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

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 AM

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
Tue
24

Public Speaking 101: Preparing for Class Presentations

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

MURRAY 145 (CLL)

Nervous about the class presentations you have to give this term? Don't be! Come to this workshop to learn strategies to improve your public speaking and effectively deliver your presentations.

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
Wed
25

How to Write and Cite in APA Style

Writing Workshop with Maaya Hitomi, Psychology
10:30 AM to 11:50 AM

MURRAY 102

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. Remember, too, that if you can't attend this workshop, writing centre tutors can help you online or in person one-to-one.
Jan
Wed
25

The Beginner's Guide to Literature Reviews for Research Projects

Undergraduate Research Workshop with Amani K., Peer Mentor, PAL Program & Brittany T., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
2:30 PM to 3:20 PM

MURRAY 102

Starting a research project requires knowing what you don't know, but a literature review can help to solve that! In this workshop, access advice and expertise on all things related to literature reviews, from library, writing help, and undergraduate research resources. Gain expertise and advice from experienced undergraduate researchers.
Jan
Wed
25

Note-taking 101

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

MURRAY G3

Throughout the semester, it is very important to be taking quality notes. Not only will good note taking techniques make your life much less stressful while studying for exams, they will also improve your overall understanding of the course. In this workshop I will go over what it means to be an active learner and also present different note taking methods for different kinds of courses and situations.
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
Thu
26

Getting Started on your Research with the Research Paper Planner

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

MURRAY 145 (CLL)

Need to do research for your papers?  This Research Paper Planner Workshop will help you get started! 
The Research Paper Planner will provide you with resources and helpful tips to guide you through the steps of the research and writing process.
Jan
Thu
26

An Introduction to MLA Style

Writing Workshop with Martin Winquist, English, Arts & Science
1:00 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY G3

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. If you cannot attend this workshop, contact us for slides and/or free tutoring information: writinghelp@usask.ca
Jan
Fri
27

Yes, Professors are FUN and HELPFUL

Study Skills Workshop with Prachi .., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
11:30 AM to 12:20 PM

MURRAY G3

We all have been there and I know it is hard to communicate with your instructors. However, I have learnt through my experience that PROFESSORS are very helpful and FUN! Join this workshop and I’ll make sure to provide you with some tips on enhancing your communication with your instructors.

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 AM

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.
Jan
Mon
30

Writing Clearly and Concisely

Writing Workshop with Davis Rogers
2:30 PM to 3:50 PM

MURRAY G3

Participants will learn how to make their writing more fluent, compelling, and clear.
Jan
Tue
31

Introduction to RefWorks

Library Researcher Series Workshop with MaryLynn Gagné, Library
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

MURRAY 161

RefWorks is a citation management software that allows you to import references/citations from online databases, organize them into topic folders, insert them in a variety of citation style formats (e.g. APA and MLA) into the body of your research paper, and generate formatted reference lists.
Feb
Wed
1

Strategies for Reading in Grad School

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

MURRAY G3

Do you have too many readings and barely enough time to read them? Are you finding it hard to remember all the jargons in your readings? Are the ideas in research articles just too complex for you to understand? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then this workshop is for you. This workshop will consider some of the effective strategies for reading in grad school, and how to handle complex ideas and jargon in academic readings. Don’t miss it!
Feb
Wed
1

Finding Sources - "Soul"-Searching Part 2

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

MURRAY 102

This workshop will provide an overview of "soul"-Searching Part 1 (types of sources, looking up books and articles) and go more in-depth with how to research effectively. Undergraduate students can expect to learn how to create a research strategy, how (and why) to narrow or broaden your research question, and how to use other tools (e.g. Google Scholar, RefWorks) to enhance your research technique.
Feb
Thu
2

Overcoming Self-Doubt as a Graduate Student

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

MURRAY 102

This workshop is designed to provide tips and guidance about overcoming self-doubt as a graduate student. We will discuss why self-doubt can be so overwhelming and reflect on what we will do to get beyond self-doubt to achieve better stability.
Feb
Thu
2

Mini Research Workshops

Library Skills Workshop with Sehar P., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

MURRAY 145 (CLL)

Do you have a Research Paper due soon? Would you like to know how to complete it as efficiently as possible? Join us for a quick introduction to the most important parts of completing a paper! We will talk about how to gather sources, write a thesis statement, create an outline, and format citations in two 30 minute workshops! Students can choose to go to ONE of the two time slots and are not required to stay the full hour.
1st workshop @ 11:30
2nd workshop @ 12:00
Feb
Thu
2

Introduction to Chicago Style Footnoting and Formatting

Writing Workshop with Erin S., History
1:30 PM to 2:50 PM

MURRAY 102

Come to this short workshop to learn a bit more about proper Chicago Style citation, footnoting, and formatting. If you cannot attend this workshop, let us know. We can provide slides, and recommendations for free tutoring: writinghelp@usask.ca.
Feb
Fri
3

Microform Resources in Humanities Research

Library Researcher Series Workshop with Donna Canevari de Paredes & David Smith, Library
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

