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How much does it cost?
Our workshops are free to UB students.

Achievement and Learning offers more than 200 small-group workshops each year.

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Course preparation

To attend a workshop online, students must join using Zoom. For information on how to attend a workshop via Zoom, click here.

NOTE: Preps for MATH 115, OPRE 202, OPRE 315 and OPRE 505 will be combined with Group Tutorials during the first weeks of the semester. If you're enrolled in these classes, watch your email for more information.

Test Preparation

  • Upper-Division Writing Placement Test Preparation

    Get tips and strategies to prepare for the Upper-Division Writing Placement Test. The test is required of all UB students registering for WRIT 200 or WRIT 300. You are allowed to take the test only once, and this free workshop will help you prepare.

    Tuesday, Oct. 17 | 4 - 5:30 pm
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    Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 4 - 5:30 pm
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    Monday, Jan. 8 | 4 - 5:30 pm
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    Please note that these are preparation workshops. For information about the placement tests, please visit http://www.ubalt.edu/academics/academic-support/testing/.

  • ACCUPLACER Math Placement Test Preparation

    Get tips and strategies to prepare for the ACCUPLACER Diagnostic Elementary Algebra Test, which tests a students' knowledge algebraic expressions, linear and quadratic equations, and real numbers.

    Online tutorials to be posted.

    For information about the placement tests, please visit http://www.ubalt.edu/academics/academic-support/testing/.

Learning and Success

  • How to Get There

    Learn how to set goals, anticipate obstacles, and keep your drive alive in the face of challenges.

    Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 12:30 - 2 pm
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  • University Survival Toolbox

    Do you wonder if you have what it takes to make it in higher ed? Don’t worry, we all feel overwhelmed sometimes, but ultimately it is about acquiring the skills you need to succeed. Join us to pack your toolbox with skills to improve notetaking, reading comprehension, and maintaining focus.

    Tuesday, Sep. 26 | 12:30 - 2 pm
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  • Two Heads (or More) are Better than One: Successful Study Groups

    Learn how to set up a productive study group and communicate effectively.

    Tuesday. Oct. 3 | 12:30 - 2 pm
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    Tuesday. Oct. 3 | 4 - 5:30 pm
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    Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 12:30 - 2 pm
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    Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 4 - 5:30 pm
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  • Perform When It Matters

    Learn cutting-edge insights and tips to focus and fully engage your brain when it matters most. Learn the reasons behind common challenges and how to overcome them through dialogue with others.

    Wednesday, Oct. 11 | 12:30 - 2 pm
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  • Is My Brain Reading?

    Learn proven reading strategies to increase your academic success and utilize your critical thinking skills to engage with your courses.

    Wednesday, Oct. 18 | 12:30 - 2 pm
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    Wednesday, Oct. 18 | 4 - 5:30 pm
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  • The Craft of Research and Brainstorming

    Learn how to plan a research project, brainstorm ideas, and organize the information you find into a final project.

    Tuesday, Oct. 24 | 12:30 - 2 pm
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    Wednesday, Oct. 25 | 4 - 5:30 pm
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  • How to Manage Your Time and Stress

    Learn practical solutions to time management problems. Practice techniques to stay calm under pressure and reduce your stress.

    Tuesday, Nov. 28 | 12:30 - 2 pm
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    Wednesday, Nov. 29 | 4 - 5:30 pm
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  • Finals Countdown: Finals Prep

    Finish strong by learning techniques tailored to your specific needs. Come with questions and challenges and begin to take control of your finals week.

    Thursday, Nov. 30 | 12:30 - 2 pm
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    Wednesday, Dec. 6 | 4 - 5:30 pm
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Computer Skills

  • Sakai Support For You

    UB's e-Learning platform is used in all classes, not just online courses. Drop in and get personalized support to navigate Sakai, submit assignments, manage files, take tests, participate in discussions, and more.

    Monday, Aug. 28 | 12:30 - 2 pm
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    Tuesday, Aug. 29 | 4 - 5:30 pm
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    Wednesday, Aug. 30 | 12:30 - 2 pm
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    Thursday, Aug. 31 | 4 - 5:30 pm
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  • Excel Basics

    Required: basic knowledge of Windows environment

    Create a simple spreadsheet to perform basic calculations and quickly organize information, such as names and dates. Create formulas, format  data and text for clarity and polish, and print results.

