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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
New Students and Family Programs

Educational Outreach

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/newstudent/educationaloutreachworkshops.html

 

Educational Outreach Workshops are designed to help students with their academic development during the transition to college.  The workshops utilize an interactive learning format to provide students with a combination of information and strategies for implementing skills into daily life.

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Workshops focus on a variety of skills!!!

Currently, our staff present on topics such as: motivation and goal setting, time management, major exploration, and academic advising and registration. We are always open to developing new workshops based on specific needs of students. When filling out the workshop request form, please indicate any specific topics or skills you would like our staff members to include in the workshop.

 

The workshop descriptions below provide a general overview about each workshop. Workshops may vary in terms of content and delivery due to facilitator discretion.

 

 Motivation and Goal Setting

  • Facilitators will define and discuss SMART goals.
  • Students will spend time creating personal goals.
  • An activity or discussion will address de-motivators and how to combat them by using accountability partners and personal rewards system.

Advising and Registration

  • Jeopardy will be used to cover information about general education, advising, academic standards, and fun facts about campus.
  • We would also review how to prepare for advising appointments and registration.
  • Students will learn how to access & interpret their DARS (Degree Audit Reports).
  • Our facilitators know general information about all the majors. Please include any specific information you would like covered for a given major or college in your workshop request form.

Time Management

  • Facilitators may implement Family Feud to introduce students to time wasters and how to combat them.
  • Time Management strategies will be covered and resources for students will be provided, including how to use planners and syllabi to make the most of a semester!
  • Time will allow for student to practice one of the time management strategies introduced.

 Major Exploration

  • Facilitators will address common myths about choosing a major
  • Students will participate in an activity to identify their interests, abilities, and values
  • Information-gathering and decision-making tips will be provided
  • Students will review examples of careers that match their Work Personality

Anyone can request a workshop!!! 

Our staff often present workshops for Learning Community students, and in the residence halls by the request of the Maverick Mentor or Community Advisor. Please give us two weeks advanced notice when requesting a workshop.

We will come to you!!!

Workshops can be facilitated in a variety of locations including classrooms, the lounges in the residence halls,  or even outside. To maximize your attendance, however, we strongly suggest that you plan your workshop on a weeknight (Monday through Thursday). Workshops should begin no later than 8PM.

Please note: We are unfortunately unable to offer workshops during the summer (May through August). We apologize for any inconvenience.

Looking for Study Skills & Test-taking Prep?

Please contact the Center for Academic Success (507-389-1791) for more information about offering this particular topic/workshop.