The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) offers workshops on topics that are critical to academic success. The program is designed to provide students with an interactive opportunity to learn about and develop the academic skills and personal attributes needed to be successful at the college level. Here is the calendar in PDF format. No registration required and all workshops are free! Students should plan to arrive early and get started on time.
ACE Your Transition
The two keys to academic success in college are time management and college-level study strategies. Attendees will learn how to set academic goals, minimize procrastination, apply study strategies to fit the expectations of your college courses, and build a weekly time management routine that allows you to stay on top of your learning while still having plenty of free time to engage with friends and activities on campus!
Addressing Symptoms of Burnout
Attendees will learn about the symptoms of burnout and theories on how it occurs. They will participate in an activity to determine individualized strategies and techniques to alleviate or prevent burnout.
Building a Paper: Structure and Organization
You have the sources. You have the thesis. Spell check and grammar check have your writing covered. Then why can't you ever seem to get an A on your paper? This workshop will cover organization and paper and paragraph structure to help turn your good writing into great writing.
Building Academic Resilience
This workshop introduces three approaches for students to respond productively to a setback or failure experience. Participants will discuss approaches to acknowledge challenges, reestablish motivations, and focus on your goals.
Calculating My FSU GPA
This workshop we will cover the basics of how to calculate your FSU GPA. You will be introduced to online tools to make it quick and easy to calculate your current GPA and project how new grades will impact your academic standing, progress, and future goals.
Civic Literacy Exam Preparation
The Civic Literacy Exam is a State requirement that all FSU students are required to fulfill to demonstrate basic competency in understanding how U.S. government and law work. This workshop will instruct students on what this exam is all about and how to prepare to take and pass it.
Confronting Your Procrastination
Students will identify their reasons for their procrastination and techniques to decrease the interference with achieving their goals and accomplishing academic success.
Conquering Your Stress
This workshop will help participants to identify different types of stress and how the body and mind respond to them. Participants will learn skills to manage the stress and even use it to their advantage.
Developing A Growth Mindset
Students will identify self-beliefs that create barriers for their motivation, learning, and persistence. Also, they will practice strategies to develop a stronger Growth Mindset.
Get Ready For The GMAT
This introduction to the GMAT offers a brief overview of the exam and tips on how to study, as well as information about other more in-depth test preparation opportunities.
Get Ready For The GRE
This introduction to the GRE offers a brief overview of the exam and tips on how to study, as well as information about other more in-depth test preparation opportunities.
Get Ready For The LSAT
This introduction to the LSAT offers a brief overview of the exam and tips on how to study, as well as information about other more in-depth test preparation opportunities.
Getting Control of Your Time
This workshop helps students organize their time so they can get things done with less stress. They will leave this workshop with tools that help them set goals, avoid procrastination, and commit to a time management routine.
Getting the Best Feedback on Your Assignments
You got your assignment back with the professor's comments all over it-now what? This workshop teaches you to turn negative feedback into a positive learning experience. Improve your writing and your study habits through constructive critique.
Students will learn and practice goal setting techniques and concepts that have been developed from researchers in the fields of sport and performance psychology.
How To Be A Graduate Student
Designed for undergraduates considering graduate school, this workshop discusses the basic expectations and commitment necessary to be a successful graduate student. Topics will include how to read at a graduate level, how to interact with your professors, how to manage your time, and how to prepare for the coursework, exams, and major writing projects.
How To Get the BEST Letter of Recommendation
Students will learn essential steps to establish academic and professional connections with faculty. Students will also plan how to properly ask faculty to write letters of recommendation that highlight relevant skills, experiences, and character traits depending on their desired academic and career goals.
Leaping Off the Page: Getting a Paper/essay Started & Organized
Writer's block getting you down? Do you have a new assignment and don't know where to start? No idea what to write about? Come to our workshop for advice on picking a topic, getting organized, finding resources, and starting your paper off right!
Love At First Cite: The Basics Of Citations In College Writing
When do I use a citation? Do I use MLA, APA, or Chicago Manual? What is MLA, APA, and Chicago Manual!? Get the basics of using citations in your papers to not only avoid academic dishonesty and a bad grade, but to improve your writing.
Making Notes (Not Taking Them!)
This workshop outlines the benefits of note making as well as various methods to make the note making process a little easier and more efficient, including how to be prepared to take notes and actively participate in class. Strategies for textbook note taking will also be covered.
RE "Image" Studying
Students will learn an alternative to studying of using graphic organizers that differ from the norm - taking notes, completing homework, and rereading material. We will work together with an example paragraph of information to remake into various types of graphic organizers..
Starting a Paper or Essay
Writer's block getting you down? Do you have a new assignment and don't know where to start? No idea what to write about? Come to our workshop for advice on picking a topic, getting organized, finding resources, and starting your paper off right.
Strategies For Test Preparation
Learn tips and tricks for developing a timely test preparation routine and reducing test-related anxiety.
Tackling Test Anxiety
Learn about anxiety, what it is, and how it impacts your ability to successfully take exams and quizzes. Most importantly, learn how to counter it!
Write Your Wrongs: Editing/responding to Feedback on Your Writing
You got your assignment back with the professor's comments all over it--now what? This workshop teaches you how to turn negative feedback into a positive learning experience. Improve your writing and your study habits through constructive critique.
You Want to Be a STEM Major?
Students will learn how to develop their own pathways through STEM education. This workshop focuses on key areas of success in STEM and offers a semester-by-semester mock undergraduate career experience.
Workshop and Presentation Requests
ACE instructors are available to present workshops to student groups and organizations on campus. Workshops must be requested at least two weeks in advance, and scheduling is contingent upon staff availability. To schedule a presentation, please fill out our request form and an ACE representative will contact you to complete your request.
Other workshops available on campus
Career Center. The Career Center offers workshops to help you match majors with jobs, find internships, build your resume, research and communicate with potential employers, prepare for job interviews, negotiate a salary, and many strategies for finding employment after college.
RENEW workshops. At the Student Counseling Center, current FSU students offer one-on-one sessions on Time Management, Stress Management, and Study Skills.
Transfer Student Services. offers a series of workshops in technology, study skills, balancing workload, and self-care to support transfer students in becoming more accustomed to the FSU experience.
Professional Development Series for Graduate students. The Graduate School holds workshops in preparing electronic theses and dissertations, applying for grants and other funding, interviewing for an academic position, and publishing. Other resources to help you prepare for the GRE include access to free webinars from ETS.