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Fall 2021 Virtual Successful Student Series

If interested in attending any of our workshops, please click on the "Register" link associated with the wokshop you would like to attend.  All Fall 2021 virtual workshops will be held in Microsoft Team. 

             Fall 2021 Virtual Successful Student Series

Navigating Online Learning

This is a virtual opportunity to learn helpful tips and good study habits for staying engaged, motivated, and focused while learning online. Compare study strategies and share experiences transitioning to online classes. 

Facilitator:  Caela Day, Psy.D., Staff Psychotherapist

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 14th, 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.


Managing Test Anxiety

This virtual workshop is designed to assist the well-prepared student and the student who struggles with preparation and planning for exams. It addresses those who lose confidence and blank out on the day of the exam, as well as those who struggle with preparing for exams. If anxiety, confidence, or unsuccessful study habits have ever impaired your test performance, then this may be a good workshop for you.

Facilitator:   Anne Edwards, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist & Access Center

Date/Time:  Tuesday, September 28th, 12 noon-1:00 p.m. 


Overcoming Procrastination

One of the biggest challenges students face is managing their time, especially with an increasing number of classes online.  This has presented a different sort of time management problem, with many people having an increase in unstructured time, but yet struggling to get their work done.  How do you motivate yourself to get to work now, when there seems to be plenty of time later?  This virtual workshop addresses all of the usual causes of procrastination, along with some of the newer ones specific to online work, as well as ways to overcome these.

Facilitator:  Michael Malmon, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Date/Time:  Monday, October 18th, 11a.m-12:00 noon


Exam Strategies

Are you finding that your grades do not reflect your true potential? Are you continually disappointed with your performance on quizzes and exams? Are you wondering what you could be doing differently? Come and discover strategies for bringing out your best performance.

Facilitator:  Gail Bruce-Sanford, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Date/Time:  Monday, September 20th, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon


Understanding ADHD

Do you struggle with staying on task, focusing, or being organized? Any of these could be related to ADHD. The goal of this virtual workshop is to provide some basic information about ADHD, such as how ADHD is defined.  Resources that may be helpful will be reviewed.

Facilitator: Anne Edwards, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist

Date/Time: Thursday, October 21st, 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.


Motivation and Goal Setting


This workshop will explore strategies and skills related to motivation and goal setting. We will consider what obstacles create a detour that can take us off track and ways to navigate so that we can continue on our journey.


Facilitator:  Ray Gornell, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist

Date/Time:  Tuesday, September 14th., 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon


Workshops for Graduate Students

Taming the Inner Critic For Graduate Students

Most of us are familiar with nagging thoughts that tell us we are not good enough, that cast doubt on our goals, and undermine our accomplishments. We can learn how to buffer imposter feelings with kindness. This workshop provides simple tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way to critical thoughts. Learn how to stop being so hard on yourself and cultivate greater self-compassion.

Facilitator:  Caela Day, Psy.D., Staff Psychotherapist 

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 28th, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


Setting Boundaries in Relationships for Graduate Students

Graduate students are often involved in many commitments that come with demanding expectations from others.  There are times that they may be at a standstill for how to navigate these competing relationships as they do not want to give negative impressions of themselves.  Knowing how and when to set boundaries in these relationships could be very useful for helping them to feel more in control of their lives. This workshop aims to provide techniques for managing these boundaries successfully.

Facilitator:  Michael Malmon, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Date/Time:  Wednesday, October 20th., 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


Maintaining Healthy Boundaries for Graduate Students

This workshop will provide graduate students an opportunity to meet up with their peers from different programs of study and a MSU Counseling Center staff member to garner support related to the unique challenges of being a grad student. Possible topics of discussion may include, but are not limited to: addressing procrastination, impostor syndrome, social anxiety, career planning/networking, having a life outside of school, connecting more meaningfully with faculty and staff, etc.

Facilitator:  Alex Procter, Psy.D., Staff Psychotherapist

Date/Time: Thursday,  September 30th, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.


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