Supplemental Workshops FAQ's

Q: What is the difference between a Supplemental Workshop and a Study Session?

  • While Study Session focuses on subject specific material, Supplemental Workshops are 1 unit credit/no credit and are directly aligned to specific lecture sections within an area of study. Enrolled Supplemental Workshop students must maintain 90% attendance in order to receive credit.

Q: I'm hesitant joining workshop due to my unit load. Will the additional unit be a lot of work?

  • There is no graded work in workshops. All of the practice problems and activities are designed to help you reach your 25-35 hours per week studying. Workshops are a way to help alleviate the school work stress during the quarter, not add more stress.

Q: Do I turn in my worksheets for a grade?

  • Worksheets are not graded. They are just one of the many resources offered during a workshop period. In fact, no practice quizzes, mock exams, or activities in workshop are ever graded.

Q: What is the absence policy?

  • In order to receive credit you must attend 90% of the workshop. Meaning, you have two excused absences and two unexcused absences for the quarter.

Q: I don’t want to enroll in workshop but can I still pick up the worksheet?

  • Worksheets are one component of workshop and utilized with collaborative group learning. Unfortunately, worksheets and other materials are reserved for enrolled students.

Q: Can I show up to workshop before the midterm and final if I’m not enrolled?

  • No, this is considered auditing and not the purpose of supplemental workshops. We suggest you enroll in a workshop so you receive continued practice throughout the quarter and not exclusively before test days.

Q: I want to join a 7:40 pm workshop but I have class until 8. Can I still join workshop?

  • If you have a 20-minute class conflict, you will need to visit the ASC (35-112) to fill out a Time Conflict Form. Once this conflict is lifted by the Registrar you may register for workshop.

Q: Can I go to workshop one of the days per week?

  • If you have a time conflict for one entire workshop session, Study Session may be a better option. We highly recommend speaking to the Supplemental Workshops Coordinator in the ASC (35-112) to see if there are any other options for joining a Supplemental Workshop.

Q: Can I do Homework in workshop?

  • Workshops are reserved for going over practice problems that will help prepare you for homework problems and tests. However, if there are specific questions about a homework concept this can be discussed and worked on during workshop.

Q: Has my workshop facilitator ever been a workshop student?

  • Many of our workshop facilitators were once workshop students! They definitely know what it is like to be in your position and can help you get through a challenging class successfully.

Q: Overall, do students do better that are enrolled in a workshop?

  • Students enrolled in Supplemental Workshops with their lecture generally experience a 3-5% grade increase than students enrolled in lecture only.

Q: Why should I join a Workshop?

  • Workshops provide a collaborate learning environment based on lecture specific material. A trained peer-facilitator accompanies the lecture all quarter to present different methods of approach to solving problems in addition to other metacognitive learning strategies.   

Q: How do I sign up for workshop after the quarter has started?

  • A permission number for the intended workshop will be required. Students will need to visit the ASC (35-112) to obtain a permission number. Students will then follow the steps to add the workshop like they would for any other class at Cal Poly.

Q: How long do I have to join a Supplemental Workshop?

  • Students have until the add/drop date (about two weeks after the start of the quarter) to enroll. If students miss this deadline, they can late enroll for a $20 late charge with the Registrar. We highly recommend adding before the deadline! 

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