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Upcoming workshops for undergraduates: Student Learning Commons

The Student Learning Commons offers a suite of workshops under the following categories; Learning, Writing, and English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Workshops range from 60 to 90 minutes and provide valuable information in engaging formats.

Each semester we present a slightly different collection of workshops.

You can also search by date in our workshops calendar.

SFU values diversity and is committed to inclusion. If you require any disability related accommodations in order to fully access and participate in this workshop/event, please contact us directly at library-workshops@sfu.ca. Please contact us as soon as possible as some accommodations will require lead time to arrange (i.e. CART, ASL).

Writing

Analyze This! Thinking & Writing Critically

Have you been asked to write a critical analysis but aren't sure how to approach it? Each discipline has its own requirements, but some common strategies can help. This workshop begins with suggestions for effective reading and summarizing, then covers a range of analytical questions and general techniques to help you transition from summary to critical analysis.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, October 2, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC, Rm 1002

Analyze This! From Summary to Critical Writing

In many courses, you must not only summarize readings but analyze their content or structure: an often challenging combination! This workshop begins with general strategies for effectively reading and summarizing sources, then offers critical thinking and writing techniques that help you transition from summary to analysis.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

Writing a Term Paper? Start Planning Now!

Even if your term paper isn't due for weeks, it pays to start planning now. This workshop suggests techniques to understand your assignment, manage your time, create sound arguments from source materials, organize your ideas, and revise a first draft. You also learn how to use SFU's resources for more help.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC, Rm 1002

Clear, Concise, and Powerful Prose

"Too wordy. Redundant. Be concise." If you've ever received these kinds of comments on your papers--or if you just want to take your style to the next level--this workshop is for you! Learn techniques you can use right away to help you pare your prose and write with greater clarity, succinctness, and power. 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC, Rm 1002

Structuring Ideas Through Grammar

This workshop will help you improve the clarity, logic, and flow of your writing.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1525

Using Sources in Your Paper?

You've likely reviewed the Library's plagiarism tutorial. Would you like to learn more about using source-materials effectively and ethically in your writing? This workshop covers integrating sources within paragraphs, clearly attributing what you quote and paraphrase, and finding resources for help with particular citation styles.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC, Rm 1002
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

Late Night Against Procrastination

Does your motivation fade just when course assignments pile up? Let’s fight procrastination together! Join us for an evening of studying, writing, refreshments, and learning support when Bennett Library kicks off its exam season 24-hour accessibility.

LNAP invites undergraduate students to attend an evening of studying and/or writing papers in a supportive work environment with quick break activities, refreshments, and optional workshops. We will provide:

•        Quiet and group work spaces
•        Coffee and tea
•        Pizza and snacks
•        Writing, studying, and research support plus take-home resources
•        Optional workshops
•        Optional break activities – mindfulness, hula dancing, coloring, and movies!

Sign up on your own, bring a friend, or come as a group! Registration is free!

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 5:00pm to 11:55pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3020, SLC Office

View a list of all undergraduate writing workshops offered by the SLC.

Learning

Critical Reading & Thinking

Professors and TAs often talk about the need to think critically, but few actually explain what critical thinking is or how to do it. We will go through what critical thinking is, and what questions to ask to promote critical thinking, right from the first time you read a piece.  Through activities and resources, you will gain insight and skills that will help you on exams and assignments.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

How to Succeed on Exams

Have your midterms so far been...disappointing?  It's not too late to pull up your grades by adopting study strategies proven effective by research, as well as techniques for managing your time during exams and for tackling the most common types of exam questions.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

Managing Procrastination

Do you put off doing schoolwork because it stresses you out, only to find that putting it off has made it even more stressful? Or do you just have trouble tearing yourself away from activities you enjoy more than schoolwork? Either way, come learn some strategies to help you get down to work.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

Successful Exam Writing

Focusing on the period immediately before and during exams, this workshop will touch on preparation and then discuss time management during exams, as well as common types of questions:  multiple choice, problem solving, essay and short answer.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

Crunch Time: Survival 101

Panicky about deadlines and upcoming exams? Or are you in avoidance mode now and the stress will hit you later? Either way, come learn how to deal with exams ... and with your own worst "crunch time" habits!

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

View a list of all undergraduate learning workshops offered by the SLC.

English as an additional language (EAL)

Essay Writing for University

Designed for undergraduate students for whom English is an additional language (EAL), this workshop series focuses on language strategies for writing essays for university. Students will learn how to:

  1. identity critical argument structure in an academic text
  2. practice expressing a cautious stance using critical thinking skills
  3. recognize the limitations of their own arguments and consider counter-arguments and opposing views
  4. practice writing counter arguments and rebuttals
  5. make effective connections between ideas
  6. write a complete academic essay

There is no fee for the workshop, but the cost of the required textbook is $40. Required textbook: Academic English: Skills for Success by Legg, et al. Textbooks will be distributed on the first day of class.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:20pm
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:20pm
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:20pm
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:20pm
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:20pm
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:20pm
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:20pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

Let's Talk!

Let's Talk! is a weekly workshop that gives students for whom English is an additional language an opportunity outside of class to improve their English conversation skills, learn strategies for academic success, and have fun meeting people.

Participants will develop their conversation and listening skills through a variety of topics, such as stereotypes, slang and idioms, social media, Canadian and global culture, presentation skills, pronunciation, and story-telling.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:50pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:50pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:50pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:50pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:50pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:50pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:50pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:50pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390

Speak Like Obama: Creating Emphasis Through Pausing

Learn how speaking in message units can add weight and authority to your class presentations.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Harbour Centre, Rm 2245
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:20am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

Structuring Ideas Through Grammar

This workshop will help you improve the clarity, logic, and flow of your writing.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1525

View a list of all undergraduate EAL workshops offered by the SLC.