Workshops

Academic Success Webinars


Our Academic Success Workshops have moved online for Spring 2020 semester! We will use Google Meet for these 75-minute live webinars.

Registration Required!

Click on a title in the table below to go directly to the webinar description, schedule and registration link. Registration will remain open until the day before the webinar (unless it fills up earlier). On the morning of the webinar, registrants will receive an email with the link to the meeting room. 
Note: You must be logged into your MRU email in order to access webinar registration forms.

CATEGORY SPRING 2020 LIVE WEBINARS
Studying Time Management in a Lockdown
Studying I: High Impact Learning Strategies
Studying II: Adapting the Strategies for Online Classes
Math Get Ready for Math
Reading Working With Journal Articles
Learning From Your Textbook
Writing Planning Research Papers
Focus and Flow
Editing Sentence Structure
Referencing Paraphrasing, Not Plagiarizing
APA Referencing
MLA Referencing

Time Management in a Lockdown

Time management is challenging under normal circumstances, but the lockdown has made it even tougher to maintain motivation and a sense of control over time. We'll introduce you to tools such as the time analysis spreadsheet and discuss important concepts like defining a task or goal for each block of study time.

Monday, May 11: 2:30-3:45 pm Register
Wednesday, May 20: 2:30-3:45 pm Register
Tuesday, May 26: 4:30-5:45 pm Register

Note: If you ever need to cancel your registration, 1) click on the same link you used to register, and 2) click on the "Edit your responses" link.
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Studying I: High Impact Learning Strategies

Want to maximize your learning? This webinar shares tips on how to make the best use of your study time and avoid common mistakes. Key strategies covered include retrieval practice, spaced repetition and interleaving. It's best to attend this webinar before Studying II.

Monday, May 11: 11:30 am-12:45 pm Register
Tuesday, May 19: 4:30-5:45 pm Register
Monday, May 25: 2:30-3:45 pm Register

Note: If you ever need to cancel your registration, 1) click on the same link you used to register, and 2) click on the "Edit your responses" link.
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Studying II: Adapting to Online Classes

We highly recommend attending the Studying I webinar before coming to this one. In Studying II, we'll identify key differences between face-to-face learning and online learning, common challenges students experience (e.g., maintaining motivation and focus), and strategies for addressing those challenges. 

Wednesday, May 13: 11:30 am-12:45 pm Register
Thursday, May 21: 4:30-5:45 pm Register
Wednesday, May 27: 2:30-3:45 pm Register

Note: If you ever need to cancel your registration, 1) click on the same link you used to register, and 2) click on the "Edit your responses" link.
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Get Ready for Math 

Identify expectations for courses requiring math, and establish a solid study plan based on effective learning strategies to work towards those expectations. We’ll discuss and practice how to use concept summaries and annotation as math studying tools.

Tuesday, May 12: 11:30 am-12:45 pm Register
Thursday, May 21: 2:30-3:45 pm Register

Note: If you ever need to cancel your registration, 1) click on the same link you used to register, and 2) click on the "Edit your responses" link.
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Working with Journal Articles

Scholarly journal articles can be difficult to read. Understanding what they are and how they are organized can help you read them more efficiently and effectively. We’ll discuss how crucial it is to identify your specific purpose for reading a journal article since that will influence how you read it.

Thursday, May 14: 11:30 am-12:45 pm Register
Tuesday, May 26: 2:30-3:45 pm Register

Note: If you ever need to cancel your registration, 1) click on the same link you used to register, and 2) click on the "Edit your responses" link.
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Learning from Your Textbook

Approaching textbook reading as a three-phase process can help you become more efficient at understanding and retaining key content. In this webinar, we’ll share strategies to help you stay active while reading and notetaking, and discuss the pros and cons of e-textbooks.

