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

Feb
Wed
10

WestLaw...More than Just for Lawyers

Library Researcher Series with Greg Wurzer, Library
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

MURRAY 161

The University of Saskatchewan subscribes to WestlawNext campus wide. Greg Wurzer, the law librarian, will review the contents of this database that could be beneficial for answering law questions or for those who require access to a legal database. Other websites will also be covered for basic law questions, as well as contact information for library patrons seeking legal help.
Feb
Wed
10

Introduction to SPSS

Tech Help Workshop with Asad S., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

AGRI 3D67

SPSS is one of the most popular and widely used programs for statistical data analysis in social sciences. This workshop intends to provide a basic introduction of how SPSS works and how to run a simple statistical analysis of your data.

Learning objectives:

    • Understanding the layout and interface of SPSS
    • Opening / fetching datasets from different sources
    • Analyzing data using descriptive statistics, multi variant analysis, etc
    • Re-coding variables and select cases.
    • Creating Graphs & Charts in SPSS.
Feb
Thu
11

How to Prepare a Research Proposal

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

MURRAY 102

A research proposal is a written plan for conducting a research study. The proposal needs to be well formulated in order to be accepted. In this workshop we will discuss the components of a graduate research proposal. We will discuss some key questions to ask yourself during research proposal preparation. 

While this workshop is intended for graduate students, undergrads and postdocs are welcome.

Feb
Thu
11

Straight from the Source: Using Archival Material in Your Research

Library Researcher Series with Tim Hutchinson, Library
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

MURRAY 145

University Archivist Tim Hutchinson will introduce participants to the joys and challenges of archival research, including understanding how archives are organized; tips and techniques for finding relevant collections (in Saskatoon and beyond); planning your visit; and online research. Presented as part of Archives Week activities.
Feb
Thu
11

How To Make a Research Poster

Undergraduate Research Workshop with Yangyang L., Peer Mentor, PAL Program & Stephen P., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
2:30 PM to 3:20 PM

MURRAY 102

Learn what to include in your research poster and how best to format it for maximum impact. Find out about shortcuts and best practices & see examples from your peers.
Feb
Thu
11

Punctuation 101

Writing Workshop with Shakti Brazier-Tompkins, English, Arts & Science
2:30 PM to 3:50 PM

MURRAY G3

Confused by commas? Stumped by semi-colons? This workshop will help you to learn how to construct grammatically correct, properly punctuated sentences.
Feb
Thu
11

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
Thu
11

Making Your Memory Work for You

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

MURRAY 102

How is it possible to remember all this information?!?!?!  Do you find it difficult to memorize information? Are you confused as to what strategies to use?  Sign up for this workshop and learn how your memory works and some tips on how to effectively memorize information in order to have a successful term!
Feb
Mon
22

Getting To Know The University Library For Graduate Students

Library Skills Workshop with Savi B., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
11:30 AM to 12:20 PM

MURRAY 145

An introduction to library databases, research guides, services and citation management software. This workshop is open to all students but will be most useful to graduate students.

Participants are welcome to bring their laptops and explore the website.

Feb
Tue
23

Organize your PAWS email effectively!

Tech Help Workshop with Tina N., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

MURRAY 161

Learn how to customize your PAWs email account to your liking by sorting emails into different groups/folders. 
Feb
Tue
23

Common Errors in Essay Writing

Writing Workshop with Shakti Brazier-Tompkins
1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

MURRAY G3

This workshop addresses some of the most common substantive and punctuation problems encountered in essay-writing. Bring your questions!
Feb
Tue
23

Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Tech Help Workshop with Bonnie C., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
2:00 PM to 2:50 PM

MURRAY 161

What is Microsoft Excel and what is it used for? This hands-on workshop covers small, yet important tips and tricks that can help optimize your time while using Microsoft Excel. 

Objectives: Learn basic cell formatting, charting, and formula functions to ease your use of Microsoft Excel.

