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Foundations of Grad Academic Success

Join our experts for an introduction to academic success at a major Canadian research university. What do supervisors, professors, and colleagues expect from you? How can you access and deal with readings, notetaking, understanding lectures and tutorials? What are the demands on a graduate student’s time, and how can you meet them effectively?  

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Grad Reading Skills

Grad students are asked to read a lot. Often, the need to master a discipline can feel overwhelming—especially when faced with huge reading lists or the hundreds of new journal articles that appear regularly. In this session, we’ll talk you through some ways to read more quickly and effectively, prioritize readings, and get the information you need—without getting bogged down. 

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Writing Literature Reviews 

Writing a literature review can be tough. Where do you start, how much do you include, and where do you find reading material? How do you categorise and describe ideas you’ve come across? How do you begin and end, and how can writing a great literature review make the rest of your dissertation or thesis research a whole lot easier? In this session, we’ll show you all the tips and tricks for writing the perfect lit review. 

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Giving conference presentations

Presenting at conferences is a vital part of academic life. We’ll show you ways to express complex research findings with clarity, speak clearly, and make your audience pay attention. Most importantly, we’ll talk you through how to handle the question and answer period with an audience of experts! 

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Writing and publishing journal articles 

“Publish or perish” doesn’t have to be so daunting when you have a clear process for turning research or course papers into academic articles. We’ll discuss how to match your writing style and structure to meet the standards of your journal of choice, how to deal with editing suggestions—and rejection, and help you make a plan to get your work out there! 

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Editing Skills 

Every writer needs a great editor, but editing your own writing can be tough. Our expert editors will talk you through the best systems, tools, and resources for learning to edit your writing—whether you need to slash your word count, redevelop your argument, or brush up your style or grammar.  

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Managing time & finding balance

It’s January, it’s dark, and you’re in the middle of a busy academic year. It’s tough to find work-life balance at the best of times, but right now, it’s harder than ever. In this interactive workshop, we’ll help you to start making plans to get your academic work done without burning out or neglecting your out-of-class responsibilities. 

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Finding and using writing time

If you’re looking ahead to the end of the year and thinking about making major progress on your dissertation, thesis, or coursework, you’re not alone. In this session, we’ll discuss ways to carve a little extra writing time out of your busy schedule—and how to avoid procrastinating on major projects. 

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