MURRAY 145 (CLL)

This session will cover the access and use of microfilm and microfiche resources for research in the humanities.  Featured will be our collections of: National Archives of Canada Dept. of Indian Affairs Record Group 10; Ste. Genevieve fur trade archives; international historical newspapers; and medieval and early modern European primary sources.  In addition to U of S Library microform holdings, collections and borrowing procedures for Centre for Research Libraries microform resources available through Interlibrary Loan will also be covered.  This session is suitable for upper-year undergraduates, graduate students, and other researchers in History, English, and related areas of study.
Feb
Mon
6

BIO120 Mock Midterm Exam

Feature Event
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

ARTS 241

Come to the BIO 120 Mock Midterm Exam Session to work on a mock midterm prepared for by the BIO 120 Structured Study Sessions Peer Mentors. 
Feb
Tue
7

Grammar for Beginners

Writing Workshop with Shannon C., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
10:30 AM to 11:20 AM

MURRAY 145 (CLL)

This workshop will introduce you to the basics of grammar, including parts of speech and sentence structure. It's the first step toward learning how to proofread and edit your own work. Note: If you cannot attend this workshop, you are welcome to receive one-to-one help from the SLS Writing Help Centre in the Murray Library.
Feb
Tue
7

Drop In (Undergraduate Research Projects)

Undergraduate Research Workshop with Stephen P., Peer Mentor, PAL Program & Brittany T., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
4:45 PM to 6:45 PM

MURRAY 102

Need to get started or move things along? Bring papers/projects and get ahead with experienced undergraduate researchers’ advice. Ask questions as you go and find out what you need to know.
Feb
Wed
8

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!
Feb
Thu
9

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

This workshop will look at strategies to help you finish your Master's thesis so you do not 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.  
Feb
Thu
9

Predatory Publishers: Strategies to Identify and Avoid Them

Library Researcher Series Workshop with DeDe Dawson, Library & Maha Kumaran, Library
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

MURRAY 145 (CLL)

Predatory publishers use deceptive practices and lure authors to publish with them. They exploit the open access author-pays model for their own profit. In this session we will discuss this phenomenon and provide you with practical tools and strategies to identify these publishers – and avoid them!
Feb
Thu
9

How to Write and Cite in APA Style

Writing Workshop with Maaya Hitomi, Psychology
12:00 PM to 1:20 PM

MURRAY 145 (CLL)

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. Remember, too, that if you can't attend this workshop, writing centre tutors can help you online or in person one-to-one.
Feb
Thu
9

An Introduction to MLA Style

Writing Workshop with Martin W., English, Arts & Science
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

MURRAY G3

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. If you cannot attend this workshop, contact us for slides and/or free tutoring information: writinghelp@usask.ca
Feb
Thu
9

Undergrads: Show Up and Get Your Essay Done!

Writing Workshop with Lynette C., Peer Mentor, PAL Program & Shannon C., Peer Mentor, PAL Program & Stephane G., Peer Mentor, PAL Program & Kelsey Topola, Edwards School of Business
4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

MURRAY 145 (CLL)

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. Limited spaces are available. Note: These sessions are for undergraduate students only.
Feb
Fri
10

Preparing For Your Oral Presentation to Your Advisory Committee

Grad Help Workshop with Emiliana B., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
9:30 AM to 10:20 AM

MURRAY 102

This workshop will provide you with resources and helpful tips to guide you through your thesis/ dissertation committee meeting from a Science background. We will talk about how to effectively deliver your presentation, how to outline your proposal before sending it to the committee, how to use doodle pool to schedule a committee meeting and what are the most important aspects of your oral presentation.
Feb
Mon
13

Library Resources for Canadian and US History

Library Researcher Series Workshop with David Smith, Library
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

MURRAY 145 (CLL)

This session will focus on several key online and print collections related to the history of Canada and the United States. We will explore both archival and published resources along with some of the most effective search techniques for locating what you need in support of your research. The hour will include an overview of the America: History and Life database, American West and American Indian Histories and Culture databases, Early Canadiana Online/CIHM collection, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, and historical newspapers.
Feb
Mon
13

Presenting Your Research

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

MURRAY G3

Want to effectively present your research? Engage your audience? Learn how to speak your expertise, no matter the context (posters, talks, videos).
Feb
Tue
14

Finding sources for a literature review

Library Researcher Series Workshop with Carolyn Doi, Library
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

MURRAY 161

Are you ready to start a literature review and want to know where and how to start searching? This session covers how to locate appropriate discipline-specific or interdisciplinary databases to start your search, tips for how to use library resources more effectively, and highlights some advanced features of research databases.
Feb
Wed
15

Weaving Ideas Together: Flow and Coherence in Writing

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

HLTH 1150

You will improve flow and coherence in your writing by learning a technique used by professional writers: the old-new information pattern. This workshop is for graduate students only.

This workshop is for graduate students only. If you cannot attend, please contact us for slides and/or other resources.

