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Registration is required for all workshops.

You'll find registration instructions next to each individual workshop listing.

How much does it cost?
Unless otherwise indicated, our workshops are free to UB students.

The main exception to this are our computer skills workshops, which are fee-based:

  • UB students: $10
  • UB staff/alumni: $20
  • general public: $40

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

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Course preparation

NOTE: Preps for MATH 115, PPRE 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

Learning and Success

  • How to Get There

    Setting realistic goals is important, but goals alone won’t get you there. Learn the mental habits and mindset found most strongly linked to motivation and success. You’ll also get tips on anticipating potential obstacles, keeping your drive alive in the face of challenges, and you’ll workshop ways to overcome these with other students.

    Wednesday, February | 12-1:30 p.m.
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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.

    Wednesday, March 1 | 12-1:30 p.m.
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  • Perform When It Matters

    Do you ever find yourself freezing up on a test? Do you shut down when you need to step up for an assignment or interview? Learn cutting-edge insights and tips that will help you focus and fully engage your brain when it matters most. Learn the reasons behind common challenges for students and how to overcome through dialogue with other students.

    Monday, March 6 | 2:30-4 p.m.
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  • The Craft of Research and Brainstorming

    Overwhelmed by the amount of information you’re exposed to? Not sure how to decide if the source is credible? And how do you tackle the research paper or conduct an experiment? Where does it all start? If you are interested in learning how to start a research project, brainstorming techniques, or how to process the information that comes your way, join us for the Craft of Research and Brainstorming.

    Wednesday, March 29 | 12-1 p.m.
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  • How to Manage Your Time and Stress

    The semester is almost over, only final exams and projects stand in the way of break. Stress is mounting and time is short. We can help you with that. Learn practical solutions to time management problems, and practice techniques to stay calm under pressure and reduce your stress.

    Wednesday, April 19 | 12-1 p.m.
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  • Finals Prep

    The semester is almost over and now it is time for the final stretch. Finish strong by learning techniques tailored to your specific needs. Come with questions and challenges, and begin to take control of your finals week.

    Wednesday, April 26 | 12-1p.m.
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Computer Skills

Our computer skills workshops are a great tool to take your Microsoft skills to the next level. These workshops are hands-on and seating is limited to ensure small class size.

The Adobe Creative Cloud Basics, Excel Basics, and Basic Data Analysis with SPSS workshops are free to UB students and staff.

Due to their demand and in-depth focus, cost may apply for Excel I and II workshops. See calendar entry for more information.

  • Adobe Creative Cloud Basics

    Explore Adobe Creative Cloud using the basic tools, panels, and functions of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Learn about setting up, saving, and packaging documents appropriately and explore the functions and usability of each program.

    Saturday, February 4 | 10a.m. - 1p.m.
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  • Basic Data Analysis with SPSS

    If your major or intended profession is criminal justice, psychology, or public administration, SPSS is an especially useful software tool for analyzing data. Learn to define the factors you want to investigate, choose your scale of measurement and enter data. Find the mean, median, mode, standard deviation, and create frequency distributions and related graphs. Using a SPSS data file, we’ll also perform some basic inferential statistics such as hypothesis testing and regression analysis.

  • 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 your data and text for clarity and polish, and print your results.

  • Excel 1

    Required: basic knowledge of Windows environment

    Easily 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, February 25 | 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

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    Saturday, March 4 | 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

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    Saturday, March 11 | 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

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  • Excel 2

    Required: skills covered in Excel 1; see above for details

Perform more complex calculations in several tables. Create multi-step formulas and replicate patterns of numbers, dates, etc. without typing. Use pivot tables and functions to summarize your data (count, find average and locate maximum and minimum values) and display your results in charts and graphs. 

    Saturday, February 18 | 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

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    Saturday, March 18 | 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

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    Saturday, April 15 | 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

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Writing and Communication

Our writing workshops are interactive in nature and designed to assist writers from all backgrounds to take their writing to the next level.