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

Sep
Tue
23

Utilizing Cloud Technologies in Your Studies

Smart Start Event with Dmitriy C., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

MURRAY 145

The workshop gives an introduction to the cloud technologies that are available and application scenarios for use within your studies.

Objectives:

  • You will learn how to use university \\cabinet.usask.ca to store your work;
  • You will get an introduction to different cloud services;
  • You will learn principles for collaboration using cloud services.
Sep
Tue
23

Grammar Fundamentals: Working with Clauses and the Four Types of Sentences

Smart Start Event with Matthew D., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
1:15 PM to 2:05 PM

MURRAY 102

This 50-minute, hands-on workshop will first introduce students to independent and dependent clauses. We will use this as a basis for an understanding of the four types of sentences and how sentence variety can strengthen our writing. The workshop will have value as an introduction, or as a refresher of these concepts.
Sep
Tue
23

Capitalizing on Classes by Studying for your Learning Style

Smart Start Event with Stefanie L., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
2:30 PM to 3:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Attend this workshop to learn about what a learning style is, determine your preferred ways of learning, and look at various ways/methods you can use to improve your studies.
Sep
Tue
23

Writing a Strong Thesis Statement

Smart Start Event with Danielle M., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
2:45 PM to 3:35 PM

MURRAY 102

In this hands-on workshop, we will define what a thesis statement is, differentiate between strong and weak thesis statements. Whether you are a beginner or a pro in thesis-statement writing, this is a great workshop for refreshing your memory if it has been awhile since you've written an essay.
Sep
Tue
23

Capitalizing on Classes by Studying for your Learning Style

Smart Start Event with Stefanie L., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
4:00 PM to 4:50 PM

MURRAY 145

Attend this workshop to learn about what a learning style is, determine your preferred ways of learning, and look at various ways/methods you can use to improve your studies. 
Sep
Wed
24

Scholarly Sources - Where to Find Them and How to Cite Them

Smart Start Event with Kari D.
10:30 AM to 11:20 AM

MURRAY G3

This workshop gives a brief introduction to finding and citing sources in university papers. Topics include how to incorporate direct quotes into a paragraph and how to paraphrase and summarize.  There will be a brief discussion of APA vs. MLA styles as they apply to citing within text.
Sep
Wed
24

Avoiding Common Grammatical and Stylistic Mistakes

Smart Start Event with Maryann S., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
11:30 AM to 12:20 PM

MURRAY G3

Learn about some of the most common grammatical, stylistic, and punctuation errors and how to avoid them.
Sep
Wed
24

Effective Note-Taking

Smart Start Event with Stephanie P.
12:30 PM to 1:20 PM

MURRAY 145

This workshop will be centred around note-taking techniques - hand written vs. on your laptop, and Cornell notes. Stephanie, the workshop facilitator, will also spend some time sharing tips on how to pick out the most important information from lectures and textbooks.
Sep
Wed
24

How Writing is Different in University

Smart Start Event with Kari D.
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY G3

New to university writing assignments? Attend this workshop to learn about the key differences between university and high school writing. This workshop will focus specifically on thesis statements, purpose, and organization.
Sep
Wed
24

Reading Articles in Grad School

Smart Start Event with Stacy Y., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
2:30 PM to 3:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Grad students read a lot of research articles. How do you choose the high quality articles among all of those that seem relevant? How do you read them effectively and remember what you read? And how do you take notes when reading research articles? During this workshop Grad Help peer mentor, Stacy, will share her experiences with reading articles in the Engineering field. This workshop is suitable for graduate students at al levels but especially new graduate students.
Sep
Wed
24

Introduction to Writing English Essays

Smart Start Event with Devin Ens
2:30 PM to 3:20 PM

MURRAY G3

Join English graduate student Devin Ens, also a Writing Centre tutor, as he walks you through how to write an excellent English essay.
Sep
Thu
25

Introduction to Microsoft Excel: Padawan Training

Smart Start Event with Marion P., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
11:00 AM to 11:50 AM

MURRAY 102

Do you have to use Excel in a class?  Is the program a series of terrifying little boxes and confusing buttons?  Come and learn how to use Excel in a way that will make assignments easier and less stressful.  We will cover the basics of this program so that when you open it up, it is a magical tool and not a scary roadblock.

