Shepard Academic Resource Center: First Year Workshop
The First-Year Workshop Program is designed to help first-year UP students understand the dexterity needed for academic success in higher education. The weekly workshops are led by Workshop Leaders who are sophomores, juniors, and seniors who assist freshmen in making the adjustment to life on The Bluff.
The topics covered in the workshops include time management, campus resources, stress management, reading textbooks, taking notes, studying for math and science, taking tests, active learning, goal setting, wellness, choosing a major, and registration.
The workshops begin during Orientation weekend and continue through the first semester until the week after fall break. The workshop classes are "cohorted" - students will find that their peers in the workshop class are also in one of their introduction courses, and generally one or two additional classes as well. This allows for great opportunities for students to interact and form social and academic connections from their first weekend on campus.