Academic Skills Workshops Sunday

The SARN peer advisors will hold three workshops on Sunday, Nov. 15. Please attend!  No reservation required.

thumbnailCAK12CRSExam Taking:  Students in this workshop will improve their exam-taking skills by learning about and trying several techniques. This is open to all class years, so come learn how to tackle the exams that will be waiting when you return from Thanksgiving break!  7:15 – 8:30 p.m., Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center

Time Management: If you have always pondered about how to balance your workload, how to juggle academics thumbnailCA7IZ161with co-curricular activities or how to wake up on time, then this workshop might be for you. Tips will be shared, so come and learn how you can better manage your time.  2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Usdan Center 114

thumbnailCA0I6DB4Study Skills: In this workshop, we will discuss different ways people learn, examine your study habits, review guidelines for improving your study strategies, and learn techniques for planning effective study groups.  7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Usdan Center 136

Not Happy with Mid-terms…?

Not Happy with Mid-term Grades…

Many of you will be getting your mid-term exam, papers, and projects back soon, if you haven’t already.  While I hope you will be pleased with how you did, if you are not, it can be quite an eye-opener and rattle your confidence a bit. 

thumbnailCA0I6DB4Suggestions for next steps:   Review the exam with your professor and/or your TA and talk with them about study strategies specific to the discipline; meet with your faculty advisor and with me for study suggestions and time management tips; talk to a peer advisor and strengthen areas that you’ve identified as trouble-spots by going to an academic skills workshop (keep your eye out for exam prep and exam taking workshops for the next round of “mid-terms;” check out the SARN resources through the class blog, below; seek out some support at OBH or the chaplains; and come see me with any other questions or concerns. 

Always remember that you never would have been admitted if you didn’t have the chops!  We all run into times that are difficult or seem overwhelming.  It’s how you deal with them that makes a difference.

Relax Efficiently! Time & Stress Management Workshop

thumbnailCAADVN9SStressed out? Feeling overwhelmed? Come to a Time & Stress Management workshop! This workshop, co-run by the Peer Health Advocates and Peer Advisors, will give you helpful time and stress management techniques, tailored to the busy college lifestyle. You’ll come away from the workshop feeling relaxed and ready to take on all you have to do… as well as having received a massage. 

Note: Please bring a towel or yoga mat to the workshop so you don’t have to lie on the floor during your massage. 

Date:   Sunday, October 11 and Sunday, October 18                Location:   Woodhead Lounge

Time:   7:15 p.m.                  Contact Person:   Alyssa Bogdanow ’11

Academic Skills Workshops: Get Your A+ On!





Exam Prep:     9/18:  2:30 p.m.   (Rm. 109),  9/19:  1:30 p.m.   (141),         9/20:  7:00 p.m.   (109)

Exam Taking:      9/18:  4:00 p.m.   (Rm. 058),  9/20:  7:00 p.m.   (141)

Note Taking:    9/18:  2:30 p.m.   (Rm. 121), 9/19:  12:30 p.m.   (121),          9/20:  8:45 p.m.   (141)

Reading Retention:   9/18:  3:15 p.m.   (Woodhead),  9/19:  3:30 p.m.   (Rm. 058),   9/20:  7:00 p.m.   (137)

Public Speaking:   9/18:  3:15 p.m.   (Rm. 139),  9/19:  3:00 p.m.   (139),        9/20:  8:45 p.m.   (139)

Study Skills:   9/19:  1:30 p.m.   (Rm. 137)

Time Management:   9/18:  4:00 p.m.   (Rm. 121),  9/19:  12:30 p.m.   (109),  9/20:  5:30 p.m.   (137)

Writing:  9/20:  5:30 p.m.   (Rm. 058)


Academic Skills Assessment Survey Recommendations

Thank you all for submitting the academic skills assessment survey.  Based on what you told us in the survey, we have recommended specific workshops to enhance or reinforce your academic skills in particular areas and to help you negotiate a smooth transition from high school to college.  Do not be alarmed if some of you receive more thumbnailCAFF781Arecommendations than others.  This survey was for your benefit and our recommendations, based on your responses, will connect you with resources to help promote your success and make your academic experience more productive and satisfying.  You can access these recommendations through your e-portfolio in the “Wesleyan Career” bucket now and view a schedule of workshops that will be available during the first two weekends after classes begin.

Sarah Lazare: Assoc. Dean for Student Academic Resources

Sarah Lazare, the associate dean for student academic resources, works in several capacities to help students achieve academic success at Wesleyan. She administers Disabilities Services, oversees the Student Academic Resource Network (SARN) and SARN Peer Advisors, and works with the Class Deans to provide academic support to Wes students of all class years. There are so many academic resources available to students that when students find themselves stumbling, all they have to do is ask. The Deans’ Office or any other SARN program can help them find a solution.

Dean Sarah started working at Wesleyan in December 2006. She holds a bachelor’s degree in religion from Smith s-lazare1College; a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; and a law degree from CUNY School of Law. She worked at Smith College until 2000, where she also provided academic support services to students among her other responsibilities.  After graduating from CUNY School of Law, she served as their coordinator of Student Activities and Events for one year before practicing public interest law in Springfield, MA for two years. She found that she did not like courtroom trial work and missed working with students. After her two year appointment practicing law was up, she returned to higher education where she is again able to help students attain their dreams.

Come visit Dean Sarah on the garden level of North College (okay, the basement, really) in room 021.  You can drop by or make an appointment by writing to or calling x2332.

Visit the Peer Advisor

Make a visit to the Peer Advisor – a blog run by students for students and designed to answer your questions about campus life and academics. The SARN peer advisors are itching to answer your questions! To be able to make comments, you need to login using your “” email address. See you there!