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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

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, May 30, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC, Rm 1002
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

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
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 1:00pm to 1:50pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC, Rm 1002
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

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
Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 1:00pm to 1:50pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC, Rm 1002
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

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

Learning

How to Succeed on Exams

Have your midterms so far been...disappointing?  It's not too late to pull up your grades by adopting study strategies proven effective by research, as well as techniques for managing your time during exams and for tackling the most common types of exam questions.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

How to Stay Focused on School in the Summer

So many things compete for your attention in the summer - work, friends, weekend trips, and ... THE SUMMER!  Learn some strategies to cut through the distractions and give your summer courses the attention they need.

 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

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

English as an additional language (EAL)

Academic Grammar & Writing

This non-credit course is divided into two four-week parts:

  1. grammar for academic purposes; and,
  2. academic writing.

Part one provides a selective overview of the key areas of English grammar that you need to master in order to express yourself correctly and appropriately in academic writing.

Part two allows you to practice paraphrasing skills, summary writing, and essay writing.

The course is not formally graded, but students will complete a diagnostic writing task in week one, a summary in week five, and a critical response in week seven, all of which will be graded and used to provide personalized feedback.

Letters of completion are available to students who attend at least 80% of the classes (13 classes) and complete the assignments. You can request a letter of completion by emailing tmossman@sfu.ca after the course has finished.

This course is offered in collaboration with the Centre for English Language Learning, Teaching, Research (CELLTR).

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Monday, May 28, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Monday, June 4, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Monday, June 11, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Monday, June 18, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Monday, June 25, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Monday, July 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Monday, July 16, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200 Full

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