Maximizing Productivity during Graduate School Workshop Series

Learning Services and Graduate Student Life present “Maximizing Productivity during Graduate School,” a workshop series designed specifically for Mason graduate students. We know you have limited time and are balancing school along with multiple life commitments. In these workshops, learn how to make the most of the time and energy you have while working toward your graduate degree.

2021-2022 Workshop Schedule

During the 2021-2022 year, the Maximizing Productivity during Graduate School Series will be held online and in hybrid formats. Registration is required; directions for accessing the online workshops will be provided to registered students. Registration for workshops will be posted here soon. 


Graduate School Reading Strategies

Thursday, September 9, 2021, 3-4:15pm; Online

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.

Watch a recording of this session from 2020 here.

How to Study for Online Courses

Friday, September 17, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm, Online

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.

Watch a recording of this session from 2020 here.

Overcoming Procrastination

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 2:30-3:45pm, Online

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.

Watch a recording of this session from 2020 here.

The Perils of Perfectionism in Grad School

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 3:00-4:15pm, Online

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.

Motivation and Goal-Setting

Friday, October 22, 2021, 1:30-2:45pm, Online

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.

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

Thursday, October 28, 2021, 3:15-4:15pm, Hybrid 

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.

Scheduling and Time Management

Friday, January 28, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm, Online

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.

Plus, watch these pre-recorded Time Management sessions here:

Time Management – Semester Deadlines and Exams

Time Management – Weekly Routine
Time Management – Daily Preparation

Managing Academic Anxiety

Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 2:30-3:45pm, Online

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.