Student Success Labs

Become fearless, become stronger; become more!

This series of workshops prepares students to achieve their academic and personal goals. Students are encouraged to attend one or all of the sessions which have include presentations by Faculty, Deans, administrators and renowned experts.  

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What did previous attendees like most about the series?

"The diversity of speakers and their engagement, and fresh tips and options for academics and life in general."

Complete the online workbook.  Once completed we will develop a personal success plan based on your responses and what we know from the hundreds of other students who have completed it.

Personal Success Plan Link

Sessions are held every Tuesday in the Academy Hall Auditorium at 4 p.m.
Summer Session are held every Wednesday in DCC 337 at 1 p.m.

Summer 2019 Schedule


May 22

Developing your goals and success plans

May 29

(Monday Schedule no session)

June 5

Time Management

June 12

Motivation and Change

June 19

Resilience I

June 26

Finals Preparation

July 10

Resilience II

July 17

Help Seeking Behavior

July 24



All sessions are followed by a study jam from 2-5 p.m.


Tutoring is available from 3-5 p.m. in the following subjects:


CSCI 1100 Computer Science I

CSCI 2300 Principles of Software


ENGR 2350 Embedded Control (LITEC)

ENGR 2530 Strength of Materials

MATH 2010 Multivariable Calculus

Dr. Keith Anderson Resilence I, II, III with Dr. Keith Anderson

Building resilience is a critical strategy in developing a self that is able to tolerate adversity and succeed in difficult situations. While many people can persist when things are easy or enjoyable, being resilient means having the ability to manage distress and to bounce back in difficult situations or environments. This important skill is not something you learn from a book, but from managing the experiences of life.


Tara Schuster Sleep Hygiene: What Is It & Why Is It Important?  with Tara Schuster

Habits that contribute to a good night’s sleep and allow for full daytime alertness are known as “sleep hygiene.”  These habits can range from daytime micro-naps, to avoiding caffeine and stimulants after a certain hour, to creating an optimal sleeping environment.

We’ll discuss the importance of sleep hygiene, detriments (physical, mental, academic and otherwise) that one may experience due to lack of quality sleep, and simple tips to improve your sleep.

We will end the session with a relaxation exercise. Please dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat or towel that you can lay on. 

Motivation and Change I, II 

Do you put things off until the last minute only to be disappointed by the outcome?  Learn how to develop and maintain motivation to achieve goals to make change in your life. Whether you want to spend more time on school work or learn to play the piano, making change requires a specific set of steps to ensure success.  You can achieve your goals, but you need the right equipment.  Join Lydia Rest, LCSW for this hands-on lecture.

Motivation workbook

Slides are available here.

Mindfulness with Sheryl Spencer Learn about the benefits particularly in assisting with stress, and overall cognition. Begin the practice and see if it affects your progress towards you goals. Come learn what all the buzz is about and why companies like Google, Twitter, PayPal, LinkedIn and many more in Silicon Valley are employing these techniques. In this session Sheryl Spencer, LCSW will introduce participants to mindfulness and meditation.
Claire Gonyo, Ph. D.

What it Takes
with Deans Gonyo and Dingman

In this presentation, we will address the various barriers that students across the country face when seeking help. We will explore various researches on the success rates of college students who seek help versus those who don’t.

In seeking help, the student must identify first, what kind of help the student wants, i.e. financial help, academics, student experience, mental health, etc. We will explore how RPI continues to reaffirm its commitment to student retention, and the various resources readily available on campus to help students be successful during their times at RPI.

Personal Success Plan with Louis Trzepacz During this session we will discuss developing a plan to achieve success for this semester.  Please fill out "Getting to Know You", our online tool 24 hours in advance of attending so we can have your personalized plan ready for the session.
Time Management with Louis Trzepacz

During this session you will learn how scarcity arrests the brain and how it sabotages you. You'll hear about how strange our decision making processes can be and how to avoid time traps. Finally, we will discuss strategies you can employ to practice being more productive and connecting productivity to your values and goals.

Slides are available here.  You can download and print the handout here.

Academic Prep for finals with David Milford The finish line is in sight learn how to finish strong through preparation and savvy techniques.