Find upcoming and recorded workshops: Student Learning Commons

 

Welcome back! Student Learning Commons services are here for you -- both in-person and online.

 

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 calendarco-curricular record approved badge

Most Student Learning Commons workshops, including workshop recordings viewed online, are eligible for inclusion on your Co-Curricular Record. To receive Co-Curricular credits, fill out the CCR Reflection Form.

Note: Students cannot receive Co-Curricular (CCR) credits for a workshop if the workshop is already being used to receive academic credit in a course.

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

Recharge Your Academic Success

This 3-day event will take place online. A Zoom link that can be used for all sessions will be sent to registrants.

Whether you’re prepping for midterms, writing an essay, or dealing with procrastination, the Student Learning Commons is here to help. Join us for this three-part workshop series to recharge your academic success! On all 3 days, connect with other SFU students who are working towards success. You’re not alone in needing a recharge to face the challenges of university.

 

Tuesday, June 7, 3:30pm — 5:00pm, Online via Zoom 
Time Management: Discover time management strategies to build better habits


Wednesday, June 8, 3:30pm — 5:00pm, Online via Zoom 
Research & Writing: Unlock tips for researching and writing university-level papers


Thursday, June 9, 3:30-5:00 pm, Online via Zoom 
Study Strategies: Maximize your effectiveness in lectures, reading, and studying

 

The Summer Recharge program is based on the Fall Getting Ready for Academic Success workshops. As a bonus, after the Recharge live sessions you’ll be provided with access to the Getting Ready for Academic Success Canvas course as a way to reconnect with the materials shared during the workshops. 

    If you attend all three sessions, you are eligible to receive Co-Curricular Record credit for your participation. 

    Technology requirements: Reliable internet, speakers, and mic. Webcam strongly recommended.

    Questions? For more information about Recharge Your Academic Success, please contact learning-commons@sfu.ca.

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
    Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
    Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
    via Zoom

    Argumentative Essays: Templates to Strengthen your Writing

    Effective argumentation is a core requirement of many writing assignments across the disciplines. Yet it isn't always clear what an academic argument is or how you should write one. In this 50-minute session, you'll learn the particular rules governing academic argumentation. This workshop will also introduce a number of templates that you can use to clearly and effectively structure and defend your written arguments. This live session may be recorded for later use.

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    DatesLocation
    Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - 7:30pm to 8:20pm
    via Zoom

    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 a refresher about effective reading and summarizing, then shows you how to employ critical questions to help you transition from summary to analysis. This live session may be recorded for later use.

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    DatesLocation
    Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm
    Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

    Writing Without Procrastination

    This 50 minute session takes a time management approach to the writing process. It is intended to help you break your writing up into steps and get started. It will also introduce useful writing tools such as the assignment calculator and the pomodoro technique. This live session may be recorded for later use.

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    DatesLocation
    Saturday, July 16, 2022 - 10:30am to 11:20am
    Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC (Student Learning Commons), Rm 1002

    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. This live session may be recorded for later use.

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    DatesLocation
    Thursday, July 28, 2022 - 5:30pm to 6:20pm
    via Zoom

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

     Learning

    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).  This live session may be recorded for later use.

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Monday, May 30, 2022 - 6:30pm to 7:20pm
    via Zoom

    Recharge Your Academic Success

    This 3-day event will take place online. A Zoom link that can be used for all sessions will be sent to registrants.

    Whether you’re prepping for midterms, writing an essay, or dealing with procrastination, the Student Learning Commons is here to help. Join us for this three-part workshop series to recharge your academic success! On all 3 days, connect with other SFU students who are working towards success. You’re not alone in needing a recharge to face the challenges of university.

     

    Tuesday, June 7, 3:30pm — 5:00pm, Online via Zoom 
    Time Management: Discover time management strategies to build better habits


    Wednesday, June 8, 3:30pm — 5:00pm, Online via Zoom 
    Research & Writing: Unlock tips for researching and writing university-level papers


    Thursday, June 9, 3:30-5:00 pm, Online via Zoom 
    Study Strategies: Maximize your effectiveness in lectures, reading, and studying

     

    The Summer Recharge program is based on the Fall Getting Ready for Academic Success workshops. As a bonus, after the Recharge live sessions you’ll be provided with access to the Getting Ready for Academic Success Canvas course as a way to reconnect with the materials shared during the workshops. 

      If you attend all three sessions, you are eligible to receive Co-Curricular Record credit for your participation. 

      Technology requirements: Reliable internet, speakers, and mic. Webcam strongly recommended.

      Questions? For more information about Recharge Your Academic Success, please contact learning-commons@sfu.ca.

      Register for upcoming workshops

      DatesLocation
      Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
      Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
      Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
      via Zoom

      Successful Exam Writing

      Discover evidence-based exam preparation strategies that will help you succeed on your final exams. Learn how to approach various test formats and types of questions, plus the basics of alleviating exam anxiety. This live session may be recorded for later use.

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      DatesLocation
      Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
      via Zoom

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

       English as an Additional Language (EAL)

      Let's Talk! English Conversation Group

      Let's Talk! is a weekly English conversation group that gives multilingual students 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.

      This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official university document that tracks your co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record.

      Register for upcoming workshops

      DatesLocation
      Friday, May 20, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
      Friday, May 27, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
      Friday, June 3, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
      Friday, June 10, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
      Friday, June 17, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
      Friday, June 24, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
      Friday, July 1, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
      Friday, July 8, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
      Friday, July 15, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
      Friday, July 22, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
      Friday, July 29, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
      via Zoom

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

       View on your own schedule: Recorded workshops

      Browse recorded SLC workshops by topic -- and watch them at a time that works for you!