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

Nov
Mon
3

Find the Best Keywords for your Library Research

Library Skills Workshop with Blake B. & Sharon C. & Yiwen L. & Maria M.
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Got a topic?  What’s next? Finding too many articles or too few? Can’t find a thing on your topic?  Bring your topic to our workshop and get started on your paper! if you have a laptop, bring it with you. We will lend laptops to those who don't have one.
Nov
Mon
3

Evaluate your Exam Preparation

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

MURRAY 102

Do you want to get a head start on finals or just prepare for those concept challenging quizzes? Are you able to set up a schedule for your study time this weekend? Can the way you study be improved? Attend this interactive workshop and learn some effective and efficient step-by-step ways to enhance your study skills and get you ready for any exams!
Nov
Mon
3

Multiple Choice Exams and Time Management

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

MURRAY G3

Be proactive before finals come around by attending this workshop and learning how to identify important key words commonly associated with multiple choice questions and get some tips for answering true/false questions. We will also spend some time on time management techniques to help get you through the last month of school and ace those final exams!
Nov
Tue
4

How to use the Research Paper Planner Tool

Library Skills Workshop with Blake B. & Sharon C. & Yiwen L. & Maria M.
2:30 PM to 3:20 PM

MURRAY 102

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 Blake, Maria, Yiwen, and Sharon. If you have a laptop, bring it along.  Don't have one?  We will bring some along as well.
Nov
Thu
6

What Are Argumentative Fallacies and How Do You Avoid Them?

Writing Workshop with Devin Ens
2:00 PM to 3:20 PM

MURRAY 102

Learn how to avoid ruining an otherwise good paper with sloppy reasoning, or how to expose the weaknesses in what you are critiquing, by participating in this discussion of argumentative fallacies, how to identify them, and how to avoid them.
Nov
Thu
6

Reading Articles in Grad School

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

MURRAY 145

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.
Nov
Thu
6

Get Your Research Paper Done: Grammar and Punctuation

Writing Workshop
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

MURRAY 145

*Come-and-Go* as part of Long Night Against Procrastination

Bring your laptop and work on your essay, research paper, or assignment at any stage in the writing process. Stay for the whole session, or come and go as you please! We are on hand to answer any writing questions you have. This session will begin with a 20-minute presentation focusing on grammar and punctuation. Following that, please stay for some hot chocolate, fruit . . . and research and writing help!

Tutors will be on hand to help you as you need it. Get that paper done!

Since this session is a part of the Long Night Against Procrastination event, you can stay to work on your paper until 6:00 a.m. Tutors will be on hand on the Ground Floor of the Murray Library.

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Thu
6
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Fri
7
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Long Night Against Procrastination 2014 (LNAP): A Cross-Canada Event!

Study Skills Workshop

 

Hit the books.....all night with us! Get your work done before the break.  

Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP) is national event organized by the Canadian Writing Centres Association, with over 15 institutions participating across Canada. All University of Saskatchewan students are welcome to attend.

The ground floor of the Murray Library Learning Commons will be open all night, until 6:00 a.m., for full access to writing, math, library/research, and study skills help.  

LNAP 2014 is sponsored by the USSU, the University Learning Centrethe Library, U of S Peer Health MentorsStudent Crew (including SafeWalk), Campus Recreation, St. John Ambulance, and U of S Consumer Services.  This event is run in conjunction with the USSU's Mental Health Awareness Week events.

Twitter  #UofS_LNAP14

  • Drop-in writing help area
  • Math and Stats help area
  • Individual or group study areas
  • Exam preparation help
  • Study techniques
  • Yoga and meditation room
  • Midnight group walk
  • Therapy Dogs
  • Free snacks and beverages
  • Giveaways and hourly prizes
Nov
Mon
17

Research Skills

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

MURRAY G3

Research is a process which requires particulars 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.
Nov
Mon
17

Punctuation 101

Writing Workshop with Shakti Brazier-Tompkins, English, Arts & Science
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

MURRAY G3

This workshop will help writers learn to construct grammatically correct, properly punctuated sentences.
Nov
Tue
18

Concise, Precise, and Persuasive

Writing Workshop with Jasmine Liska
1:00 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY G3

Persuasive writing relies not only on good ideas and logical organization, but also on the concision and precision with which those ideas are expressed.  In this workshop, we'll cover some common pitfalls to avoid and look at ways to make your writing clearer and more persuasive.
Nov
Tue
18

How to Start a Literature Review

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

MURRAY 145

Grad students may need to write literature reviews for a thesis or publication. In preparation for your first literature review, we will discuss some things you should pay attention to. Grad Help peer mentor, Stacy, will talk about some tips for literature review preparation and share her own experiences. Open to all students but will be of most help to those writing a thesis/dissertation or other materials with lit reviews.
Nov
Wed
19

