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Workshops and classes at Fraser Library (SFU Surrey)

Library classes

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Library instruction information for Surrey faculty

General classes

Encourage your students to take advantage of the free drop-in general information literacy and library research skills workshops offered for researchers of all levels at the beginning of each semester.

Tailored instruction

Contact your Librarian if you would like your students to benefit from an in-person or online library research class, web guide or online tutorial. In these course and assignment oriented presentations, librarians teach students to analyze their topics, develop effective search strategies and identify the best information resources. Each year, SFU faculty invite librarians to more than 400 classes reaching over 10,000 students. Liaison librarians also welcome the opportunity to work with faculty to help design assignments with a library research focus or component.

Workshops for undergraduates

Analyze This! From Summary to Critical Writing

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
Friday, September 27, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

Creating an Effective Study Schedule

Would you like to use your time better? Effective time management is not about being the "perfect student" but is based on self-awareness of your priorities and habits. Attend this workshop to begin the process of self-awareness and move towards realistic scheduling.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:20am Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

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 insights that will help you build this crucial skill.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, September 27, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

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 18, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

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 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
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

Getting the Most from Your Lectures

Lectures are a relatively low effort way of keeping up with classes. Yet many students question their usefulness and even stop attending. Attend this workshop to learn how to maximize the effectiveness of your lecture attendance.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

Hot Tips for Revising

Congratulations--you've drafted your paper! What's next? This workshop overviews a technique of revising higher-order concerns, then looking at the finer details of your piece. You'll also learn more about common errors that can trip up even strong writers. 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

How to Argue Academically

Effective argumentation is a core requirement of many writing assignments across the disciplines. Yet students are often unsure how to write a clear and compelling academic argument. It isn’t the same as arguing with your partner or your parents! In this 50-minute session, learn the particular rules governing academic argument as well as tips for developing and defending a solid argument in your written assignments.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

How to Succeed in Quantitative Courses

Is this your first term taking a university-level Quantitative class?  Or have you found out from previous experience that they are harder than you thought?  Either way, attend this workshop, developed by a college math instructor, to learn how to gain the deep understanding needed to solve even the trickiest exam problem.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

How to Succeed on Exams

Whether your midterms are still coming up, or if you want to recover from disappointing midterm results, this workshop will teach you which study strategies are shown by research to be the most effective, as well as how to manage your time when writing exams and deal with common types of questions:  multiple choice, problem solving, essay and short answer.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

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
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

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
Friday, September 6, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

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, September 19, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

Study Strategies that Work!

Do you want to optimize the effectiveness of the time you devote to studying?  Come learn which study strategies are most strongly supported by research, and how to maximize your focus while studying. 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

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 18, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

Time Management for Busy Students

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

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, September 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:20am Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

Top 5 Academic Success Strategies

Do you want to learn how to succeed in your courses, but only have 50 minutes to spend in a workshop? Covering the basics of effective time management, note-taking in lectures, reading, and studying, this is the workshop for you!  

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, September 9, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

Uncluttering Your 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
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

Workshops for graduates

Introduction to NVivo for Mac (in Mac Lab)

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis software program, but what does that mean -- and what does it mean for your research? Find out what NVivo is, when to use it, and how to get started.

In this hands-on introductory workshop, you'll take a tour of the NVivo software environment, using sample data. You’ll be introduced to NVivo’s functions and you’ll leave equipped with the basic info you need to begin working with NVivo. Topics introduced may include importing files and beginning coding.

This workshop is suitable for those with little or no experience using NVivo or other qualitative data analysis software.

Notes:
1. This workshop is for NVivo for Mac. The Windows interface is significantly different. Please check here for NVivo for Windows workshops being offered.
2. This workshop takes place in a Mac lab, so you don't need to bring your own laptop. However, if you wish to use your Mac laptop, please make sure you preload it  with the latest version of NVivo. You can download NVivo and the license key with your SFU computing ID by using the self-serve download link here. If you are unable to get past the authentication page, then please email nvivo-rc@sfu.ca.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Surrey, Galleria 3, Lab 3050