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Student Success Workshops

Ambrose offers student workshops in two formats: Live & Deep Dive.* Also, check out our Lion's Pride program to learn about how you can earn prizes for participation.

Fall 2020


These sessions are streamed live on social media, and you can participate in real time or watch the recording later. These sessions will introduce you to the basics of university life, covering topics like budgeting, study skills, citation, and academic integrity.

Classroom Culture

Date: Thursday, September 10, 3:15-4:00p

Whenever you enter a new environment--whether near or far--you'll notice differences in how people interact. In this session, you'll learn some of the norms around Ambrose. We'll cover . . . . View the recording here

Academicese I: Understanding University Life

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 11:45a-12:30p

What's a GPA? How do letter grades work? What happens if I withdraw from a course? If these questions sound familiar, join us for . . . . View the recording here

Income, Expenses, and Budget

Date: Thursday, September 17, 12:30-1:15p

Want to make the most of your money? Join us for an introduction to personal finances, plus some practical tips . . . . View the recording here

Study Skills

Date: Thursday, September 24, 3:15-4:00p

Get a solid start to your year by discovering how you learn best! This workshop will cover tips for reading your textbooks . . . . View the recording here.

PLanning for Today's Job Market

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 12:30-1:15p

Today's workplace demands flexibility: even if you have a specific career goal in mind, you may need to be creative about . . . . View the recording here.

Communication Skills in the Biological Sciences

Date: Thursday, October 1, 3:15-4:00p

Join us for a discussion on the role of communication in the biological sciences. Hint: it's more important than . . . . View the recording here

Academicese II: Reaching YOur Goals

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 12:30-1:15p

Want to get creative with your education? Learn about how you can plan your program to meet your personal and career . . . . View the recording here

Research Basics

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 11:45a-12:30p

Want to get a head start on your research? Join this session for tips on how to get . . . . View the recording here

Academic Integrity

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 12:30-1:15p

Plagiarism. Cheating. We all know that it's wrong. So why does it still happen--even at a Christian university? In this session . . . . View the recording here

Citation Basics

Date: Thursday, October 22, 12:30-1:15p

Why does every discipline have its own citation style? What's a periodical? How do I format block quotations? What's a . . . . View the recording here

The Professional Job Application

Date: Wednesday, october 28, 10:00-10:45a

How do employers screen job applications? How can I avoid getting weeded out by screening software? How can I make my resume . . . . Register here

Public Speaking: Giving Compelling Presentations

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 11:45a-12:30p

Have a presentation coming up? Want to develop your workplace communication skills? Join this session for tips . . . . Register here

Deep Dive

Want more? Join a Deep Dive session for a more in-depth, interactive learning experience. Topics include time management, essay writing, research skills, resume development, and exam success. These sessions are available both online and in person but are not recorded for later viewing.

Time Management and Productivity

Date: Wednesday, Septemeber 23, 11:45a-12:30p

Heighten your productivity and fight off procrastination by learning how to manage your time effectively. This workshop will cover tips and resources . . . . Learn more here.

Understanding Your Assignments: Critical Thinking and the Academic Conversation

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 11:45a-12:30p

How are post-secondary assignments different than, say, high-school assignments or workplace projects? What do your professors really mean when . . . . Learn more here.

Career Planning

Date: Monday, October 5, 10:30a-12:30p

Discover how your unique interests and strengths can prepare you for the workplace! This workshop will give you . . . . Learn more here.

Crafting an Argument: Thesis Statements, Research Questions, and Hypotheses

Date: Thursday, October 8, 12:30-1:15p

What's all the fuss about thesis statements, anyway? In this workshop, you will learn how to use three tools--thesis statements, research questions, and hypotheses--to express your main idea . . . . Learn more here.

Major Genres in the Biological Sciences

Date: Thursday, October 15, 3:15-4:00p

Most undergraduate scientific writing falls into one of three categories: the review paper (aka. literature review), the research essay, and . . . . Learn more here.

Research Skills I: Starting Points

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 10:00-11:15a

Stupefied by sources? Dazed by databases? Lost in the library? We can help. In this workshop . . . . Learn more here

Research Skills II: Conquering the Catalogue

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 12:30-1:15p

Feeling overwhelmed by all of the information out there? Want to be sure you find the best resources for your assignment? Learn how to . . . . Learn more here

Research Skills III: So(U)rcery

Date: Thursday, October 29, 3:15-4:30p

You’ve got a stack of articles and books for your next paper, and you’ve even read a few. Now what? In this workshop . . . . Learn more here

Essays and Research Papers: Intros and Conclusions

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 12:30-1:15p

Learn how to engage your reader, from the first sentence to the last, with a strong introduction and a compelling conclusion! Building on the . . . . Learn more here

Advanced Scientific Style (for the Biological Sciences)

Date: Thursday, November 5, 3:15-4:00p

Go beyond the basics in this workshop on scientific style. We'll discuss dos and don'ts for professional scientific writing . . . . Learn more here

The Resume and Cover Letter

Date: Monday, November 16, 1:30-2:35p

Want to make a great first impression on future employers? Come learn how to craft a strong application package for your professional . . . . Learn more here

Exam Success

Date: Wednesday, November 25, 11:45a-12:30p

Anxious about midterms? Prepping for finals? Get ahead by learning strategies to succeed in an exam . . . . Learn more here

*Please note that workshops are free to Ambrose students but not available to the general public.

Student Success Workshops

Lion's Pride

Show your Ambrose spirit by attending six or more workshops throughout the year! When you do, you'll earn bonus prizes: 

10+ workshops = $20 Lion's Store gift card + $25 coffee gift card

6+ workshops = $20 Lion's Store gift card

Prizes available while supplies last.