Workshops Overview

The University Learning Centre offers workshops regularly. These workshops - led by faculty, staff and Peer Mentors - can help you to improve a variety of academic skills, from general study tips to graduate thesis writing.  

Check back to this page often for updates on upcoming workshops!

Instructors and faculty may also be interested in teaching workshops run by The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness.

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If you experience difficulties registering for an event, please contact the ULC

Feb
Mon
2

Research Paper Planner Workshop

Library Skills Workshop
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Want to impress your profs with reliable and scholarly sources?  Have you ever heard of the Research Paper Planner?  This tool allows students to enter the due date of their research assignment and receive recommended steps to complete the paper, within a specified time frame.  This hands-on workshop will be led by Library Skills Peer Mentors.
Feb
Tue
3

Writing University Exams

Study Skills Workshop with Lexi B., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

ARTS 217

Join Study Skills Peer Mentor Lexi in this workshop to learn some tips and strategies to prepare for and write university exams.
Feb
Tue
3

Introduction to Chicago Manual of Style Citation and Formatting

Writing Workshop with Erin S., History
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

MURRAY G3

Come to this short workshop to learn a bit more about proper Chicago Style citation, footnoting, and formatting.
Feb
Wed
4

How to Prevent The Computer From Eating Your Homework

Tech Help Workshop with Marion P.
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM

Murray 147

Are you writing term papers this semester? Do you have a big lab project?  The dog may not eat your homework anymore, but your computer sure can - either way, professors don't take kindly to that excuse. Don't panic, this workshop will give you the skills you need to prevent that fateful moment two hours before your term paper is due and you have lost hours of brilliant work.

In this session I will discuss various back-up methods, how to use cloud technology in your favour and basic trouble shooting for lost files. (but mostly various back-up methods...)

Feb
Wed
4

Resources for Language Improvement for International Grad Students

Grad Help Workshop with Cathy Q., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
12:00 PM to 12:50 PM

MURRAY G3

Do you need to improve your language skills in order to successfully present at a conference or revise your thesis?  There are a number of resources at the U of S available to Grad Students for this very purpose.  Join Grad Help peer mentor, Cathy, as she discusses these resources and her own experiences.  This workshop is open to all students but will be of most interest to international grad students.
Feb
Wed
4

How to Approach a Research Supervisor

Undergraduate Research Workshop with Dilshan D., Peer Mentor, PAL Program & Stephen P., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
3:30 PM to 4:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Approaching professors to inquire about working with them can take a little courage, but many will welcome a conversation if you are adequately prepared. This session will offer tips and ideas for starting a smooth conversation that could lead to success.
Feb
Fri
6

How to Blog Like a Pro

Tech Help Workshop with Asad S., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
1:30 PM to 2:50 PM

MURRAY 102

This workshop will cover the topics of free blogs creation, basic internet marketing techniques, and how to effectively increase your blog’s viewership. Participants will learn how to create simple blogs on numerous topics, how to promote them on internet, and how to manage their blogs.
Feb
Mon
9

Writing University Exams

Study Skills Workshop with Anika M., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM

MURRAY 102

Join Study Skills Peer Mentor Anika in this workshop to learn some tips and strategies to prepare for and write university exams.
Feb
Mon
9

Presenting with Poise

Study Skills Workshop with Jeff B., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
2:30 PM to 3:20 PM

MURRAY G3

Come to this workshop where Jeff will present strategies and tips on how to prepare for and give presentations. During this workshop you'll have a chance to share your experiences and ask questions of Jeff and the group.
Feb
Tue
10

An Introduction to the Scientific Writing Process

Writing Workshop with Koryn H., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY 102

This workshop is designed to give an overview of the scientific writing process, focusing on language, formatting, and resource citation.  This workshop is intended to be for undergraduate students only.
Feb
Tue
10

The Manuscript-Format Thesis or Dissertation

Graduate Writing Workshop with Professor Ron Cooley, Arts & Science
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