Feb
Mon
27

Critical Thinking: how to make the most of research topics, assignments, and in-class discussions.

Undergraduate Research Workshop with Angela O., Peer Mentor, PAL Program & Brittany T., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY 102

Opportunities are everywhere to develop an ability to analyze and evaluate. Set yourself apart with skills to actively think in-class and while studying and prepare to speak your mind.

Mar
Wed
1

Introduction to EndNote

Library Researcher Series Workshop with Vicky Duncan, Library
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

MURRAY 161

EndNote Web is a free online service that allows you to save, share, and organize your references, and access them online from any computer.  If you install the Microsoft Word plugin, you will be able to cite your references within your paper, and have EndNote automatically create a bibliography in the style of your choice.  This session will walk you through the creation of an EndNote account, importing references from a database into EndNote, and inserting reference citations from EndNote into a Word document, and automatically generating a bibliography.


Mar
Thu
2

Introduction to Chicago Style Footnoting and Formatting

Writing Workshop with Erin S., History
1:30 PM to 2:50 PM

MURRAY 145 (CLL)

Come to this short workshop to learn a bit more about proper Chicago Style citation, footnoting, and formatting. If you cannot attend this workshop, let us know. We can provide slides, and recommendations for free tutoring: writinghelp@usask.ca.
Mar
Thu
2

Undergraduate Research Drop In (Posters, Presentations, Funding, and more)

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

MURRAY 102

Curious about research, making a poster, presenting your project, or applying for funding? This drop-in session will help you get going to wherever you’d like research to take you.
Mar
Mon
6

Underdergraduate Research Posters

Undergraduate Research Workshop with Saruul U., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

MURRAY 102

Learn techniques to make a high-calibre poster with suitable colour, images, graphs, and text. Find out how to visually depict findings in ways that can impress your audience.
Mar
Mon
6

Structuring and Writing a Successful Thesis

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

ARTS 241

This workshop will review the standard parts of a thesis and provide tips for success. This workshop is for graduate students only. If you cannot attend, please contact us for slides and/or other resources.
Mar
Tue
7

An Introduction to MLA Style

Writing Workshop with Martin W., English, Arts & Science
1:30 PM to 2:50 PM

MURRAY G3

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. If you cannot attend this workshop, contact us for slides and/or free tutoring information: writinghelp@usask.ca
Mar
Wed
8

Searching for Grey Literature

Library Researcher Series Workshop with Vicky Duncan, Library
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

MURRAY 161

Grey literature is literature that is not controlled by commercial publishers.  Produced by bodies such as government, academic institutions, business and think tanks, it can a valuable source to inform your research.  This session will provide strategies to search the grey literature effectively, and ensure that your literature search is comprehensive.
Mar
Thu
9

Grammar for Beginners

Writing Workshop with Shannon C., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
10:30 AM to 11:20 AM

MURRAY 102

This workshop will introduce you to the basics of grammar, including parts of speech and sentence structure. It's the first step toward learning how to proofread and edit your own work. Note: If you cannot attend this workshop, you are welcome to receive one-to-one help from the SLS Writing Help Centre in the Murray Library.
Mar
Thu
9

Teaching Students to Evaluate Sources for their Research

Library Researcher Series Workshop with David Smith, Library
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

MURRAY 145 (CLL)

Since the recent US Election, the difficulty in judging the credibility of information has received considerable attention from educational institutions.  What questions should your students be asking about the sources they use? How can they evaluate all sources, including Web sources? And how can they judge the appropriateness of the sources that they are using for their particular academic discipline? This session will be presented by David Smith, Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian
Mar
Tue
14

Introduction to Mendeley

Library Researcher Series Workshop with DeDe Dawson, Library
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

MURRAY 145 (CLL)

Mendeley is a free, online reference manager and academic social network. This session will provide an overview of the key features of this software and how you can use it to organize all of the articles you are reading.
Mar
Tue
14

Writing in Plain Language: How to Be Less Wordy

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

ARTS 241

Academic papers are often marred by weak verbs and long, dull sentences. You will learn techniques to make your writing engaging and readable. This workshop is for graduate students only. If you cannot attend, please contact us for slides and/or other resources. 
Mar
Thu
23

Research Skills=Job Skills: Stand out from other job applicants.

Undergraduate Research Workshop with Jay K., Peer Mentor, PAL Program & Stephen P., Peer Mentor, PAL Program
1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

MURRAY 102

Get tips on tailoring what you’ve learned about research in your classes to what employers, professors & researchers want.

Mar
Mon
27

Perfect Punctuation

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

ARTS 241

Student writing is often weakened by punctuation errors. Learn how to recognize your own mistakes and how to correct them. This workshop is for graduate students only. If you cannot attend, please contact us for slides and/or other resources.
Apr
Tue
4

Writing a Scholarship Proposal

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

ARTS 241

Scholarship proposals ask graduate students to make a case for their research in one page. As a result, they usually require much time and multiple drafts. Learn tips to make the task easier. This workshop is for graduate students only. If you cannot attend, please contact us for slides and/or other resources.