Workshops Overview

Student Learning Services 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!

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

Dec
Wed
7

Writing a Thesis Proposal

Graduate Writing Workshop with Heather McWhinney, Student Learning Services, Staff
4:45 PM to 6:15 PM

ARTS 241

Most departments require the approval of a proposal before you can start on your thesis or dissertation. Learn how to write a successful proposal.
Please Note: This writing session is for graduate students only. Limited spaces are available; please register for your spot.
Jan
Wed
11

New Year Resolutions for Grad Students

Grad Help Workshop with Banjo O., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
10:30 AM to 11:20 AM

MURRAY G3

Whether you're just starting grad school or it's just another year, setting a few personal and professional goals that’ll bring you success is important. In this workshop we will consider some common New Year's resolutions with a grad student twist. This workshop aims to provide you with some tips for making the most of 2017 as a grad student.
Jan
Wed
11

Mini Refresher Courses in Sentence Structure (Series)

Graduate Writing Workshop with Heather McWhinney, Student Learning Services, Staff
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

MURRAY 102

Wednesdays 4:00-6:00 pm  -  Jan 11th to Feb 1st  (four weeks/ one course session per week)   These Mini-Courses will build on the prior week's work, so attendance is mandatory to attend all four sessions. Please ensure you can come to all four weeks, prior to registration.  You will be automatically registered for all four weeks. These sessions are intended for Graduate students only.

Are your papers routinely returned to you full of track-changes comments and red type? Are you finding the acronym AWK or the phrase comma splice typed or written in the margins? Have you forgotten some of what you learned about English sentences in high school? If you answered YES to these questions, this short course is for you.

Over a series of four consecutive workshops, we will review the basics of English sentence structure, including different types of sentences, methods for connecting clauses and sentences, and rules governing punctuation. Each class builds on the previous class, so attendance throughout is mandatory. The focus will be on common student errors.

Jan
Thu
12

An Introduction to the Statement of Intent

Grad Help Workshop with Carina P., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM

MURRAY 102

In this workshop we will discuss the purpose of writing a statement of intent. We will explore the basic components of this document. We will consider how to tailor your statement to the committee who will be reading it and contrast the strengths and weaknesses that will inevitably come up. Join us for an introduction to the most concisely written document you will likely encounter! Please note that this is not a Grad Writing Help session.
Jan
Fri
13

Public Speaking for Graduate Students

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

MURRAY 102

Public speaking is challenging. If you avoid it because standing alone, in front of a group of people, gives you anxiety, sweaty palms and a dry mouth, you?re not alone. This situation is faced by a lot of graduate students. Speaking in public is one of the most common fears. However, this represents an opportunity for you.
 
In our workshop, we will discuss some strategies and techniques to deliver an effective, confident, presentation and to gain recognition and respect. Undergraduate students are also welcome.
Jan
Tue
17

Publishing Scientific Articles: Basic Concepts

Grad Help Workshop with Emiliana B., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
10:30 AM to 11:20 PM

MURRAY G3

This workshop offers an introduction to the mechanics of publishing a scientific article along with the elements of tracking researcher impact (e.g. research metrics such as H-Index, citation analysis, impact factor).
Jan
Wed
18

What to Do When Your Article is Rejected

Grad Help Workshop with Banjo O., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
10:30 AM to 11:20 AM

MURRAY G3

Articles get rejected all the time; that's a given! The question, however, is what do you do next, after your article has been rejected? Should you rip up the rejection letter to shreds and forget about it or permanently delete the rejection email? Should you never write another paper? Should you target another journal? Should you revise the paper? This workshop will consider some of the practical steps to take when your article is rejected. The aim of this workshop is to help you be better prepared to handle the rejection of an article. Don't miss it!
Jan
Thu
19

Dealing with Revisions: Steps for Improvement

Grad Help Workshop with Carina P., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM

MURRAY 102

In this workshop, we will discuss how to cope with anxiety regarding revisions in your written work and the importance of keeping track of people’s comments on your work. We will talk about how you work with these comments including how to integrate them, how to tell if they are helpful comments, and what to do with them for your next draft.
Jan
Tue
24

Slide:ology: Improving Your Design Thinking

Grad Help Workshop with Emiliana B., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
10:30 AM to 11:20 PM

MURRAY 102

In this workshop we will discuss the main techniques and tips to creating appealing slides presentations based on Nancy Duarte’s award-winning book, Slide:ology.  Undergraduates are also welcome. 
Jan
Wed
25

How to Choose Faculty to Sit on Your Dissertation Committee

Grad Help Workshop with Banjo O., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
10:30 AM to 11:20 AM

MURRAY G3

Most Grad schools require that theses and dissertations be supervised and judged by a committee of faculty. How then do you choose this group of people who will determine your academic fate? What factors and qualities should you consider? What should you avoid? How do you approach them? These are some of the questions this workshop will be addressing, with the aim of helping you to be better aware before you make your selection.
Jan
Thu
26

The Best Thesis is a Done Thesis: Strategies for Completing Your Master's Thesis

Grad Help Workshop with Carina P., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM

MURRAY 102

In this workshop will look at strategies to help you finish your Master's thesis so you don’t have to answer that dreaded question: so when will you be done your thesis? We will discuss time management, prioritization, creating and sticking to a schedule, and more! Bring in your tips and questions for a discussion-based workshop. 
Jan
Fri
27

Conference Presentations for Graduate Students

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

MURRAY 102

As a graduate student, an important aspect of your academic work is presenting your research findings. Participation in a conference will improve your professional development and get you ready to be a part of the larger, global research community. This workshop will help you plan for conference attendance and offer a variety of ways and techniques to develop your ability to present a research work as effectively as it could be.
Jan
Mon
30

How to Get a Scholarship: Basic Tips and Techniques for Grad Students

Grad Help Workshop with Emiliana B., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
10:30 AM to 11:20 PM

MURRAY 102

Graduate students are eligible for a variety of scholarship programs that unfortunately are sometimes unheralded. In this workshop we will discuss the process of applying for the most popular scholarship available in Canada and to help you plan ahead for success.