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Student Learning Commons: Learning workshops

co-curricular record approved badgeThis is a list of all learning workshops offered by the Student Learning Commons. All upcoming workshops for undergraduates are listed here.
All SLC Learning Workshops are recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official University document that tracks students’ co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record
For further information about SLC workshops and services, contact us.

Note: Are you an instructor or a program leader looking to request a workshop on academic success strategies for your course or group? Fill in our survey to place your request.  Please note that with sufficient notice, you can request any of the workshops below, or a combination of topics, customized to meet the needs of your class or group.

Concentration Strategies
Learn valuable tools and strategies to stay more focused when studying and to deal with internal and external distractions.

Creating an Effective Study Schedule
Would you like to use your time better?  Effective time management is not about being “the perfect student” but is based on self-awareness of your priorities and habits.  Attend this workshop to begin the process of self-awareness and move towards realistic scheduling.

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 insights that will help you build this crucial skill.

“Crunch time” Survival 101
Panicky about deadlines and upcoming exams? Or are you in avoidance mode now and the stress will hit you later? Either way, come learn how to deal with exams… and with your own worst “crunch time” habits!

Get the Most From Your Lectures
Lectures are a relatively low effort way of keeping up with classes.  Yet many students question their usefulness and even stop attending.  Attend this workshop to learn how to maximize the effectiveness of your lecture attendance.

Get the Most From Your Textbooks
Discover how to learn more effectively from textbooks and develop useful techniques for retaining course information.

Giving Effective Presentations
Are you giving a 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.

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.

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.

How to Succeed on Exams
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.

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.

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). 

Learning from your University Experience
Have you been in post-secondary for a while?  Would you like to consolidate what you have learned about yourself as a student, in order to maximize its impact on your future success?  Let's explore this together, along with top success strategies shared by an SLC Learning Specialist.

Managing Procrastination
Do you put off doing schoolwork because it stresses you out, only to find that putting it off has made it even more stressful?  Or do you just have trouble tearing yourself away from activities you enjoy more than schoolwork?  Either way, come learn some strategies to help you get down to work.

Practice-Based Presentation Skills
Do you know that public speaking is many people's number one fear? If you, too, feel anxiety having to do presentations, this workshop is for you.

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. 

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.

Time Management for Busy Students
Are you juggling work, school and other responsibilities?  Attend this workshop to build skills that will help you live by your priorities; it will be a good investment of your precious time.

Working Effectively in Groups
Do you dread group projects?  Learn how to create a positive team experience by planning ahead, leveraging the strengths of each group member, setting ground rules, and learning how to deal productively with conflict.  (This workshop can be adapted for students who are working in pairs, or customized as an experiential activity for a class already engaging in a group project.)