Workshops

We offer a wide range of workshops designed to help you develop your learning, writing, and communication skills through your academic career. Our workshops are open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students.

Please note that some workshops are exclusively for graduate students.

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Fall 2018 Workshops

For Fall 2018, we have updated and reorganized our workshop offerings, with new programming to help you develop your academic strategies, graduate-level skills, and written acumen.

Learn more about our workshop offerings:

Academic Strategies Workshops

  • Getting Started Series (FREE)

    WEEKLY SCHEDULES: Learn the basics of effective weekly study schedules.

    DEALING WITH DISTRACTIONS: Learn ways to tame procrastination and get focused.

    MAKING THE MOST OF READING WEEK: Plan for a productive (and relaxing) break.

    Cost: Free

  • Advanced Studying and Writing In-Class Essays
    Having issues preparing for and writing in-class essays? Learn how to study for and produce time-limited, single-draft writing as expected in in-class essay situations.

    Cost: $20
  • Learning in Your Lecture
    Do you struggle to figure out exactly what your professor wants you to learn? Learn how to maximize your learning by identifying key lecture concepts, and listening and communicating effectively within class situations. Bring course materials.

    Cost: $20
  • Managing Exams
    How do you prep for midterms while keeping up with your coursework? Or stop stress from sabotaging your exam performance? Learn how to manage exams successfully during a busy term. Bring your course outlines.

    Cost: $25
  • Mastering Multiple Choice
    Do multiple choice exams seem harder than they should? Do you secretly think they are written to trick you? Learn how to prepare for, read, interpret, and master this challenging exam format at the university level.

    Cost: $20
  • Planning for Finals
    Are you ready for your final exams? Plan your studying, and learn how to deal with multiple final exams in this hands-on workshop. Bring your course outlines, exam topics, and exam dates.

    Cost: $20
  • Planning Your Paper
    Do you feel like your ideas are everywhere and difficult to consolidate into a paper? This workshop will teach you to plan your paper and structure your ideas, leading to a clearer and more organized work.

    Cost: $20
  • Scheduling for Success
    Think you have to study 24/7 to ace university? Not so. Learn how to maximize your learning by effectively structuring your study time with practical weekly and monthly schedules. Bring your course outlines.

    Cost: $20
  • Studying Strategically
    Does it feel like you study for hours without learning anything? Discover practical strategies for reading, note-taking, and remembering in order to help you study efficiently and effectively. Bring your course outlines.

    Cost: $20
  • Tackling Texts
    Is it possible to keep up with the required reading in university courses and still understand and retain what you have read? Learn techniques to read, understand, and remember texts at more efficient reading speeds.

    Cost: $20
  • Taming Your Terms
    Does it feel like you spend all your time memorizing terms but still have more to master? Do you learn terms for one class, then forget them in another? Learn practical strategies for remembering content-specific vocabulary.

    Cost: $20
  • Thriving in Your Seminar
    Wondering what you should do differently for your seminar course? Learn strategies to participate effectively, manage readings efficiently, and coordinate weekly tasks with end-of-term assignments or exams.

    Cost: $20
  • WASPs (Weekly Applied Skills Practice)
    In 12 weekly, small-group sessions, WASPs give students the opportunity to apply high impact strategies directly to their coursework, make progress on assignments, and maintain motivation – all with the guidance of a learning specialist. First-year, senior undergraduate, and graduate series available.

    Cost: $60 per WASPs series

Graduate Student Workshops

  • Coping with Your Comprehensive Exam
    Preparing for PhD ‘comp’ exams? Learn high impact strategies to master reading lists, develop in-depth analyses, and maximize your exam performance (with strategies for various exam formats from ‘take homes’ to orals and in-class essays).

    Cost: $20
  • Crafting a Thesis or Dissertation Proposal
    An effective proposal serves as both an argument for the merit of your project and a planning document for future work. Learn techniques and strategies that will help you to craft a persuasive argument that enables your success.

    Cost: $25
  • Defending Your Dissertation (or Thesis)
    Defending your dissertation is your opportunity to tell the world about your work. Strengthen your communication skills by learning how to appear confident, answer questions appropriately, engage with your audience, and more.

    Cost: $25
  • Editing a Chapter for Publication
    Looking to convert a chapter of your thesis into an article? With a focus on traditional thesis chapters, this workshop will explore strategies for: (a) reframing your text, (b) selecting a journal, and (c) responding to readers’ critiques.

    Cost: $25
  • Managing Major Projects
    Balancing your coursework, research, projects, and personal life can be difficult. Learn practical scheduling strategies to help you become more productive and less stressed, as well as strategies for dealing with procrastination.