Feb
Tue
23

Mini Exam Anxiety Workshop (1/2 hr)

Study Skills Workshop with Sehar P., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
2:30 PM to 3:00 PM

MURRAY G3

Feeling anxious about an exam? Don't have time to attend a full workshop? Come to this half hour short and sweet workshop on exam anxiety! We will talk about anxiety and key ways to help manage stress in preparation for finals exams. ?
Feb
Tue
23

Mini Exam Anxiety Workshop (1/2 hr) *REPEAT*

Study Skills Workshop with Sehar P., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
3:00 PM to 3:30 PM

MURRAY G3

Feeling anxious about an exam? Don't have time to attend a full workshop? Come to this half hour short and sweet workshop on exam anxiety! We will talk about anxiety and key ways to help manage stress in preparation for finals exams. ?
Feb
Tue
23

Microform Resources in Humanities Research

Library Researcher Series with Donna Canevari de Paredes & David Smith, Library
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

MURRAY 145

This session will cover the access and use of microform resources for research in the humanities and is suitable for researchers in History, English, and other related areas of study.
Feb
Wed
24

Using the Research Paper Planner Tool

Library Skills Workshop with Yiwen L., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
11:30 AM to 12:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Need help getting started on your research paper? Let the Research Paper Planner guide you through the steps of the research and writing process.

Join us for useful tips and candy! Participants are welcome to bring their laptops and there will be laptops available for those who don't have one.

Feb
Wed
24

Developing a Better Writing Process

Writing Workshop with Davis Rogers
2:30 PM to 3:20 PM

MURRAY G3

We all have a different writing process. This workshop introduces students to the diversity and breadth of the writing process, encouraging them to explore and develop their own effective writing system.
Feb
Wed
24

What is Your Note-Taking Strategy?

Study Skills Workshop with Miranda G., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
4:30 PM to 5:20 PM

MURRAY G3

?The way that you take notes during class plays an important role in your understanding of the class material. However, many students have difficulty with note-taking. Come to this workshop to learn a few different note-taking strategies and to find one that works for you!
Feb
Thu
25

How to Write and Cite in APA Style

Writing Workshop with Maaya Hitomi, Psychology
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

MURRAY G3

This workshop will teach you the basics for APA Style, commonly used in social sciences classes, such as Psychology and Sociology, and sometimes in Health Sciences.
Feb
Thu
25

Posters for Presentations at Graduate and Other Academic Conferences

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

MURRAY 102

A successful poster presentation is not created overnight. Preparing a well-organized, visually-appealing poster requires planning ahead.  In this workshop we will discuss several poster design techniques, formats, examples and software used. If you are preparing a poster, It would be great to bring it along with you to review its design. We will discuss "How to make your poster stand out”.

While this workshop is intended for graduate students, undergrads and postdocs are welcome.

Feb
Thu
25

EndNote

Library Researcher Series with Lukas Miller, Library
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Health Sciences Library

This session offers attendees an introduction to EndNote X7 and how it may be used for library research. EndNote is a bibliographic citation management software available to purchase online (www.endnote.com) and from the U of S Campus Computer Store ($99.00)*.  This session will introduce you to the basic layout, and demonstrate how to import references from databases, manually add references, search databases from within EndNote, automatically find full text for your references, and use the Cite While You Write tool to aid in writing papers.

*A one-time free 30-day trial is available for users wanting to test out the product prior to purchasing.

Feb
Thu
25

The basics of customizing your Macbook!

Tech Help Workshop with Tina N., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

MURRAY G3

Learn how to customize your Macbook by changing colour schemes, backgrounds, sounds and more!
Feb
Thu
25

Managing Stress: Practicing Self Care

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

MURRAY 145

Midterms, assignments, and essays - oh my! If you're finding yourself a little stressed out, this workshop may be for you! In this workshop, we'll discuss what stress is, where it comes from, and how to manage it. You'll also learn some tips, tricks, and study strategies to help you reduce stress and feel better.
Feb
Thu
25

Drop-in Session: Posters and funding applications

Undergraduate Research Workshop with Stephen P., Peer Mentor, PAL Program & Ramy T., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
2:30 PM to 3:20 PM

MURRAY 102

Curious about research, making a poster, or applying for funding? This drop-in session with peer mentors can help you get going in the right direction. If you have something in progress, bring what you’re working on to get ideas and feedback to take the next step.

