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Upcoming workshops: 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 calendarco-curricular record approved badge

Attendance at any Student Learning Commons workshop is eligible for inclusion on your Co-Curricular Record

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

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, March 27, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC (Student Learning Commons), Rm 1002
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC (Student Learning Commons), Rm 1002

Academic Writing Q&A... or Top Things to Know About Academic Writing

This 50-minute session reviews the top 5 things most useful to know about academic writing. The rest of the session is dedicated to answering your burning questions (no matter how basic or complex) about academic writing and writing in the disciplines. You’ll take away some answers, including where to find more help when you need it!

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301

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, June 5, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC (Student Learning Commons), Rm 1002

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, June 19, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC (Student Learning Commons), Rm 1002

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

Learning

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
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC (Student Learning Commons), Rm 3695 Cancelled

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
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

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
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

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
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

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
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

Improve Your Concentration & Reading Effectiveness

Do you drift off while reading and find that you don’t retain much? Or do you get distracted easily in lectures? You are spending valuable time on these activities so make the most of it by adopting strategies described in this workshop. 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC (Student Learning Commons), Rm 1002

How to Succeed on Exams

Do you have midterms coming up, or finals for intersession courses?  Or did you get your midterms back and want to improve on your 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
Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

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

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Academic English Grammar and Writing for Multilingual Learners

Academic English Grammar and Writing for Multilingual Learners is a co-curricular course offered by the Student Learning Commons (SLC) and has been carefully designed to help you succeed as a multilingual learner of English. 

The course combines grammar for academic purposes, critical thinking, and academic writing for university. The syllabus focuses on developing an appropriate academic voice to help you express yourself correctly and appropriately in academic writing as a member of the SFU academic community.  The course is not formally graded, but students will complete several reading, writing, and grammar tasks, all of which will be graded and used to provide personalized feedback.

 Open to undergraduate students only.

The required workbook is Grammar for Academic Purposes by Steve Marshall. Students have the option of purchasing the online version ($23.95) or the book ($36.00 at the bookstore).

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

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
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
Monday, April 1, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

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