ARTS 241

Many departments now permit students to submit a thesis or dissertation that consists of a collection of manuscripts or published papers.  But such theses and dissertations must still meet some common university-wide guidelines.  This session will review those guidelines, to help you transform a pile of manuscripts into a manuscript-format thesis.
Feb
Wed
11

Focusing Your Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Workshop with Stephen P., Peer Mentor, PAL Program & Garret P., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
12:30 PM to 1:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Find your research ideas and topics are too wide? Learn to concentrate your plan and execute research with focus.
Feb
Thu
12

Presentations in Grad Seminars

Grad Help Workshop with Stacy Y., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
10:30 AM to 11:20 AM

MURRAY 145

Many graduate programs have a graduate student seminar series that requires students to deliver presentations about their research.  However, presenting at a seminar may not be something that you innately know how to do.  In this workshop peer mentor Stacy will talk about some guidelines of seminar presentation preparation, share some of her experiences, and provide some tips she has learned as a grad student.  All grad students are welcome to attend this workshop.
Feb
Thu
12

Research Paper Planner Workshop

Library Skills Workshop
11:30 AM to 12:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Want to impress your profs with reliable and scholarly sources?  Have you ever heard of the Research Paper Planner?  This tool allows students to enter the due date of their research assignment and receive recommended steps to complete the paper, within a specified time frame.  This hands-on workshop will be led by Library Skills Peer Mentors.
Feb
Thu
12

Reading Articles in Grad School

Grad Help Workshop with Nataliia S., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
12:00 PM to 12:50 PM

MURRAY G3

Grad students are often required to read numerous articles in very little time.  If you would like some tips on how to read an article quickly and decipher its importance, then join Grad Help Peer Mentor Nataliia for her workshop on reading articles in grad school.  All students are welcome.
Feb
Thu
12

Writing in Psychology

Writing Workshop with Jade A., Psychology
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

MURRAY 102

This workshop will help you get started writing a paper in Psychology or give you valuable tips on improving a paper you have already written. We will discuss the different types of papers you may be assigned and what to include, and not include, in each.  We will also discuss the writing style and conventions appropriate in Psychology and how to avoid common mistakes.
Feb
Fri
13

Effective Communication in Emails for Graduate Students

Grad Help Workshop with Cathy Q., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM

MURRAY 145

Is your email communication with your professors and other researchers as effective as it could be?  Join Grad Help peer mentor Cathy as she discusses common mistakes in writing emails that you may be taking for granted.  This is open to all students but will be of most benefit to graduate students.
Feb
Fri
13

Intellectual Property Rights

Grad Help Workshop with Kumkum A., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
11:00 AM to 11:50 AM

MURRAY 145

This workshop will look at preserving intellectual property rights in your university research and other work.  Join Grad Help peer mentor Kumkum as she discusses the legislation and how it applies to you and your grad school experience.
Feb
Fri
13

Giving Conference Presentations

Grad Help Workshop with Bassey B., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY G3

Most graduate students present their research at local, national, and international conferences.  The actual presentation can be challenging.  Come join Grad Help peer mentor Bassey as he gives tips on how to give an effective conference presentation. This workshop is open to all students but will be of most help to students who are planning on presenting at a conference in the near future.
Feb
Fri
20

Research Skills

Grad Help Workshop with Bassey B., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Research is a process, which requires particular skills.  Come join Grad Help peer mentor, Bassey, as he discusses some of these basic research skills. This workshop is open to all students but will be of most help to students who are either doing, or planning on undertaking research in the near future.
Feb
Tue
24

Exam Prep and Writing

Study Skills Workshop with Katrina H., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY 102

Come to this workshop and learn some strategies and tips for preparing for and writing exams, as well as approaches you can use to manage the stress of writing exams.
Feb
Wed
25

Showcasing Your Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Workshop with Dilshan D., Peer Mentor, PAL Program & Jillian G., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
3:30 PM to 4:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Whether on campus or somewhere else in the world, there are many ways to disseminate your research. Join in on a conversation about opportunities and helpful tips for securing a chance to share your findings.
Feb
Wed
25

