Academic Success Centre – Robarts Library Workshop Series
* All workshops are in the Blackburn Room, 4th Floor, Robarts Library
* All workshops are on Wednesdays, from 5:15-6:45
— January 18 – Time Management
— January 25 – Reading & Note-Taking
— February 1– Avoiding Procrastination
— February 8 – Effective Writing: Planning & Process
— February 15 – Exam Preparation & Anxiety
— February 22 – Effective Writing: Space and Time
— March 1 – Critical Thinking: From Observation to Critique
— March 8 – Effective Writing: Structure & Sources
— March 15 – Critical Thinking: From Critique to Response
— March 22 – Giving Effective Presentations
— March 29 – Managing Stress to Increase Learning
— April 5 – Exam Preparation & Anxiety
* Registration for workshops is available through CLN two weeks prior to the date of the workshop. Although registration is not required, it is encouraged.
In this workshop, students will learn the practical principles of effective time management and how to apply them to study effectively, reduce stress, and balance your life. Students are encouraged to bring their schedule for the term to the workshop.
Reading & Note-Taking
Effective note-taking is an essential part of the academic reading process. In this workshop, students will learn how to read critically, and take notes efficiently, in order to maximize learning and information retention.
This workshop is designed for students who avoid studying and completing assignments. Through group discussion and hands-on activities, students will learn the reasons for procrastination, identify their personal procrastination habits, and learn practical strategies to develop more effective work habits.
Effective Writing: Planning & Process
This introduction to effective writing will help students decode assignment requirements, plan writing assignments, and use the writing process to reduce anxiety and produce effective academic writing. Students are encouraged to bring an assignment sheet for a class writing assignment to the workshop.
Exam Preparation & Anxiety
Good exam preparation can reduce anxiety, and increase learning. In this workshop, students will learn the principles of effective exam preparation, good exam writing practices, and will leave with a plan to tackle your exams.
Effective Writing: Space & Time
Writing and writing isolation are challenges faced by many students, ones that can result in writing avoidance and ‘writer’s block’. This hands-on workshop will examine how to produce concrete writing results by structuring writing space and time effectively. Students will write part of an academic assignment during their workshop, and thus must bring a writing assignment and their preferred writing method (whether electronic or paper) to the workshop.
Critical Thinking: From Observation to Critique
This introduction to critical thinking will examine the nature of critical thinking, differentiation between fact and analysis, and how to move from observation to critique. Students are encouraged to attend both critical thinking workshops.
Effective Writing: Structure & Sources
This discussion of effective writing will help students understand how to use structure and sources appropriately to produce an organized, coherent academic writing assignment. Students are encouraged to bring a writing assignment in progress to the workshop.
Critical Thinking: From Critique to Response
This continuation of the discussion to critical thinking will examine different approaches to critical thinking, moving from critical analysis to critical argumentative response, and how to apply critical thinking in different disciplines. Students are encouraged to attend both critical thinking workshops.
Giving Effective Presentations
In this workshop, students will learn strategies that will help you give effective and clear presentations, whether in class or at a student conference. This session will also discuss methods to manage and reduce anxiety around public speaking.
Managing Stress to Increase Learning
At this time of the semester, stress and anxiety often decrease the effectiveness of studying. This session will help students develop a plan to balance life and complete course work, for a successful and less-stressful end of the semester.
Your instructor: Dr. Susan Hopkirk
Dr. Susan Hopkirk is a Learning Strategist with the Academic Success Centre and Accessibility Services, and coordinates the Write Now! Reflective Writing Programme. She is also a Course Instructor at the University of St. Michael’s College.