In this session I will discuss:

  • the basic layout of Excel and its various buttons
  • its most common uses
  • basic calculations in the program
Sep
Thu
25

Working by the clock

Smart Start Event with Victoria E., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

MURRAY G3

Time management is the intentional control and management of one's time. Come to this workshop to learn about creating term schedules, maintaining balance, and dealing with procrastination.
Sep
Thu
25

Writing a Strong Thesis Statement

Smart Start Event with Danielle M., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

MURRAY 102

In this hands-on workshop, we will define what a thesis statement is, differentiate between strong and weak thesis statements. Whether you are a beginner or a pro in thesis-statement writing, this is a great workshop for refreshing your memory if it has been awhile since you've written an essay.
Sep
Thu
25

Grammar Fundamentals: Working with Clauses and the Four Types of Sentences

Smart Start Event with Matthew D., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
1:15 PM to 2:05 PM

MURRAY 145

This one-hour, hands-on workshop will first introduce students to independent and dependent clauses. We will use this as a basis for an understanding of the four types of sentences and how sentence variety can strengthen our writing. The workshop will have value as an introduction, or as a refresher of these concepts.
Sep
Thu
25

Getting Started at University for Mature Students

Smart Start Event with Jeff B.
2:30 PM to 3:20 PM

MURRAY 102

Are you a mature student? Sign up for this interactive workshop to learn about services for students at the U of S and strategies for success. This workshop is intended for a mature audience : )
Sep
Thu
25

Effective Communication in Emails for Graduate Students

Smart Start Event with Cathy Q., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
2:30 PM to 3:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Is your email communication with your professors and other researches as effective as it could be? Join Grad Help Peer Mentor Cathy and discuss common mistakes in writing emails that you may be taking for granted. This is open to all students but will be of most benefit for graduate students.
Sep
Thu
25

Student-Supervisor Relationships

Smart Start Event with Jenny G., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
3:30 PM to 4:20 PM

MURRAY 102

Are you unclear or nervous about the relationship between the grad student and their advisor or supervisor?  If so, this is the workshop for you!  We will discuss: keys to success in student-supervisor relationships; lessons learned by experienced grad students; your and your professor’s responsibilities; dealing with issues and how to report them; how professors are different from undergrad to grad school; and what your supervisor/advisor is and is not.  This workshop is intended for new master’s students but EVERYONE is welcome including undergrads and PhD students.
Sep
Thu
25

General Tips for Achieving Success in University

Smart Start Event with Zunaira J.
4:00 PM to 4:50 PM

MURRAY 145

Information provided will include (but is not limited to) giving general advice about being successful in university, tips on deciding and registering for classes, the importance of maintaining a balance between social, personal and academic life. Come and learn from a peer who has gone through a similar experience as you, who can relate.
Sep
Fri
26

Avoiding Common Grammatical and Stylistic Mistakes

Smart Start Event with Maryann S., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
12:30 PM to 1:20 PM

MURRAY 102

Learn about some of the most common grammatical, stylistic, and punctuation errors and how to avoid them.
Sep
Fri
26

General Tips for Achieving Success in University

Smart Start Event with Zunaira J.
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Information provided will include (but is not limited to) giving general advice about being successful in university, tips on deciding and registering for classes, the importance of maintaining a balance between social, personal and academic life. Come and learn from a peer who has gone through a similar experience as you, who can relate.
Sep
Fri
26

Creating an Effective Writing Process

Smart Start Event with Leanne J.
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY G3

