SPRING 2018 Student Workshops

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Getting Over Procrastination: Tuesday, February 20, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Duncan Hall 1046

This workshop aims to help identify and overcome one of the biggest challenges to academic success: getting started.  Procrastination, writer's block, lack of motivation, dread - whatever the term, we've all experienced it.  This workshop will start with a discussion of why that blinking cursor or that blank page can be the biggest obstacle to our progress.  Then, through a series of activities, we will develop strategies for overcoming those obstacles so that you can produce your best work without the constant stress of looming deadlines.  The workshop is open to all Rice students, faculty, and staff.   No registration is necessary.

Build Your English Vocabulary: Tuesdays, February 22, March 1 & 8, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

This workshop is designed for non-native English-speaking students—undergraduate and graduate—who are seeking to expand their academic vocabulary. Students will be introduced to tools and strategies that will help them understand and learn new words and phrases from a variety of sources—from emails and news sites, to assigned readings and reports. Additionally, students will discover tools to aid them as they learn how to use new vocabulary in appropriate contexts. Participants will learn to approach every encounter with English as an opportunity to expand their vocabulary. Students are expected to complete short assignments based on selected reading and writing samples and will be offered individual consultations. Limited to 15 participants.

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Formatting in MS Word:  Monday, February 26, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Does formatting in Microsoft Word take you forever and drive you nuts? Do you want to know how to use Word short-cuts to format your manuscript, proposal, or dissertation?  Depending on participant needs and interests, we will explore the following topics:

  • Generating a Table of Contents
  • Adding cross references
  • Streamlining chapter headings and sub-headings
  • Inserting figures - anchoring and adding captions
  • Creating multi-level lists

Participants should bring a laptop they can use to complete workshop activities.  This workshop is open to all Rice students, faculty, and staff but enrollment is limited to 15 participants.

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Oral Presentation Skills:  Wednesdays, March 21, 28, & April 4, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

This series of 3 classes will provide students the opportunity to learn and practice the presentation skills most essential for academic and professional success.  Students will learn practical techniques for designing, preparing and delivering an effective speech.  In addition, students will learn to control nervousness and grow confidence. Each student will receive an individualized set of recommendations to help them become a better presenter and communicator.  This workshop is targeted to graduate students, but advanced undergraduates are welcome.  Limited to 15 participants.

Registration opens March 5


Other communications workshops on campus:

SUCCEED! workshops offered by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS)

The Digital Media Commons (DMC) offers a wide range of short courses on managing citations, using programs like Photoshop and Illustrator, and audio and video recording.

The Center for Career Development sponsors regular workshops on interviewing skills, resume writing, and using social media.

Regular classes in English and American culture are organized by the Office of International Students and Scholars.