How to use the Research Paper Planner Tool

Library Skills Workshop with Blake B. & Sharon C. & Yiwen L. & Maria M.
12:30 PM to 1:20 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 Blake, Maria, Yiwen, and Sharon. If you have a laptop, bring it along.  Don't have one?  We will bring some along as well.
Nov
Wed
19

Common Errors in Essay Writing

Writing Workshop with Shakti Brazier-Tompkins, English, Arts & Science
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

MURRAY 102

This workshop addresses some of the most common substantive and punctuation problems encountered in essay-writing.
Nov
Wed
19

Data Collection

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

MURRAY 102

Research is essential to most grad programs, but it can be a tricky process.  If you would like some tips on how to collect data and how to check that data once collected, then join Grad Help Peer Mentor Nataliia for her workshop on data-collection. This workshop is intended for those in the research stage of their degree, but all students are welcome.
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
20

Exam Prep & Writing Workshop

Study Skills Workshop with Zunaira J., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
4:00 PM to 4:50 PM

MURRAY 102

Worried about how to study for exams and how to actually write them? Come and join Zunaira for a crash course on exam prep and writing! Topics covered in this workshop include tips for preparing for exams, managing stress as well as tips on how to tackle with multiple choice, short and essay-type questions on an exam.
Nov
Thu
20

Get Your Research Paper Done: Learn How to Edit and Proofread Your Own Work

Writing Workshop
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

MURRAY 145

*Come-and-Go*

Bring your laptop and work on your essay, research paper, or assignment at any stage in the writing process. Stay for the whole session, or come and go as you please! We are on hand to answer any writing questions you have. This session will begin with a 20-minute presentation focusing on editing and proofreading. Following that, please stay for some hot chocolate, fruit . . . and research and writing help!  Get that paper done!

Nov
Fri
21

Exam Prep & Writing Workshop

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

MURRAY 102

Worried about how to study for exams and how to actually write them? Come and join Zunaira for a crash course on exam prep and writing! Topics covered in this workshop include tips for preparing for exams, managing stress as well as tips on how to tackle with multiple choice, short and essay-type questions on an exam.
Nov
Mon
24

M.A and M.SC. Thesis Revisions

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

MURRAY G3

Are you a master's student worried about, or working on, revisions to your thesis? If so, this is the workshop for you!

We will be discussing:

  • the ins and outs of thesis revisions
  • some tips and lessons from my and my colleagues' revision experiences
  • learning how to not take criticisms personally and how use them to improve your thesis
  • professional email and face-to-face communication about revisions
  • what do do when you need help with revisions, as well as how to actually ask for and use revisions help
  • working through differing options and perspectives.

This workshop is intended for master's students who are or will be doing thesis revisions but ALL students are welcome including senior undergrads and PhD candidates!

Nov
Mon
24

Punctuation 101

Writing Workshop with Shakti Brazier-Tompkins, English, Arts & Science
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

MURRAY G3

This workshop will help writers learn to construct grammatically correct, properly punctuated sentences.
Nov
Tue
25

Concise, Precise, and Persuasive

Writing Workshop with Jasmine Liska
12:30 PM to 1:50 PM

MURRAY G3

Persuasive writing relies not only on good ideas and logical organization, but also on the concision and precision with which those ideas are expressed.  In this workshop, we'll cover some common pitfalls to avoid and look at ways to make your writing clearer and more persuasive.
Nov
Wed
26

How to use the Research Paper Planner Tool

Library Skills Workshop with Blake B. & Sharon C. & Yiwen L. & Maria M.
12:30 PM to 1:20 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 Blake, Maria, Yiwen, and Sharon. If you have a laptop, bring it along.  Don't have one?  We will bring some along as well.
Nov
Wed
26

Writing University Exams

Study Skills Workshop with Anika M., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
12:30 PM to 1:20 PM

MURRAY 102

Join Study Skills Peer Mentor Anika in this workshop to learn some tips and strategies to prepare for and write university exams.
Nov
Wed
26

Grad School Applications: Essential Tips

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

MURRAY 102

Applying to grad programs can feel like a full-time job. Join Grad Help Peer Mentor, Cathy, for a discussion on how to ease this process with some helpful tips. All students are welcome but this might be of most interest to those applying to a masters program in the near future.
Nov
Wed
26

Common Errors in Essay Writing

Writing Workshop with Shakti Brazier-Tompkins, English, Arts & Science
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

MURRAY 102

This workshop addresses some of the most common substantive and punctuation problems encountered in essay-writing.
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.