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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 calendar.

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

Your choices as a writer depends on what you have already written and what you are going to write next. In this way, the structure of a single sentence both contributes to and depends on the context in which it occurs and the sentences around it.  Learn how to improve the clarity, logic, and flow of your writing by understanding this relationship between grammar and discourse.
 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1520

Analyze This! Thinking & Writing Critically

Have you been asked to write a critical analysis but aren't sure how to approach it? Each discipline has its own requirements, but some common strategies can help. This workshop begins with suggestions for effective reading and summarizing, then covers a range of analytical questions and general techniques to help you transition from summary to critical analysis.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

Analyze This! - Make Your Mark Mondays

Have you been asked to write a critical analysis but aren't sure how to approach it? Each discipline has its own requirements, but some common strategies can help. Beginning with a refresher about effective reading and summarizing, you learn how to employ critical questions to help you transition from summary to analysis.

This workshop is part of the SLC's "Make Your Mark Mondays" series of free brown-bag writing workshops. Each workshop focuses on aspects of writing that will help you make your mark in your classes.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, January 29, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC, Rm 1002

Academic Writing & Speaking Boot Camp

Academic Writing & Speaking Boot Camp

Do you want to brush up on your grammar and speaking skills?  If so, register for Academic Writing and Speaking Boot Camp, a four-day intensive workshop during Reading Break.  The workshop will focus on grammar and style in the mornings and tutorial participation in the afternoon.

Offered in collaboration with the Center for English Language Learning, Teaching, and Research (CELLTR).

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

Using Sources in Your Paper - Make Your Mark Mondays

You've likely reviewed the Library's plagiarism tutorial. Would you like to learn more about using source-materials effectively and ethically in your writing? This workshop covers integrating sources within paragraphs, clearly attributing what you quote and paraphrase, and finding resources for help with particular citation styles.

This workshop is part of the SLC's "Make Your Mark Mondays" series of free brown-bag writing workshops. Each workshop focuses on aspects of writing that will help you make your mark in your classes.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, February 26, 2018 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Monday, February 26, 2018 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC, Rm 1002

How to Revise & Proofread - Make Your Mark Mondays

Congratulations -- you've drafted your paper! What's next? This workshop overviews a technique of revising higher-order concerns first, then looking at the finer details of your piece of writing. You'll also learn about common errors that can trip up even strong writers.

This workshop is part of the SLC's "Make Your Mark Mondays" series of free brown-bag writing workshops. Each workshop focuses on aspects of writing that will help you make your mark in your classes.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC, Rm 1002

The Challenge of Working with Student Writing: Strategies and Support for Graduate Supervisors

Learning how to write effective academic texts is often a “by-product” of reading, researching, and writing (and re-writing!), rather than a result of formal training. As such, even well-published scholars who are themselves effective writers can encounter difficulties when it comes to teaching others how to write. Most professors are not writing specialists – nor are they expected or required to be! However, this reality can lead to challenges in supporting the writing of others – challenges which can put a strain on student-supervisor relationships, and lead both parties to feel that there is nowhere to turn for support.
 
This workshop, open to SFU faculty and postdoctoral students in all disciplines, is designed to provide that much needed support. We focus on three core areas:
  • The practice and process of disciplined writing (including an emphasis on goal setting and tracking);
  • The rhetorical structures of academic writing (including an emphasis on developing and organizing critical arguments)
  • An approach to providing feedback on academic writing. 
Participants are invited to critically examine and articulate their own successful writing strategies, and clear information is provided about the writing services available to support SFU graduate students. To get the most from this workshop, we also encourage you to bring anonymous samples of student writing. We'll use these for discussion and practice in providing confident, informative, and supportive feedback to graduate student writers.
 
Coffee/tea and light snacks will be provided.



This workshop is available to faculty members and postdoctoral students from across all disciplines at SFU.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

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

Learning

Improve Your Reading Effectiveness

Do you feel that you are not getting enough benefit from the time you invest in your readings?  This workshop will cover how to effectively learn from various types of readings (textbook, journal article, online source), with a variety of academic purposes in mind (test prep, paper writing, discussion).

 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

Study Strategies that Work!

Do you want 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. 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

How to Succeed in Quantitative Courses

Did you find out last term that university-level quantitative courses are harder than you thought?  Or is it your first time taking one?  Either way, 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.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

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.  Through activities and resources, you will gain insight and skills that will help you on exams and assignments.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

Improve Your Concentration & Reading Effectiveness

Do you drift off while reading and don’t retain much? Or do you get distracted easily in lectures? You are spending valuable time on these activities, so you might as well increase your effectiveness by adopting strategies described in this workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, February 5, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC, Rm 1002

Practice-Based Presentation Skills

Do you know that public speaking is many people's number on fear? If you, too, feel anxiety having to do presentations, this workshop is for you.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 2020

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, February 20, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

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.

In part two, you will 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 four, and an essay in week eight, 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).

NOTE: All Wednesday classes take place in Room 3008, Bennett Library.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, January 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Monday, January 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Monday, January 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Monday, February 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Monday, February 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Monday, February 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rms 7200 & 3008

Participate Like a Pro!

Participating in class discussions in English is like playing a conversational ballgame. But are you playing the right game? In this workshop, you will learn how to participate successfully by learning some strategies and tips to keep you in the game.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008 Cancelled

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
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 1:20pm to 2:20pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1505
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 1:20pm to 2:20pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1505
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 1:20pm to 2:20pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1505
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 1:20pm to 2:20pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1505
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 1:20pm to 2:20pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1505
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 1:20pm to 2:20pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1505
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 1:20pm to 2:20pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1505
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 1:20pm to 2:20pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1505
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 1:20pm to 2:20pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1505
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 1:20pm to 2:20pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1505

Structuring Ideas Through Grammar

Your choices as a writer depends on what you have already written and what you are going to write next. In this way, the structure of a single sentence both contributes to and depends on the context in which it occurs and the sentences around it.  Learn how to improve the clarity, logic, and flow of your writing by understanding this relationship between grammar and discourse.
 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1520

Pronunciation for Social, Academic, & Professional Settings

This non-credit course provides the rules, learning strategies, and contextualized practice in the stress, rhythm, and melody of English words, phrases, and discourse. Students will also learn how a Canadian accent differs from American, British, and Australian varieties of English by analyzing popular TV shows.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Harbour Centre, Rm(s) 1500 & 2925

Speak Like Obama: Creating Emphasis Through Pausing

Learn how speaking in message units can add weight and authority to your class presentations.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Harbour Centre, Rm 2245

Academic Writing & Speaking Boot Camp

Academic Writing & Speaking Boot Camp

Do you want to brush up on your grammar and speaking skills?  If so, register for Academic Writing and Speaking Boot Camp, a four-day intensive workshop during Reading Break.  The workshop will focus on grammar and style in the mornings and tutorial participation in the afternoon.

Offered in collaboration with the Center for English Language Learning, Teaching, and Research (CELLTR).

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

Freshen up on Your Tenses!

Come to this workshop to learn the subtle meanings conveyed by verb tenses.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

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