Academic Success Centre

Graduate Workshops

We offer a range of group workshops designed to help graduate students develop and excel throughout the academic journey. In these sessions, our professional facilitators share their expertise, demonstrate practical strategies for a range of academic tasks, and help you apply these tools to your own work.

Presenting Skills

  • 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.

    Date: Sat., Jun. 15, 2019
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
    Cost: $25

    Date: Sat., Aug. 3, 2019
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
    Cost: $25

Studying & Planning

  • Feedback: Giving, Receiving, and Implementing

    Is it difficult to give, receive, and implement academic feedback in committee meetings, papers, seminars, research groups, reading critiques, and/or clinical settings? Learn and practice techniques for speaking, listening, and advocating effectively in an academic environment.

    Date: Wed., Jun. 5, 2019
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
    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.

    Date: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Cost: $20

  • Reading Research Papers

    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.

    Date: Wed., Jul. 24, 2019
    Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Cost: $20

Writing Skills

  • Crafting a Thesis 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.

    Date: Wed., Jul. 17, 2019
    Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    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.

    Date: Fri., May 31, 2019
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
    Cost: $25

  • Thesis Writing Strategies: A Thesis Writer's Workshop (5 weeks)

    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.

    Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Jun. 18 - Jun. 27 & Friday, Jun. 28, 2019
    Times: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $90

  • Thesis Writing Strategies: Getting Started on Your Thesis (4 weeks)

    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.

    Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Jun. 4 - Jun. 13, 2019
    Times: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $75

  • 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.

    Date: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
    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.

    Date: Wed., Jun. 19, 2019
    Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Cost: $20