College of Science

Academic Excellence Workshops

Students in workshops excel better at course material

SEES conducts a comprehensive workshop program open to everyone on campus. Academic Excellence Workshops (AEW) are group study sessions led by trained facilitators. AEW’s promote excellence and facilitate mastery of course content through group interaction. AEWs are offered in the foundation courses of Mathematics, Chemistry, and Computer Science. For foundation courses in Biology and Physics, students are encouraged to take the recitations offered by those departments. Participants in the SEES Academic Excellence Workshops (AEW), after enrolling in the targeted sections are regularly attending workshops, earn higher grades, have a higher retention rate, and graduate sooner than non-workshop participants. Many participants go on to become facilitators themselves, reinforcing their own knowledge while helping others and earning income to help support their education.

Details of workshops specific to each quarter can be found in the SEES Office (3-2123). To participate in a workshop, fill out the workshop application (DOC) and turn it in to the SEES office. 

For Physics help => take the recitation along with the physics course 

For Biology help => take the recitation along with the foundation biology course

What an Academic Excellence Workshop is...

  • Advanced group-learning techniques for subject mastery that incorporate problem sets and expand student capabilities beyond the normal curriculum.
  • Student-centered learning environment (vs. a teaching environment) in which students demonstrate subject mastery to peers and learn test-taking skills. This work develops student skills in communication about technical issues and the ability to work effectively in groups.
  • Workshop leader-initiated processes that reinforce the value of, support the initiation of, and skills necessary for effective student-led study groups
  • Close and continuous (weekly or more often) status/progress meetings between the supervising faculty member(s) and the workshop leader(s).
  • Success oriented: aimed at high grades and no failing grades.
  • A supplemental learning experience that is closely related to a specific technical course. The workshop process includes integrating the course material into subjects that come before and those yet to come.

What an Academic Excellence Workshop is NOT...

  • Remedial learning, teaching.
  • An activity independent of the course section in which workshop participants are enrolled
  • A course-equivalent
  • A substitute for homework, or for doing homework
  • More lecturing
  • Group tutoring
  • Shadow class
  • Recitation section