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Workshops at CAPS

CAPS offers a variety of workshops throughout the semester; topics vary based on group needs and range from Learning Strategies to Writing tips. If you would like more information about what CAPS can offer your class or group through a workshop, please see below under Learning Strategies and Writing & Language.

Requesting a workshop is not required for Brown Bag Workshops. Feel free to use the request a workshop form (found on those tabs) for your class or student group.

ZIM 345 Brown Bag Workshop Schedule


DAY of the WEEK



8/28Monday1:00 – 1:50 pmLearning Cycle
8/30Wednesday12:00 – 12:50 pmLearning Cycle
8/31Thursday12:30 – 1:20 pmLearning Cycle
8/31Thursday1:30 – 2:20 pmLearning Cycle
9/6Wednesday12:00 – 12:50College Reading
9/7Thursday1:30 – 2:20 pmCollege Reading
9/11Monday1:00 – 1:50 pmTime Management
9/13Wednesday12:00 – 12:50 pmTime Management
9/14Thursday11:30 – 12:20 pm*Time Management
9/14Thursday1:30 – 2:20 pmTime Management
9/18Monday1:00 – 1:50 pmNote-taking
9/20Wednesday12:00 – 12:50 pmNote-taking
9/21Thursday1:30 – 2:20 pmNote-taking
9/25Monday1:00 – 1:50 pmActive Learning
9/27Wednesday12:00 – 12:50 pmActive Learning
9/28Thursday12:30 – 1:20 pmActive Learning
9/28Thursday1:30 – 2:20 pmActive Learning
10/2Monday1:00 – 1:50 pmTest-Taking
10/4Wednesday12:00 – 12:50 pmTest-Taking
10/5Thursday12:30 – 1:20 pmTest-Taking
10/5Thursday1:30 – 2:20 pmTest-Taking
10/9Monday1:00 – 1:50 pmTest-Taking: Midterm Edition!
10/11Wednesday12:00 – 12:50 pmTest-Taking: Midterm Edition!

Fall Break

10/16Monday1:00 – 1:50 pmNote-taking
10/18Wednesday12:00 – 12:50 pmNote-taking
10/19Thursday12:30 – 1:20 pmNote-taking
10/19Thursday1:30 – 2:20 pmNote-taking
10/23Monday1:00 – 1:50 pmTime Management
10/25Wednesday12:00 – 12:50 pmTime Management
10/26Thursday12:30 – 1:20 pmTime Management
10/26Thursday1:30 – 2:20 pmTime Management
10/30Monday1:00 – 1:50 pmCollege Reading
11/1Wednesday12:00 – 12:50 pmCollege Reading
11/2Thursday12:30 – 1:20 pmCollege Reading
11/2Thursday1:30 – 2:20 pmCollege Reading
11/6Monday1:00 – 1:50 pmActive Learning
11/8Wednesday12:00 – 12:50 pmActive Learning
11/9Thursday12:30 – 1:20 pmActive Learning
11/9Thursday1:30 – 2:20 pmActive Learning
11/13Monday1:00 – 1:50 pmLearning Cycle
11/15Wednesday12:00 – 12:50 pmLearning Cycle
11/16Thursday12:30 – 1:20 pmLearning Cycle
11/16Thursday1:30 – 2:20 pmLearning Cycle
11/20Monday1:00 – 1:50 pmTest-taking
11/22Wednesday12:00 – 12:50 pmTest-taking
11/27Monday1:00 – 1:50 pmTime Management
11/29Wednesday12:00 – 12:50 pmTime Management
11/30Thursday12:30 – 1:20 pmTime Management
11/30Thursday1:30 – 2:20 pmTime Management
12/4Monday1:00 – 1:50 pmTest-Taking: Finals Edition!
12/6Wednesday12:00 – 12:50 pmTest-Taking: Finals Edition!
12/7Thursday12:30 – 1:20 pmTest-Taking: Finals Edition!
12/7Thursday1:30 – 2:20 pmTest-Taking: Finals Edition!

Finals Week

* Different time to account for STEM/EASE Workshop scheduled from 12:30 – 1:20 pm

Have an hour to spare? Our Learning Strategies Workshops give you an academic boost in 60 minutes or less.  Want to share the success with your friends?  Request a workshop for your student group or organization.  

What Learning Strategies Workshops are happening now? 

Nourish your mind with lunch and a new learning strategy! Come to our weekly Brown Bag Learning Strategies Workshops. 

What will a Learning Strategies Workshop cover?

Your Learning Cycle: Take Charge of Your Academic Experience

What are your go-to learning strategies? Do you know how to identify your learning strengths and weaknesses? The CAPS Learning Strategists have some ideas for you. We’ll address learning on a broader scale, including the processes that lead to long-term retention. Let us talk you through the key steps for learning, and help you figure out where you are and where you can go with your education!

Timing is Everything: Time Management for you!

Ever wonder where your day went? The CAPS Learning Strategists have tips to help! We’ll give you some ideas about scheduling, how to break up your time, and how to identify what is working for you and what isn’t. Prioritization and structure are key, but so is finding the formula that works for you. Let us give you some examples and test out some strategies to help you find that formula.

