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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

Most Student Learning Commons workshops, including webinar recordings viewed online, are eligible for inclusion on your Co-Curricular Record. To receive Co-Curricular credits, fill out the Webinar Reflection Form for CCR.

Note: Students cannot receive Co-Curricular (CCR) credits for a workshop if the workshop is already being used to receive academic credit in a course.

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

Welcome to Writing @ University

This 50 minute workshop offers you a chance to get a head start on what's expected for successful academic writing. Learn about resources to plan your assignment, create sound arguments, organize your ideas, edit your own writing more effectively--and find more help when you need it. Webinars will be 20-30 minutes, with the remaining time for open discussion. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm Webinar

The Prosody Pyramid: Tips for Speaking Effectively

Prosody refers to the rhythm and melody of the English language. In this workshop series, we will review each of the four levels of the prosody pyramid-thought groups, focus words, stress, and peak—and learn to apply them to our own speech to speak with confidence and clarity. Participants are encouraged to have their Zoom cameras on during the workshop to maximize opportunities for instruction and learning.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 2:30am to 11:20am
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am
Webinar

Structuring Ideas Through Grammar

The normal organization of information in English clauses is old to new. This means that new and important information tends to appear later in the clause or sentence. Most sentences, therefore, should begin with old, familiar, or “given” information—something the reader can “recover” from context—and move toward information that is unfamiliar, unexpected, or “news” (Halliday & Matthiessen, 2004, p. 91). Learn how use this “given/ new contract,” to organize your writing so that it conforms to the expectations of your readers.

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Dates Location
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am
Webinar

Writing Without Procrastination

This 50 minute 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 20-30 minutes, with the remaining time for open discussion. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar

Better Paragraphs: Strengthening Argument and Organization

Clear, well-developed paragraphs generally have a certain set of characteristics, and you can learn what those characteristics are as a way to strengthen your writing! In this workshop, learn more effective ways to begin your paragraphs, create better flow, and avoid common paragraph errors. Strengthening your paragraphs also helps to provide an overall sense of organization in your writing and ensure that your arguments are clear and well-supported. Webinars will be 20-30 minutes, with the remaining time for open discussion. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Monday, June 7, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm 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 20-30 minutes, with the remaining time for open discussion. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 8:30pm to 9:20pm Webinar

Ethical Source Incorporation

You know you are supposed to avoid plagiarism. And you also know that you need to use evidence in your paper to support your arguments. You just aren't entirely sure how to accomplish both things. This is the workshop for you! 

Come learn how to ethically summarize, quote, and paraphrase from your sources. Sure, this workshop will help you to avoid plagiarism, but more importantly, it will also help you to deepen your understanding of your source materials, and demonstrate that understanding in your own writing. Webinars will be 20-30 minutes, with the remaining time for open discussion. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar

De-Cluttering 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. Who knows, you may just find that your writing starts to bring you more joy as a result! Webinars will be 20-30 minutes, with the remaining time for open discussion. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:20pm 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 20-30 minutes, with the remaining time for open discussion. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:20pm Webinar

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

Learning

Top 5 Academic Success Strategies

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

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Dates Location
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar

Time Management in 6 Steps

In this session you will learn the six steps to effective time management for students:  Reflect, Prioritize, Plan ahead with systems, Manage large projects, (Mostly) Stick to your plans, and Sleep. Whether you are new to university, or have been a student for a while and realize you need to fine-tune your time management skills, you will learn valuable tools and strategies to study more effectively. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 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, May 21, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

Note-Taking for Reading and Online Lectures

Many students experience challenges with note-taking such as keeping up with their lectures and selecting main ideas to write down from their readings.  Effective note-taking serves many purposes, is a skill that 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
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm Webinar

Improve Your Reading and Concentration

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 learn how you can read effectively and improve your concentration. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Friday, May 28, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am Webinar

Successful (Online) Exam Writing

Get ready for your upcoming exams.  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
Monday, July 26, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Webinar

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

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The Prosody Pyramid: Tips for Speaking Effectively

Prosody refers to the rhythm and melody of the English language. In this workshop series, we will review each of the four levels of the prosody pyramid-thought groups, focus words, stress, and peak—and learn to apply them to our own speech to speak with confidence and clarity. Participants are encouraged to have their Zoom cameras on during the workshop to maximize opportunities for instruction and learning.

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 2:30am to 11:20am
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am
Webinar

Academic Writing and Grammar for Multilingual Learners (EAL)

Academic Grammar and Writing for Multilingual Learners is a seminar-style workshop series offered by the Student Learning Commons (SLC) and has been carefully designed to help you succeed as a multilingual learner of English.

The workshop combines grammar for academic purposes, critical thinking, and academic writing for university. The main writing task is to produce a self-report (narrative) that stimulates participants to restructure their understanding of the nexus between language, culture, and identity. Students will complete reading, writing, and grammar tasks, all of which will be used to provide personalized feedback.

Open to undergraduate students only.

The required workbook for the course is the online version of Grammar for Academic Purposes 2 by Steve Marshall. 

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Dates Location
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Thursday, July 8, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Webinar

Structuring Ideas Through Grammar

The normal organization of information in English clauses is old to new. This means that new and important information tends to appear later in the clause or sentence. Most sentences, therefore, should begin with old, familiar, or “given” information—something the reader can “recover” from context—and move toward information that is unfamiliar, unexpected, or “news” (Halliday & Matthiessen, 2004, p. 91). Learn how use this “given/ new contract,” to organize your writing so that it conforms to the expectations of your readers.

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:20am
Webinar

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

View on your own schedule: Recorded workshops and webinars

Browse recorded SLC webinars and online workshops by topic -- and watch them at a time that works for you!