    Cost: $20
  • Polishing Your Presentations
    Learn how to develop and deliver dynamic, engaging presentations. This three-hour session covers presentation organization and formats, verbal and non-verbal communication tips, vocal techniques, PowerPoint design and use, and more.

    Cost: $25
  • Reading Research Papers (companion to Writing a Literature Review)
    Need to sort through numerous research papers and remember them? Learn to become effective in your reading, manage multiple sources, and make the most of your time and effort.

    Cost: $20
  • Thesis-Writing Strategies

    Getting Started on Your Thesis: This four-part course provides practical strategies for making the early stages of writing less stressful: by avoiding procrastination, choosing
    an effective structure for a thesis, engaging readers’ interest early, and framing the thesis effectively. Open to writers in all fields.

    Cost: $75

    A Thesis Writer’s Workshop: This five-part course helps writers to develop effective thesis chapters. We read examples from the field, workshop students’ own drafts, and discuss principles of editing and project management.

    Cost: $90

  • Thriving in Your Seminar
    Wondering what you should do differently for your seminar course? Learn strategies to participate effectively, manage readings efficiently, and coordinate weekly tasks with end of term assignments or exams.

    Cost: $20
  • Writing a Literature Review (companion to Reading Research Papers)
    Having difficulty writing about others’ work without sounding redundant? Craft an effective literature review chapter for a thesis/dissertation in the social sciences. Writers in other disciplines may benefit.

    Cost: $25
  • Writing an Effective Funding Proposal
    Tackling that funding proposal but unsure of how to present your request? Learn strategies to increase the probability of positive responses to your scholarship or funding proposal.

    Cost: $25
  • Writing Your Thesis or Dissertation in Two Pages a Day
    You can write your thesis or dissertation in as little as two pages a day. Come and learn strategies for breaking your writing up into chunks, otherwise known as short sections. We will discuss how to use these blocks of text to build a chapter.

    Cost: $20

Writing Workshops

  • Getting it write from the Start (FREE)
    In this session we will introduce academic writing: discipline conventions, the importance of reading, and tips for improving your writing. We will also let you know how the writing centres and other resources on campus can help you develop your writing skills.

    Cost: Free
  • Advanced Editing and Revising

    What’s the difference between correcting and revising a paper? Learn some tips on how to “SEE” your writing better and move from making your writing merely correct to making it effective.

    Cost: $20

  • Advanced Grammar and Punctuation
    Do you know how to use a semi-colon or even comma? Dashes? Correct use of grammar and punctuation isn’t everything, but it is important, making a difference in what you say and how you are received. Learn how punctuation and grammar help communicate relationships between sentences and ideas.

    Cost: $20
  • Advanced Studying for and Writing In-class Essays
    Having issues preparing for and writing in-class essays? Learn how to study for and produce time-limited, single-draft writing as expected in in-class essay situations.

    Cost: $20
  • Paraphrasing Effectively and Correctly
    They tell you to “put it in your own words.” But what does that really mean and how do you do it without being accused of plagiarism? Paraphrasing is a skill that takes time and effort — begin that skill development here.

    Cost: $20
  • Plagiarism 1: The Basics
    Do you worry about plagiarism while writing a paper or your thesis? This seminar will help you understand why we use and cite sources, what plagiarism is and why it might be confusing, how corresponding aspects of the student code apply, and how academic integrity relates to all of this.

    Cost: $20
  • Plagiarism 2: Integrating and Using Sources
    This seminar will consider how plagiarism might happen, the use of “common knowledge,” effective integration of the words and ideas of others, and how to avoid situations that lead to plagiarism.

    Cost: $20
  • Writing Clearly and Coherently
    Why is your writing so clear to you but not to others? Learn to improve sentence-level clarity and write for a specific audience for a specific purpose. Learn to connect your ideas and paragraphs structurally, smoothly, and logically so your reader can follow what you are trying to communicate.

    Cost: $20
  • Writing Concisely: Advanced
    Most of us are wordy. Don’t be. Learn five techniques to reduce your writing by up to 20% without losing content.

    Cost: $20
  • Writing Thesis Statements, Introductions, and Conclusions
    What should an effective introduction have and do? Where should your thesis go? Can conclusions do more than conclude? Learn how to set-up, begin, and end essays.

    Cost: $20
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Workshop Packages

  • Pre-session Academic Writing Initiative

    Improve your understanding of writing in this series of classes designed to prepare you for your summer session classes. We will cover the equivalent of five workshops: Correctness, Conciseness, Coherence, Clarity, and Revision. 

    Cost: $125

    Available: Spring and Summer Terms