This workshop focuses on discovering and improving your writing process.  Leanne, the workshop facilitator, will also share tips for getting started on your research paper and essay assignments.
Sep
Fri
26

Procrastination in Grad School

Smart Start Event with Kumkum A., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
2:30 PM to 3:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Did you get through undergrad without procrastinating? Have you been someone who always gets things in on time? Or, are you still dealing with a procrastination habit from undergrad? Join Grad Help peer mentor, Kumkum, to discuss how grad school procrastination is different from undergrad procrastination and discuss ways of dealing with, and avoiding, grad school procrastination. This workshop is open, and may be of interest, to all grad students. Undergraduate students are welcome.
Sep
Mon
29

The Literature Review for Sciences and Engineering

Grad Help Workshop with Bassey B., Peer Mentor, PAL Program, Graduate Studies
2:00 PM to 2:50 PM

MURRAY 102

Are you in the Sciences or Engineering and writing a lit review or will be soon? Join Grad Help peer mentor, Bassey, as he discusses good ideas for writing lit reviews in these areas. Students at all levels are welcome but this will be of most benefit to graduate students in the Sciences and Engineering.
Sep
Mon
29

Stress Less During Exams

Study Skills Workshop with Katrina H., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
3:30 PM to 4:20 PM

MURRAY 145

With exams right around the corner, stress and anxiety are at it's peak! Join Study Skills Peer Mentor Kat with some tips on writing exams and managing exam anxiety.
Sep
Tue
30

Introduction to Writing English Essays

Writing Workshop with Devin E.
1:00 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY G3

Join English graduate student Devin Ens, also a Writing Centre tutor, as he walks you through how to write an excellent English essay.
Sep
Tue
30

Essay Structure and Thesis Statements

Writing Workshop with Michael Horacki, University Learning Centre
2:30 PM to 3:50 PM

MURRAY 102

An important part of writing an essay is drafting a thesis statement and then creating a structure that complements that thesis. The thesis and organization of your paper can shift and change throughout the drafting process, too. Come to this short workshop to learn how to develop a strong thesis statement while attending to a clear structure.
Oct
Wed
1

Introduction to Writing History Essays

Writing Workshop with Erin Spinney, History
12:30 PM to 1:20 PM

MURRAY 102

Taking a history class? Join History Department graduate student Erin Spinney, also a Writing Centre tutor, as she walks you through how to write an excellent history essay. Bring your questions!
Oct
Thu
2

Essay Structure and Thesis Statements

Writing Workshop with Michael Horacki, University Learning Centre
1:00 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY G3

An important part of writing an essay is drafting a thesis statement and then creating a structure that complements that thesis. The thesis and organization of your paper can shift and change throughout the drafting process, too. Come to this short workshop to learn how to develop a strong thesis statement while attending to a clear structure.
Oct
Thu
2

Time Management for Graduate Students

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

MURRAY 102

The everyday routine of graduate students is completely different from that of undergrads. Grad students have a more flexible schedule, but at the same time it includes deadlines and other responsibilities.  Sometimes you may happens to spend all your time in the labs or libraries and study without any breaks. Good Time Management will help to normalize both sides of your life: academic and social. Join Grad Help peer mentor, Nataliia, as she discusses strategies for managing your time in grad school.
Oct
Fri
3

An Introduction to Writing NSERC Proposals

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

ARTS 241

This session will focus on the preparation of the free form components of your NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship application (PGS), especially the one-page "Outline of Proposed Research," which you are required to complete on your own. NSERC adjudicators assess both your "research ability or potential" and your "communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities."  A well-written "Outline of Proposed Research" will enhance both these elements of your application.
Oct
Mon
6

Introduction to Writing Philosophy Essays

Writing Workshop with Devin E.
2:30 PM to 3:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Taking a philosophy class? Join graduate student Devin Ens, also a Writing Centre tutor, as he walks you through how to write an excellent philosophy essay.  Bring your questions!
Oct
Tue
7

