Student Success Workshop Series

Beginning Spring 2017, the Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising (now the Trojan Academic Advising and Support Center), the federally funded TRiO programs Student Support Services and Ronald E. McNair, the UA Little Rock Career Center, and the Study Abroad Office joined forces to create the Student Success Workshop Series (SSWS).  This collaboration of departments and resources allows for a series of workshops that are aimed at helping students succeed in their academic success and future careers. SSWS Partners: Trojan Academic Advising and Support Center | Federally Funded TRiO Programs: Student Support Services & Ronald E. McNair | Study Abroad | Personal Awareness (PEAW) 1300: First Year Experience | Campus Recreation| Communications and Marketing | Communications Skills Center | Counseling Services | Health Services| Information Technology Services | Ottenhemier Library | STaR Office | Writing Center | UA Little Rock Career Center


Can’t Attend? All Spring 2020 workshops will be made available April 24, 2020. Follow instructions below.

1. Go to BlackBoard myOrganizations page.
2. Type “SSWS” into the Organization Search.
3. This will take you to a page where you can enter the “SSWS” org and “quick enroll”!



PrepStep Online Tutorials  PrepStep College Success Skills and Career Preparation Tutorials are an excellent supplemental resource to SSWS and are provided by the Ottenheimer Library!  Follow these steps to access the tutorials:

  1. → Databases→ Databases A-Z List→ P→ PrepStep
  2. Enter UALR NetID and Password
  3. Sign In/Register→ Register→ Register as New User
  4. Choose the appropriate “College Success Skills” or “Career Preparation” tutorial.
 Thursday, Jan. 23 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Ross Hall 306

Friday, Jan. 24 11:00-11:50 a.m. | Ross Hall 304

How Do I Master Blackboard?  Essentials for Navigating UA Little Rock’s Online Learning System
Sharonda Lipscomb, STaR Instructional Design Coordinator | Participants will learn how to log into Blackboard, upload assignments, use the discussion forum, and take exams.
Thursday, Jan. 30 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Donaghey Student Center (DSC) Leadership Lounge

Am I “Organized”? Learning Life/Study/Google Apps

College Success Skills Tutorial→ Organizational Strategies (Achieve Your Goals, Effective Multitasking, Get Organized, and Manage Your Time)

Alveno Smith, IT Services, Customer Services Consultant | Participants will review a broad array of Google Apps to and conclude how best to use these Apps to get organized.
 Thursday, Feb. 20 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | DSC Leadership Lounge Passing My Mid-Term Exams Ensuring Success By Studying Now! College Success Skills Tutorial→ Classroom Success Skills (Effective Classroom Listening, Memorization Tips and Tricks, Note-taking Strategies, Reading Strategies for Class, and Strategies for Success in Online Classes)
Dr. Trakenya Dobbins and Avestine Ward, PEAW (PErsonal AWareness) First Year Experience Instructors | Participants will review best preparation, study, and test-taking strategies to get ready for exams of any type, i.e mid-term, finals, etc.
 Thursday, Feb. 27 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | DSC Leadership Lounge Is That True? Researching and Evaluating Resources
Louise Lowe, Student Success Coordinator, Ottenheimer Library | Participants will learn how to determine what information is fake versus real for research papers.
Thursday, Mar. 5 4:30-5:30 p.m.

DSC Leadership Lounge

How Do I Make Stress My Friend?  Understanding and Managing Stress


Dr. Trakenya Dobbins, Director PErsonal AWareness (PEAW) | Participants will learn of biological changes and mental strategies to re-focus mindset when stress is perceived.
Thursday, Mar. 12 4:30-5:30 p.m.

DSC Leadership Lounge

How Do I Say This and Talk It Out? Having Difficult Conversations College Success Skills Tutorial→ Getting Academic Support (Communicating with Your Professor)
Dr. Kristen McIntyre, Associate Professor, Director ACOM 1300 & Communication Skill Center (CSC) | Participants will focus on how to identify and handle difficult conversations with professors, family members and/or coworkers.
Thursday, Apr. 9 4:30-5:30 p.m.

DSC Leadership Lounge

Am I “Career Ready?” Taking the First Steps To Prepare For My Profession Career Preparation Tutorial→ Workplace Time Management (Time Management)
Lisa Henderson Davis, Director of Distributed Learning and Career Center | Participants will get a better understanding of the meaning of job versus career, appropriate salary ranges, how to build resume experiences, and how to access UA-LR Career Center Services.
Wednesday, Apr. 22 11:00-11:50 a.m. | Ross Hall 304

Thursday, Apr. 23 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Ross Hall 306


How Do I Keep My Money? Managing Your Budget, Credit, and Purchases

College Success Skills Tutorial→ Personal Success Skills (Develop Healthy Habits, Investing for Life, Managing Debt, The Basics of Money Management, Understanding Insurance and Taxes, and Why Credit Matters)

Avestine Ward, PEAW Instructor, Real Estate Broker and Certified Credit Counselor | Participants Discussion involves best personal banking strategies, establishing credit, understanding credit scores and credit bureaus, and making smart decisions about personal purchases.