Academic Skills Workshops for Students

Please Note: All Spring/Summer term sessions will be offered remotely. Online workshops will be held through Zoom and access information will be provided after registration. To support your academic progress, our workshops are free to U of A students. 

ASC group workshops are designed to teach you new skills that you can apply directly to your academic work. Presented by our specialists, each workshop focuses on specific academic tasks and concerns with university-level studying and reading, time management and planning, exams, or writing.

To register for a Spring/Summer workshop, email success@ualberta.ca with the following information:

  • First Name(s) and Last Name(s)
  • CCID
  • Student ID #
  • Faculty
  • Graduate/Undergraduate
  • Are you approved for academic accommodations due to disability?
  • Workshop title
  • Workshop date

If you would like to be added to the waitlist for any workshop that has been filled, email success@ualberta.ca


Workshops by Month

May 2022
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Tues., May 31 Plagiarism: Getting it Right (so you aren’t wrong) 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. MT.

 

June 2022
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Date Name Registration Opens
July 2022
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Date Name Time
Thurs., July 21 Plagiarism: Getting it Right (so you aren’t wrong)

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. MT. 

August 2022
Please check back in late August for our Fall term workshop schedule.

Workshops by Topic

Active Learning Skills (5-part series)

Active Learning (1): Course Preparation

Is it difficult to figure out what is most important in your courses, lectures and ultimately your exams? Join us to learn goal setting, task analysis, and prioritizing strategies.

Active Learning (2): Listening

Do you have difficulty making sense of your lectures? Can you stay focused during lectures? Join us to learn strategies to listen with a purpose in order to understand and remember information for the long term.

Active Learning (3): Note-Taking

Do you wonder if there's a better way to take notes for your course to enhance your learning? Come learn strategies for taking notes and how to customize note styles for the "live" as well as the "on-your-own" parts of your courses.

Active Learning (4): Content Review

Do you spend lots of time studying but then forget key concepts during exams? Is it hard to figure out what your tests will ask? Do you wonder what the most effective strategies for reviewing course material actually are? Come learn and practice study strategies that are both effective and efficient.

Active Learning (5): Exam Planning

Come learn general tips that can be applied to a wide range of exam formats. You will leave with a plan that will keep you calm and on track for studying and writing your exams.

Writing Skills

Plagiarism: Getting it Right (so you aren’t wrong)

Tuesday, May 31
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. MT.

Thursday, July 21st
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. MT. 

Communication Skills

Soft Skills: Critical Thinking

The soft skills series is a three-part series designed to help build skills to successfully navigate academic settings. In part 1, Soft Skills: Critical Thinking, you will learn how soft skills such as prioritizing, decision making, task analysis, creativity, and critical thinking can help to improve study skills for both remembering and thinking critically about course concepts.

Soft Skills: Engaging Academically

The soft skills series is a three-part series designed to help build skills to successfully navigate academic settings. In part 2, Soft Skills: Engaging Academically, you will apply critical thinking skills learned in part 1 to soft skills such as building connections with peers, self-advocacy, and teamwork to help engage with in-class participation, contributing actively and efficiently in groups as well as seeking out academic feedback and support to make the most of your academic experience.

Soft Skills: Academic Communication

The soft skills series is a three-part series designed to help build skills to successfully navigate academic settings. In part 3, Soft Skills:  Academic Communication, you will apply the critical thinking and engagement skills learned in parts 1 & 2  to communicating in academic situations such as writing emails to professors, posting to class discussion forums, and speaking up during class discussions or in one-on-one meetings in order to communicate clearly and effectively.

Exam Skills

Active Learning: Exam Planning

Come learn general tips that can be applied to a wide range of exam formats. You will leave with a plan that will keep you calm and on track for studying and writing your exams.

Last Minute Exam Strategies

What do you do if the term got away from you? Panic?

Take a deep breath. We can teach you how to prioritize and plan. Come learn effective study strategies to maximize the time you have left.

Studying and Reading Skills

Planning for Term Assignments

Do you find yourself overwhelmed by big projects or long-term assignments? This workshop will help you learn strategies for creating a plan for those assignments and keeping yourself accountable to that plan.

Active Learning: Course Preparation

Is it difficult to figure out what is most important in your courses, lectures and ultimately your exams? Join us to learn goal setting, task analysis, and prioritizing strategies.

Concept Mapping for Learning and Remembering

Do you need to think critically, deeper and faster? Learn to use concept mapping for developing ideas, studying, reading, note-taking, time management, and to understand and implement tasks faster. These skills are crucial in a variety of situations, such as open-book exams.

Reading Textbooks

Is university-level reading challenging you in ways you hadn't expected? Reading textbooks (whether paper or digital) effectively at university requires specialized skills. Come learn to read actively to improve both comprehension and retention so that reading becomes the learning! 

Reading Research Papers (for Undergraduates)

Need to sort through numerous research papers and remember them? Learn to become more effective in your reading, manage multiple sources, and make the most of your time and effort.

Weekly Schedules

Learn the basics of how to make effective weekly study-life schedules. You will also learn how to deal with distractions, and keep motivation high in order to succeed with your assignments.

Active Learning: Listening

Do you have difficulty making sense of your lectures? Can you stay focused during lectures? Join us to learn strategies to listen with a purpose in order to understand and remember information for the long term.

Active Learning: Note-taking

Do you wonder if there's a better way to take notes for your course to enhance your learning? Come learn strategies for taking notes and how to customize note styles for the "live" as well as the "on-your-own" parts of your courses.

Read It Right the First Time

Do you spend time reading and re-reading text but still have trouble recalling and/or understanding what you have read? Find out how to personalize techniques both to your individual needs and to different kinds of content.

Active Learning: Content Review

Do you spend lots of time studying but then forget key concepts during exams? Is it hard to figure out what your tests will ask? Do you wonder what the most effective strategies for reviewing course material actually are? Come learn and practice study strategies that are both effective and efficient.

Planning Your Paper (Undergrads ONLY)

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 clearer and more organized work.

Active Learning: Exam Planning

Come learn general tips that can be applied to a wide range of exam formats. You will leave with a plan that will keep you calm and on track for studying and writing your exams.

Audience

Students

Category
Academic Support
Provider
Provost