Gradstravaganza: Virtual Workshops & Educational Sessions

Aug 20 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

, All Campuses

All new and continuing Mason graduate students are invited to Gradstravaganza, Mason’s annual graduate student welcome event! This year, Graduate Student Life is bringing back Gradstravaganza as a two-day event, including a fully virtual lineup of mini-workshops & educational sessions on Friday, August 20 from 9am-4pm and our Gradstravaganza picnic in-person on Saturday, August 21 from 12-3pm! Brought to you by Graduate Student Life, the Office of the Provost, the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA).

Friday’s lineup includes mini-workshops highlighting strategies for success in graduate school, special sessions for Graduate Assistants (GRAs, GTAs, and GPAs), opportunities to meet and connect with fellow Mason graduate students, and more! Saturday’s picnic includes FREE food, t-shirts, games, giveaways, and more! Be sure to bring your Mason ID and your Mason COVID Health Check. Registration information will be posted here shortly.

Gradstravaganza: Picnic at Mason Pond Lawn

Aug 21 - 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Mason Pond Lawn (in front of Mason Hall), All Campuses

All new and continuing Mason graduate students are invited to Gradstravaganza, Mason’s annual graduate student welcome event! This year, Graduate Student Life is bringing back Gradstravaganza as a two-day event, including a fully virtual lineup of mini-workshops & educational sessions on Friday, August 20 from 9am-4pm and our Gradstravaganza picnic in-person on Saturday, August 21 from 12-3pm! Brought to you by Graduate Student Life, the Office of the Provost, the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA).

Friday’s lineup includes mini-workshops highlighting strategies for success in graduate school, special sessions for Graduate Assistants (GRAs, GTAs, and GPAs), opportunities to meet and connect with fellow Mason graduate students, and more! Saturday’s picnic includes FREE food, t-shirts, games, giveaways, and more! Be sure to bring your Mason ID and your Mason COVID Health Check. Registration information will be posted here shortly.

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: Graduate School Reading Strategies

Sep 09 - 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM

, All Campuses

In the first workshop of this year’s series, Graduate School Reading Strategies, learn techniques for reading research articles, texts, and other literature to increase comprehension and application of knowledge in an efficient way.

Registration for the Graduate School Reading Strategies workshop is available here.

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: How to Study for Online Courses

Sep 17 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

, All Campuses

While online courses offer students flexibility and convenience, they can present their own set of challenges. Join us for a workshop to learn how to manage your time, how to learn in an online environment, and how to use self-regulation strategies to achieve your academic goals.

Registration for the Online Course Strategies workshop is available here.

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: Overcoming Procrastination

Sep 23 - 2:30 PM to 3:45 PM

, All Campuses

Learn the reasons why you might be putting off your work and strategies for how to break out of the procrastination cycle.

Registration for the Overcoming Procrastination workshop is available here.

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: The Perils of Perfectionism in Grad School

Oct 05 - 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM

, All Campuses

While perfectionism seems like a worthy trait to have because it involves hard work and meticulousness, it has its downsides. Pursuing perfection is stressful and time consuming and can actually result in poor academic performance. This session will explore the perils of perfectionism and assist participants in setting more realistic goals.

Registration for The Perils of Perfectionism in Grad School workshop is available here.

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: Motivation and Goal-Setting

Oct 22 - 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM

, All Campuses

Having trouble motivating yourself to complete your work? Feel like you have hit a wall in your program? This session will help you explore your values, discuss strategies for motivating yourself, and assist you in developing goals to enter the next phase of your graduate career.

Registration for the Motivation and Goal-Setting workshop is available here.

GRADReCon: Graduate Student Research Connections

Oct 28 - 12:00 PM to Oct 29 - 4:30 PM

, All Campuses

Build your productivity, research, and writing skills at GRADReCon! Graduate Student Life and University Libraries have partnered with other offices to provide two afternoons of workshops on topics essential to your success in grad school. For full details including the schedule, visit http://gradlife.gmu.edu/grad-life-events/#GRADReCon.

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: Project Planning: Getting Your Research, Thesis, or Dissertation Done (a part of GRADReCon: Graduate Research Connections)

Oct 28 - 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM

, All Campuses

This session will provide you with strategies for managing large projects such as research projects, community service events, and dissertations. Learn how to define the scope of your project, identify resources, create a timeline, and keep everything organized.

Registration for the Project Planning: Getting Your Research, Thesis, or Dissertation Done workshop is available here.

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: Scheduling and Time Management

Jan 28 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

, All Campuses

Do you feel like you have too much on your plate, and not enough time to do it all? Do you worry that you spend too much or too little time studying? Learn the skills of successful time management and increase your ability to balance study with your other commitments. 

Registration is available here.

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: Managing Academic Anxiety

Feb 23 - 2:30 PM to 3:45 PM

, All Campuses

Do you have trouble starting papers because of self-doubt? Does worrying about a test make it hard for you to study? Any time you are being evaluated, tension can interfere with doing your best. This workshop examines the reasons for academic performance anxiety and explores strategies for coping with it.

Registration is available here.