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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

Getting Ready for Academic Success (SLC101)

Don't miss this full-day academic success workshop for NEW undergraduate students. Whether you are coming from high school, transferring from college, or returning after some years away, you will get a head start on succeeding academically at university!

Come and learn how to effectively get ready to:

  • Develop the self- and time-management habits necessary for success at SFU
  • Maximize your effectiveness in lectures, reading, and studying
  • Research and write university-level papers
  • Adapt your approach to Quantitative courses to university-level demands

As a bonus, you will get a chance to connect with like-minded students who are also new to SFU, as well as successful upper-division students who will share their own experiences and answer your questions.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, August 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, 2nd Floor, Group Study Area
Friday, September 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, 2nd Floor, Group Study Area
Friday, September 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

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

Learning

Getting Ready for Academic Success (SLC101)

Don't miss this full-day academic success workshop for NEW undergraduate students. Whether you are coming from high school, transferring from college, or returning after some years away, you will get a head start on succeeding academically at university!

Come and learn how to effectively get ready to:

  • Develop the self- and time-management habits necessary for success at SFU
  • Maximize your effectiveness in lectures, reading, and studying
  • Research and write university-level papers
  • Adapt your approach to Quantitative courses to university-level demands

As a bonus, you will get a chance to connect with like-minded students who are also new to SFU, as well as successful upper-division students who will share their own experiences and answer your questions.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, August 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, 2nd Floor, Group Study Area
Friday, September 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, 2nd Floor, Group Study Area
Friday, September 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

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

English as an additional language (EAL)

Constructing Arguments in Academic Writing

Designed for 1st-year undergraduate students for whom English is an additional language (EAL), this three-day workshop focuses on language strategies for critical argumentation. 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

There is no fee for the course, 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. The last day to register is Monday August 28, 2017.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

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

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