    Saturday, Sep. 16 | 10:30 am - 12 pm
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    Saturday, Oct. 14 | 10:30 am - 12 pm
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  • Excel I

    Required: basic knowledge of Windows environment

    Manipulate tables of information—contact lists, schedules, budgets, and more—for presentation and analysis. Learn to sort alphabetically, chronologically, large to small, etc.; use basic formulas to add, subtract, multiply, and divide; and format and print with headers, footers, and grid lines.



    Saturday, Sep. 23 | 10:30 am - 2:30 pm 

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    Saturday, Oct. 21 | 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
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  • Excel II

    Required: skills covered in Excel I; see above for details

    
Perform more complex calculations in several tables. Create multi-step formulas and replicate patterns of numbers, dates, etc. Use pivot tables and functions to summarize  data (count, find average and locate maximum and minimum values) and display  results in charts and graphs. 

    Saturday, Sep. 30 | 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

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    Saturday, Oct. 28 | 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

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  • SPSS Basics

    Learn to use SPSS to find the mean, median, mode, and standard deviation and to create frequency distributions and related graphs. Also learn to perform basic statistical analyses using inferential statistical techniques.

    Wednesday, Sep. 20 | 6 - 8 pm
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  • Linear Programming with Excel

    Learn how to install Excel's Solver, input data efficiently, and modify constraints to solve linear programming problems.

    Saturday, Sep. 23 | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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  • Statistical Data Analysis with Excel

    Learn to use descriptive statistics and Excel's statistical functions to organize data, describe its characteristics, understand relationships, and graph results. Use Excel's Toolpak to solve inferential statistic problems.

    Saturday, Sep. 23 | 2 - 4 pm
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  • Adobe Creative Cloud Basics

    Review basic functionality and best practices for Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Participants will create a newsletter in InDesign, incorporating a photo edited in Photoshop and a logo created in Illustrator.

    Saturday, Sep. 9 | 10 am - 1 pm
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  • InDesign Basics

    Walk away from this workshop able to set up documents, import and link graphics, work with text and frames, use multi-column text boxes, and apply type tools.

    Wednesday, Sep. 13 | 12:30 - 2 pm
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  • Illustrator Basics

    Get familiar with Illustrator by creating a logo. Learn to set up documents, review vector versus raster images, create paths with the pen and shape tools, make selections, use layers, and use the type tool and effects.

    Thursday, Sep. 14 | 12:30 - 2 pm
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  • Photoshop Basics

    Learn to set up documents; review the toolbar; make selections; work with layers, layer styles, and text; learn basic touch-up techniques; and apply filters and effects.

    Thursday, Sep. 27 | 12:30 - 2 pm
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  • InDesign: Design with Style

    Save time by learning how to efficiently set up and manage large documents with character and paragraph styles to save time, ensure consistency, and gain more control over your text and graphics.

    Wednesday, Sep. 28 | 12:30 - 2 pm
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  • Adobe CC Support For You

    Work on your own Adobe Creative Cloud projects and receive one-on-one support for your InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop questions and frustrations.

    Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 12:30 - 2 pm
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    Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 4 - 5:30 pm
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    Wednesday, Dec. 6 | 12:30 - 2 pm
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    Wednesday, Dec. 6 | 4 - 5:30 pm
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Writing and Communication

  • From Facebook to First Draft: Academic Language

    There's a big difference between how we write to friends and how we write an academic paper. Learn what characterizes academic language and how to use it.

    Monday, Oct. 9 | 4 - 5:30 pm
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  • From First Drafts to Revision: UB Writers on Writing

    Engage with published UB faculty as they talk about their writing process and how it benefits their work. Pick up helpful tips and find out how writing can help you excel in your discipline.

    Tuesday, Oct. 10 | 12:30 - 2 pm
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  • What's Good Feedback?

    Learn to give helpful feedback to classmates, peers, and friends by engaging your critical thinking skills and become a better writer yourself.

    Wednesday, Oct. 11 | 12:30 - 2 pm
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  • How to Cite Right: Avoiding the Dreaded P

    Take the fear out of citation. Learn what plagiarism is and isn't, as well as the hows and whens to cite in APA, MLA, and CMS styles.

    Thursday, Oct. 12 | 4 - 5:30 pm
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  • Writing Retreat

    Celebrate National Writing Day by writing! Bring academic assignments, creative writing, or any other writing project. Writing consultants and community writers will be available to provide insight and feedback on your drafts.

    Friday, Oct. 13 | 12 - 6 pm
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  • Final Finish: A Long Night of Writing and Research

    Work on your end-of-semester writing and research projects with writing consultants and reference librarians available to answer your questions during the entire event.

    Wednesday, Nov. 29 | 6 pm - 1 am
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