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.

Due to technical problems, our online registration portal is currently closed. Please contact our office to register in all workshops. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

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.
  • 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.

    Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Cost: $25
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Studying & Planning

  • 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). 

    Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
    Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
    Cost: $20
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  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

Writing Skills

  • 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.
  • 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: Thursday, February 28, 2019
    Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Cost: $25
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  • 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. 

    Date: March 7-April 4, 2019 (Thursdays)
    Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $90
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  • 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.
  • 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.

    Date: Friday, March 1, 2019
    Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    Cost: $25
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  • 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: Friday, April 5, 2019
    Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Cost: $25
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  • 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: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
    Cost: $20
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