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

Oct
Mon
20

Effective Note-Taking

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

MURRAY 102

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.
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

Working on Peer Reviewed Paper Revisions

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

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 paper reviewers 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 and discuss how to use comments wisely and 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.
Oct
Tue
21

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.
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
Wed
22

Develop Your Note-Taking Skills

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

MURRAY G3

Come to this workshop and learn some specific strategies for writing notes during lectures and summarizing important points within your readings.
Oct
Wed
22

Mendeley Reference Manager - Introduction

Tech Help Workshop with Dmitriy C., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

Agric 2D15

The workshop gives an introduction to the web and desktop Mendeley. Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network. Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read and annotate your PDFs on any device.

Workshop objectives/content to be covered

  • What is Mendeley?
  • Building your profile in Mendeley
  • Creating your library
  • Managing your documents & references
  • Inserting citations & generating bibliographies
  • Sharing references using groups
Oct
Thu
23

Motivation and Studying

Study Skills Workshop with Victoria E., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

MURRAY 102

The Awakening - A mindful awareness of your motivators. Come to this workshop and be engaged in a conscious act of acknowledging what motivates you and learn some strategies to help you increase your motivation.
Oct
Fri
24

Preparing for Procrastination

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

MURRAY 102

What is procrastination? Is it conscious or unconscious? Is it avoidable? Come learn helpful tips to reduce last minute tasks and more effectively manage your time!
Oct
Mon
27

Dealing with Cultural Differences in Grad School

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

MURRAY G3

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.
Oct
Mon
27

Memorization and Learning

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

MURRAY G3

Struggling to remember all those concepts? Does that list of terms and facts to memorize for your exams look daunting? Come join me, Peer Mentor Kat, to work on some ways to help you through these learning obstacles.
Oct
Mon
27

An Introduction to MLA Style

Writing Workshop with Matthew D., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
4:30 PM to 5:20 PM

MURRAY 102

Are you asked to use MLA style in your essays? Come to this one-hour workshop for help. This workshop is suitable for newcomers to MLA style.
Oct
Wed
29

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.
Oct
Wed
29

Resources for Language Improvement for International Grad Students

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

MURRAY 102

Do you need to improve your language skills for conference presentations or writing your thesis? There are a number of resources at the U of S for Grad Students to help improve language skills. 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.
Oct
Wed
29

Multiple Choice Exams and Memorization Techniques

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

MURRAY 145

Dreading that nasty final exam schedule? There IS some good news for you! Come to this workshop to discuss how you can manage studying all that material without burning out - AND still do well when you write your exams. We'll also discuss some memorization techniques that you can use to increase the efficiency of your study time.
Oct
Wed
29

Multiple Choice Exams and Memorization Techniques

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

MURRAY 145

Dreading that nasty final exam schedule? There IS some good news for you! Come to this workshop to discuss how you can manage studying all that material without burning out - AND still do well when you write your exams. We'll also discuss some memorization techniques that you can use to increase the efficiency of your study time.
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.
Oct
Thu
30

Study Skills Strategies

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

MURRAY 102

Do you want to learn new study techniques to help you study for your midterm exams? 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 your academic goals!
Oct
Thu
30

Get Your Research Paper Done: Organization and Structure

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 essay organization and structure. Following that, please stay for some hot chocolate, fruit . . . and research and writing help!  Get that paper done!

Oct
Fri
31

Poster Presentations

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

MURRAY 145

Many graduate students, and senior undergrads, will be required to give a poster presentation in the course of their studies. Join Grad Help peer mentor, Bassey, as he discusses how to give good poster presentations. This workshop is open to all students but will be of most help to those who will be giving poster presentations in the future.
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

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!  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.

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
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
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
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.