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GRE Prep Workshop

Student Engagement

Academic Initiative

Groups Served
Collegiate, Graduate, Postbaccalaureate

Program Website
Visit the Program Website

Contact Information
Kelly, Jasmine
jkelly31@gsu.edu
404-413-2397

Address
55 Gilmer Street
Atlanta, GA 30303

Campus
Atlanta

Funding

Institutional Funding (e.g., President's Office, Provost Office, College or Academic Unit, Departmental Funding)

Overview

The GRE Prep workshops are designed for students preparing for graduate school, Black Student Achievement offers a preparation workshop for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), which explores all three areas of the test (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing).

Benefits

Each student that participates in the GRE Prep workshop receives in-depth GRE preparation at no cost to them. Additionally, participants receive a Kaplan link that offers a free month of additional testing assistance.

Supplemental Materials

Not Applicable

Discipline Focus
Not discipline specific (University-Wide)

Diversity Group ( Social Identity)
Age, First Generation, Socioeconomic Status

Race/Ethnic Group
Black, Multi-racial

Program, Initiative, Policy or Sponsored Award Category

Priority 1: Academic Initiative

Established
08/01/2010

Number Served

Research Components and Activities

Program sponsored (in-house) professional development sessions/ coursework (e.g., workshops, test preparation, mini-courses, specialized course, conference presentations, resume/cv building, tutoring, professional development etiquette), other

Other: Kaplan

Additional Research Components, Roles and Responsibilities

The workshop incorporates actual content from the Graduate Requisite Exam along with test-taking strategies. All of these components increase the likelihood of students obtaining the scores they need on the exam in order to gain admission into graduate school.

Self-efficacy Emphasis

The GRE Prep Workshop addresses self-efficacy amongst students by reinforcing to students through continuous test preparation that they have the knowledge, skills, intelligence and ability to pass the exam.

Acknowledgement/Affirmation of Identity, Strengths, Needs

Asking students their preferred pronoun on the registration form, using those pronouns in the academic setting, understanding and acknowledging students where they are personally, academically, mentally and financially in relation to their GRE prep and graduate school journey.

Examples of Inclusionary Practices and Activities

Specialized Pedagogical practices (e.g. multicultural teaching practices; usage of gender pronouns)), Structured Dialogues and Interactions (e.g. lab discussions, one-on-one sessions, virtual dialogues), Creation of a Safe space/ climate/environment

Participant Empowerment

Coaching, Knowledge transfer to the community (e.g., parents, peers, stakeholders)

Mentoring Components

Mentors provide regular scheduled meetings with mentees, Mentors provide psychological and or emotional support, Mentors provide support with goal setting and or career planning, Mentors provide support with academic or discipline specific knowledge through direct teaching, Mentors provide mentees with access to academic resources (e.g. precollegiate/collegiate/graduate/postdoc/ faculty training; standardized test preparation; writing workshops, research workshops, tenure and promotion information), Mentor recognizes the value of the mentee. (i.e., co-authorship, graduate school/employment references)

Opportunities to Privilege Voice

The workshop allows students to share nuances of their academic journey both good and bad, that has motivated them to want to prepare for the GRE exam so that they can attend graduate school.

Evaluation Methods

annual performance report, program survey(s)

Anticipated Participant Outcomes

attendance, completion of a course(s),increasing academic skill area (s),earning acceptance to graduate school

Key Performance Indicators

Registration for GRE Exam, Completion of GRE Exam, Satisfactory scores on GRE Exam, Admission into graduate school

Program, Initiative, Policy or Sponsored Award Category

Priority 1: Academic Initiative

Established
08/01/2010

Number Served

Research Components and Activities

Program sponsored (in-house) professional development sessions/ coursework (e.g., workshops, test preparation, mini-courses, specialized course, conference presentations, resume/cv building, tutoring, professional development etiquette), other

Other: Kaplan

Additional Research Components, Roles and Responsibilities

The workshop incorporates actual content from the Graduate Requisite Exam along with test-taking strategies. All of these components increase the likelihood of students obtaining the scores they need on the exam in order to gain admission into graduate school.

Please describe how your program addresses self-efficacy (one's beliefs in their own ability to execute behaviors necessary to perform) in its participants?

The GRE Prep Workshop addresses self-efficacy amongst students by reinforcing to students through continuous test preparation that they have the knowledge, skills, intelligence and ability to pass the exam.

How does your program acknowledge or affirm individuals’ different identities, strengths, or needs?

Asking students their preferred pronoun on the registration form, using those pronouns in the academic setting, understanding and acknowledging students where they are personally, academically, mentally and financially in relation to their GRE prep and graduate school journey.

Inclusionary practices/activities utilized in your program:

Specialized Pedagogical practices (e.g. multicultural teaching practices; usage of gender pronouns)), Structured Dialogues and Interactions (e.g. lab discussions, one-on-one sessions, virtual dialogues), Creation of a Safe space/ climate/environment

Participant Empowerment

Coaching, Knowledge transfer to the community (e.g., parents, peers, stakeholders)

Mentoring Components

Mentors provide regular scheduled meetings with mentees, Mentors provide psychological and or emotional support, Mentors provide support with goal setting and or career planning, Mentors provide support with academic or discipline specific knowledge through direct teaching, Mentors provide mentees with access to academic resources (e.g. precollegiate/collegiate/graduate/postdoc/ faculty training; standardized test preparation; writing workshops, research workshops, tenure and promotion information), Mentor recognizes the value of the mentee. (i.e., co-authorship, graduate school/employment references)

Opportunities to Privilege Voice

The workshop allows students to share nuances of their academic journey both good and bad, that has motivated them to want to prepare for the GRE exam so that they can attend graduate school.

Evaluation methods are used to substantiate the program’s outcomes:

annual performance report, program survey(s)

Anticipated participant outcomes for your program:

attendance, completion of a course(s),increasing academic skill area (s),earning acceptance to graduate school