Wednesday, May 13: 4:30-5:45 pm Register
Tuesday, May 19: 2:30-3:45 pm Register

Note: If you ever need to cancel your registration, 1) click on the same link you used to register, and 2) click on the "Edit your responses" link.
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Planning Research Papers

Students often skip the “planning” stage and jump right into writing a research paper, but taking a few specific steps before writing can save you time (and pain!) in the end. We’ll discuss how effective brainstorming can narrow your research and deepen your ideas, and we’ll explore the dos and don’ts of thesis statements.

Tuesday, May 19: 11:30 am-12:45 pm Register
Monday, June 1: 2:30-3:45 pm Register

Note: If you ever need to cancel your registration, 1) click on the same link you used to register, and 2) click on the "Edit your responses" link.
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Focus and Flow

Do you ever find yourself wondering if your paper “flows” or feel like you’re rambling? We’ll identify the components of a strong, focused body paragraph, discuss how to balance evidence and analysis, and compare different types of connectors to help you achieve that flow in your writing. Anyone may register for this webinar, but if you are pairing this webinar with Planning Research Papers, we recommend completing Planning Research Papers first.

Thursday, May 21: 11:30 am-12:45 pm Register
Wednesday, June 3: 2:30-3:45 pm Register

Note: If you ever need to cancel your registration, 1) click on the same link you used to register, and 2) click on the "Edit your responses" link.
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Editing Sentence Structure

One of the most important yet neglected parts of the essay-writing process is editing. This webinar addresses common grammatical mistakes, such as comma splices, fragments, and run-on sentences, to help you best present your arguments.

Thursday, May 28: 11:30 am-12:45 pm Register
Wednesday, June 3: 4:30-5:45 pm Register

Note: If you ever need to cancel your registration, 1) click on the same link you used to register, and 2) click on the "Edit your responses" link.
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Paraphrasing, Not Plagiarizing

Paraphrasing is a challenging skill for any academic writer. In this webinar, we will practice using techniques for restating other people's ideas in your own words, and we will introduce you to a tool for checking your paraphrases to ensure they are plagiarism-free.

Monday, May 25: 11:30 am-12:45 pm Register
Tuesday, June 2: 2:30-3:45 pm Register

Note: If you ever need to cancel your registration, 1) click on the same link you used to register, and 2) click on the "Edit your responses" link.
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APA Referencing

APA style for referencing is widely used by many disciplines as a way to credit others’ work. We'll help you grasp the basics of APA’s rules outlined in its newest 7th edition. We will practice citing sources in text and building accurate reference list entries.

Tuesday, May 12: 4:30-5:45 pm Register
Thursday, May 28: 2:30-3:45 pm Register

Note: If you ever need to cancel your registration, 1) click on the same link you used to register, and 2) click on the "Edit your responses" link.
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MLA Referencing

MLA citation style is the most commonly used format in the humanities for providing credit to sources. This webinar will help with MLA's basics, from the creation of in-text citations to the development of a works cited page.

Thursday, May 14: 2:30-3:45 pm Register
Tuesday, June 2: 11:30 am-12:45 pm Register

Note: If you ever need to cancel your registration, 1) click on the same link you used to register, and 2) click on the "Edit your responses" link.
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Mentorship

Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program

• Connect with experienced professionals in your field
• Volunteer as a career mentor

MAPS Peer Mentorship Program

• Peer-to-peer mentoring for first-year students to support their academic and personal success

Peer Learning

Super-charge your study time with the Peer Learning Program. Learning Peers offer friendly support, encouragement and subject-specific knowledge.

• Join PASS (Peer-Assisted Study Sessions)
• Become a Learning Peer

Writing & Learning Services

NEW! Academic Writing Bootcamp

Get the confidence to tackle university writing assignments.


For students taking spring courses:

Appointments
Meet with a Writing & Learning Strategist up to twice a week

SLS_phone2 403-440-6452*

SLS email2 sls@mtroyal.ca

SLS person2 Room-EL2100

 *Please note that the best way to get in touch with us right now is via email (not by phone).