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During COVID-19, Student Learning Commons services continue.
 
For the complete range, including consultations, support, workshops, handouts, and groups, see SLC services continue 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 webinar recordings viewed online, are eligible for inclusion on your Co-Curricular Record. To receive Co-Curricular credits, fill out the Webinar Reflection Form for CCR.

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

Stucturing Ideas Through Grammar: Information Flow

This webinar series looks beyond the sentence to the ways grammar structures paragraphs and longer texts.

Learn how to organize information so that it flows from one idea and sentence to the next by using the principles of theme and rheme.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm Webinar
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

Structuring Ideas Through Grammar: Controlling the Theme

This webinar series looks beyond the sentence to the ways grammar structures paragraphs and longer texts.

Learn how to use various grammatical resources to control the theme and move information into the old and new position.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm Webinar
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

Strategies for Multimodal Writing

This session will introduce you to a number of different writing modes including blogging, podcasting, and webcasting. We will focus on the principles that are unique to writing for each of these modalities, as well as on the aspects of writing that apply across the board. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm Webinar

Structuring Ideas Through Grammar: Paragraph Patterns 1

This webinar series looks beyond the sentence to the ways grammar structures paragraphs and longer texts.

Learn how to use the linking pattern to make new ideas old and familiar to give a paragraph a sense of gradual development, and the repeated theme pattern to define, explain, or analyze complex concepts.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm Webinar
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

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. Webinars will be 20-30 minutes, with the remaining time for open discussion. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Webinar

Structuring Ideas Through Grammar: Paragraph Patterns 2

This webinar series looks beyond the sentence to the ways grammar structures paragraphs and longer texts.

Learn how to use the super-theme pattern in paragraphs when describing complex systems and ideas, and the theme preview pattern to develop a longer texts than single paragraphs.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm Webinar
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

Writing a Research Paper

So, you have to write a research paper. This session will introduce you to steps to help you effectively organize and communicate the research you have conducted. It will also introduce tips for writing a clear thesis for a research-based paper. Webinars will be 20-30 minutes, with the remaining time for open discussion. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm Webinar

Ethical Source Incorporation

You know you are supposed to avoid plagiarism. And you also know that you need to use evidence in your paper to support your arguments. You just aren't entirely sure how to accomplish both things. This is the workshop for you! 

Come learn how to ethically summarize, quote, and paraphrase from your sources. Sure, this workshop will help you to avoid plagiarism, but more importantly, it will also help you to deepen your understanding of your source materials, and demonstrate that understanding in your own writing. Webinars will be 20-30 minutes, with the remaining time for open discussion. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm Webinar

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. Webinars will be 20-30 minutes, with the remaining time for open discussion. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm Webinar

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

Learning

Time Management in 6 Steps

In this session situated in the context of remote learning and the COVID pandemic, you will learn more about the six steps to effective time management:  Reflect, Prioritize, Plan ahead with systems, Manage large projects, (Mostly) Stick to your plans, and Sleep.  This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Monday, January 18, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm Webinar

Note-Taking for Reading and Online 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. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

Improve Your Concentration and Reading Effectiveness

Do you drift off while reading and find that you don’t retain much? Or do you get distracted easily in lectures or while trying to study? Join this workshop to hear how you can read effectively and improve your concentration. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Webinar

How to Succeed in Quantitative Courses

Are university-level quantitative courses harder than you thought?  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.  This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Friday, January 22, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

Giving Effective Online Presentations

Are you giving an online presentation this term?  Strong presentations are made up of 3 components - content, visuals and delivery.  Learn strategies to make your content stand out, your visuals resonate, and your delivery impress. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Friday, January 29, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

Working Effectively in Online Groups

Do you dread group projects?  Learn how to create a positive team experience remotely by planning ahead, leveraging the strengths of each group member, setting ground rules, and learning how to deal productively with conflict. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Friday, February 5, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

Successful (Online) Exam Writing

Get ready for your upcoming exams.  This workshop is organized around evidence-based research on exam preparation, as well as a Summer 2020 survey about the most common types of online exams among SFU Undergraduates (1. forced order multiple choice and 2. Open book) and students' most common concerns:  running out of time, exam anxiety, and technical issues. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 9:30am to 10:20am Webinar
Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm Webinar

Critical Reading and Thinking

When students develop their individual capacity for critical thinking and reading, they are less likely to feel the pressure to engage in cheating or academic dishonesty. 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 define critical thinking and how you can train yourself to ask meaningful and relevant questions that promote critical thinking when you're reading. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar

Managing Procrastination in Your Online Courses

Procrastination is something that most students do. Today our learning environments are online, with stress, isolation and a lack of structure common. We are all struggling to stay productive! Join us in breaking the isolation and talking about how to manage procrastination even under the most adverse circumstances. This workshop will help you understand the cycle of procrastination, and then offer you strategies on how you can get moving and productive again. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar

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

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

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.

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.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Webinar
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Webinar
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Webinar
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Webinar
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Webinar
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Webinar
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Webinar
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Webinar
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Webinar
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Webinar

Stucturing Ideas Through Grammar: Information Flow

This webinar series looks beyond the sentence to the ways grammar structures paragraphs and longer texts.

Learn how to organize information so that it flows from one idea and sentence to the next by using the principles of theme and rheme.

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm Webinar
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

Academic Writing and Grammar for Multilingual Learners (EAL)

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

The workshop combines grammar for academic purposes, critical thinking, and academic writing for university. The main writing task is to produce a self-report (narrative) that stimulates participants to restructure their understanding of the nexus between language, culture, and identity. Students will complete reading, writing, and grammar tasks, all of which will be used to provide personalized feedback.

Open to undergraduate students only.

The required workbook for the course is the online version of Grammar for Academic Purposes 2 by Steve Marshall. 

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Dates Location
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Webinar

Plurilingual Café

The Plurilingual Café is a weekly workshop on Zoom facilitated by volunteer peer educators. The goals are to recognize and celebrate the rich plurality of EAL students' everyday language practices and interactions. Tasks are designed to support student learning by fostering intercultural awareness among the participants, offering opportunities to learn more about each other’s languages and cultures, and by creating spaces for the use of languages other than English as tools for learning.

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 at www.sfu.ca/students/get-involved/recognition/co-curricular-record.

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Dates Location
Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar
Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar
Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar
Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar
Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar

Structuring Ideas Through Grammar: Controlling the Theme

This webinar series looks beyond the sentence to the ways grammar structures paragraphs and longer texts.

Learn how to use various grammatical resources to control the theme and move information into the old and new position.

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm Webinar
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

Structuring Ideas Through Grammar: Paragraph Patterns 1

This webinar series looks beyond the sentence to the ways grammar structures paragraphs and longer texts.

Learn how to use the linking pattern to make new ideas old and familiar to give a paragraph a sense of gradual development, and the repeated theme pattern to define, explain, or analyze complex concepts.

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm Webinar
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

Structuring Ideas Through Grammar: Paragraph Patterns 2

This webinar series looks beyond the sentence to the ways grammar structures paragraphs and longer texts.

Learn how to use the super-theme pattern in paragraphs when describing complex systems and ideas, and the theme preview pattern to develop a longer texts than single paragraphs.

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm Webinar
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

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

View on your own schedule: Recorded workshops and webinars

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