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Learning Skills: Learning Skills Program

Purpose and Goals

The primary purpose of the TU Learning Skills Program is to assist students in achieving academic success. This program serves all students and it is anticipated that students who utilize the group and/or individual services will:

  1. Increase learning efficiency and learning effectiveness
  2. Adapt and apply appropriate learning strategies to current classes
  3. Become more active and "response-able" learners
  4. Improve problem solving abilities and critical thinking skills

Academic Success Topics

  • Assessing Academic Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Self-Management Skills (Motivation, Stress, Concentration, Attitude)
  • Task Management / Organizational Skills / Procrastination
  • Reading Speed and Comprehension
  • Decoding The Lecture / The Note Taking Experience
  • Test Preparation / Memory Skills
  • Test Taking Skills / Test Anxiety
  • Utilizing Academic Resources

Learning Skills Services

  • Individual Academic Coaching
  • Master Student Class
  • Memory Strategies & Mnemonic Systems Class
  • Critical Reading Class
  • Academic Power Presentation (A.P.P. Seminar Series)
  • Outreach Programs

We can come to your group!

Student success seminars and learning skills workshops are available to the Transylvania University community.

To schedule something for your group, please contact Greg Strouse at

Master Student Class

Class enrollment is LIMITED for this popular and FREE mini-course. Please register on TNet for the section of your choice. This class is a complete/no complete experience (It will not impact your your academic credit load).

All classes meet in the Library Media Viewing Room (Room #006).

Master Student Class -- Study Smarter, Not Harder!

This information packed 5 session mini-course (each 50 minute session meets one time per week) examines the mindset, habits, and skills of successful students. Topics include: motivation, changing habits, time management, reading speed and comprehension, note taking, test taking, test anxiety, procrastination, and much more.

Fall Term, 2018---Master Student Class (UNIV-0900)

**MS Section 07---A Four Session "Jump Start" Class (Restricted to First Year Students Only)---Tuesdays, 8:30am, September 4, 6, 11, 13

MS Section 01---Tuesdays, 8:30am, 9-18-18 to 10-23-18

MS Section 02---Tuesdays, 1:30pm, 9-18-18 to 10-23-18

MS Section 03---Wednesdays, 8:30am, 9-19-19 to 10-17-18

MS Section 04--Tuesdays, 8:30, 10-30-18 to 12-4-18

MS Section 05--Tuesdays, 1:30pm 10-30-18 to 12-4- 18

Enrollment is Limited!   Please register (UNIV-0900) on TNet ASAP!

Academic Power Presentation (APP)

This dynamic seminar series is designed to address a variety of critical student success topics. Students may choose to attend one, several, or all of the 50 minute information-packed seminars

All sessions are FREE but you must RESERVE your space & materials. Enrollment is LIMITED.

Please e-mail Greg Strouse at to check availability and to request the small group seminar date/time of your choice. You will receive a confirmation of your request.

All seminars meet in the Library Media Viewing Room (Room #006)

A.P.P. Seminar Topics

Your Procrastination "Wake-Up Call"!
Learn a variety of strategies & techniques to reduce "putting it off" !

Maximize Your Memory!
How we remember, why we forget, mnemonic systems, and more !

Supercharge Your Concentration!
Improve the QUALITY of your focus while reading, taking notes, and studying!

Managing Test/Academic Anxiety!
Learn strategies to manage stress and to maximize your grades !

Maximize Your Test Scores!
A checklist of strategies to maximize your exam preparation!

Individual Academic Coaching

Students may schedule individual appointments with an academic coach to problem solve specific academic and learning challenges.

Please contact Greg Strouse at

Comments and Testimonials

"The Master Student Class was a great experience. I learned a lot of things that will help me throughout the rest of my college experience."

"My test grades immediately came up after this class."

"I do feel more confident, in my memory techniques especially."

"The instructor is very good at explaining the concepts of how to study and the tools/materials are invaluable."

"These things help. I wish I could have taken it earlier."

"I do feel more confident now that I have more techniques and methods to identify what I need to do to maximize my efficiency and effectiveness in a class."

"Excellent class. I would recommend it to anyone regardless of academic standing."

"The instructor is very prepared, informative, and helpful. I plan on utilizing him as a campus resource as much as possible."

"Great class. All students should be encouraged to take this class."