Academic Skills Workshops

We've moved online! Our spring & summer workshops will be 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 during remote delivery, our spring & summer workshops are also free to U of A students. 

Our 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.

Register for workshops here.

Note: August workshop registration will open on July 20.

Communication Skills

Communicating Effectively in Online Settings

Do you struggle to speak up in lectures, organize and express your thoughts, communicate with peers and professors, and/or get your point across in academic situations? Learn and practice techniques for effective speaking, listening, and interacting in academia in a supportive environment. 

Date: Wednesday, July 15
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Giving Feedback

Is it difficult to give feedback to students, professors or peers? Learn techniques for giving respectful feedback in academic environments. 

Date: Wednesday, August 5
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Receiving Feedback

Is it difficult to receive feedback on your academic work? Learn and practice techniques for effective speaking and listening to advocate efficiently in academic environments. 

Date: Thursday, August 6
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Implementing Feedback

Is it difficult to implement feedback? Do you know how to use feedback to improve your academic work? Learn and practice techniques for tracking and implementing feedback into your academic work. 

Date: Friday, August 7
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Using Soft Skills to Excel in Online Learning

Learn how soft skills such as communication, creative and critical thinking, teamwork, and more can help improve your ability to function in your online fast-paced Spring and Summer courses. 

Date: Wednesday, July 8
Time: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Exam Skills

Multiple Choice Exam Strategies

Do multiple-choice exams seem harder than they should? Do you secretly think they are written to trick you? Learn strategies to increase your comfort with this common exam format. 

Date: Wednesday, July 15
Time: Noon - 12:50 p.m.
Cost: Free

Studying and Reading Skills

Concept Mapping for Critical Thinking

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 if you have open-book exams in the remote context.

Date: Friday, July 10
Time: Noon - 12:50 p.m.
Cost: Free

Note-taking Know How

Do you wonder if there's a better way to take notes for your course to enhance your learning? Or whether note-taking is even necessary if your professor is sharing lecture notes, slides or videos? Learn strategies for taking effective notes for the "live" and on-your-own parts of your courses. 

Date: Tuesday, July 14
Time: Noon - 12:50 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: Monday, July 13
Time: Noon - 12:50 p.m.
Cost: Free

Reading Textbooks Effectively

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

Date: Thursday, July 9
Time: Noon - 12:50 p.m.
Cost: Free

Time Management for Remote Learning (Undergrads Only)

Learn the basics of how to make an effective weekly study-life schedule, deal with distractions, and keep motivation high in order to succeed with your remote learning for a condensed course.

Date: Tuesday, July 7
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Thursday, July 9
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Cost: Free

Writing Skills

Getting it WRITE from the Start: Academic Writing

This session will introduce characteristics of effective writing 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.

Date: Tuesday, July 7
Time: 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

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.

Date: Tuesday, August 11
Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

Plagiarism 1: The Basics + Plagiarism 2: Integrating and Using Sources

This session includes Plagiarism 1 and 2 together in one afternoon. Students who register in this session must attend the entire morning.

Date: Friday, August 7
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

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 sentences and ideas.

Date: Wednesday, July 22
Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

Quoting Effectively and Correctly

"It's free?" "He said, 'It's free.' I think."

When, why, and how do you use quotations? Learn to use others' words effectively.

Date: Friday, July 10
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Writing Clearly and Coherently

Why is your writing so clear to you and not to others? Learn to improve sentence-level clarity and write for a specific audience for a specific purpose. Learn how to connect your ideas and paragraphs structurally, smoothly, and logically, so your reader can follow what you are trying to communicate.

Date: Thursday, July 30
Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

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.

Date: Tuesday, July 14
Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free


Registration & Cancellation

Register early as workshop space is limited. Registrations are filled on a “first come, first served” basis.

Students who need to cancel workshop registrations must email success@ualberta.ca at least 24 hours' notice of workshop dates. Failure to attend workshops in which students have registered and cancellations received with less than 24 hours’ notice will be considered “no shows.” 

Non-U of A students may contact success@ualberta.ca to learn about workshop fees and to register for workshops.

Accessibility
We are committed to making our services accessible to all. Email accessibility requests to success@ualberta.ca at least two weeks in advance of workshops.