Exploring Note-taking:  A Guide to Creating Effective Notes

During class, do you write down everything the professor says? Do you always know what is going on? Are your notes easy to read and remember? Are some of these trick questions? Not to worry, the CAPS Learning Strategies team knows what it takes to take good notes! We’ll give you the basics and go through some different options for formatting information, as well as staying engaged in class. We can help you find what works for you!

Thinking about Reading: Strategies for Your College Textbooks

Got lost in your textbook… again? Have you ever read the same sentence over and over, only to realize that you can’t remember what it said?  It’s okay, it happens – but it doesn’t have to. The CAPS Learning Strategies team can help! We’ll give you an overview of what it means to think critically, and how it applies to college reading. Finally, we’ll outline techniques and do some concrete activities to practice!

Test-taking Tips: Strategies for Building your Confidence and Managing Stress

Would you like to feel more confident and perform better on your next test? The CAPS Learning Strategies team can help! We'll guide you through how to budget your time leading up to test day, and how to get the most out of lectures, homework, and studying. For the day of the test, we'll help you identify key words in questions and directions, and practice outlining written responses for every subject (including math, science, and social sciences).

Can students request a workshop presentation or a special topic?

Yes! Any group of students can request a Learning Strategies Workshop presentation or suggest a new topic. Go to the CAPS Workshop Request Form.  

For more information, contact:

Leslie Woolson
Assistant Coordinator, Learning Strategies
Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS)

CAPS Writing Workshops

CAPS writing tutors can visit your class or group and lead interactive, hands-on workshops on any stage of the writing process and on many genres of writing. These workshops are designed to assist student writers in developing the skills they will need as lifelong writers. Basic outlines for the writing workshops are provided below, however, our goal is to customize each workshop we facilitate for the class with which we are working.

What writing workshops are offered?

Writing as a Process

Many students envision writing as a product, rather than a process. This workshop will present an overview of the writing process—from prewriting to drafting to revision—and offer strategies for engaging in each of these stages. This workshop is the one most commonly requested, as it includes content from each of the workshops listed below.

Emphasizing the Prewriting Phase of Writing

When many students write a paper, they most likely begin by sitting in front of the computer and starting at a blank screen, uncertain of what to do next. This workshop will present information on assessing the purpose, format, and audience of a writing assignment, as well as how to assemble sources and do prewriting activities, such as brainstorming, constructing an outline, and free-writing.

Crafting an Effective Thesis Statement

Students often struggle with expressing the essence of their argument in writing. An effective thesis statement is more than a summary of one’s argument—it offers a road map of how a position will be argued. This workshop will help students develop more specific, arguable, tension-filled thesis statements.

Organizational Strategies for Writing

Students may have brilliant ideas about a topic but are unable to organize their thoughts clearly and express them to the reader. This workshop will help students improve their writing by managing content, using topic sentences and transitions, and other strategies that will create a coherent overall structure.

Research Papers: Navigating the Research Process

Researching a topic is a complex process. Often students are not sure how to navigate the research process, and default to popular online searches. The purpose of workshop is to equip students with strategies to move through each stage of the research process, including formulating a research question, locating and evaluating sources, and incorporating the works of others into a research paper.

Incorporating Sources into Writing Assignments

Engaging in dialogue with other writers can be tricky. Students may fail to synthesize an author’s ideas or fail to acknowledge sources, thus risking plagiarism. This workshop will help students incorporate the work of others into their own writing by learning how to paraphrase and use in-text citations effectively, consistent with MLA or APA conventions.

Academic Honesty in the Writing Process

Plagiarism is a term often cited in courses, with instructors urging students to avoid plagiarizing. But what do we mean when we talk about plagiarism? This workshop emphasizes the complexities of academic honesty and intellectual property, offering students a discussion of how to navigate the writing process ethically, and ends with an overview of strategies for citing and crediting the work of others.

The Revision Process: Avoiding Early Closure

Persuading students that revision is more than simply cleaning up a paper can be challenging. Students often feel a paper is complete once the conclusion has been written and the paper has been proofread. This workshop will discuss the concept of early closure (ending the paper at the conclusion of the first draft), strategies students can apply to the revision process, and how to make meaningful decisions about approaching revision.

Editing: The Final Stage of the Writing Process

Editing represents the end stages of the drafting process. It is also a step that many students are reluctant to engage in, or misunderstand. This workshop presents students with editing strategies, offering options at both the individual and small group level. This workshop works best when students have a draft in hand, as workshop facilitators can walk students through editing activities.

Can instructors request a writing workshop on a special topic?

Absolutely! Should you have a specific request for a workshop that is not present in the list above, please contact Katie Denton at or (505)277-4499.

Can students request a workshop presentation or a special topic?

Yes! UNM undergraduate organizations can request a Writing Workshop presentation or suggest a new topic. Go to the CAPS Workshop Request Form.

For more information, contact:

Kathryn Denton
Program Specialist
Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS)
(505) 277-7209