Because this is a drop-in session, registration for this workshop is not mandatory but is appreciated.

Feb
Mon
29

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 have an exam or short quiz coming up soon? Do you know how to set up 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 exam!
Feb
Mon
29

Using the Research Planner Tool

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

MURRAY 145

Need help getting started on your research paper? Let the Research Paper Planner guide you through the steps of the research and writing process.

Join us for useful tips and candy! Participants are welcome to bring their laptops and there will be laptops available for those who don't have one.

Mar
Tue
1

Punctuation 101

Writing Workshop with Shakti Brazier-Tompkins, English, Arts & Science
1:00 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY G3

Confused by commas? Stumped by semi-colons? This workshop will help you to learn how to construct grammatically correct, properly punctuated sentences.
Mar
Wed
2

iPortal and other Indigenous Research Tools

Library Researcher Series with Deborah Lee, Library
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

MURRAY 161

This session will cover search tools specific to Indigenous Studies research.  For those who are unfamiliar with the Indigenous Studies Portal, and for those who are, new content in the iPortal will be featured.  The iPortal is a home-grown database that links to more than 50,000 full-text resources, such as scholarly and newspaper articles, e-books, government reports, book reviews, theses, oral histories, films, and archival documents (including photos, correspondence and transcripts from the RCAP Roundtable Hearings). In addition, this session will explore other lesser known but valuable databases available through the Library website, including the one from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.
Mar
Wed
2

Synchrotron Sciences - R(EX)3 Panel Series

Feature Event
3:30 PM to 4:20 PM

MURRAY 145

As the fourth event in the R(EX)3 Panel Series, undergraduate students can join researchers in the U of S's signature area, Synchrotron Sciences to discover local research and research opportunities for undergraduate students. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to attend.

Hosted by Student Learning Services & the Undergraduate Research Initiative

For more information, contact:

undergraduate.research@usask.ca
research.usask.ca/undergraduate/

Mar
Wed
2

Memorization Techniques for Studying

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

MURRAY 102

Do you "blank" as soon as you look at your exam? Do you want to learn how to get the most out of your memory? Then this workshop is for you! Join PAL Peer Mentor Miranda as she discusses the human memory, memorization techniques, and tips for getting the most out of your memory during exams.
Mar
Wed
2

MLA Style and Formatting

Writing Workshop with Martin Winquist, English, Arts & Science
3:30 PM to 4:20 PM

MURRAY 102

This workshop will introduce students to the conventions of the MLA style manual. It will teach students how to integrate quotations, use parenthetical citations, and create a works cited list for the most common primary and secondary sources used when writing English essays.
Mar
Thu
3

Finding and Using Images

Library Researcher Series with Erin Holcomb, Library & Shannon Lucky
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

MURRAY 102

Do you use images as part of your research or teaching? Go beyond Google Image Search and stock photography to find relevant, diverse, and accurate images and use them appropriately. This session will cover:

  • finding images you can use in archival and online collections
  • the basics of image copyright and licensing for common academic use basic image editing and formats for print and web
Mar
Thu
3

Common Errors in Essay Writing

Writing Workshop with Shakti Brazier-Tompkins
2:30 PM to 3:20 PM

MURRAY G3

This workshop addresses some of the most common substantive and punctuation problems encountered in essay-writing. Bring your questions!
Mar
Thu
3

Writing Examinations

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

MURRAY G3

It is exam season and writing exams can be a bit daunting. Come to this workshop to learn some tips on how to approach your exams.
Mar
Thu
3

Show Up and Write Your Essay!

