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Annual Conference:
2017: Building Your Skills for Success

2017 Building Your Skills for Success Conference Overview

On October 18, 2017 the Academic Skills Center hosted a conference on Building Your Skills for Success. Sessions topics included tips on academic reading or writing, strategies for using statistics in your courses or doctoral research, online etiquette, collaboration strategies, and tips for overcoming the imposter syndrome. All of the sessions were recorded and are available to view.  

Online Etiquette: Presenting Your Best Self in the Online Classroom

In an age of online interactions, people are increasingly concerned about the impressions they leave online and what those impressions reveal about themselves.  In this session, students learned tips for monitoring their digital footprint and ensuring an accurate and positive personal representation at Walden.


Tips to Master the Writing Process

In this presentation, Walden writing faculty introduced students to the components of an effective writing process and two journaling techniques to eliminate writer’s block and improve your writing. 


Savvy Strategies for Academic Reading

Bogged down in reading? Graduate study naturally involves analyzing many research articles, theoretical texts, and other complex materials. In this session, students learned how to boost their comprehension, speed, and ability to navigate and extract meaning from research articles.


Research Questions to Results: Statistical Analysis and Steps to Success in the Doctoral Capstone

From research questions to results,  Drs. Matt Jones, Dr. Pat Dunn, and Dr. Zin Htway explained the steps to success in statistical analysis for a doctoral capstone. Topics covered included:

  • Alignment of Research Question(s) to variables and statistical test for analysis
  • Power analysis and sample size calculations using G*Power software
  • Data set building using SPSS
  • Conducting an Independent Samples t-Test and ANOVA using SPSS
  • Interpretation of the SPSS output for the Independent Samples t-Test and ANOVA


Using Statistics for Quantitative Reasoning

In this instructional session, statistics tutors from the Academic Skills Center offered insight into the role of statistics for the purpose of quantitative reasoning. The presenters discussed specifics of descriptive, inferential, and biostatistics, and offered application examples of each. 


Collaboration Skills for Professionals and Academics

Skills in communication, collaboration, and team building are necessary for professional and academic success. This presentation provided students with the tools and resources to engage project team members, share information, and achieve positive outcomes.


Feeling Like You Don’t Belong as a Doctoral Student? Tips to Overcome the Imposter Syndrome

Ever feel like you don’t belong in your doctoral program? Do you struggle with perfectionist tendencies and self-imposed high standards? If so, you are not alone! Presenters discussed the definition of the imposter syndrome, how it can impact you as a learner, and what you can do to overcome it.


Edited Recording: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome (YouTube)

Transcript of Tips to Overcome the Imposter Syndrome 

Slide Deck: Tips to Overcome the Imposter Syndrome (PDF)


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