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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

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

Structuring Ideas Through Grammar

Learn how to present your ideas in academic writing with precision and power by making effective connections.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:20am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

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

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, 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

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

Learning

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

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
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301

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, 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

Speak Like Obama: Message Units

Learn to use pronunciation to signal where meaningful groups of words begin and end, and draw attention to important information by putting prominent stress on a particular word or words.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 2050

Strategies for Pronouncing Academic and Professional Vocabulary: Prefixes

Learn how word beginnings (prefixes) can help you to predict word stress regularities and pronounce words more accurately.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 2050

Structuring Ideas Through Grammar

Learn how to present your ideas in academic writing with precision and power by making effective connections.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:20am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

Strategies for Pronouncing Academic and Professional Vocabulary: Key and Left Syllables

Learn how to recognize and apply a few simple rules to help you correctly pronounce nearly any English word.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 2200

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