Syracuse University

Center for Graduate Preparation and Achievement
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Throughout the year, CGPA offers a variety of resources and hosts a series of workshops for academic, professional and personal success. We invite all students to join our community of scholars for information on the following topics:


Time Management
provides tools and skills to improve grades and quality of life through the examination of the following related topics: how you spend your time, prioritizing, understanding your personal style as well as managing procrastination.



Study Skills
prepares students to learn and provides strategies and techniques for academic success. This workshop may cover learning styles, effective listening and communications skills, note-taking strategies, memory skills as well as reading comprehension.



Stress Management
addresses techniques and coping strategies to reduce and handle stress.


Financial Management
introduces students to the value of fiscal responsibility by providing tools to manage resources, preparing for the future and avoiding debt. Workshops on this topic cover the following: budgeting your money (even work-study income), understanding the financial aid process to maximize your aid, understanding the ins and outs of student loans (before and after you graduate, understanding credit cards and its impact on your credit score).



Dress for Success
focuses on helping students present themselves in the best possible light in both informal and formal settings such as campus events, conferences and interviews. The workshops provide tips for men and women on the basics on proper attire, grooming and etiquette.



Dining Etiquette
prepares students to eat their way to success. This workshop provides tools to give you the advantage at the dining table and covers the basic rules of dining etiquette, table manners, as well as finer points of successful dining.



Using PowerPoint Effectively
The workshop provides tips for effective use of PowerPoint to help you engage your audience and communicate your message clearly.



Presentational Skills
introduces students to the elements of an effective presentation as well as public speaking skills for a variety of settings including classroom presentations, oral and poster presentations. The workshop focuses on subject areas such as: personal style, verbal and non-verbal cues, and how to effectively communicate your ideas and answer questions.



Why Graduate School/Choosing the Right Program
introduces the students to the significance of attending graduate school and choosing the right program. Invited panelists will speak on the following topics: why it is important for underrepresented students to pursue graduate studies; how the panelists decided to pursue graduate studies; personal experiences related to the journey of pursuing education beyond undergraduate school; and any words of wisdom that the panelists would like to share.



How to Prepare and Thrive in Graduate School
addresses students' concerns about expectations of graduate school and how it differs from the undergraduate experience. Invited panelists will speak regarding their personal experiences and challenges in graduate school and offer advice on navigating the rigors of graduate studies.



Funding Opportunities
provides students with information regarding external funding opportunities for graduate studies. Panelists also help students to understand the differences between fellowships, graduate assistantships, research assistantships and teaching assistantships.



Graduate Applications and Admissions
Invited panelists will speak on the following topics: what students should expect when they begin the application process, your application format whether online or on paper, graduate admissions tests, essays, references/methods for submitting reference letters etc.; what makes an application strong or weak; what does rolling admissions really mean; how one creates a competitive application packet; what role does the search for funding play in the application process; how is the application process impacted if graduate admission test scores are low; should one follow up with school or request an interview after submitting an application; and obtaining application fee waivers.



Medical School Admissions
Invited panelists (admissions committee members and medical students) help students best prepare for all aspects of your medical school application, from timeline to deadlines and resources you can use to your advantage.



Personal Statement
addresses the importance of the personal statement/essay portion of the graduate application process, and tips on how to craft the best possible essay. Panelists also address the critical factors that will make the best impression on admissions committees. Workshops are held for students interested in medical and graduate programs.



Letters of Recommendation
focuses on strategies for acquiring strong letters of recommendations. This workshop will provide information for avoiding lukewarm/ good letters and highlight processes for strong letters that will enhance your application and give you a competitive edge.



Graduate and Medical School Mock Interviews
prepares students for graduate and medical school interviews with administrators in the field. Students engage in an interactive experience, which provides critical feedback to be used on the interview day.