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 Fall 2021 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 a link 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 Sarah at sgs.gcac@utoronto.ca and she will register you manually.

ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS WORKSHOPS

PREPARING FOR ACADEMIC WRITING AND SPEAKING IN ENGLISH (for multilingual graduate students)
Mondays, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Sept. 13: Using Small Talk for Networking by Clare Nippard
Sept. 20: Writing Effective Academic Emails by Clare Nippard
Sept. 27: Improving Grammatical Correctness: Focus on Verb Tenses by Jordana Lobo-Pires
Oct. 4: Punctuation in Academic Writing: Improving Sense and Style by Jordana Lobo-Pires

DEVELOPING AND PITCHING A RESEARCH PROJECT (for all graduate students)
Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET

Sept. 15: Writing a Thesis or Grant Proposal: An Overview by Dr. Jane Freeman
Sept. 22: Strategies for Clarifying and Organizing Your Ideas Before You Write by Dr. Jane Freeman
Sept. 29: Writing a Literature Review that Demonstrates the Need for Your Research by Dr. Jane Freeman
Oct. 6: Clear Thinking, Clear Writing: Communicating Clearly to Your Target Audience(s) by Dr. Jane Freeman

GETTING THROUGH GRADUATE WORK (for all graduate students)
Mondays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET
Sept. 27: Making the Most of Oral Presentations by Dr. Peter Grav
Oct. 4: 5 Principles to Improve Your Academic Writing by Dr. Peter Grav
Oct. 18: How to Work Effectively with Sources in Your Writing by Dr. Peter Grav
Oct. 25: Strategies for Writing Great Lit Reviews by Dr. Peter Grav
Nov. 1: Metadiscourse: What It Is, How to Use It and Why It’s So Important by Dr. Peter Grav

IMPROVING YOUR GRADUATE WRITING (for all graduate students)
Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 19: Understanding Tone by Dr. Rachael Cayley
Oct. 26: Managing Flow by Dr. Rachael Cayley
Nov. 2: Establishing Coherence by Dr. Rachael Cayley
Nov. 9: Achieving Correctness by Dr. Rachael Cayley

GIVING EFFECTIVE ORAL PRESENTATIONS (for graduate students in all (for all graduate students)
Thurs. Oct. 28 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET: Using Story and Narrative to Communicate Your Research by Dr. Cristina D’Amico
Thurs. Nov. 4 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET: Organizing Your Presentation by Dr. Cristina D’Amico
Thurs. Nov. 11 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET: Connecting with your Audience Online by Dr. Cristina D’Amico
Fri. Nov. 19 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET: Accessible Presentations by Dr. Matt Jones
Fri. Nov. 26 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET: PowerPoint Techniques for Academic Presentations by Dr. Matt Jones

RECORDED WORKSHOPS

GETTING THROUGH GRADUATE WORK
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


PRERECORDED WORKSHOPS

CULTIVATING GRADUATE COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Making Requests Appropriately by Clare Nippard
Disagreeing Respectfully by Clare Nippard
Building Your Academic Vocabulary by Lina Balsamo
Academic Idioms Part 1 by Lina Balsamo
Academic Idioms Part 2 by Lina Balsamo
Quoting and Paraphrasing: Working with Sources in the Social Sciences and Humanities by Dr. Peter Grav
Becoming a Productive Writer by Dr. Rachael Cayley
The Craft of Revision by Dr. Rachael Cayley
Writing Emails with Your Audience in Mind by Clare Nippard
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


IMPROVING ACADEMIC WRITING/SPEAKING IN THE SCIENCES
Creating Effective Figures by Dr. Peter Sabatini
Preparing Poster Presentations 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 ARGUMENTATIVE RESEARCH ARTICLES (for students in Divisions 1 and 2)
Writing Titles and Abstracts by Dr. Peter Grav
Setting Up Your Argument: Writing Effective Introductions by Dr. Peter Grav
Writing Your Arguments and Conclusions 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