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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

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, January 29, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 1510

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, January 30, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC (Student Learning Commons), Rm 3695
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC (Student Learning Commons), Rm 1002

Language Strategies for Reporting Evidence

Learn language strategies to demonstrate your point of view and build a persuasive argument.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 1510

Hedging in Academic Writing

It is often believed that academic writing, particularly scientific writing, is factual. However, an important feature of academic writing is the concept of cautious language, or “hedging.” Learn how to show your stance on a particular subject when reporting research results.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 1510

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, February 27, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC (Student Learning Commons), Rm 3695
Wednesday, March 6, 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. 

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Distinguish between Higher and Lower Order writing concerns;
  • Learn revision strategies that help you focus on higher order concerns first;
  • Gain insight into common types of writing errors and learn to spot them in your own writing. 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC (Student Learning Commons), Rm 3695
Wednesday, March 27, 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

How to Succeed on Exams

Are midterms coming up?  Or are you disappointed in midterm results and want to improve on your finals? 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
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC (Student Learning Commons), Rm 3695

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

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)

Spring 2019 term course dates, times, and location:

January 15 - April 4, 2019
Tuesdays 2:30 pm-4:00 pm
Thursdays 10:00 am-11:30 am
Library Room 7200

**NOTE:

The first class on  Tuesday January 15, 2019 will be held in Library Room 2105

No classes during Reading Break (February 18-24, 2019), and March 26 & 28.

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

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
Monday, January 21, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
Monday, January 28, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
Monday, February 4, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
Monday, February 11, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
Monday, February 25, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
Monday, March 4, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
Monday, March 18, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
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

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, January 29, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 1510

Language Strategies for Reporting Evidence

Learn language strategies to demonstrate your point of view and build a persuasive argument.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 1510

Hedging in Academic Writing

It is often believed that academic writing, particularly scientific writing, is factual. However, an important feature of academic writing is the concept of cautious language, or “hedging.” Learn how to show your stance on a particular subject when reporting research results.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 1510

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