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
Thursday, February 4, 1 p.m.

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

Study Skills: Time Management and Learning Styles
Wednesday, February 10, 1 p.m.

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

Speech: Fear of Public Speaking
Monday, February 15, 1 p.m. or 6 p.m.

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

Reading Textbooks
Tuesday, February 16, 1 p.m.

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

Study Skills: Textbook Strategies and Note Taking
Wednesday, February 17, 1 p.m.

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

Writing an Effective Financial Assistance Appeal Letter (SAP)
Tuesday, February 23, noon

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

Study Skills: Memory and Concentration
Wednesday, February 24, 1 p.m.

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

Speech: Oral Citations
Thursday, February 25, 10 a.m. or 6 p.m.

This workshop focuses on proper oral citations and best practices for avoiding plagiarism in speeches.

The Writing Process: Avoiding Plagiarism
Tuesday, March 1, noon

Learn strategies to avoid the plagiarism trap when researching and writing an academic essay.

Paragraphs: Introductions and Conclusions
Thursday, March 3, 11 a.m.

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

Commas: When and Where?
Tuesday, March 8, 11 a.m.

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

Test Taking Strategies
Wednesday, March 9, 2 p.m.

Learn strategies to become more effective in preparing for and completing exams.

Speech: Creating Effective Visual Aids
Thursday, March 10, 1 p.m. or 6 p.m.

Learn strategies for creating effective, impactful visual aids.

Building a Better Vocabulary
Monday, March 14, 11 a.m.

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

The Writing Process: Getting Organized
Wednesday, March 16, 1 p.m.

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

Reading: Understanding Inferences
Wednesday, March 30, noon

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

Speech: Catchy Attention Getters and Clinchers
Wednesday, April 6, noon or 6 p.m.

This workshop focuses on how to hook an audience and finish strong in speeches and presentations.

Patterns of Organization in Academic Writing
Thursday, April 7, 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, April 12, 1 p.m.

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

Speech: Creating Effective Visual Aids
Wednesday, April 13, noon or 5 p.m.

Learn strategies for creating effective, impactful visual aids.

Formal and Informal Writing
Monday, April 18, 1 p.m.

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

Speech: Fear of Public Speaking
Tuesday, April 19, noon or 5 p.m.

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

Test Taking Strategies
Monday, April 25, noon

Learn strategies to become more effective in preparing for and completing exams.

Publishing Your Writing
Thursday, April 28, 2 p.m.

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

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