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Upcoming workshops: Student Learning Commons

 

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

Attendance at any Student Learning Commons workshop or having viewed any online webinar recording is eligible for inclusion on your Co-Curricular Record. To receive Co-Curricular credits, fill out the Webinar Reflection Form for CCR.

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 -- Online!

The first semester of university is usually associated with things like adjusting to large lecture halls, juggling a busy class schedule with other life commitments, finding your way around campus, navigating the large library, and hopefully connecting with some new and old friends. But how does this change when most of your learning and studying takes place online in your own workspace? Although studying online can offer some great perks like flexibility and a very easy commute, it can also require new strategies for keeping up with schoolwork, engaging with material, and getting help if you get stuck. Not to worry! This week-long workshop series is especially designed to help NEW undergraduate students get ready for remote university learning. Whether you are coming from high school, transferring from college, or returning after some years away, you will get a head start on succeeding academically (online) at university!

Come and get ready to:

  • Develop the time-management habits necessary for success as a remote university student. 
  • Maximize your effectiveness in online live or recorded lectures, reading, and studying.
  • Research and write university-level papers.

Other bonus features include:

  • A panel of SFU professors talking about how they have designed their online courses, assignments, and exams, and answering your questions.
  • A panel of successful upper-division students sharing their strategies and answering your questions about attending SFU online.
  • Opportunities to connect with like-minded students who are also new to SFU.
  • Experience using Canvas, the same  Learning Management System used for most SFU courses. 

Plus, attendance at Getting Ready and any Student Learning Commons workshop is eligible for inclusion on your Co-Curricular Record.

Technology requirements: Reliable internet, speakers, and mic. Webcam strongly recommended.

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Monday, August 31, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Friday, September 4, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Webinar

Top 5 Things to Know About University 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! Webinars will be 30-45 minutes, with the remaining time for open discussion. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm Webinar

Writing Without Procrastination

This session takes a time management approach to the writing process. It is intended to help you break your writing up into steps and get started. It will also introduce useful writing tools such as the assignment calculator and the pomodoro technique. Webinars will be 30-45 minutes, with the remaining time for open discussion. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm 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 30-45 minutes, with the remaining time for open discussion. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm 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 30-45 minutes, with the remaining time for open discussion. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm Webinar

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. Webinars will be 30-45 minutes, with the remaining time for open discussion. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm 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 30-45 minutes, with the remaining time for open discussion. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm Webinar

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

Learning

Getting Ready for Academic Success -- Online!

The first semester of university is usually associated with things like adjusting to large lecture halls, juggling a busy class schedule with other life commitments, finding your way around campus, navigating the large library, and hopefully connecting with some new and old friends. But how does this change when most of your learning and studying takes place online in your own workspace? Although studying online can offer some great perks like flexibility and a very easy commute, it can also require new strategies for keeping up with schoolwork, engaging with material, and getting help if you get stuck. Not to worry! This week-long workshop series is especially designed to help NEW undergraduate students get ready for remote university learning. Whether you are coming from high school, transferring from college, or returning after some years away, you will get a head start on succeeding academically (online) at university!

Come and get ready to:

  • Develop the time-management habits necessary for success as a remote university student. 
  • Maximize your effectiveness in online live or recorded lectures, reading, and studying.
  • Research and write university-level papers.

Other bonus features include:

  • A panel of SFU professors talking about how they have designed their online courses, assignments, and exams, and answering your questions.
  • A panel of successful upper-division students sharing their strategies and answering your questions about attending SFU online.
  • Opportunities to connect with like-minded students who are also new to SFU.
  • Experience using Canvas, the same  Learning Management System used for most SFU courses. 

Plus, attendance at Getting Ready and any Student Learning Commons workshop is eligible for inclusion on your Co-Curricular Record.

Technology requirements: Reliable internet, speakers, and mic. Webcam strongly recommended.

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Monday, August 31, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Friday, September 4, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Webinar

Top 5 Academic Success Strategies for Online Success

Do you want to learn how to succeed in your online courses? This workshop is for you! In 50-minutes we will cover the basics of effective time management, reading, studying and online learning. It will be a great investment in your time, and will give you the confidence you need to succeed academically online. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Monday, September 14, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar

Success Strategies for Online Courses during COVID-19

Other workshops this term will cover time management and study strategies that will serve you well whether you are taking in-person or online courses.   This webinar, however, will discuss particular challenges of, and effective approaches to, the current situation in which all of your courses are online.  This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

Time Management for Academic Success

Does it seem that you can never find enough time to study? Or despite your best intentions, something always distracts you from studying? Or are you concerned that managing your time at University might be different than high school, and you want to be prepared. Attend this workshop to build skills to help you live by your priorities in and out of University, and discover tools to help you focus on the task at hand. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar

Study Strategies that Work!

Do you want to optimize the effectiveness of the time you devote to studying?  Come learn which study strategies are most strongly supported by research, and how to maximize your focus while studying.  This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Friday, September 18, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

How I Succeeded in Online Courses

Is this your first full term of university-level online courses?  Or do you want to develop better strategies than you might have used in your first few remote or online courses? The students telling their stories in this webinar succeeded in their online courses - even courses that suddenly became online last March!  They will share their best advice to help you succeed too, and there will be time for questions.  This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Monday, September 21, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm Webinar

Note-Taking for Reading and Online Lectures

With lectures recorded, slides provided in advance, and many textbooks electronic, note-taking may seem to be an obsolete skill.  Yet effective note-taking in class and while reading serves many purposes including helping you focus, helping you separate main concepts from details and tangents, checking your understanding, capturing ideas for assignments, and simply reducing the volume of material you need to study later.  Effective note-taking 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
Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:20am Webinar

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 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
Friday, September 25, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

Critical Reading & Thinking

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 go through what critical thinking is, and what questions to ask to promote critical thinking, right from the first time you read a piece. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Monday, September 28, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

How to Succeed in Quantitative Courses

Are university-level quantitative courses harder than you though?  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
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar

How I Raised my GPA

Trying to raise your GPA?  Need some inspiration? Tune into this event and listen to other students or recent graduates from various Faculties tell their stories of how they successfully raised their grades.  There will be plenty of time for question.  This webinar will be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Monday, October 5, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm 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
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:20pm 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, October 9, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

Successful (Online) Exam Writing

Are exams coming up? Do you want to improve on your midterm experience?  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, October 14, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar
Friday, November 27, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Webinar

Reading for Writing, Presentation, and Discussions

To prepare for a paper, presentation or class discussion, you need to strike a good balance between using your sources with academic integrity, and expressing your own perspective based on those sources. Reading strategies, therefore, need to be very different that when you are reading to prepare for a test. Come to this workshop to learn how to read effectively with this purpose in mind. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Webinar

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

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

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