Writing Workshop with Lynette Cain & Soma Dalai & Maaya Hitomi, Psychology & Laura Larsen, History, Arts & Science
4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

MURRAY 145

If you haven't begun writing your term papers yet, this is the perfect time to start.  Bring your laptop and work on your essay, research paper, or assignment at any stage of the writing process. 

Tutors and Peer Mentors are on hand to help you with your writing.  Join us for the whole session or drop in for an hour. 

Refreshments provided. Note: These sessions are for undergraduate students only. Limited spaces are available.

Mar
Mon
7

Energy and Mineral Resources - R(EX)3 Panel Series

Feature Event
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

MURRAY 145

As the fifth event in the R(EX)3 Panel Series, undergraduate students can join researchers in the U of S's signature area, Energy and Mineral Resources, to discover local research and research opportunities for undergraduate students. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to attend.

Hosted by Student Learning Services & the Undergraduate Research Initiative

Mar
Mon
7

Preparing for Procrastination!

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

MURRAY 102

What is procrastination? Is it conscious or unconscious? Is it avoidable? Come learn helpful tips to reduce last minute tasks and make the most of your time!
Mar
Wed
9

Presenting your Research: Posters and Speeches

Undergraduate Research Workshop with Alexandra S., Peer Mentor, PAL Program & Ramy T., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
2:30 PM to 3:20 PM

MURRAY 102

Want to effectively present your research? Engage your audience and demonstrate your expertise, no matter the context. Prepare to effectively communicate your ideas and findings to people from other disciplines or those with more or less experience in your field in a range of mediums (e.g. poster, talks, or videos).
Mar
Wed
9

Developing a Better Writing Process

Writing Workshop with Davis Rogers
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

MURRAY G3

We all have a different writing process. This workshop introduces students to the diversity and breadth of the writing process, encouraging them to explore and develop their own effective writing system.
Mar
Wed
9

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
10

Data Visualization Literacy

Library Researcher Series with Kristin Bogdan, Library
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

MURRAY 161

Infographics and visualizations of data are everywhere these days the popular media and in academic publications. They look great, but what are they actually telling us? How far do the creators stretch the truth for a great graphic? In this session we will talk about some data visualization basics and discuss examples of the good, the bad, and the outright deceitful.
Mar
Thu
10

Time Management

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

MURRAY 102

Finals may seem like a long time from now but can you believe they are just over a month away? The key to doing well on finals is having the time to study for them. This workshop gives time management tricks to keep you motivated and on top of your schoolwork leading up to finals.
Mar
Thu
10

Strategically Writing MC Exams

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

MURRAY 102

Multiple Choice Exams can be tricky no matter how many of them you write. This workshop will cover tricks that your profs may use in your exams and how to see and work through them.
Mar
Thu
10

Making Your Memory Work for You

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

MURRAY 102

How is it possible to remember all these information?!?!?!  Do you find it difficult to memorize information? Are you confused as to what strategies to use?  Sign up for this workshop and learn how your memory works and some tips on how to effectively memorize information in order to have a successful semester.
Mar
Tue
15

An Introduction to Writing Lab Reports*

Writing Workshop with Dena Burnett
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

MURRAY 102

This workshop covers the basics of how to write a lab report, and includes resources, and discussion . * NOTE: this workshop is for undergraduate students taking a lab component for the first time.
Mar
Wed
16

Using the Research Paper Planner Tool

Library Skills Workshop with Savi B., Peer Mentor, PAL Program & Maria M., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
11:30 AM to 12:20 PM

MURRAY 145

Need help getting started on your research paper? Let the Research Paper Planner guide you through the steps of the research and writing process. Join us for useful tips and candy!

