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General Workshops

All workshops are offered on a drop-in basis and no prior registration is required. Many of the workshops are repeated throughout the semester. All workshops are held in 336 Student Center (next to the Counseling and Career Center). See the General Workshop Schedule for 2016 here.

All participants are welcome. Those in need of special accommodations please contact DSS in advance at (616) 234-4140.  Should you have a need for alternative format (i.e. Braille, CD, enlarged font): contact the DSS office to discuss options or arrange an intake with a counselor.

Bridging the Communication Gap — Explore history of your own communication style, and how it affects your current ability to get your point across in school and at work.

Effective Note Taking — Learn specific note-taking techniques to get the most out of your classes. Strategies for capturing information from lectures and from reading will be covered in this workshop.

Effective Parenting Skills — Child rearing can be a challenging task. Learn about effective parenting styles and skills.

Financial Aid Facts — Know how how to apply for financial aid and how to avoid losing it. Learn all about grants, loans and scholarships from a financial aid expert.

Stress Relief — Feeling totally stressed out? Learn techniques you can use to minimize and manage the stress in your life.

Study Skills — Learn effective study techniques that are geared toward your learning style. Discover your learning style today at

Effective Note-Taking — Learn specific note-taking techniques to get the most out of your classes. We'll cover strategies for capturing infomation from lectures and from reading assignments.

Test Anxiety Solutions — Do your palms sweat and your heart race during a test? Ever "blank out" during a test? Learn test prep skills and other strategies that can help!

Successful Transfer Planning — Learn how to transfer to another institution and how to apply for admission, scholarships, and more.

Non-traditional Career Opportunities — Crossing gender stereotypes through career opportunities.

Test Taking & Anxiety — Do your palms sweat and your heart race during a test? Ever "blank out" in the midst of a test? Learn test prep skills and other strategies that can help!

Overcoming Procrastination — Do you wait for "the last minute" to get work done? Learn ways to break the habit and accomplish your goals.

Building Healthier Relationships — Learn healthy ways to strengthen your relationships with family and friends.

Self-Esteem and Confidence — Gain confidence by learning techniques to boost your self-esteem.

Career Planning Basics — This workshop will cover the basics of career planning. Learn a step-by-step planning process and leave with a "next step" goal.

Final Exam Preparation — Create a study plan and learn helpful tips for taking essay, multiple choice, short answer and true-false tests.