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Many writing workshops are eligible for the Laurier Experience Record. For more information on eligible workshops, contact the Student Success  office in Waterloo or Learning Skills and Development in Brantford.

Writing Workshops for Undergraduate Students - Fall 2020

Writing Services is pleased to offer the following writing workshops for undergraduate students. You can can register for these workshops through the student portal.

Transitioning to University-Level Writing

  • Thursday, September 17th - 7pm
  • Tuesday, September 22nd - 2pm

Mastering Thesis Statements for Argumentative Papers

  • Thursday, September 24th - 3pm
  • Monday, September 28th - 11am

Seven Common Grammar Errors and How to Avoid Them

  • Wednesday, September 30th - 1pm
  • Tuesday, October 6th - 11am

Writing Workshops for Graduate students (ASPIRE) - Fall 2020

Writing Services is pleased to offer writing workshops for graduate students through the ASPIRE program. You can register for these workshops through the student portal.

Writing Literature Reviews

  • Friday, October 30th, 2020 - 10am

Writing Clearly and Concisely

  • Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 - 2:30pm

Strategies for Approaching Large Writing Projects

  • Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 - 2pm

Scholarship Writing Workshop Series

Are you in graduate school or thinking about going? If so, you may want to consider applying for an academic scholarship. We offer a highly acclaimed series of presentations, the Scholarship Proposal Writing workshops, to help you write successful scholarship proposals.

In these workshops, we give you the tools you need to approach scholarship proposal writing with confidence. Working from samples of winning Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS),  Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) proposals written by graduate students, we will examine common features of successful proposals, and we will teach you how to apply these writing strategies in your own proposal. These workshops are open to all current and potential graduate students at Laurier as well as undergraduate students who may be applying for these awards. Although each workshop has an emphasis, students are welcome to attend any session listed.

If you are a graduate student in either Biology or Geography, please note that this workshop will be conducted in the following classes: BI601, GG700, and GG800.

All workshops will be conducted on Zoom. The link will be shared after you have registered and prior to the workshop.

Summer and Fall 2020 Dates

Wednesday, August 5th, 10-11:30am

  • Social Work, all levels

Tuesday, August 18th, 2-3:30pm 

  • All disciplines, PhD students

Thursday, August 20th, 2-3:30pm

  • All disciplines, Undergraduate and Master's students

Monday, August 24th, 1-2:30pm

  • Business, all levels

Wednesday, September 9th, 2-3:30pm

  • Arts, all levels

Thursday, September 10th, 2-3:30pm

  • Science, all levels

Friday, September 11th, 1-2:30pm

  • Psychology, all levels

Friday, September 18th, 10-11:30am

  • Balsillie School of International Affairs, all levels

You can register for one of these workshops through the student portal.

In addition to these workshops, consider making an appointment with a graduate writing consultant for personalized feedback on your proposal. It's hard work preparing a scholarship application – we can help make the proposal less intimidating.

See our Graduate Students page and our resources on scholarship writing for more information.

Academic Skills Workshops (undergraduate)

All workshops take place online through Zoom.

Each week, Learning Skills and Development offers you a workshop on a specific writing or study skill with four times to choose from!

Registration is required for all workshops through the Student Success Portal. Check your Laurier email the morning of the workshop for your Zoom link to connect. Sign up for one, two, or more! Students who complete seven or more workshops in one academic year (May - April) can request acknowledgement of participation in the Academic Skills Workshop Certificate on the Laurier Experience Record.

Workshop policies:

  • You may register for as many workshops as you would like throughout the term.
  • Workshop registration is limited due to the size of our workshop room. When you register for a workshop, you are confirming your attendance at that workshop. If something changes and you can no longer attend, please cancel your registration through the Student Success Portal.
  • Students who repeatedly register for workshops but do not attend may have their Learning Skills and Development privileges curtailed. A missed workshop will count as a missed activity with our service. Students who miss two workshops will not be able to book future appointments with us in that term.

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Looking for graduate student workshops? Please visit the Graduate Students page.

Start the Term Off Right (Fall & Spring)

This workshop, in partnership with the Orientation & Transition Coordinator, will help students 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.

Bouncing Back! (Winter)

This workshop, in partnership with Academic Advising, is designed for students who experienced difficulty with their academics in the fall term and want to get back on track. Academic Advising will discuss understanding your GPA, progression requirements, and strategies for boosting or maintaining your GPA. Learning Skills & Development will discuss focus, motivation, time management, and strategies to avoid procrastination.

Skills for Success in Online Courses

This workshop, in partnership with eLearning, will help students understand the design of online courses. We’ll talk about strategies that can help students stay on track, get the support they need, and navigate the online learning environment to support their success in online courses.

Writing Well: Getting Started

This workshop will help students understand the beginning of the academic writing process. We will focus on strategies for understanding assignments, planning and starting a draft.

Get More from Your Readings, Faster!

This workshop explores the research behind reading on paper versus e-reading and will introduce students to active reading strategies for different kinds of academic readings including textbooks, journal articles, and literary works whether in print or on-screen.

Midterm Madness

This workshop will help students develop and apply strategies for preparing for and taking multiple choice and other types of objective exams.

Writing Well: Communicating Your Ideas

This workshop will help students improve the writing skills needed to develop the body of academic papers. We will discuss the effective use and integration of sources as well as how to craft solid academic paragraphs.

Making Groupwork Work

Working productively in a group setting is a fundamental skill for university students. Make your next group work experience a positive one by learning some proactive strategies to deal with common difficulties that can arise when working in a group.

Writing Well: Editing Your Work

This workshop will help students develop the skills needed at the end of the writing process. It will focus on strategies for effective editing, revising, and proofreading and will include a brief discussion of stylistic considerations.

Presenting with Confidence: Planning and Preparation

This workshop introduces students to strategies for developing an effective presentation. We’ll talk about things to consider when planning a presentation including goals, organization, and the creation of visual aids.

Writing Well: Enhancing Your Style

This workshop will help students refine their academic writing by learning about the style of scholarly discourse and making an impact with citation and scholarly language.

Presenting with Confidence: Communicating Effectively

This workshop will help students practice the skills of effective oral presentation including awareness of non-verbal communication. We will also briefly talk about strategies for effective group presentations.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel: Getting Ready for Final Exams

This workshop helps students plan for and achieve a successful review of course content for final exams.


Virtual Teach-ins

Virtual Teach-ins are monthly academic skills workshops facilitated by our Senior Peer Mentor for Indigenous Students in collaboration with Indigenous Student Services. All students are welcome to attend. No registration is required.

  • Wednesday, September 30: Writing Well – Communicating Your Ideas
  • Wednesday, October 28: Writing Well – Enhancing Your Style
  • Wednesday, November 25: The Light at the End of the Tunnel – Getting Ready for Final Exams
To connect, join our Live Classroom (accessible through our MyLS page).
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Learning Plan Documentation for Academic Petitions

Students who are required to complete and submit a learning plan as part of their documentation for an academic petition can register for one of our learning plan workshops. Professional staff will assist students in completing their learning plan and they will leave the online workshop with their completed document. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor about the petitions process after completing their learning plan.