Welcome to our FREE workshops | 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 in-person or 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:


Applying the Science of Happiness during Covid-19 Times
Kaveh Farrokh (PhD)
This workshop provides the latest scientifically-based research on happiness and how these can be applied during Covid-19. 

Wednesday September 22
3:00-3:50 pm (PST)
In-person, Room L216

Thursday October 21
2:00-2:50pm (PST)
In-person, Room L216

Wednesday November 10
3:30-3:50pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 652 6833 3831
Passcode: 349875

Coping with Zoom Fatigue (NEW)
Kaveh Farrokh (PhD)
This workshop provides the latest scientifically-based research on factors leading to Zoom-fatigue and tips for coping with Zoom-fatigue. 

Tuesday September 28
3:00-3:50 pm (PST)
In-person, Room L216

Thursday October 14
12:00-12:20pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 680 6949 7562
Passcode: 016812

Tuesday November 2
3:00-3:50pm (PST)
In-person, Room L216

Tuesday November 16
1:30-1:50pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 616 4776 5194
Passcode: 025941

Learning-Memory & Academic Success
Kaveh Farrokh (PhD)
This workshop provides you with the latest scientifically researched techniques to enhance your focus, concentration, learning and memory for your in-class and on-line courses.

Tuesday September 7
12:30-12:50pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 660 0438 9149
Passcode: 346632

Wednesday September 8
3:30-3:50 pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 683 7996 6747
Passcode: 725121

Thursday September 9
12:00-12:20pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 683 2215 5911
Passcode: 227122

Tuesday September 14 
3:00-3:50 pm (PST)
In-person, Room L216

Wednesday October 20
1:00-1:20pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 623 2731 3907
Passcode: 691600

Tuesday November 2
12:30-1:20 pm (PST)
In-person, Room L216

Mid-Term Test Preparation Tips 
Kaveh Farrokh (PhD)
This workshop provides you with the most effective and efficient strategies to help prepare for and write exams for in-class and on-line courses.

Monday October 4
12:30-1:20 pm (PST)
In-person, Room L216

Tuesday October 5
2:30-2:50pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 684 3658 1021
Passcode: 183253

Wednesday October 6
3:00-3:50 pm (PST)
In-person, Room L216

Science of Unleashing Your Genius For Success
Kaveh Farrokh (PhD)
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. 

Monday September 27
12:30-1:20 pm (PST)
In-person, Room L216

Wednesday October 27
2:30-2:50 (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 670 0644 6711
Passcode: 290392

Speed-Reading 
Kaveh Farrokh (PhD)
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.

Monday September 13
12:30-1:20 pm (PST)
In-person, Room L216

Thursday October 14
2:00-2:50 pm (PST)
In-person, Room L216

Take Better Notes-Get Better Grades
Kaveh Farrokh (PhD)
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.

Thursday September 16
2:00-2:50 pm (PST)
In-person, Room L216

Friday October 15
11:00-11:50 am (PST)
In-person, Room L216

Time Management for Success
Kaveh Farrokh (PhD)
Effective tips on managing your time for on-line learning and how to budget time for classes, studying and “off time” (non-study/school time).

Tuesday September 7
3:30-3:50 pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 620 5393 7976
Passcode: 686737


Wednesday September 8
11:30-11:50am (PST) 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 616 4288 9388
Passcode: 260683

Thursday September 9
2:30-2:50 pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 669 9290 7498
Passcode: 506333


Tuesday September 14 - CANCELLED
12:30-12:50pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 690 5851 2446
Passcode: 011440

Tuesday October 19
1:00-1:20 pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 661 6044 1006
Passcode: 402403

Wednesday November 3
1:00-1:20pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 613 5795 0649
Passcode: 239188

Tips for Preparing For Final Exams
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 in-class and online.

Tuesday November 23
3:00-3:50 pm (PST)
In-person, Room L216

Wednesday November 24
1:30-1:50pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 644 5660 8392
Passcode: 570044

Thursday November 25
2:00-2:50 pm (PST)
In-person, Room L216

Tuesday November 30
2:30-2:50pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 666 3779 4666
Passcode: 023585

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

Tuesday September 21
3:00-3:50 pm (PST)
In-person, Room L216

Wednesday October 20
3:30-3:50 pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 665 6875 7897
Passcode: 001853

Tuesday November 9
1:30-1:50pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 613 5934 7019
Passcode: 788634

Your Smartphone, Your Health and Your IQ
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).

Thursday September 23
2:00-2:50 pm (PST)
In-person, Room L216

Tuesday October 26
1:30-1:50pm (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 674 9700 3892
Passcode: 317474


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.

Career Exploration through Active Engagement – Come and join Lulin on Zoom for 90 minutes 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 his career development.

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).