Academic Networking

Grad Help Workshop with Nataliia S., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
3:30 PM to 4:20 PM

MURRAY 102

Not only academic performance and productivity, but also network connections affect future career opportunities.  Academic relationships help determine the path an academic career can take and can assist in bringing significant improvements to it.  Join Grad Help peer mentor Nataliia as she shares her experiences and discusses different ways to network.  All are welcome.
Feb
Thu
26

Working on Peer Reviewed Paper Revisions

Grad Help Workshop with Stacy Y., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
10:30 AM to 11:20 AM

MURRAY 145

Many students attempt to publish while doing their graduate work.  A key step in this process is submitting and then receiving comments from revers that require revisions of the manuscript.  These comments are key in the polishing process and needed for publication.

In this workshop, Grad Help peer mentor Stacy will talk about her own experiences with this process, discuss how to use comments wisely, and will provide some strategies for effective revisions.  This workshop is open to all students but will be of most use to students who are already, or will be, submitting their work to academic journals.

Feb
Fri
27

Dealing with Cultural Differences in Grad School

Grad Help Workshop with Kumkum A., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
11:00 AM to 11:50 AM

MURRAY 145

Cultural shock is very common when going from one culture to another.  We will discuss ways of dealing with cultural barriers to ease your transition into your different communities.  Grad Help peer mentor, Kumkum, will facilitate discussion to help you in your academic journey in your first year. This workshop is open to everyone but will be of most use to first year grad students coming from a different culture.
Feb
Fri
27

Study Skills Strategies

Study Skills Workshop with Zunaira Jamil
12:30 PM to 1:20 PM

MURRAY 102

Come to this workshop to determine your learning style and enhance it. Review study techniques from three different styles of learning (Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic) and incorporate these techniques into your studies to achieve higher grades!
Feb
Fri
27

Study Skills Strategies

Study Skills Workshop with Zunaira J., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
2:30 PM to 3:20 PM

MURRAY 102

Come to this workshop to assess your learning style and enhance it. Review study techniques from three different styles of learning (Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic) and incorporate these techniques into your studies to achieve higher grades!
Mar
Mon
2

Research Paper Planner Workshop

Library Skills Workshop
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Want to impress your profs with reliable and scholarly sources?  Have you ever heard of the Research Paper Planner?  This tool allows students to enter the due date of their research assignment and receive recommended steps to complete the paper, within a specified time frame.  This hands-on workshop will be led by Library Skills Peer Mentors.
Mar
Wed
4

Undergraduate Research Posters

Undergraduate Research Workshop with Dilshan D., Peer Mentor, PAL Program & Stephen P., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
3:30 PM to 4:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Gain skills and ideas to effectively exhibit your research through this popular visual aid.
Mar
Thu
5

Revision

Graduate Writing Workshop with Professor Ron Cooley, Arts & Science
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

ARTS 241

Many of us are afraid to truly revise our work.  We tinker with phrasing but never consider the larger changes that would lead to real improvements.  In this session, we'll work with drafts of graduate-student writing, considering the kinds of changes to sentence and paragraph structure that make a piece of writing clearer and more persuasive.
Mar
Thu
12

Research Paper Planner Workshop

Library Skills Workshop
11:30 AM to 12:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Want to impress your profs with reliable and scholarly sources?  Have you ever heard of the Research Paper Planner?  This tool allows students to enter the due date of their research assignment and receive recommended steps to complete the paper, within a specified time frame.  This hands-on workshop will be led by Library Skills Peer Mentors.
Mar
Fri
20

Editing and Proofreading

Graduate Writing Workshop with Professor Ron Cooley, Arts & Science
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

ARTS 241

Preparing a thesis or article for submission requires extreme attention to detail. In this session, we'll workshop some samples of student writing, focusing on the steps necessary to turn a good draft into an error-free final text.