Welcome to our FREE workshops | Fall 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.

Topics include


11 Mindful Minutes at 11 am

Join Sammy, Merike and Jamie for 11 Mindful Minutes at 11am again in the Fall semester! This workshop series was started in Summer 2020 to support our students and community through the stress of navigating school and work during the pandemic. Take this time to connect with yourself, relax the nervous system, and become more present. Starting September 15, we will meet at 11am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through out the semester until the last week of classes. Just click the link below to join us!

From September 15 – December 3, 2020:
Join us every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday – https://langara.zoom.us/j/95890644416
**Note: 11 Mindful Minutes will not be offered on November 10, 11, or 12


*New* Career Exploration through Active Engagement (60 minutes)
Lulin Zheng (MA, RCC)
Come and join Lulin on Zoom for an hour of fun for an engaging session of career exploration. You will be asked to reflect on your experiences from the positive psychology perspective. Dynamic self-exploration techniques will be introduced. You will also participate in an online self-assessment and watch a video of an information interview. The concept of positive uncertainty and planned happenstance will be explored to help your career decision-making. Finally, we will finish with a poem written by a UBC professor to showcase that career development is a process, and not always your first choice. 

Monday, November 16, 2020 at 2:30 pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://langara.zoom.us/j/91560763700

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.

Thursday, November 19 at 11:30 am (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://langara.zoom.us/j/92725751532
Meeting ID: 927 2575 1532

Wednesday, December 2 at 11:30 am (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://langara.zoom.us/j/95935098777
Meeting ID: 959 3509 8777

Tuesday, December 8 at 11:30 am (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://langara.zoom.us/j/94917346901
Meeting ID: 949 1734 6901

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.

Tuesday, November 17 at 11:30 am (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://langara.zoom.us/j/91644047892
Meeting ID: 916 4404 7892

Friday, December 4 at 11:30 am (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://langara.zoom.us/j/98413114879
Meeting ID: 984 1311 4879

 

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.

Monday, November 23 at 11:30 am (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://langara.zoom.us/j/94838243077
Meeting ID: 948 3824 3077

Tuesday, November 24 at 11:30 am (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://langara.zoom.us/j/92036686616
Meeting ID: 920 3668 6616

Wednesday, November 25 at 11:30 am (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://langara.zoom.us/j/99795861340
Meeting ID: 997 9586 1340

Thursday, November 26 at 11:30 am (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://langara.zoom.us/j/92923313537
Meeting ID: 929 2331 3537

Monday, November 30 at 11:30 am (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://langara.zoom.us/j/62711912500
Meeting ID: 627 1191 2500

Tuesday, December 1 at 11:30 am (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://langara.zoom.us/j/99581883919
Meeting ID: 995 8188 3919

Wednesday, December 2 at 4:00 pm
Zoom link: https://langara.zoom.us/j/64823278884
Meeting ID: 648 2327 8884

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

Wednesday, November 18 at 11:30 am (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://langara.zoom.us/j/97710730442
Meeting ID: 977 1073 0442

Thursday, December 3 at 11:30 am (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://langara.zoom.us/j/95435636796
Meeting ID: 954 3563 6796

Monday, December 7 at 4:00 pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://langara.zoom.us/j/99730369253
Meeting ID: 997 3036 9253

Your Smartphone, Your Health, and Your IQ (20 minutes)
Kaveh Farrokh (PhD)
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).

Monday, November 16 at 11:30 am (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://langara.zoom.us/j/97744840740
Meeting ID: 977 4484 0740


Other Student Success Workshops Offered 

Join Counselling Services 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).