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Learning Commons: Power Hour Workshops

Welcome to the OJC Learning Commons

Power Hour Workshops

The Learning Commons offers a series of free workshops this semester to help students find success in the college classroom and beyond. During each session, we will offer tips and insights to help students thrive in class and in life. All workshops will be held in the Learning Commons Café.  We hope you see you there!


Get It Together! Organization & Time Management

According to a new study from Baylor University, college students spend 8-10 hours a day on their cell phones. Imagine what would happen if students spent more time studying and less time “snapping!” In this hands-on workshop, Dr. Herasingh will show you some awesome time management apps and teach you how to map out your semester schedule to achieve results in all areas of your life.


Finding Success in the College Classroom

Do you find yourself re-reading the same page in a textbook a dozen times before it makes sense? Do you have a hard time listening in class and taking notes at the same time? Do you have test anxiety, struggle on exams? Perhaps you want to improve your study habits and overall grades. In this informative workshop, Dr. Herasingh will share her secrets for success in the college classroom.


How to Study

How to Read a Textbook

How to Take Notes

Exam Tips

Test Anxiety

Research & Writing Workshop

When you have a research paper due, where do you start? Do you know where to find sources and how to use Google and Wikipedia to aid your search? In this hands-on workshop, Dr. Herasingh will show you how to find scholarly articles both online and in our research databases. She will also share her secrets for collecting and coding information, and compiling this information into a written report.

Sexual Health & Wellness: Communication, Consent and Contraception

Are you an eye-roller when you get upset? Perhaps you gaslight or stonewall your partner, or give them the silent treatment. Communication is everything in relationships, and most of us have not been taught how to communicate or “fight fair.” In this interactive Valentines’ Day workshop, Dr. Herasingh will teach you about healthy relationships and Gary Chapman’s five love languages. She will also talk about the importance of consent, and teach you how to keep yourself safe from sexually transmitted infections.

The Five Love Languages Assessment

Take the 5 Love Languages® official assessment to discover your love language and begin improving your relationships. Your love language profile will explain your primary love language, what it means, and how you can use it to connect to others.

STI Info

Useful Websites

Drugs, Alcohol and YOU: Substance Abuse and Brain Development

Most college students know about the legal repercussions of underage drug and alcohol consumption, yet many continue to consume drugs and alcohol at an alarming rate. In this informative workshop, Dr. Herasingh will teach you about the effects of substance abuse on brain development, and explain the biological, psychological, and sociological effects of binge drinking on college campuses.

Who Are You?

At work, Dr. Herasingh is an ENFJ, but at home, she’s an INFJ. Do you know what these acronyms mean? If not, come to this interactive workshop and get an accurate description about who you are and why you do things the way you do.

16 Personalities

Get a concrete, accurate description of who you are and why you do things the way you do, for free.

Take The Test

Financial Literacy

Adulting and paying bills is hard work, and the vast majority of students have never received practical financial education. It’s no secret that money impacts almost all areas of our lives, yet few students have been taught how to budget for school, living expenses, emergencies, and fun. is a real-life guide to taking charge of your money. Their online personal finance tools can help you build real-life-ready financial skills, and best of all, the program is free and easy to use. By creating a free student account, you'll have access to articles, financial tools (e.g. budget wizard, lessons, videos, and financial calculators), and financial experts. Sign up today at

Stress Management and Self Care

Students are often bombarded with personal and educational stressors, and many come to the classroom using coping methods that are unhealthy and counter-productive, such as abusing drugs or alcohol, or pulling an all-nighter before a big exam. In this interactive workshop, you will have the opportunity to sample a variety of relaxation and self-care techniques that may help you deal with the tension and stress that accompany formal education.

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