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How to Be Successful in MSTP Online Workshops


With the many changes online instruction brings to the learning experience, the following are tips and guidelines to provide the best learning experience for all students participating in online workshops.


  • It is recommended that all students share video whenever possible for online workshops.
    Why? This is because learning is a social process and being able to see each person in the workshop will help to create a sense of community for all in the workshop.
  • Students are encouraged to discuss often and actively share their thoughts frequently in workshops.  Students will be asked to take an active, collaborative role in different ways in the workshop setting
    Why?  Discussion is key to solidifying knowledge and encouraging deeper levels of thought about content.  Through discussing your thought process (verbally or via an online discussion board), you are pushing yourself to think about material in more complex ways and therefore are making additional mental connections.  This deepens your understanding and allows for greater ability to think critically. 
  • Meet and engage with your peers.  Workshop is one way to interact with others in your class, and you can schedule time outside of class/workshop to study together or just share ideas in general.
  • Please utilize the chat feature in Zoom strategically and be mindful that questions asked in the chat may not have immediate responses.  If a question is asked in the chat, it is recommended that the question is accompanied by a visual cue in Zoom, such as the “hand raise” feature.
    Why? While everyone has access to the chat, the activities of the workshop may mean that the chat cannot be easily viewed at any given time.  Alternatives could be to utilize outside resources such as Google Docs, Padlet, etc. in order to share ideas in a place that can easily be referenced later.  

Target Audience

All undergraduate students enrolled in lower division math, chemistry, and physics courses.


  • Deepen your understanding of complex concepts and strengthen your problem solving skills in a collaborative learning environment that reviews course material.
  • Access to a workshop facilitator that has taken the course (or equivalent), done well, and has undergone a quarter long training course to prepare them to facilitate learning.
  • Participate in a campus community focused on collaborative learning, and make connections with other students in your course.

Program Components

Workshop Schedules Spring 2020

Drop-in Tutoring

  • Math 3C study tables, Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Center Hall Room 375 (fall & winter quarters only)
  • Women’s Center STEM Café, Tuesdays 4 - 6 p.m. Women’s Center
  • OASIS Study Jams, Thursdays 5 - 10 p.m. 3rd Floor Center Hall
  • OASIS at the Zone, Wednesdays 4pm-5pm. The Zone, Price Center Plaza

How to Apply

  • Find the workshops that correspond to your course and best fits your schedule.
  • Visit and use your Single Sign On to apply for workshops.
  • No application is necessary for drop in tutoring services.


  • When can I see workshop schedules for the next quarter?

    • Workshop schedules are available Monday of week 9 for the following quarter.

  • When can I apply for workshops?

    • Workshop applications are available Monday of week 0 for fall quarter workshops, and Monday of week 10 for winter and spring quarter workshops.

  • How do I know if I’ve been admitted to a workshop?

    • After you submit a workshop application you will receive an email confirming the receipt of your application. Once your application has been processed you will receive an email confirming either your enrollment or waitlisted status.

  • When do workshops start?

    • All MSTP services begin week 2 of each quarter.

  • Can I attend a workshop if I am waitlisted for the workshop?

    • No, you may not attend a workshop if you received an email confirming your waitlisted status. If space becomes available in the workshop, you will be admitted to the workshop on a first come first serve basis.

  • Is attending workshop mandatory?

    • Yes, attending workshops is mandatory. If you need to miss a workshop let your workshop facilitator know so they can excuse your absence. If you miss the first workshop, an entire week of workshop, or more than two workshops in a quarter, you will be dropped from the workshop. If you no longer wish to attend a workshop you are enrolled in you can drop yourself from the workshop by using your Single Sign On to log on to the application page.

  • Can I work on homework in workshop?

    • No, the workshop facilitator will have a lesson plan prepared that reviews the course material. Practice problems done in workshop will not include material directly from the course (homework, quizzes, exams, etc.). If you have specific questions about homework visit the professor or TA office hours.

  • What if I can only attend part of a workshop?

    • If you need to leave early or arrive late to a workshop due to a scheduling conflict inform the workshop facilitator so they do not mark you absent from the workshop.

  • If I am in Math 2 or Math 4C can I visit the Math 3C study tables?

    • Yes, you may visit the Math 3C study tables. Be aware that the Math 3C tutors are trained to assist with the Math 3C courses being offered in any given quarter, so they may need additional time to help with concepts and problems that are not presented in Math 3C.

  • What are the expectations for students in workshops?

    • Students are expected to come to workshop with a good attitude, willingness to participate, readiness to work in collaborative groups, and respect for their peers and workshop facilitator.


Workshops are group study sessions that meet twice per week for two hour sessions. They pace a specific math or science course, and they are led by undergraduate facilitators who are trained to facilitate collaborative, student-centered learning environments. Application available Friday, Week 10.