Participants are welcome to bring their laptops and there will be laptops available for those who don't have one.
Mar
Wed
16

Ovid MEDLINE

Library Researcher Series with Lukas Miller, Library
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Health Sciences Library

This session provides an introduction to Ovid MEDLINE, the esteemed life and biomedical sciences database covering topics such as medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and general health care. Attendees will learn how to build a search in MEDLINE effectively and efficiently using Medical Subject Headings, subheadings, limits, and more. Whether you are new to MEDLINE or simply in need of a quick refresher, this session will give you a chance to hone your skills and understanding of this database.
Mar
Wed
16

The Keys to Concentration

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

MURRAY 102

As we begin to think about and prepare for final exams (or try to avoid doing so for as long as possible), concentrating while we’re studying can sometimes be harder than we expected. This “attention-grabbing" workshop aims to give you tools to help improve your own attention span and concentration by getting rid of environmental distractions, making your memory work for you, and using your learning style to your advantage.
Mar
Thu
17

Memory Techniques for Test-Taking

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

MURRAY 102

Have you ever forgotten what you learned in class by the time you get home? Have you ever “blanked” during an exam? Have you ever claimed you just “have a bad memory”? If any of this sounds familiar, then this is the workshop for you! Join PAL Peer Mentor Miranda as she discusses studying techniques to improve your memory, and how to get the most out of your memory during exams.  
Mar
Thu
17

Punctuation 101

Writing Workshop with Shakti Brazier-Tompkins, English, Arts & Science
2:30 PM to 3:50 PM

MURRAY G3

Confused by commas? Stumped by semi-colons? This workshop will help you to learn how to construct grammatically correct, properly punctuated sentences.
Mar
Mon
21

Tips for Conquering Short Answer & Essay Exams

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

MURRAY 102

Gearing up for finals? Peer Mentor and 3rd year student Michayla hopes to help by providing advice on short answer questions and essay-style exams. This workshop will give you information on succeeding in final exams that consist of short answer and essay questions, as well as tips to help you study for them.
Mar
Mon
21

How to Write and Cite in APA Style

Writing Workshop with Maaya Hitomi, Psychology
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

MURRAY G3

This workshop will teach you the basics for APA Style, commonly used in social sciences classes, such as Psychology and Sociology, and sometimes in Health Sciences.
Mar
Tue
22

Common Errors in Essay Writing

Writing Workshop with Shakti Brazier-Tompkins
1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

MURRAY G3

This workshop addresses some of the most common substantive and punctuation problems encountered in essay-writing. Bring your questions!
Mar
Tue
22

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 an 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 work.
Mar
Wed
23

Transferable Skills: from research to workplace

Undergraduate Research Workshop with Stephen P., Peer Mentor, PAL Program & Alexandra S., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
11:30 AM to 12:20 PM

MURRAY 145

In-class research experiences mean you’ve got skills. Come discover how to stand out from other job applicants no matter where you’re applying by relating your learning to what employers are looking for.
Mar
Thu
24

Writing Examinations

Study Skills Workshop with Kunmi A., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
3:00 PM to 3:50 PM

MURRAY 102

It is exam season and writing exams can be a bit daunting. Come to this workshop to learn some tips on how to approach your exams.
Mar
Thu
24

Show Up and Write Your Essay!

Writing Workshop with Lynette Cain & Soma Dalai & Maaya Hitomi, Psychology & Martin Winquist, English, Arts & Science
4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

MURRAY 145

Come and finish that writing project.  Bring your laptop and work on your essay, research paper, or assignment at any stage of the writing process. 

Tutors and Peer Mentors are on hand to help you with your writing.  Join us for the whole session or drop in for an hour. 

Refreshments provided. Note: These sessions are for undergraduate students only. Limited spaces are available.

Mar
Mon
28

Study Techniques for All Exam Types

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

MURRAY 102

Final exams are only weeks away, so now is the time to start preparing! Join PAL Peer Mentor Miranda to learn about study techniques for multiple choice, short answer, and essay exams, as well as for tips on how to stay focused while studying.
Mar
Thu
31

Evaluate Your Exam Preparation

Study Skills Workshop with Sehar P., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
12:00 PM to 12:50 PM

MURRAY 102

Final Exams are coming up really soon! Do you know how to set up 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 exam!