Welcome to our FREE workshops | Summer 2020 Schedule

Learn fundamental skills and get valuable tips carefully tailored to improve your productivity and results during your time at Langara and for your future workplace experience.

Please note: These workshops will be offered online through Zoom and are free for Langara students to attend. No registration is required, but be respectful of the time of others and please arrive to the online workshop on time.

11 Mindful Minutes at 11 am
Beginning on May 5, join Sammy, Merike, and Jamie for 11 Mindful Minutes at 11 am throughout the summer semester. Take this time to connect with yourself, relax the nervous system, and become more present. Online sessions will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays over Zoom starting at 11 am.

Tuesday sessions – Join the Zoom meeting 
Wednesday sessions – Join the Zoom meeting
Thursday sessions – Join the Zoom meeting Password: Breathe

Applying the Science of Happiness during Covid-19 Times (20 minutes)
Kaveh Farrokh (PhD)
This workshop focuses on the scientific basis of happiness and the latest and most practical research findings that are now being applied to help participants elevate their level of happiness on a day to day basis.

Wednesday July 8 at 12:00 – Join the Zoom meeting
Thursday July 16 at 2:30 – Join the Zoom meeting
Friday July 24 at 3:00 – Join the Zoom meeting 

Learning-Memory & Academic Success Strategies for Online Learning (20 minutes)
Kaveh Farrokh (PhD)
This workshop provides you with the latest scientifically researched techniques to enhance your focus, concentration, learning and memory for your online courses.

Thursday, July 2 at 4:00 pm – Join the Zoom meeting
Wednesday July 15 at 1:30 pm – Join the Zoom meeting 

Resilience: From Stress to Success in COVID Times (20 minutes)
Sammy (MA, CCC) and Merike (MA, CCC)

Wednesday, July 22 at 2:00 pm – Join the Zoom meeting

Staying Motivated in COVID Times (20 minutes)
Sammy (MA, CCC) and Merike (MA, CCC)

Tuesday, July 28 at 1:30 pm – Join the Zoom meeting

Tips for Preparing for Final Exams for your Online Courses (20 minutes)
Kaveh Farrokh (PhD)
This workshop provides the latest tips and strategies for how to prepare most effectively for final exams as well as tips for taking exams online.

Wednesday, July 22 at 11:30 am – Join Zoom Meeting
Friday, July 24 at 11:30 am – Join Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, July 28 at 11:30 am – Join Zoom Meeting
Thursday, July 30 at 11:30 am – Join Zoom Meeting

Your Brain and Your Mental Wellness (20 minutes)
Kaveh Farrokh (PhD)
This workshop explores the relationship between your brain, emotions, and mental health. 

Friday, July 3 at 12:30 pm – Join Zoom meeting
Thursday July 23 at 2:30 – Join the Zoom meeting
Tuesday July 28 at 3:30 – Join the Zoom meeting


Other Student Success Workshops Offered 

Join Kaveh Farrokh (PhD) for a variety of free Student Success workshops offered throughout the year. The full list of workshops include:

Applying the Science of Happiness during COVID-19 – This workshop focuses on the scientific basis of happiness and the latest and most practical research findings that are now being applied to help participants elevate their level of happiness on a day to day basis.

Brain, Emotions, Health – This workshop will explore the relationship between the brain and emotions, and how this relationship affects health. Various techniques have been developed by researchers which can result in greater concentration and emotional focus. These techniques will be reviewed in the workshop. Concentration and "emotional intelligence" can have profoundly positive effects on overall health.

Concentration & Mastery Learning – This workshop focuses on the latest research findings with respect to student attitudes to learning goals and ability (or ‘intelligence’). Students are given specific techniques (e.g. Mastery Learning) that can enhance focus and concentration, leading to a significant increase in academic performance.

How to Learn Biology – This workshop will cover the latest research in the field of biology learning and focus on the most effective learning and study strategies for biology courses.

How to Learn Math & Physics – This workshop will cover the latest research on the most effective learning and study strategies for math and physics courses; study and learning strategies for other lab courses and computer science will also be discussed.

Improve Your Thinking-Improve Your GPA – This workshop will introduce students to styles of thinking that can help improve grades. Examples of techniques used will be the S.I.P.A.R. method, thinking strategies (such as the use of analogies for learning difficult concepts), and the Big Picture-Details technique.

Learning & Memory – Learn about the most recent research on the human brain, the process of memory, and how it can help you study. There will be some general techniques and exercises to improve your memory for your course work and exams. Specific memory tips are also provided for students enrolled in Math/Sciences as well as the Humanities/Social Sciences. Please bring notes and books that give you the most difficulty.

Meditation Techniques for Higher Grades – This workshop will examine three of the most effective meditation (e.g. focused awareness, mindfulness) and emotional management strategies that improve your GPA. Students will also be introduced to the impact of Growth Mind strategies and their potential for expanding brain capacity.

Mid-Term Exam Preparation – This workshop prepares you for mid-term exams notably with respect to online learning. Topics discussed are the most effective exam-preparation techniques and how to perform effectively in online exams.

Preparing for Final Exams & Coping with Exam-Anxiety – In this workshop, participants learn how to deal with stress and exam anxiety notably with respect to online learning, as well as specific techniques for taking multiple-choice, true and false, and essay type exams. Topics covered include review tips for exams in a number of subjects, including math, science, and the social sciences.

Speed-Reading – This is a practical hands-on workshop that teaches you to read faster and to master larger ‘chunks’ of information in shorter periods of time. This workshop incorporates the latest research in reading strategies. Exercises will include eye movement training, “chunk” reading, scanning, probing techniques, etc. Note that students MUST bring their own classroom textbooks.

Super-Learning Strategies for Better Grades – This workshop introduces students to the latest techniques for Superlearning to achieve higher grades such as the Rose & Nicholl 6-step Plan, the Deporter Quantum Learning System, and the Ehrenburg Technique.

Take Better Notes. Get Better Grades – In this workshop, we will focus on a variety of strategies for taking good notes. We will also briefly discuss how our memory system takes in information and how effective note taking can facilitate the learning process.

Time Management – Learn tips on managing your time for the semester and how to budget time for classes, studying, and leisure activities. Topics such as procrastination, attitudes toward studying, and study tips are discussed.

Unleash Your Genius & Become an A+ Student – This workshop will present the latest research findings in learning and motivation that pertain to achieving maximum success in school as well as work and relationships. The primary focus of this workshop will be on Dweck's Growth Mind-Set research.

Your Smartphone, Your Health, and Your IQ – This workshop focuses on the most recent scientific studies examining the relationship between the use of smartphones, social media, and all Wifi-based devices  and their impact on your mental and physical health and IQ (especially school performance).