Workshops

​No registration is required for GCAC workshops, and all members of the University of Toronto community are welcome to attend as many workshops as they wish. Space in the rooms is limited, so arrive on time to be sure of a seat. As a courtesy to other participants and to the instructor, we ask that you attend only if you are able to stay for the entire workshop.

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.

Most of our workshops are organized into different series; each series includes three to five individual workshops designed for the specific audience indicated under the title of the series.

Winter 2020 Workshops

DEVELOPING AND PITCHING A RESEARCH PROJECT (for graduate students in all disciplines)
Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:40 p.m., McLennan Physical Laboratories, 255 Huron St., Rm. 137 (all workshops taught by Dr. Jane Freeman)

Jan. 15:    Writing a Thesis or Grant Proposal: An Overview
Jan. 22:    Strategies for Clarifying and Organizing Your Ideas Before You Write
Jan. 29:    Writing a Literature Review that Demonstrates the Need for Your Research
Feb. 5:     Clear Thinking, Clear Writing: Communicating Clearly to Your Target Audience(s)


ACADEMIC WRITING AND SPEAKING IN ENGLISH (for multilingual graduate students)
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m., Medical Sciences Building, 1 King’s College Circle, Rm. 2173

Jan. 21:     Improving Your Confidence and Effectiveness in English Conversations (Kimberly Rodda)
Jan. 28:     Class Participation: Why, What and How (Kimberly Rodda)
Feb. 4:       Improving Grammatical Correctness: Focus on Verb Tenses (Jordana Lobo-Pires)
Feb. 11:     Punctuation in Academic Writing: Improving Sense and Style (Jordana Lobo-Pires)
Feb. 18:     Reading Efficiently and Effectively (Dr. Sara Osenton)


FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS: INPUT BEFORE OUTPUT (for graduate students in all disciplines)
Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:40 p.m., Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, 144 College St., Rm. 255

Jan. 30:      Reading Efficiently and Effectively (Dr. Sara Osenton)
Feb. 6:       Improving Listening Strategies for Lectures (Dr. Jane Freeman)
Feb. 13:     Developing Effective Note-Taking Strategies (Dr. Jane Freeman and Jeff Newman)


GETTING THROUGH GRADUATE WORK (for graduate students in all disciplines)
Mondays, 4:00 – 5:40 p.m., Medical Sciences Building, 1 King’s College Circle, Rm. 4171

Feb. 24:     Writing Literature Reviews (Dr. Peter Grav)
Mar. 2:      Five Principles to Improve Your Academic Writing (Dr. Peter Grav)
Mar. 9:      Becoming a Productive Writer (Dr. Rachael Cayley)
Mar. 16:    Editing Your Work Effectively (Dr. Rachael Cayley)
Mar. 23:    Making the Most of Oral Presentations (Dr. Rachael Cayley)
Mar. 30:    Preparing to Pitch Public Writing (Dr. Philip Sayers)


INFORMAL ACADEMIC COMMUNICATION (for multilingual graduate students)
Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:40 p.m., Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, 144 College St., Rm. 255 (all workshops taught by Clare Nippard)

Mar. 5:      Improving Confidence and Effectiveness in Informal Speaking
Mar. 12:    Using Small Talk for Networking
Mar. 19:    Understanding and Applying Email Etiquette


WORKING WITH SOURCES (for graduate students in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:40 p.m., University College, 15 King’s College Circle, Rm. 161 (all workshops taught by Dr. Peter Grav)

Mar. 13:   Thinking about Citation and Sources 
Mar. 20:   Writing Your Sources Into Your Work
Mar. 27:   Refining Your Use of Sources


Annual GCAC Workshop Series

These are the workshops that GCAC offers on an ongoing basis, sorted by series title or category. If we aren’t offering a particular workshop or workshop series this term, please check back in a future term. As always, signing up for our listserv is the best way to find out what we are offering each week.

Developing & Pitching a Research Project

Writing a Thesis or Grant Proposal
Strategies for Clarifying and Organizing Your Ideas Before You Write
Writing a Literature Review that Demonstrates the Need for Your Research
Clear Thinking, Clear Writing: Communicating Clearly to Your target Audience(s)

Academic Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English

Understanding Tone in Academic Writing
Managing Transitions in Academic Writing
Improving Grammatical Correctness in Academic Writing

Listening & Speaking in Academic Settings

Active Listening and Speaking in Academic Settings
Strategies for Academic Vocabulary Acquisition
Active Listening and Note-Taking
Strategies for Clear Speaking

Getting Through Graduate Work

Writing a Thesis or Grant Proposal
Writing Literature Reviews
Five Principles to Improve Your Academic Writing
Writing a Thesis or Grant Proposal
Writing Literature Reviews
Five Principles to Improve Your Academic Writing

Writing/Speaking in the Physical & Life Sciences

Thesis Writing in the Physical & Life Sciences
Effective Use of Scientific Illustrations, Graphs, & Tables
Maximizing Your Poster Presentations
Writing Grant Proposals in the Sciences
Editing Your Work Effectively
Writing a Research Article: The Fundamentals

Writing/Speaking in the Humanities & Social Sciences

Thesis Writing in the Humanities & Social Sciences
Mastering Punctuation & Why It Matters
Editing Your Own Work Effectively
Preparing to Publish
Metadiscourse: What It Is and How to Use It to Improve Your Academic Writing
Writing Literature Reviews
Making the Most of Oral Presentations
Using Outside Sources in Your Work

Improving Your Graduate Writing

Understanding Tone
Managing Flow
Establishing Coherence
Achieving Correctness

Working With Sources

Thinking about Citation and Sources
Writing Your Sources Into Your Work
Refining Your Use of Sources