What?! Free Classes?

That was my response when I first heard about the instructor-led training workshops, or also known as STEPS workshops, by University Information Technology Services (UITS) at IU. In addition, UITS offers online and self-study training tutorials, IT courses, and print materials for those who prefer working on your own. Moreover, certification and testing are also options that you can consider, if interested or necessary for your program or future career. Okay, so these may not be “classes” per se, but STEPS workshop, for instance, is free of charge for IU students. When I first found out about them, I signed up for as many as I could. A word of caution: do not let your enthusiasm overwhelm you; these are three-hour courses, and they lose their initial appeal once you spend a couple of Saturday mornings sitting in front of a computer from 9 to 12P.M. Nonetheless, taking free workshops is a great way to enhance your resume, as you become acquainted and proficient in softwares such as Access or Dreamweaver.

Aside from free workshops, IU also has a Writing Tutorial Service. Tutors from various disciplines provide both discipline-specific and course-specific tutoring; they work with students at any stage of the writing process. International students have found this resource particularly helpful as they receive assistance with revising a paper or just getting a second opinion on a writing assignment.

I have found these resources to be particularly beneficial, although there are many other resources IU has made available at no or minimum charge to assist its students. It is one of goals to utilize the resources which have been made available to me, and I hope this is a sentiment others share with me. Oh, by the way, did I mention the free downloads IU students have too?


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