The Lifelong Learning Program offers academic preparation with courses that aim to increase accessibility to post-secondary education and college enrollment. In addition, our self-defense course is designed to empower women and increase safety awareness both on campus and in the community.
Our course roster include:
- NEW course for high school students and their parents:
COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS PRIMER
This course offers an introduction to the ins and outs of the college application process. Learn ahead of time how to write a successful essay, conduct a meaningful school visit, and fill out financial aid paperwork. Intended for current high school sophomores or juniors and thier parents, this course will prepare you for the major decisions that are on their way. We will talk about the nuts and bolts of applications themselves, as well as the qualitative process of deciding which schools to apply to and how to approach the transition from higgh school to college.
- SAT Prep
The SAT I Reasoning Test is widely required by colleges and universities to assess an applicant’s potential for success. In today’s competitive atmosphere, you should not go into this test unprepared. The goal of the course is to prepare you for the test by reducing your anxiety, increasing your confidence in your abilities, and arming you with practical and proven strategies. The SAT is a standardized test that becomes easier and more predictable with practice, preparation, and keen strategy. You will get to know the test from top to bottom – how it is scored, sectioned, timed, and designed. The focus will be on strategies that work, and you will get the chance to practice these strategies. Students also taking the ACT will benefit from this course. If you need to register for the SAT, you can do so online at www.collegeboard.com, or you should see your high school counselor for a registration bulletin.
- ACT PREP
The ACT is an increasingly popular alternative to the SAT, and many colleges and universities across the nation are happy to accept either score. If the style and structure of the SAT don’t seem like the best fit, give the ACT a try! This course reviews all necessary content and focuses on effective test-taking strategies to maximize your score and boost your confidence and comfort level with standardized testing.
- GRE Prep
The purpose of this test prep workshop is to introduce the graduate school applicant to the structure, content, and logic of the Graduate Record Exam. We will share the test-process analysis, complete content review, and practice questions. We will also discuss anxiety reduction and study techniques in order to empower the student to aim to perform competitively on the GRE. Emphasis will be placed on learning appropriate timing and strategies designed to account for the adaptive nature of this complex computerized exam.
- Basic Math Refresher
Have your math skills grown rusty? Are you anxious about getting a good score on the Math section of the GRE or the GMAT? Build a math foundation that dovetails with the GRE or the GMAT Test Preparation Courses. This power-packed refresher course renews your abilities in the math fundamentals of Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry so that you can work more efficiently with strategies that you will develop in the Test Prep Courses.
- Math Anxiety
From everyday struggles to balance the checkbook or calculate sales discounts at the grocery store, to academic avoidance of classes that rely on numbers, math anxiety is a real problem that afflicts people of all ages and backgrounds. This course replaces your fear of math with an appreciation for the beauty of numbers and a solid understanding of basic mathematics. You will learn a number of psychological tricks to calm the mathematically anxious mind and explore fun ways to use everyday math. Your fear of math no longer needs to hold you back!
- Basic College Writing
This class is for anyone who has been away from school for awhile or who feels high school writing just didn’t quite prepare them for the requirements of college assignments. Together we will build a toolbox of essay writing skills that can be applied to a wide range of undergraduate coursework. We will examine examples of quality college writing and practice our own skills together and individually. Students will have the opportunity to work on current class assignments and have their writing critiqued.
- Study Skills / Time Management
Our 21st century lives are increasingly more hectic, with seemingly unlimited demands on our time and energy. Take a little time to invest in your own study skills and time management techniques and see your overall productivity increase, while your stress level decreases. Together we will build effective study habits that utilize schedules, to-do lists and color coding in efficient ways. Our end goal will be the creation of personalized action plans that bring balance to our busy lives.
- Basic Computer Fundamentals
Thanks to the City of Seattle Bill Wright Technology Matching Fund, the UW Women’s Center will also be hosting FREE computer classes during the 2010-2011 school year, that cover basic computer, application , and internet usage. Topics include interacting with the computer, working with files and directories, and the basics of internet search and email.
- SELF DEFENSE 101
Research indicates that women who successfully defended themselves quickly recognized threatening situations and enforced their boundaries, if necessary by physical means. Learn to recognize assailant ploys and manipulations — and how to thwart them. Practice releases from common grabs and decisive strikes to vital targets. Assess your risks, and plan around them. Understand the connections between awareness, threats, and our media environment. Come prepared to challenge yourself!
For information on courses and registration:
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