Academic Skills Workshops

We've moved online! Winter Term 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 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 January 4, 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

January 2021
Table Caption: January workshop listing
Date Name Registration Opens
Mon., Jan 11. Writing the Introduction Mon., Jan. 4, at Noon
Wed., Jan 13. Planning for Major Term Assignments
(companion to Weekly Schedules for Remote Learning)
Mon., Jan. 4, at Noon
Thur., Jan. 14 Active Learning for Remote Courses:
Lecture Preparation
Mon., Jan. 4, at Noon
Thur., Jan. 14 Writing Thesis Statements Mon., Jan. 4, at Noon
Fri., Jan. 15 Concept Mapping for Learning and Remembering Mon., Jan. 4, at Noon
Mon., Jan. 18 Reading Textbooks Effectively Mon., Jan. 4, at Noon
Mon., Jan. 18 Soft Skills in a Remote Environment:
Critical Thinking
Mon., Jan. 4, at Noon
Mon., Jan. 18 Writing the Conclusion   Mon., Jan. 4, at Noon
Wed., Jan. 20 Weekly Schedules for Remote Learning Mon., Jan. 4, at Noon
Wed., Jan. 20 Soft Skills in a Remote Environment:
Engaging Academically              
Mon., Jan. 4, at Noon
Thur., Jan. 21 Active Learning for Remote Courses: Listening Mon., Jan. 4, at Noon
Fri., Jan. 22 Quoting Effectively and Correctly Mon., Jan. 4, at Noon
Fri., Jan. 22 Soft Skills in a Remote Environment:
Academic Communication 
Mon., Jan. 4, at Noon
Mon., Jan. 25 Active Learning for Remote Courses Series:
Note-taking
Mon., Jan. 18, at Noon
Tues., Jan. 26 Punctuation Power and Relationships   Mon., Jan. 18, at Noon
Tues., Jan. 26 Read It Right the First Time Mon., Jan. 18, at Noon
Wed., Jan. 27 Active Learning for Remote Courses Series:
Content Review
Mon., Jan. 18, at Noon
Thur., Jan. 28 Planning Your Paper (Undergrads ONLY) Mon., Jan. 18, at Noon

 

February 2021
Table Caption: February workshop listing
Date Name Registration Opens
Tues., Feb. 2 Plagiarism: The Basics Mon., Jan. 18, at Noon
Thur., Feb. 4 Weekly Schedules for Remote Learning Mon., Jan. 18, at Noon
Mon., Feb. 8 Writing Clearly and Coherently             Mon., Feb. 1, at Noon
Thur., Feb. 11 Plagiarism: Integrating and Using Sources Correctly Mon., Feb. 1, at Noon
Tues., Feb. 23 Soft Skills in a Remote Environment:
Critical Thinking
Tues., Feb. 16, at Noon
Tues., Feb. 23 Paraphrasing - Process and Practice Tues., Feb. 16, at Noon
Thur., Feb. 25 Soft Skills in a Remote Environment:
Engaging Academically
Tues., Feb. 16, at Noon

 

March 2021
Table Caption: March workshop listing
Date Name Registration Opens
Tues., Mar. 2 Soft Skills in a Remote Environment:
Academic Communication
Tues., Feb. 16, at Noon
Mon., Mar. 8 Punctuation Power and Relationships Mon., Mar. 1, at Noon
Mon., Mar. 15 Active Learning for Remote Courses:
Exam Planning
Mon., Mar. 1, at Noon
Wed., Mar. 17 Writing Concisely Mon., Mar. 1, at Noon
Thur., Mar. 25 Writing Clearly and Coherently Mon., Mar. 15, at Noon
Wed., Mar. 31 Plagiarism: The Basics   Mon., Mar. 15, at Noon
April 2021
Table Caption: April workshop listing
Date Name Registration Opens
Fri., April 9 Plagiarism: Integrating and Using Sources Correctly Mon., Mar. 29, at Noon
Tues., April 13 Last Minute Exam Strategies Mon., Mar. 29, at Noon

Workshops by Topic

Active Learning for Remote Courses (5-part series)

Active Learning for Remote Courses: Lecture Preparation (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: Thursday, January 14
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Active Learning for Remote Courses: 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: Thursday, January 21
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Active Learning for Remote Courses: 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, January 25
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Active Learning for Remote Courses: 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: Wednesday, January 27
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: Free

Active Learning for Remote Courses: 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: Monday, March 15
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Communication Skills

Soft Skills in a Remote Environment: 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 remote Fall Term courses.

Date: Monday, January 18
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Tuesday, February 23
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Soft Skills in a Remote Environment: Engaging Academically

Learn how soft skills such as building connections with peers, self-advocacy, and teamwork help improve your ability to function in your remote Winter Term courses. 

Date: Wednesday, January 20
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Thursday, February 25
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Soft Skills in a Remote Environment: Academic Communication

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 and interacting in academia in a supportive environment.  

Date: Friday, January 22
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Tuesday, March 2
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Cost: Free

Exam Skills

Active Learning for Remote Courses: Exam Planning (Part 5 of five-workshop series)

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: Monday, March 15
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 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, April 13
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Studying and Reading Skills

Planning for Major Term Assignments (companion to Weekly Schedules for Remote Learning)

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, January 13
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Cost: Free

Active Learning for Remote Courses Series: Lecture Preparation (Part 1 of five-workshop series)

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: Thursday, January 14
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.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 if you have open-book exams in the remote context.

Date: Friday, January 15
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.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. Come learn to read actively to improve both comprehension and retention so that reading becomes the learning! 

Date: Monday, January 18
Time: 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

Weekly Schedules for Remote Learning (companion to Planning for Major 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 remote assignments.

Date: Wednesday, January 20
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Cost: Free

Active Learning for Remote Courses Series: Listening (Part 2 of five-workshop series)

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: Thursday, January 21
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Active Learning for Remote Courses Series: Note-taking (Part 3 of five-workshop series)

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, January 25
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 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: Tuesday, January 26
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Active Learning for Remote Courses Series: Content Review (Part 4 of five-workshop series)

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: Wednesday, January 27
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.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: Thursday, January 28
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 pm.
Cost: Free

Active Learning for Remote Courses: Exam Planning (Part 5 of five-workshop series)

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: Monday, March 15
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Writing Skills

Writing the Introduction

Learn what an effective introduction should have and do.

Date: Monday, January 11
Time: 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

Writing Thesis Statements

What distinguishes a “so what?” thesis from a good thesis from a great thesis? Join us to consider these issues.

Date: Thursday, January 14
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Writing the Conclusion

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

Date: Monday, January 18
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 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, February 4
Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

Date: Wednesday, March 17
Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
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: Monday, February 8
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Thursday, March 25
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 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: Tuesday, February 2
Time: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

Date: Wednesday, March 31
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.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, February 11
Time: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

Date: Friday, April 9
Time: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

Paraphrasing – Process and Practice

This session will help you determine if you have a good grasp of the principles of paraphrasing and give you some guided practice.

Date: Tuesday, February 23
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Punctuation Power and Relationships

Do you know how to use a semi-colon or even 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, January 26
Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

Date: Monday, March 8
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Quoting Effectively & Correctly

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

Date: Friday, January 22
Time: 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free