Skills and Writing Workshops

Available Workshops

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The Elements of Academic Writing Workshop Series

This series consists of eight workshops that leads participants through the writing process, from understanding the assignment all the way through to editing and revising the paper once it is written. Participants who successfully complete the series (attending and doing the preparatory work for at least six of the eight workshops, as well as completing the final reflective analysis) will receive CoCurricular Record recognition on their transcripts. The format of the workshops emphasizes the hands-on application of the principles and approaches that are taught: participants will work with material from their own courses and disciplines as they acquire the relevant skills and understandings linked to each stage of the writing process.

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The Elements of Academic Reading Workshop

Reading academic articles is never going to be as much fun as reading Harry Potter, but it is an essential part of your university career and even beyond. So it makes sense to develop your critical reading skills, both so you can read faster and more efficiently, and (even more important) so you can get more out of the material you read by understanding its broader research context, being able to critique its arguments and counter-arguments, and being able to perceive (and critique) how authors build up and present these arguments. This workshop series will help you to become a quicker, more efficient, and more discerning reader—and since reading and writing are intimately linked, it will also help you become a better academic writer yourself.

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Professional English Language Skills (PELS)

The Professional English Language Skills (PELS) offering is a set of workshops focused on improving English language and academic skills related to spoken and written English. This series is intended primarily for students who have English as a Second Language (ESL), though students who specifically need to work on their English language skills are welcome to attend. This program offers eight one-hour workshops focusing on a different language related skill each week. Through participation in engaging weekly activities that promote confidence and comprehension, students will learn how to use and apply academic language as well as to create accurate grammatical structures necessary for success in written tasks. Students are required to submit a short written reflection piece upon completion of the workshop series if they wish to receive a Co-Curricular Record (CCR) notation. Participants must attend seven of eight workshops to be eligible for CCR notation.

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On Demand Workshops

The RGASC also offer workshops on demand throughout the fall and winter terms in a variety of skill building areas.

If you would like to attend a workshop, please let us know what workshop and when you are available to attend by completing the form here: Workshop Form.

Once we have confirmed the schedule, we will distribute it via email to the address you provided in the form and post the schedule online.

Enhance Your Skills Through Small Group Workshops

RGASC Skills Enhancement workshops:

  • Multiple Choice Exam Preparation
  • Essay Exam Preparation
  • What Type of Learner are You?
  • Time Management
  • Study Habits

RGASC English Language Enhancement

  • Logical Fallacies
  • Presentation Skills
  • Creative thinking and the art of persuasion
  • Developing strong arguments
  • Signposting and hedging in writing
  • Professional Chat
  • Critical Reading
  • Critical Writing

RGASC Writing Workshops:

  • Creating a Thesis Statement
  • Creating an Outline
  • Argumentation
  • Editing and Revising

P.A.R.T. - Program for Accessing Research Training

P.A.R.T. (Program for Accessing Research Training) is designed to prepare UTM students for possible participation in the Research Opportunity Program (ROP) and other research opportunities available across campus. Each research training module will include hands-on-practice and pragmatic tips about navigating the logistical challenges of carrying out research. For more information, visit the P.A.R.T website.