Workshops for 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 support your academic progress, our workshops are free to U of A students. 

You may access registration for one of our group workshops through Campus Bridge.


Workshops by Month

September 2022
Table Caption: September workshop listing
Date Name Registration Opens
Fri., Sep. 2

Reading Textbooks

Mon., Aug. 22, at Noon
Tues., Sep. 6

Characteristics of Effective Writing

Mon., Aug. 22, at Noon
Tues., Sep. 6

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

Mon., Aug. 22, at Noon
Wed., Sep. 7

Concept Mapping for Learning and Remembering

Mon., Aug. 22, at Noon
Wed., Sep. 7

Soft Skills Series Part 1: Critical Thinking

Mon., Aug. 22, at Noon
Thurs., Sep. 8

Planning Term Assignments (Companion to Weekly Schedules)

Mon., Aug. 22, at Noon
Tues., Sep. 13

Active Learning (2): Listening

Mon., Sep. 5, at Noon
Wed., Sep. 14

Read it Right the First Time

Mon., Sep. 5, at Noon
Wed., Sep. 14

Soft Skills Series Part 2: Engaging Academically

Mon., Sep. 5, at Noon
Thurs., Sep. 15

Writing the Introduction

Mon., Sep. 5, at Noon
Thurs., Sep. 15

Weekly Schedules (Companion to Planning Term Assignments)

Mon., Sep. 5, at Noon
Mon., Sep. 19

Planning Your Papers (Undergraduate Only)

Mon., Sep. 5, at Noon
Tues., Sep. 20

Writing Thesis Statements

Mon., Sep. 5, at Noon
Tues., Sep. 20

Active: Learning (3): Note-Taking

Mon., Sep. 5, at Noon
Wed., Sep. 21

Demystifying the Essay, Part 1: Freewriting Your First Draft

Mon., Sep. 5, at Noon
Thurs., Sep. 22

Writing the Conclusion

Mon., Sep. 5, at Noon
Sat., Sep. 24

Characteristics of Effective Writing

Mon., Sep. 5, at Noon
Sat., Sep. 24

Writing the Introduction

Mon., Sep. 5, at Noon
Tues., Sep. 27

Active Learning (4): Content Review

Mon., Sep. 19, at Noon
Wed., Sep. 28

Soft Skills Series Part 3: Academic Communication

Mon., Sep. 19, at Noon
Thurs., Sep. 29

Quoting Effectively

Mon., Sep. 19, at Noon

 

October 2022
Table Caption: October workshop listing
Date Name Registration Opens
Tues., Oct. 4 Active Learning (5): Exam Planning Mon., Sep. 19, at Noon
Tues., Oct. 4 Writing Concisely Mon., Sep. 19, at Noon
Thurs., Oct 6 Writing Clearly and Coherently Mon., Sep. 19, at Noon
Fri., Oct. 7 Reading Research Papers (Undergraduate Only) Mon., Sep. 19, at Noon
Tues., Oct. 11 Punctuation Power and Relationships Mon., Oct. 3, at Noon

Tues., Oct. 11

Soft Skills Series Part 1: Critical Thinking Mon., Oct. 3, at Noon

Fri., Oct. 14

Study Skills: Retrieval Practice Mon., Oct. 3, at Noon

Mon., Oct. 17

Polishing Presentations Part 1: Refining Content and Visuals (Undergraduate Only) Mon., Oct. 3, at Noon

Tues. Oct. 18

Soft Skills Series Part 2: Engaging Academically Mon., Oct. 3, at Noon

Wed., Oct. 19

Demystifying the Essay, Part 2: Structuring Your Argument Mon., Oct. 3, at Noon

Wed., Oct. 19

Polishing Presentations Part 2: Audience Engagement (Undergraduate Only) Mon., Oct. 3, at Noon

Thurs. Oct. 20

Plagiarism: Getting It Right (so you aren't wrong) Mon., Oct. 3, at Noon

Tues., Oct. 25

Beyond “Your Own Words”: Paraphrasing Mon., Oct. 17, at Noon

Tues., Oct. 25

Soft Skills Series Part 3: Academic Communication Mon., Oct. 17, at Noon

Thurs., Oct 27

Editing and Revising Your Documents Mon., Oct. 17, at Noon

Sat., Oct. 29

Quoting Effectively Mon., Oct. 17, at Noon

Sat., Oct. 29

Writing Thesis Statements Mon., Oct. 17, at Noon
November 2022
Table Caption: November workshop listing
Date Name Registration Opens
Tues., Nov. 1 Writing Clearly and Coherently

Mon., Oct. 17, at Noon

Thurs., Nov. 3 Writing Concisely

Mon., Oct. 17, at Noon

Tues., Nov. 15 Writing the Conclusion

Mon., Oct. 31, at Noon

Thurs., Nov. 17 Editing and Revising Your Documents

Mon., Oct. 31, at Noon

Mon., Nov 21 Plagiarism: Getting It Right (so you aren't wrong)

Mon., Nov. 14, at Noon

Thurs., Nov. 24 Demystifying the Essay, Part 3: Revising Your Final Draft

Mon., Nov. 14, at Noon

Thurs., Nov. 24 Punctuation Power and Relationships

Mon., Nov. 14, at Noon

December 2022
Table Caption: December workshop listing
Date Name Registration Opens
Tues., Dec. 6 Beyond “Your Own Words”: Paraphrasing

Mon., Nov. 28, at Noon

Tues., Dec. 6 Last-Minute Exam Strategies

Mon., Nov. 28, at Noon

Thurs., Dec. 22 Plagiarism: Getting It Right (so you aren't wrong)

Mon., Nov. 28, at Noon


Workshops by Topic

Active Learning Skills (5-part series)

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

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

Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Active Learning (2): Listening

Do you have difficulty making sense of your lectures? Are you able to remain focused throughout your 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 13, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Active Learning (3): Note-Taking

Do you wonder if there's a better way to take notes for your course in order 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: Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

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.

