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Workshops

Writing and Study Skills Services offers a number of workshops to students to help them enhance their writing and learning skills. Students interested in further developing their learning and study skills may be interested in some of our popular workshops.

General Workshop Information

Transition and Learning Services offers regular workshops by request.

Comprehensive study skills workshops provide group instruction on study skills and learning strategies topics for all undergraduate students. Each workshop provides an instructional, application, and assessment component.

We offer workshops on various topics, including:

  • Time Management Strategies
  • Active Listening and Lecture Strategies
  • Critical Reading Strategies
  • Textbook Reading Strategies
  • Note Taking Strategies
  • Study Strategies
  • Test Preparation Strategies
  • Test Taking Strategies
  • Presentation Strategies
  • Group Work Strategies

To request a group workshop, please contact a learning strategist. For individual help, you can book an appointment with a learning strategist. 

WINTER 2019 WORKSHOPS

Fresh Start!
Wednesday January 16th, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Room P224

Get off to a great start this semester!  We will discuss mapping out your semester plan, and help you develop excellent university study skills to use throughout your time at Laurier!
Please bring your course syllabi, and/or your laptops with access to MyLearningSpace!

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Preparing for Midterms
Wednesday January 30th, 5:30-7pm, P224 or
Tuesday February 5th, 3-4:30pm, P224

In this workshop, you will learn about different types of exam questions, how to study for them, and how to answer them. You will do this through a combination of instruction, self-reflections, and developing a study schedule for your reading week.

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Science Academic Success Workshop Series:

The following workshops are designed for Faculty of Science Students. If students attend all four workshops in this series, they can add this opportunity to their Laurier Experience Record.  

Managing Your Time Effectively
Friday, January 18th: 3:00-4:30 p.m., Room BA208

In this workshop, you will learn more about your academic strengths and challenges and start developing a plan to mitigate these challenges and set yourself up for success in science courses. This workshop will focus on time management strategies and how to have a strong start to your semester. You will learn this through a combination of instruction, completing self-reflections and developing a long-term plan.

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Reading and Note Taking Strategies
Friday February 1st, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Room BA208

In this workshop, you will learn how to engage in proper active learning techniques and higher order learning. This workshop will focus on reading and note taking strategies that will help you to learn course material in a way that increases comprehension and decreases the need to cram for tests. You will do this through a combination of instruction, self-reflections and developing a short-term plan.

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Preparing and Studying for Mid-Terms
Friday February 8th, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Room BA208

In this workshop, you will learn about different types of exam questions, how to study for them, and how to answer them. You will do this through a combination of instruction, self-reflections, and developing a study schedule for your reading week.

Register now!

Procrastination and Preparing for Final Exams
Friday March 1st, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Room BA208

In this workshop, you will learn how to reflect on previous tests and use that reflection to prepare for future tests by adapting your study strategies. This workshop will also focus on identifying procrastination triggers and how to keep focus while studying. You will do this through a combination of instruction, self-reflections, group work, and developing a study framework for your final exam.

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Additional Workshops

Check out our additional workshops on the Academic Success Programs page:

  • BU121 students workshops
  • Indigenous students workshops
  • Student athletes workshops

Student Success and Well-Being (SSWB) Certificate Workshops

Start the Term Off Right

This one-hour workshop in partnership with the Orientation & Transition Coordinator will help you get motivated for the new term. We'll talk about strategies to boost productivity and avoid procrastination, as well as create a check-list of things to remember at the start of the new term.

  • Monday, January 14th from 10-11 a.m. in MP115
  • Wednesday, January 16th from 4-5 p.m. in MP115

Midterm Madness

A one-hour workshop focusing on strategies for preparing for and taking multiple choice and other objective exams. Choose from one of the following offerings:

  • Monday, February 4th from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in MP115
  • Wednesday, February 6th from 5-6 p.m. in MP115

Eat Right, Think Bright!

This workshop is offered in partnership with Wellness Education.

Do you have balance in your life? How does nutrition play a role in mood, focus, and motivation? Engage in these important discussions in this one-hour workshop during Thrive Week!

  • TBA

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

A one-hour workshop to help students plan for and achieve a successful review of course content for final exams of all types. Choose from one of the following offerings:

  • Monday, March 25th from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in MP115
  • Wednesday, March 27th from 5-6 p.m. in MP115
  • Monday, April 1st from 10-11 a.m. in MP115
  • Wednesday, April 3rd from 4-5 p.m. in MP115

Register, track and cancel your workshop registration through the Student Success Student Portal.

Academic Skills Workshops

Presenting with Confidence Workshop Series

This four-session workshop series focuses on several aspects of academic presentations including organizing your presentation, using visual aids effectively, non-verbal communication, and presenting as a group. Students have the opportunity to practice their presentation skills in a low-rise, non- judgemental environment. Choose from the following two offerings:

  • Mondays at 11 a.m. from February 25th to March 18th in MP115
  • Wednesdays at 5 p.m. from February 27th to March 20th in MP115

Taco Thursday Teach-Ins

These workshops are offered in partnership with Indigenous Initiatives.

Drop in to these monthly academic skills workshops from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and enjoy a delicious taco lunch right after! No registration necessary. These workshops take place in the Indigenous Student Centre at 111 Darling Street.

  • Start the Term Off Right: Thursday, January 24th at 11:30 a.m.
  • Reading Academic Articles: Thursday, February 14th at 11:30 a.m. 
  • Getting Ready for Final Exams: Thursday, March 21st at 11:30 a.m. 

Mastering Reading in a Digital World

This two-session workshop series looks at the research behind reading on paper vs. reading on a screen. We also introduce students to active reading strategies for different kinds of academic readings. Choose from the following two offerings:

  • Monday, January 14th and 21st from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in MP115
  • Wednesday, January 16th and 23rd from 5-6 p.m. in MP115 

Laurier Experience Record

Many of our workshops are eligible for the Laurier Experience Record. Check with us to determine which ones.