Student Success Labs

 

Become fearless, become stronger; become more!

This series of talks and activities will prepare you to achieve your academic and personal goals.
 

Summer 2020

We are pleased to offer you an online experinece right here on our website.  Check The Arch Guidebook app as well for information.

Sign up and we'll send you your first lab. 
Session titles will become links on the date of the event by 3 p.m.
Join us on Discord to keep the conversation going and chat with experts.

 

Self-Guided Labs

The Power of Yet | Carol Dweck What if instead of a failing grade, you got the grade of not yet?  Watch this video and learn about research into growth mindset.  Consider how you can apply this to your learning and goals. Need a pick me up? Listen to Janelle Monae singing about the power of yet.

Koru Mindfulness Cultivating Resilience during COVID-19. Check this out for guided mindfulness activities and download the app.

Coping with COVID Coping strategies from our Student Health Center.

 

Focus 2 brought to you by the CCPD, is very useful in helping you to confirm or choose an academic major.  You have the opportunity to research careers by name or by industry, and you can compare two occupations side by side.  You may also explore careers based on your academic major.

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban You can practice not putting off things until the last minute. Watch and write down one thing you refuse to procrastinate on one more day.

 

 

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Click the link above and fill out our online sign up form.  Once you’ve completed your first lab, we’ll send you your personal success plan.

June 3

3:00 p.m. | Time Management while at home

Studying and learning remotely presents its own set of challenges when trying to manage your time. During this session you will learn a priorities-based system for creating a routine and protips for when and how to schedule things.

Live | recording available | Join us for a live chat on Discord 

June 10 

3:00 p.m. | Online learning postpoted to support #SHUTDOWNSTEM Watch Dr. Kendi talk about Anti Racism

Join us in distrupting business as usual and use the time to begin anti-racist work.  Resources are available here

Online here | recording available | Join us for a live chat on Discord

June 17

 

3:00 p.m. | Success in Online Learning Getting and staying motivated

 

Virtual or Remote Learning is a very different experience from studying for in-person classes. We will discuss how to adjust your current study skills and what new study skills may be helpful to utilize for remote learning. Visit our website to view. Join Dean Isabel Norman for this talk. Click the title to join, Password: rvCDfaKv572 second Password is Success

Live | recording available | Join us for a live chat on Discord

 

Do you put things off until the last minute only to be disappointed by the outcome?  Learn how to develop and maintain motivation to achieve goals to make change in your life. Whether you want to spend more time on school work or learn to play the piano, making change requires a specific set of steps to ensure success.  You can achieve your goals, you just need the right equipment. -  Alyce Newman, LCSW

2 Prerecorded Sessions | Join us for a live chat on Discord

 

June 24

 

3:00 p.m. | Talk by Dr. Holly Traver | Past, Future, or Just Now: The Benefits of Being Present

 

We are pleased to offer this exclusive talk by one Rensselaer's favorite faculty. If you have not been able to register for Positive Psych or Mindfulness this will be you won't want to miss. Click the title to join us. Password: Success. Dr. Traver recommends the book "The Happiness Advantage" if you are intested in learning more about this topic.

 

Check out her "Last Lecture" on why mangoes make her happy.

Live | recording available | Join us for a live chat on Discord

 

July 8 

 

3:00 p.m. | Tell the story your GPA doesn’t

 

Concerned that your GPA will leave you out in the cold - think again! Join Katelyn Newsham, junior class dean and Philip Bruce, Director of the CCPD to learn how package your strengths for success.

Prerecorded | Join us for a live chat on Discord

 

July 8 

 

Mindfulness

 

Learn about the benefits particularly in assisting with stress, and overall cognition. Begin the practice and see if it affects your progress towards your goals. Come learn what all the buzz is about and why companies like Google, Twitter, PayPal, LinkedIn and many more in Silicon Valley are employing these techniques. In this session Sheryl Spencer, LCSW will introduce participants to mindfulness and meditation.

2 Prerecorded Sessions | Join us for a live chat on Discord

 

 

FALL 2020

Sessions are held every Tuesday in the Academy Hall Auditorium at 4 p.m.
Summer Session are held every Wednesday in online, check back for details
 
Dr. Keith Anderson Resilence I, II  with Dr. Keith Anderson

Building resilience is a critical strategy in developing a self that is able to tolerate adversity and succeed in difficult situations. While many people can persist when things are easy or enjoyable, being resilient means having the ability to manage distress and to bounce back in difficult situations or environments. This important skill is not something you learn from a book, but from managing the experiences of life.

Resilience
Part I Slides
Part II Slides

Tara Schuster Sleep Hygiene: What Is It & Why Is It Important?  with Tara Schuster

Habits that contribute to a good night’s sleep and allow for full daytime alertness are known as “sleep hygiene.”  These habits can range from daytime micro-naps, to avoiding caffeine and stimulants after a certain hour, to creating an optimal sleeping environment.

We’ll discuss the importance of sleep hygiene, detriments (physical, mental, academic and otherwise) that one may experience due to lack of quality sleep, and simple tips to improve your sleep.

We will end the session with a relaxation exercise. Please dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat or towel that you can lay on. 

Motivation and Change I, II   Alyce Newman, LMSW

Do you put things off until the last minute only to be disappointed by the outcome?  Learn how to develop and maintain motivation to achieve goals to make change in your life. Whether you want to spend more time on school work or learn to play the piano, making change requires a specific set of steps to ensure success.  You can achieve your goals, but you need the right equipment.  Join Lydia Rest, LCSW for this hands-on lecture.

Motivation I
Motivation II
Assessing Change Exercise, My Change Plan Exercise

Slides are available here.

Mindfulness with Sheryl Spencer

Learn about the benefits particularly in assisting with stress, and overall cognition. Begin the practice and see if it affects your progress towards you goals. Come learn what all the buzz is about and why companies like Google, Twitter, PayPal, LinkedIn and many more in Silicon Valley are employing these techniques. In this session Sheryl Spencer, LCSW will introduce participants to mindfulness and meditation.

Mindfulness I
Mindfulness II

Lauren Arnoff

Wellness + Self-Care = Leaders of Tomorrow with Lauren Arnoff

Discover the benefits of how engaging in holistic activities daily can help you reach your academic and life goals.  This workshop will provide you the resources to be the best version of yourself by manifesting self-care behaviors that will help you reach your goals and thrive at RPI.  

Raquel Rodriguez-Asher

What it Takes

In this presentation, we’ll take a look at the barriers that students face when it comes to help-seeking. Whether it is academic, financial, or mental health-related, there is no shame in asking for support. Asking for help is a continuous action we take throughout our lifetimes – and fear of it limits our overall potential. Learn about skills that you can develop to bypass these barriers and get the assistance that you need. Students will learn how to identify what kind of help they need, and how to access it during their time at Rensselaer.  
Personal Success Plan with Louis Trzepacz During this session we will discuss developing a plan to achieve success for this semester.  Please fill out "Getting to Know You", our online tool 24 hours in advance of attending so we can have your personalized plan ready for the session.
Time Management with Louis Trzepacz

During this session you will learn how scarcity arrests the brain and how it sabotages you. You'll hear about how strange our decision making processes can be and how to avoid time traps. Finally, we will discuss strategies you can employ to practice being more productive and connecting productivity to your values and goals.

Slides are available here.  You can download and print the handout here.

Academic Prep for finals with David Milford The finish line is in sight learn how to finish strong through preparation and savvy techniques.