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

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.

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Writing Skills

Characteristics of Effective Writing

This session will introduce characteristics of effective writing and tips for improving your own writing.

Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Cost: Free

Writing the Introduction

Learn what an effective introduction should have and do.

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Writing Thesis Statements

What is a thesis statement, where should it go, and what should it do? What distinguishes a “so what?” thesis from a good thesis from a great thesis? Join us to consider these issues.

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Demystifying the Essay, Part 1: Freewriting Your First Draft

This three-part workshop guides undergraduate students through the process of planning, drafting, and editing a term paper. We will begin the series by discussing strategies to address common writing issues such as writer's block and procrastination. In sessions 2 and 3, students will learn to craft a strong argument, edit their drafts in stages, and frame their research effectively. Students do not have to attend all three sessions.

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Writing the Conclusion

Can conclusions do more than conclude? Join us for an abstract, enlightening discussion on how one might end a paper.

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Quoting Effectively

This session will discuss the do’s and don’ts of effective quoting and how to integrate quoted material smoothly, logically, and grammatically.

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Writing Clearly and Coherently

Why is your writing so clear to you yet 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, October 6, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Punctuation Power and Relationships

Do you know how to use a semi-colon or even comma? Learn how punctuation and grammar help communicate relationships between your words, sentences, and ideas.

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Thursday, November 24, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.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: Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Thursday, November 24, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Demystifying the Essay, Part 2: Structuring Your Argument

This three-part workshop guides undergraduate students through the process of planning, drafting, and editing a term paper. We will begin the series by discussing strategies to address common writing issues such as writer's block and procrastination. In sessions 2 and 3, students will learn to craft a strong argument, edit their drafts in stages, and frame their research effectively. Students do not have to attend all three sessions.

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

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

Do you worry about plagiarism while writing a paper or your thesis? This seminar will help you understand plagiarism: what it is and why it might be confusing, how it might happen, how to avoid such situations, and effective integration of the words and ideas of others.

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Monday, November 21, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Thursday, December 22, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: Free

Beyond “Your Own Words”: Paraphrasing

You are told to just “put it in your own words.” But really, how many words are actually yours? This session addresses the definition, principles, and practice of paraphrasing as a necessary skill to develop.

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Editing and Revising Your Documents

What’s the difference between correcting and revising a paper? Learn some tips on how to “SEE” your writing better and move from making your writing merely correct to making it effective.

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Demystifying the Essay, Part 3: Revising Your Final Draft

This three-part workshop guides undergraduate students through the process of planning, drafting, and editing a term paper. We will begin the series by discussing strategies to address common writing issues such as writer's block and procrastination. In sessions 2 and 3, students will learn to craft a strong argument, edit their drafts in stages, and frame their research effectively. Students do not have to attend all three sessions.

Date: Thursday, November 24, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Communication Skills

Soft Skills: Critical Thinking

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. Study Skills: Retrieval Practice is another good companion to this workshop.

Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:20 p.m.
Cost: Free

Soft Skills: Engaging Academically

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.

Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:20 p.m.
Cost: Free

Soft Skills: Academic Communication

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, speaking up during class discussions or in one-on-one meetings in order to communicate clearly and effectively.

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:20 p.m.
Cost: Free

Polishing Presentations Part 1: Refining Content and Visuals (Undergraduate Only)

Learn how to develop and deliver dynamic and engaging presentations both in-person and online settings. In the first session of this two-part series, learn why it is important to get to know your audience before you begin creating your presentation. We will discuss presentation organization, whether or not to use scripts, and tips for designing visual slides

Date: Monday, October 17, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Cost: Free

Polishing Presentations Part 2: Audience Engagement (Undergraduate Only)

Learn how to develop and deliver dynamic and engaging presentations both in-person and online settings. In the second session of this two-part series, learn general presentation tips for creating engaging presentations, connecting with your audience, and rehearsing your content.

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Cost: Free

Exam Skills

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.

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.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 6, 2022
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.
Cost: Free

Studying and Reading Skills

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: Friday, September 2, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Cost: Free

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

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

Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Concept Mapping for Learning and Remembering

Do you need to practise recall, to find a way to learn new ideas? Learn to use concept mapping for developing ideas, learning, 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 or online exams.

Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Planning Term Assignments (Companion to Weekly Schedules)

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: Thursday, September 8, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Cost: Free

Active Learning (2): Listening

Do you have difficulty making sense of your lectures? Are you able to remain focused throughout your 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 13, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.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: Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Cost: Free

Weekly Schedules (Companion to Planning Term Assignments)

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 15, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Cost: Free

Planning your Papers (Undergraduate 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 a clearer and more organized work.

Date: Monday, September 19, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Cost: Free

Active Learning (3): Note-Taking

Do you wonder if there's a better way to take notes for your course in order 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: Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

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.

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Reading Research Papers (Undergraduate Only)

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

Date: Friday, October 7, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Cost: Free

Study Skills: Retrieval Practice

Are you looking for an effective way to review and remember your course content? Retrieval practice is the strategy for you! We will apply retrieval practice in a variety of ways to help you study more effectively. Soft Skills Series Part One: Critical Thinking is a good companion to this workshop.

Date: Friday, October 14, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

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