Workshops for Graduate Students

Many of our workshops can be used for credit towards the completion of the Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) Program.

We offer our workshops on demand, so you and your lab mates can request a particular workshop and we'll do our best to arrange it for you.

Getting the Most out of Research Articles (pt. 1)

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m ET
Location: Zoom (synchronous/live) – Please register to receive the Zoom link the day before
Presenter: Jonathan Vroom, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream & Writing Specialist, RGASC

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Description: In your graduate studies, you read A LOT of research articles. This can be difficult and time-consuming, especially if you are painstakingly reading every word of each article from beginning to end. This workshop will help you to become a quicker and more effective reader of these texts. The workshop will show you how to identify an article’s main purpose, as well as how to navigate an article’s various elements, so that you can get what you need from it as quickly and effectively as possible.

 

Getting the Most out of Research Articles (pt. 2)

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom (synchronous/live) – Please register to receive the Zoom link the day before
Presenter: Michael Kaler, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream & Writing Specialist, RGASC

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Description: The way that you present your ideas has a powerful influence on how readers understand those ideas. In this workshop we'll look at some of the expectations that readers bring to academic writing, and we'll discuss how you can both read and write more effectively when you understand how elements of sentence structure affect or nuance the meaning that is being conveyed.

 

Time Management for Graduate Students

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Zoom (synchronous/live) – Please register to receive the Zoom link the day before
Presenter: Kerrie Martin, Program Strategist, RGASC

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Description: This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss strategies for effectively managing the many demands on the time of graduate students. Emphasis will be placed on finding an appropriate balance between academic and personal commitments, while highlighting similarities and differences between the graduate and undergraduate experience. Primary points of discussion will include procrastination, prioritization, and personal organization.

 

Writing Literature Reviews

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom (synchronous/live) – Please register to receive the Zoom link the day before
Presenter: Michael Kaler, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream & Writing Specialist, RGASC

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Description: Literature reviews are a key element of all academic writing. They lay the foundations for your own original work. A literature review allows you to situate and contextualize your research question, which enables you to make a clear and identifiable contribution to the field with your answer to that question. As well, they let you demonstrate your understanding of your field to your readers. So they’re key, but they are also difficult to write.

In this workshop, we will work with published literature reviews to help address common problematic issues with this genre of writing, such as how much (or how little) to include, how to know what you need to include, how to structure a lit review, and how to establish the overall purpose of your lit review. Then we’ll apply the insights and techniques that we developed to samples of your own work—so please bring something to discuss (it doesn’t have to be finished or perfect …).

 

Introduction to R and R Studio pt. 1

Date & Time: Monday, March 1, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom (synchronous/live) – Please register to receive the Zoom link the day before
Presenter: Raheleh Saryazdi, PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology, U of T

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Description: This hands-on, two-part Introduction to R and R Studio workshop is designed for graduate students with little to no familiarity with R. The primary goal of the workshop is to provide graduate students with basic knowledge required to carry out some of the most common data management and statistical analyses in the free statistical software package, R.

In the first part of Introduction to R and R Studio, graduate students will learn about:

  • The Basics of R Studio
  • Importing and Exporting Data
  • Data Manipulation
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Introduction to Tidyverse

 

Introduction to R and R Studio pt. 2

Date & Time: Monday, March 8, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom (synchronous/live) – Please register to receive the Zoom link the day before
Presenter: Raheleh Saryazdi, PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology, U of T

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Description: This hands-on, two-part Introduction to R and R Studio workshop is designed for graduate students with little to no familiarity with R. The primary goal of the workshop is to provide graduate students with basic knowledge required to carry out some of the most common data management and statistical analyses in the free statistical software package, R.

In the second part of Introduction to R and R Studio, graduate students will learn about:

  • T-tests
  • Correlation
  • Linear Regression
  • ANOVA
  • Basic Plots

 

Writing about Science for a General Audience

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom (synchronous/live) – Please register to receive the Zoom link the day before
Presenter: Michael Kaler, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream & Writing Specialist, RGASC

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Description: In this workshop, we will discuss ways to make our writing clear, convincing, and comprehensible to non-specialists. We will discuss sentence and paragraph structure and ways of guiding the reader, as well as the importance of understanding your audience and tailoring your writing to it.

 

Best Practices for Online Presentations

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom (synchronous/live) – Please register to receive the Zoom link the day before
Presenter: Jonathan Vroom, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream & Writing Specialist, RGASC

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