Available by appointment
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Narrative Writing
This workshop covers the fundamentals of writing a narrative essay, including conflict development and resolution.
Available by appointment
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Navigating Financial Aid & FAFSA Websites
Could you use a little extra cash for school or help navigating the confusing world of financial aid? This workshop is for you.
Available by appointment with Demitrius
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Poetry Salon
Do you have something to say but you’re just not sure how to say it? Have you always wanted to try your hand at poetry? We’ll provide you with some exercises to get you started. Bring a pen and paper and rest assured that anything you write will remain your private creation (unless you want to share).
Available by appointment with Steve
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Powerful Power Points (2007)
Power Point has become the industry standard for presentations at school and in the work place, but there’s a reason it’s not called Power Paragraph or even Power Sentence. Come learn the basics of designing slides that keep your audience interested.
Available by appointment
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Preparing for the WPA Exam
This workshop provides an overview of the Writing Proficiency Assessment (WPA) . We introduce you to the actual essay prompt and take you step-by-step through the development of a rhetorical analysis paper in response to a sample article. You’ll review common rhetorical strategies and have time to ask questions. You're welcome to attend even if you have not yet registered to take the exam. We offer the workshops a week before the exam (Tuesday & Thursday), but it's not necessary to attend the workshop on both days.
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Reading for Rejuvenation
Did you love to read when you were younger but lost the free time to stay current on novels as you grew older? Have you never found the “right” novel to grab and hold your interest? Have you explored the free books available on your smart phone and now find yourself curious about what else is out there? Whether reading for fun is a lost hobby you’d like to recapture or a new activity you’d like to explore, this workshop is for you. You’ll learn how to identify your interest areas, explore books online, in bookstores, and in the library, and walk away with a plan to start at least one new novel.
Available by appointment
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The Road to Revision
As you near the end of the semester, you’ll be turning in term papers and revising earlier assignments for better grades. Revision is key and this workshop is a must.
Available by appointment
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Rockin' Resumes & Cover Letters
ACTION verbs. BULLET points. AND more! A  cover letter is a potential employer’s first impression of you, and the resume is what makes or breaks that interview offer. Make yours stand out at this workshop.
Available by appointment
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School Survival Skills
College life can be impersonal and intimidating on a large campus. To help prepare you for academic success, this workshop will provide tips on managing time, strategies for developing good study habits, pointers on communicating with faculty, and ideas for creating a network of peers and professionals to help you survive college.
Available by appointment with Teresa
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Time Management
Time is a valuable resource, which many of us mismanage. In this workshop you will learn how to create a weekly and monthly planner, set short and long range goals for completing class assignments, and prioritize tasks.
Available by appointment with Teresa
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Transfer Student Orientation – A.K.A. Toto, We’re not in Community College Any more.
The Transfer Student Orientation offers general information about SDSU and highlights the differences in curriculum and culture from community college.  Learn how to better adjust to more demands on your time, new professors, and a new writing curriculum.
Available by appointment with Steve
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Vivacious Verb Tenses
If you’re tired of seeing verb errors marked down on your papers (tense shifts, subject-verb agreement problems, sound familiar?) this workshop is for you.
Also available by appointment with Steve
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Worry-Free Writing Exams
Timed writing is a challenge for many students.  In this workshop, you will learn how to organize and compose a timed essay.  You'll also get some useful tips for dealing with the difficulties of writing under pressure.
Available by appointment
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Writing for Careers
Do you ever find yourself wondering why you have to take all these writing courses and whether they're really preparing you for the "real world"? This workshop sheds light on the many and varied writing tasks across the spectrum of professional environments. After attending, you'll have a greater appreciation of the practical uses for your writing skills (and you might even just want to hug your writing professor for preparing you so well!)
Available by appointment
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Writing for Stress Relief
It’s the end of the term and you’re bound to be stressed out. Save yourself the aggravation of having to apologize for snapping at a friend or sending a text message you really didn’t mean. Bring pen & paper to this workshop to YELL, SCREAM, AND THROW THINGS, but all on paper. You’ll feel better!
Available by appointment
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