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

Getting Ready for Academic Success

Banner that says "Getting Ready for Academic Success." Pencil with a tassel on top of it.

Is Fall 2022 your first term as an SFU Undergrad? Excited and nervous about university courses? Whether you’re coming from high school, transferring from college, or resuming your education after some time away, attending Getting Ready for Academic Success will give you a head start on succeeding at university!

Come and get ready to:

  • Develop the time management habits necessary for success as a university student.

  • Maximize your effectiveness in lectures, reading, and studying.

  • Research and write university-level papers.

  • Ask questions of a panel of successful upper-division students.

Join us where you want and how you want! 3 formats and locations to choose from:

  • A full day event at the Burnaby campus including a free lunch on Friday, September 2; or

  • A condensed, half-day event (12-3 pm) with refreshments at the Surrey campus on Friday, September 2; or

  • A series of 2-hour Zoom sessions (2-4) on:

    • Tuesday, August 30 (Transition to University and Time Management),

    • Wednesday, August 31 (Strategies for Lectures, Reading, and Studying).

    • Thursday, September 1 (Research and Writing), and

    • Friday, September 2 (Student Success Panel).

Attendance at Getting Ready for Academic Success and most Student Learning Commons workshops are eligible for inclusion on your Co-Curricular Record

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Friday, September 2, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
via Zoom
Friday, September 2, 2022 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
Friday, September 2, 2022 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

Time Management Workshop

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!

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Friday, September 9, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
Monday, September 12, 2022 - 11:30am to 12:20pm
Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

Welcome to Writing @ University: Write Early and Often

Get a head start on what's expected for successful academic writing and try a time-management approach to writing. Learn about resources to plan your assignment, create sound arguments, organize your ideas, edit your own writing more effectively.

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Friday, September 9, 2022 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
Monday, September 12, 2022 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm
Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

Note-Taking from Readings & Lectures

Many students experience challenges with note-taking such as keeping up with their lectures and selecting main ideas to write down from their readings. Effective note-taking serves many purposes, is a skill that can be learned, and is built through practice. Join us to level up your note-taking! The live session may be recorded for later use.

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 11:30am to 12:20pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

Better Paragraphs: Using Organization to Write Effective Papers

Clear, well-developed paragraphs generally have a certain set of characteristics, and you can learn what those characteristics are as a way to strengthen your writing! In this workshop, learn more effective ways to begin your paragraphs, create better flow, and avoid common paragraph errors. Strengthening your paragraphs also helps to provide an overall sense of organization in your writing and ensure that your arguments are clear and well-supported.

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

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

 Learning

Getting Ready for Academic Success

Banner that says "Getting Ready for Academic Success." Pencil with a tassel on top of it.

Is Fall 2022 your first term as an SFU Undergrad? Excited and nervous about university courses? Whether you’re coming from high school, transferring from college, or resuming your education after some time away, attending Getting Ready for Academic Success will give you a head start on succeeding at university!

Come and get ready to:

  • Develop the time management habits necessary for success as a university student.

  • Maximize your effectiveness in lectures, reading, and studying.

  • Research and write university-level papers.

  • Ask questions of a panel of successful upper-division students.

Join us where you want and how you want! 3 formats and locations to choose from:

  • A full day event at the Burnaby campus including a free lunch on Friday, September 2; or

  • A condensed, half-day event (12-3 pm) with refreshments at the Surrey campus on Friday, September 2; or

  • A series of 2-hour Zoom sessions (2-4) on:

    • Tuesday, August 30 (Transition to University and Time Management),

    • Wednesday, August 31 (Strategies for Lectures, Reading, and Studying).

    • Thursday, September 1 (Research and Writing), and

    • Friday, September 2 (Student Success Panel).

Attendance at Getting Ready for Academic Success and most Student Learning Commons workshops are eligible for inclusion on your Co-Curricular Record

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Friday, September 2, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
via Zoom
Friday, September 2, 2022 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
Friday, September 2, 2022 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

Note-Taking for Lectures and Readings

Many students experience challenges with note-taking such as keeping up with their lectures and selecting main ideas to write down from their readings. Effective note-taking serves many purposes, is a skill that can be learned, and is built through practice. Join us to level up your note-taking! The live session may be recorded for later use.

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 11:30am to 12:20pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm
Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

Don't Panic! Be Proactive

Many of us say we "work best under pressure." But last-minute work impacts the completeness and quality of your work, the level of your stress, and your likelihood of engaging in intentional or unintentional academic dishonesty.  Attend this workshop to start being proactive instead.  Learn strategies to help you start projects early, allot sufficient time to study for exams, and give yourself time for critical and creative thinking. The live session may be recorded for later use.

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Monday, October 17, 2022 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm
via Zoom

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

 English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Academic Reading Skills

Multilingual students often find reading academic texts difficult as they encounter unfamiliar vocabulary and writing styles. This webinar will give you some ideas for what to do when you come across new vocabulary words and how to learn strategies to make sense of your reading.

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm
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!