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.

2019-2020 Workshop Schedule

Graduate School Reading Strategies

Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 3:00-4:15pm in SUB 1, Suite 3129

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.

Register for the Graduate School Reading Strategies workshop now.

Online Course Strategies

Friday, September 20, 2019, 12:00-1:00pm in SUB 1, Suite 3129 and Online

While online courses offer students flexibility and convenience, they can present their own set of challenges. Join us for a workshop (either face-to-face or online) 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. Information about logging on to access the online livestream will be provided to registered participants.

If you missed this workshop, you can view the video recording here.

Register for the Online Course Strategies workshop now.

Overcoming Procrastination

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 12:00-1:15pm in SUB I, Suite 3129 

Do you find yourself constantly putting off projects, assignments, or commitments? You may be caught in the “not now, later” trap. Learn the reasons why you might be putting off your work and strategies for how to break out of the procrastination cycle.

Register for the Overcoming Procrastination workshop now.

Managing Academic Anxiety

Friday, October 4, 2019, 10:30-11:45am in SUB I, Suite 3129 

The pressure in graduate school can be overwhelming, especially when it comes time for exams, program benchmarks, or a thesis/dissertation defense. Any time you are asked to perform, tension can interfere with you doing your best. This workshop examines the reasons for performance anxiety and explores strategies for coping with it.

Register for the Managing Academic Anxiety workshop now.

Motivation and Goal-Setting

Friday, October 11, 2019, 10:30-11:45am in SUB I, Suite 3129 

If you are feeling overwhelmed with a project, thesis, or dissertation and don’t know where to start, join us at for the Motivation and Goal-Setting workshop. This workshop will help you think through the big projects you have ahead and plan out smaller goals to make steady progress toward completion.

Register for the Motivation and Goal-Setting workshop now.

How to Manage a Large Project

Monday, October 21, 2019, 3:00-4:15pm in SUB I, Suite 3129

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.

Register for the How to Manage a Large Project workshop now.

Scheduling and Time Management

Friday, January 24, 2020, 10:30-11:45am in SUB I, Suite 3129 

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 graduate school with your other commitments.

Register for the Scheduling and Time Management workshop now.