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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
Friday, September 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm Burnaby
Friday, September 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm Surrey

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

Learning

How to Stay Focused on School in the Summer

So many things compete for your attention in the summer - work, friends, weekend trips, and ... THE SUMMER!  Learn some strategies to cut through the distractions and give your summer courses the attention they need.

 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, May 15, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695
Monday, May 15, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

Time Management for Busy Students

Are you juggling work, school and other responsibilities? Attend this workshop to build skills around living by your priorities; it will be a good investment of your precious time.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301

Improve Your Reading Effectiveness

Do you feel that you are not getting enough benefit from the time you invest in your readings?  This workshop will cover how to effectively learn from various types of readings (textbook, journal article, online source), with a variety of academic purposes in mind (test prep, paper writing, discussion).

 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301

Improve Your Concentration & Reading Effectiveness

Do you drift off while reading and don’t retain much? Or do you get distracted easily in lectures? You are spending valuable time on these activities, so you might as well increase your effectiveness by adopting strategies described in this workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC, Rm 1002

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
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301

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
Friday, September 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm Burnaby
Friday, September 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm Surrey

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

English as an additional language (EAL)

Academic Writing & Grammar: Skills for Success

This 5-day workshop is designed to help multilingual students gain confidence in the kinds of academic English language skills needed for success at SFU.  Students will receive 25 hours of direct instruction on strategies for improving academic writing, grammar, and style. These strategies include:

  •  making meaningful connections between ideas
  •  using future verb forms to predict and propose
  •  using past verb forms to report events and situations
  •  making decisions about article usage (the, a, an, Ø), grammar of noun phrases, specific and generic reference
  •  using conditional forms and modal verbs to speculate and draw conclusions
  •  presenting research results and making claims cautiously through “hedging”
  •  practicing expressing stance and using critical thinking skills
  •  writing a cohesive and logical paragraph

This workshop is a collaboration with the Student Learning Commons (SLC) and the Center for English Language Learning Teaching & Research (CELLTR). A welcome breakfast sponsored by CELLTR will be provided on the first day.

There is no fee for the workshop but the required textbook is Academic English: Skills for Success, 2nd edition by Legg, et al, which costs $40.00.  The $40 textbook fee will be collected (cash only) and textbooks distributed on the first day of the workshop (The fee is waived for students who have previously purchased the textbook). Lunch break is between 12:30 - 1:30

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

Let's Talk Grammar

Drop in to ask questions about grammar and learn some strategies to help you improve you academic English skills. Open to all SFU students.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3020, SLC Office
Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC, Rm 1002

Let's Talk Pronunciation

Drop in to ask questions about pronunciation and learn some strategies to help you improve you academic English skills. Open to all SFU students.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3020, SLC Office
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC, Rm 1002

Let's Talk Essay Writing

Drop in to ask questions about essay writing and learn some strategies to help you improve you academic English skills. Open to all SFU students.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3020, SLC Office
Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC, Rm 1002

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