Academic Skills Workshops for Students

Fall Term workshops are offered online, ensuring that you can continue to develop and enhance your academic skills. Workshops will be held through Google Meet, Zoom, etc., 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.

Learn more about workshops specially designed for graduate students. 

Note: Workshop registration opens every two weeks beginning Monday, August 23, 2021. Please view the Workshop by Month listing for the applicable registration dates. 

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


Workshops by Month

September 2021
Table Caption: September workshop listing
Date Name Registration Opens
Wed., Sept. 1 Soft Skills: Critical Thinking Mon., Aug. 23, at Noon
Thurs., Sept. 2 Reading Textbooks Mon., Aug. 23, at Noon
Fri., Sept. 3 Active Learning: Getting the Most Out of Your Courses (1/5)    Mon., Aug. 23, at Noon
Tues., Sept. 7 Active Learning: Listening  (2/5) Mon., Aug. 23, at Noon
Wed., Sept. 8 Planning Term Assignments Mon., Aug. 23, at Noon
Thurs., Sept. 9 Weekly Schedules Mon., Aug. 23, at Noon
Fri., Sept. 10 Concept Mapping for Learning and Remembering Mon., Aug. 23, at Noon
Mon., Sept. 13 Active Learning: Note-taking (3/5) Mon., Sept. 6, at Noon
Tues., Sept. 14 Active Learning: Content Review (4/5) Mon., Sept. 6, at Noon
Wed., Sept. 15 Soft Skills: Engaging Academically Mon., Sept. 6, at Noon
Thurs., Sept. 16 Read It Right the First Time Mon., Sept. 6, at Noon
Tues., Sept. 21 Punctuation Power and Relationships Mon., Sept. 6, at Noon
Wed., Sept. 22 Planning Your Paper (Undergraduates only) Mon., Sept. 6, at Noon
Wed., Sept. 29 Soft Skills: Academic Communication Mon., Sept. 20, at Noon

 

October 2021
Table Caption: October workshop listing
Date Name Registration Opens
Tues., Oct. 5 Active Learning: Exam Planning (5/5) Mon., Sept. 20, at Noon
Wed., Oct. 13 Plagiarism: The Basics Mon., Oct. 4, at Noon

 

November 2021
Table Caption: November workshop listing
Date Name Registration Opens
Tues., Nov. 2 Soft Skills: Critical Thinking Mon., Oct. 18, at Noon
Tues., Nov 16 Soft Skills: Engaging Academically Mon., Nov. 1, at Noon
Thurs., Nov. 18 Writing Concisely Mon., Nov. 1, at Noon
Tues., Nov. 23 Soft Skills: Academic Communication Mon., Nov. 15, at Noon
December 2021
Table Caption: December workshop listing
Date Name Registration Opens
Tues., Dec. 7 Last Minute Exam Strategies Mon., Nov. 29, at Noon
Thurs., Dec. 9 Plagiarism: Integrating and Using Sources Correctly Mon., Nov. 29, at Noon

Workshops by Topic

Active Learning Skills (5-part series)

Active Learning: Getting the Most Out of Your Courses (1/5)

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.

Date: Friday, September 3, 2021
Time: 11:00  - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Active Learning: Listening (2/5)

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.

Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Time: 11:00  - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Active Learning: Note-taking (3/5)

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.

Date: Monday, September 13, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Active Learning: Content Review (4/5)

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.

Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Active Learning: Exam Planning (5/5)

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.

Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Communication Skills

Soft Skills: Critical Thinking

Learn how soft skills such as prioritizing, decision making, task analysis, creativity, and critical thinking can help to improve your ability to function in your courses.

Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Time: 10:30 - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Time: 2:30 - 3:50 p.m.
Cost: Free

Soft Skills: Engaging Academically

Do you struggle with required academic interactions such as connecting with others in class situations, working effectively in group settings, or meeting with people one-on-one? Learn how soft skills such as building connections with peers, self-advocacy, and teamwork can help improve your performance in your courses.

Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Time: 10:30 - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Time: 2:30 - 3:50 p.m.
Cost: Free

Soft Skills: Academic Communication

Do you struggle to communicate in academic situations such as writing emails to professors, posting to class discussion forums, speaking up during class discussions or in one-on-one meetings? Learn techniques for effective communication in both in-person and online settings.

Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Time: 10:30 - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Time: 2:30 - 3:50 p.m.
Cost: Free

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.

Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

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.

Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

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.

Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Time: 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Active Learning: Getting the Most Out of Your Courses

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.

Date: Friday, September 3, 2021
Time: 11:00  - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

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.

Date: Friday, September 10, 2021
Time: 11:00  - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

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! 

Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021
Time: 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

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.

Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021
Time: 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

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.

Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Time: 11:00  - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

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.

Date: Monday, September 13, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

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.

Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

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.

Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

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.

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

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.

Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Writing Skills

Punctuation Power and Relationships

Do you know how to use a semi-colon or even a 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 your sentences and ideas.

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Plagiarism: The Basics

Do you worry about plagiarism while writing your papers or your thesis? This workshop will help you understand why we use and cite sources, what plagiarism is and why it might be confusing, and how corresponding aspects of the student code apply.

Date: Wednesday, October 13
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Writing Concisely

Most of us are wordy. Don’t be. Learn five techniques to reduce your writing by up to 20% without losing content.

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021
Time: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: Free

Plagiarism: Integrating and Using Sources Correctly

We 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.

Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021
Time: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: Free

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