Workshops, Open Labs, and, Study Groups

A variety of workshops, open labs, and study groups are offered periodically at the Locust Grove and Fredericksburg campuses. Please click on  the tabs below for a list of offerings. To sign up for a workshop, call either of our offices or register online. Unable to attend a scheduled workshop? Check out our online tutorials and modules page. Can’t make it to a study group? We can accommodate your schedule. Call our office to learn about additional times and dates for the workshops and study groups listed below.

  • Writing

    Writing Workshops

    All of our writing workshops are located at our FAC and LGC locations and may also be available to watch online.

    FAC – V.Earl Dickinson Building

    Room: 208
    Time: Assistance available upon request.

    LGC

    Room: 208
    Time: Assistance available upon request

    APA Citation Workshop

    Learn the APA citation style and discover new online reference sites.

    Watch video

    Chicago Style Citation Format Workshop

    Learn the Chicago Manual of Style documentation system.

    Grammar Review Workshop

    When was the last time you learned about run-on sentences, sentence fragments, and comma splices? Sign-up for this workshop, so you will never have to guess about punctuation again.

    MLA Citation Workshop

    Learn the MLA citation style and discover new online reference sites.

    Watch video
  • Math

    Math Workshops

    All of our math workshops are located at our FAC and LGC locations and may also be available to watch online.

    FAC – V.Earl Dickinson Building

    Room: 208
    Time: Assistance available upon request.

    LGC

    Room: 208
    Time: Assistance available upon request

    Intermediate Word Problems

    Learn strategies to recognize, organize, and solve math word problems.

    Graphing: Getting From A to B in a Straight Line

    Sign up for this workshop to learn the basic rules of graphing math equations.

    Using Your TI-83/84 Calculator

    Stop by for a hands-on tutorial on how to use the TI-83/84 calculator.

    Math Anxiety Workshop

    Sign up for this interactive workshop to discover strategies to overcome math anxiety.

    Logic and Truth Tables

    Learn the truth about the logic behind this Math 154 concept.

  • Nursing

    Nursing Workshops

    Drug Dosage Calculations Workshop Series

    Introduction to Drug Calculations

    FAC – V. Earl Dickinson Building

    Room: 208

    Time: Assistance available upon request

    LGC – Locust Grove Campus

    Location

    Room: 208

    Days and Times

    Time: Assistance available upon request

    Please call the Academic Center for Excellence to book a spot

    SCC – Stafford Barbara J. Fried Center

    Location

    Room: 132

    Days and Times

    Time: Assistance available upon request

    Please call the Academic Center for Excellence to book a spot

    Advanced Drug Calculations

    FAC V. Earl Dickinson Building

    Room: 208

    Time: Assistance available upon request

    LGC – Locust Grove Campus

    Room: 208

    Days and times

    Time: Assistance available upon request

    Please call the Academic Center for Excellence to book a spot.

  • Other

    Other Workshops

    Investigating Chemistry Series

    All of our investigating chemistry series are located at our FAC and LGC locations and are available upon request.

    Part I: Matter: It’s Elemental

    Learn about conversions with the metric system, atomic structure, and isotopes.

    Part II: Bringing Atoms Together

    Take a guide through the concepts of octet arrangement, ion formation and ionic bonding, and covalent sharing and covalent bonds.

    Part III: Introduction to Carbon Compounds

    Learn about electron negativity, carbons’ bonding habits, functional groups, and isomers.

    Part IV: Naming Carbon Compounds

    Learn how to correctly name carbon compounds.

Open Labs

Anatomy and Physiology Open Lab

Stop by FAC V. Earl Dickinson building at Room 325 on Fridays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. to work with a tutor and ask questions about Anatomy and Physiology.

Chemistry Open Lab

Stop by FAC V.Earl Dickinson Building in Room 208 to ask questions about Chemistry.

Nursing Open Lab

Stop by at the Locust Grove campus Room 208 to schedule an appointment with a tutor and ask questions about Nursing.

Student Study Groups

Student study groups usually consist of four to six students who make a commitment to meet on a regular basis throughout the semester to discuss academic material covered in the course. It is important that all members of the group are committed to equal participation and take responsibility for being prepared for all scheduled meetings.