An Introduction to Writing SSHRC Proposals

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

ARTS 241

This session will focus on preparing the free form components of your SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship application (Doctoral or Masters), especially the two-page “Program of Study.” We will explore strategies for integrating the numerous required elements into a persuasive and coherent account of your research plans.
Oct
Thu
16

Writing in Psychology

Writing Workshop with Jade A., Psychology
1:00 PM to 2:20 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.
Oct
Thu
16

Intellectual Property Rights

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

MURRAY 102

The term Intellectual Property (IP) has different meanings in different contexts. This issue is of significant importance during graduate studies. Not being aware of IP Rights can lead to serious problems with research and in your degree. Join Grad Help peer mentor, Nataliia, as she discusses topics in IP Rights that you should know. This is open to any student interested in the topic but will be directed at grad students.
Oct
Mon
20

Preparing for Fieldwork

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

MURRAY 102

Are you a senior undergrad or new master's student who is concerned about your first fieldwork research experience and not sure how to prepare? If so, then this workshop is for you! We will discuss:

  • ethics approval and ethical issues in the field;
  • research proposal, planning, budget;
  • visas, permissions and shots;
  • what to buy, bring, pack;
  • keeping in touch and safety issues in the field;
  • field notes;
  • and where do I start when I get home. 

This workshop is meant to be general and helpful to everyone but will be particularly helpful to students who are doing research in the fields of: anthropology, archaeology, native studies, sociology, religious studies, northern governance and development, public health, and environment and sustainability.

Oct
Tue
21

Introduction to Writing History Essays

Writing Workshop with Erin Spinney, History
3:30 PM to 4:50 PM

MURRAY 102

Taking a history class? Join History Department graduate student Erin Spinney, also a Writing Centre tutor, as she walks you through how to write an excellent history essay. Bring your questions!
Oct
Thu
30

Now That I Am a Master's Student, How Do I Read Scholarly Articles Effectively?

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

MURRAY 145

Are you a senior undergrad or master’s student who is concerned about or having difficulty with reading in grad school? If so, then this is the workshop for you! We will be discussing many helpful tips, tricks, and information tidbits for before you read; during reading, and after you read.  We will discuss some reading methods; note taking vs. highlighting; myths about reading; reading effectively; and reading critically.  This workshop is intended for new master’s students but EVERYONE is welcome including undergrads and PhD students.
Oct
Thu
30

Grammar I: A Review of Grammatical Terminology

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

ARTS 241

This session will provide a lecture-style overview/review of English grammar and grammatical terminology. Many of us (especially native speakers) have trouble improving our writing because we lack a vocabulary for talking about writing. If you find yourself saying "that sounds wrong but I can't explain why," this session may help.
Nov
Thu
20

Grammar II: Common Writing Problems

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

ARTS 200

This session will review some of the most common problems in English grammar, usage, and punctuation.  We'll focus on how to recognize trouble spots and correct your own work.  You do not need to register in Grammar I to take part in Grammar II.
Nov
Thu
27

Structure and Organization, with a Focus on the Literature Review

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

ARTS 241

Many types of writing (e.g., the scientific thesis or article) are highly formulaic -- they follow a rigid, prescribed structure.  But how does one organize an extended piece of writing where the structure is not prescribed?  This session will consider the "literature review," a prescribed component of most academic writing, where the internal structure of topics, sub-topics, and paragraphs depends on the content and the research questions.
Jan
Fri
23

Thesis and Dissertation Proposals

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

ARTS 241

This session will review some of the common features of Master’s thesis and PhD dissertation proposals, and consider some of the differences in approach across disciplines at the University of Saskatchewan.  The focus will be on tailoring the research program description to the internal university audience and to internal approval processes.  For more detailed, discipline-specific advice, students should consult their supervisor or graduate chair.
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.
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
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.