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.

Fall 2019 Workshop Schedule

GETTING THROUGH GRADUATE WORK (for graduate students in all disciplines)
Please note the room changes for the following two workshops:
Mondays, 5:10 – 6:40 p.m., Galbraith Building, 35 St. George Street, Room 221

Oct 21: Becoming a Productive Writer (Dr. Rachael Cayley)
Oct 28: Writing Literature Reviews (Dr. Peter Grav)

Mondays, 5:10 – 6:40 p.m., Medical Sciences Building, 1 King’s College Circle, Room 2172

Nov. 4: Reading Efficiently and Effectively (Dr. Sara Osenton)
Nov 11: Developing Effective Note-Taking Strategies (Dr. Jane Freeman and Jeff Newman)


DESIGNING VISUALS IN THE SCIENCES (for graduate students in the Physical and Life Sciences)
Please note the room changes for the following two workshops:
Tuesdays, 5:10 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Claude T. Bissell Building, 140 St. George Street, Room 205 (all workshops taught by Dr. Peter Sabatini)

Oct. 22: Effective Use of Scientific Illustrations, Graphs and Tables
Oct. 29: Maximizing Your Poster Presentations


IMPROVING YOUR GRADUATE WRITING (for native and non-native speakers of English)
Wednesdays, 4:10 – 5:40 p.m., Galbraith Building, 35 St. George Street, Room 220 (all workshops taught by Dr. Rachael Cayley)

Nov. 6: Understanding Tone
Nov. 13: Managing Flow
Nov. 20: Establishing Coherence
Nov. 27: Achieving Correctness

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