There is truth to the adage, “many minds are better than one,” when it applies to learning college material. Students who participate in study groups tend to develop a deeper understanding of the instructional material, and they learn how to think critically and creatively about academic concepts.

Navigate Study Buddies

All Germanna students have access to “Study Buddies” through Navigate.

Download Navigate Study Buddies handout

More about study groups

  • Advantages of joining a group

    Advantages of joining a group

    Just as some individuals are more musically inclined or artistically talented than others, each study group member brings a set of strengths to the study session. One member may have strong technical skills; another member may take excellent notes, while another member may have excellent leadership skills that enable the group to stay focused during the study sessions.

    Each member of the group may interpret the academic material in a different way based upon previous experiences or prior knowledge. A good study group takes advantage of its members’ strengths to enhance the learning of all members. Study group discussions enable students to gain a more thorough understanding of academic material.

  • Structure of a study group

    Structure of a study group

    The members should agree upon expectations for the group. Decide what you want to achieve during the meetings. Students may decide to review material covered during class, or they may decide to hold special review sessions prior to tests. It may be helpful to establish a format for each session that includes 15 minutes to review concepts from a prior meeting, 30 minutes to discuss concepts that members found to be difficult, and 15 minutes to discuss preparation for future tests, quizzes, or special assignments.

    It is useful for the group to select a leader who is willing to keep the group on task. You can even take turns sharing the role of the leader and decide if you want a different member to lead the discussion group each session.

  • Successful study groups

    Successful study groups

    Take some time during your first meeting to set down some ground rules for your study group. The members should also exchange contact information in case poor weather necessitates the cancellation of a meeting. A successful group consists of members who:

    • Create a regular meeting schedule that adheres to strict start and end times.
    • Attend all class sessions and keep up with all course assignments.
    • Maintain a focus on academic concepts and don’t allow the meeting to turn into a social gathering.
    • Take responsibility for contributing to the greater good of the group. In other words, each member should be willing to share the workload for participating in group discussions.
    • Compare lecture and/or lab notes and discuss any discrepancies in comprehension of the academic material.
    • Ensure that everyone has a good grasp of the material being covered.
    • Remind one another of the next meeting and briefly discuss what material will be covered at that time.
  • Join a study group

    Join a study group

    In order to determine if there are already established study groups, follow these procedures:

    Step 1

    Click on the link to the Google calendar and see if there is an existing student study group that meets at a time that is convenient for you. If so, note the day, time, and location of the meeting.

    Step 2

    If there is not an existing session, there are many ways in which you can start a group. You can:

    • Ask your classmates if they are interested in forming a student study group.
    • Make an announcement in class or through Canvas that you are forming a student study group.​
    • Sign into Google Plus and post a comment on the “GCC Student Study Group” page. If you don’t already have a Google Plus account, it only takes a few minutes to create a profile. You can simply indicate that you are enrolled, for example, in Biology 101, section 22, and ask if there are other students who would like to form a student study group with you.
    • Check back with Google Plus for a response, and once you have collected a few student names and email addresses, you can decide among yourselves whether you would prefer to meet on campus or off-campus.

    Step 3

    There are numerous places where a student study group can meet on campus. If you are interested in meeting in one of the Library’s instructional rooms, view scheduling information.

    Step 4

    Finally, don’t forget to return to complete the “student study group calendar submission” so we can post your meeting on the student study group Google Calendar.

    What resources are available to our study group?

    Germanna is committed to your academic success, and there are numerous resources available to you.

    Request more information

Facilitated Study Groups

Spanish Discussion Group

The Spanish Discussion group provides a casual environment to practice your conversational Spanish by playing games and reading Dr. Seuss books.

FAC V. Earl Dickinson Building

Room: 208

Time: Assistance available upon request

International Student Study Group

During this study group, we will work on grammar, idioms, reading and context clues, as well as work on building a community of English language learners.

FAC V. Earl Dickinson Building

Room: 217

Time: Every Thursday at 4:00 p.m.