Workshops

While our courses provide students with individual feedback and ongoing help, our workshops target specific needs in a focused way. Students might choose to attend single workshops if their schedules prevent them from taking a course, or if they seek help with a specific challenge such as giving poster presentations or writing literature reviews. As always, signing up for our listserv is the best way to find out what we are offering each week.

​All members of the University of Toronto community are welcome to attend as many workshops as they wish. As a courtesy to other participants and to the instructor, we ask that you only register if you are able to participate for the entire workshop.

The Summer 2022 Workshop Schedule

Registration for synchronous online, recorded and prerecorded workshops is required. Please click the title of each workshop to read the workshop description and registration details. Once you register, you will receive details on how to join the synchronous online workshop at the scheduled time and/or a link to view a recorded workshop video. If you are not able to register online or if you are not a currently registered U of T graduate student, please contact sgs.gcac@utoronto.ca to be registered manually.

GETTING THROUGH GRADUATE WORK
Wednesdays, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET
May 11: Writing a Thesis or Grant Proposal: An Overview by Dr. Jane Freeman
May 18: Writing a Literature Review that Demonstrates the Need for Your Research by Dr. Jane Freeman
May 25: Diagramming Strategies for Clarifying Your Thinking Before You Write by Dr. Jane Freeman
June 1: Writing as a Member of an Academic Community by Dr. Adeiza Isiaka
June 8: Giving Feedback on Student Writing (for TAs) by Stephanie Redekop
June 15: Designing Graphics for Publication by Dr. Vaughn Mangal


ORAL PRESENTATION SKILLS
Thursdays, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET
May 19: Introduction to Oral Presentation Skills by Dr. Matt Jones
May 26: Using PowerPoint Features to Organize Your Talk by Dr. Matt Jones
June 2: Fundamentals of Slide Design for Academic Presentations by Dr. Matt Jones
June 9: Creating and Designing Poster Presentations for Scientific Conferences by Dr. Vaughn Mangal


ACADEMIC WRITING/LISTENING FOR MULTILINGUAL STUDENTS
Fridays, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm ET
June 3: Improving Listening Comprehension Skills in English by Dr. Adeiza Isiaka
June 10: Writing Effective Summaries by Elena Danilina
June 17: Using Online Language Tools for Academic Writing by Elena Danilina

WORKSHOPS ON DEMAND (Pre-recorded Videos)

Please note, some workshops are relevant to more than one category and are therefore listed more than once

CULTIVATING GRADUATE COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Preparing to Write a Grant Proposal by Dr. Jane Freeman
Writing Effective Literature Reviews by Dr. Jane Freeman
Developing Effective Note-Taking Strategies by Dr. Jane Freeman and Jeff Newman
Quoting and Paraphrasing: Working with Sources in the Social Sciences and Humanities by Dr. Peter Grav
Designing Graphics for Publication by Dr. Vaughn Mangal

IMPROVING YOUR ORAL PRESENTATION SKILLS
Organizing Your Presentation by by Dr. Cristina D’Amico
Connecting with your Audience Online by by Dr. Cristina D’Amico
Focus and Listening in Online Meetings by Dr. Matt Jones
Four PowerPoint Techniques for Academic Presentations by Dr. Matt Jones
Designing Graphics for Publication by Dr. Vaughn Mangal

IMPROVING ACADEMIC WRITING AND SPEAKING IN ENGLISH
Making Requests Appropriately by Clare Nippard
Disagreeing Respectfully by Clare Nippard
Writing Emails with Your Audience in Mind by Clare Nippard
Building Your Academic Vocabulary by Lina Balsamo
Academic Idioms Part 1 by Lina Balsamo
Academic Idioms Part 2 by Lina Balsamo

IMPROVING ACADEMIC READING AND WRITING IN THE SCIENCES
Creating and Designing Poster Presentations for Scientific Conferences by Dr. Vaughn Mangal
Designing Graphics for Publication by Dr. Vaughn Mangal
Creating Effective Figures by Dr. Peter Sabatini
Writing CIHR Proposals by Dr. Peter Sabatini
Citation and Working with Sources in the Physical and Life Sciences by Dr. Peter Grav

WRITING IMRD (INTRODUCTION – METHODS – RESULTS -DISCUSSION) RESEARCH ARTICLES (for students in Divisions 2, 3 and 4)
Writing Titles and Abstracts by Dr. Peter Grav
The “I” in IMRD: Writing Effective Research Article Introductions by Dr. Peter Grav
The “M” in IMRD: Crafting Your Methods Section by Dr. Peter Grav
The “RD” in IMRD: Strategies for Successful Results and Discussion Sections by Dr. Peter Grav