Writing, Reading, and Speech Workshops

Do You Want to Improve Your Skills?

Join us at the following 45-minute workshops conducted by part-time faculty in the Learning Commons, SRC 2102. Call (630) 942-3355 for more information and to register.

The Writing Process: Getting Started
Tuesday, September 1, 1 p.m. 

Participants will learn helpful strategies to overcome writer's block and generate ideas.

Study Skills: Time Management and Learning Styles
Wednesday, September 2, 1 p.m.

A brief overview of learning styles, time management principles, and best methods for success. 

Study Skills: Textbook Strategies and Note Taking
Wednesday, September 9, 1 p.m.

Participants will learn efficient and effective strategies for getting important information from your textbook reading. 

Reading Textbooks
Thursday, September 10, 1 p.m.

Learn strategies to help you comprehend as much information as possible from your college textbooks.

Study Skills: Memory and Concentration
Wednesday, September 16, 1 p.m.

Participants will learn tips and techniques for improving memory and concentration. 

Writing an Effective Financial Appeal Letter (SAP)
Tuesday, September 22, noon

Participants will learn how to format and what information to include in each paragraph of an effective Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeal letter.

Paragraphs: Introductions and Conclusions
Thursday, September 24, 11 a.m.

Learn strategies for writing effective introductions and conclusions. Learn how to recognize when improvement is needed. 

Fear of Public Speaking
Tuesday, September 29, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Participants will learn the sources of public speaking anxiety and strategies to try to overcome that fear. 

Commas: When and Where?
Thursday, October 1, 11 a.m.

Learn easy strategies to refresh comma skills and incorporate them correctly into your writing. 

The Writing Process: Getting Organized
Tuesday, October 6, 2 p.m.

Learn techniques to organize ideas and to begin drafting your essay.

Creating Effective Visual Aids
Wednesday, October 14, noon and 6 p.m.

Learn strategies for creating effective, impactful visual aids.

Developing Vocabulary
Monday, October 19, 11 a.m.

Students will review the cues of the word structure, word forms, common word endings and context clues to develop vocabulary.

Reading: Strategies to make Valid Inferences
Wednesday, October 28, noon

This workshop will demonstrate techniques for making valid inferences in reading material that requires critical thinking.

Publishing Your Writing
Monday, November 2, noon

Students will learn the strategies and benefits of publishing in print and online. 

Patterns in Organization in Academic Writing
Thursday, November 5, 1 p.m.

Students review the most common organizational structures used for the major types of writing: expositive, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive.

The Writing Process: Revising
Tuesday, November 10, 1 p.m.

Bring a current essay that you wish to revise and learn specific techniques to polish your essay.

Formal and Informal Language
Monday, November 16, 1 p.m.

Learn to recognize the difference and the appropriateness of each type of language which will help you with your college writing. 

Contact Information


Learning Commons
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2102, (630) 942-3941

Mathematics Assistance
(630) 942-3339

Writing, Reading, and Speech Assistance
(630) 942-3355

Tutoring Services
(630) 942-3686