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