Workshop Offerings All of the SALS learning skills workshops and many of the writing skills workshops can be completed online. Find out how to register for and complete SALS workshops here. Academic Writing Workshops Academic Reading (also available online) Do you spend too much time reading your textbooks, or even worse, can’t find time to do the required reading? This workshop will explore some of the myths of academic reading while you learn a variety of strategies to reduce your reading time, make it more efficient and discover techniques for remembering the important information you read. Academic Success for English as a Second Language Students This workshop will provide information about the values and expectations you will encounter in your new academic environment. You will learn strategies for how to adapt to expectations in the classroom and how to access supports for your academic success. APA and MLA Referencing (also available separately online) This workshop will review the importance of referencing, ways to avoid plagiarism, how to use APA and MLA citation styles to make in-text citations and complete accurate References and/or Works Cited pages, and how to properly format a college essay. Editing Skills (also available online) Students often lose marks in their assignments for grammar, spelling, and accuracy. Proofreading and editing add polish to a completed document. Learn how to read for errors and accuracy as you develop strategies that will make this often overlooked step a natural one. Essay Writing 1: Getting Started For many students, breaking down the requirements of an assignment is the biggest hurdle to writing it. This workshop will provide a framework to help you understand what is being asked of you; help you see the importance of purpose, audience, and tone when writing; provide strategies for generating and organizing your ideas; and give you suggestions for next steps. Essay Writing 2: Research Strategies Determining where to find credible sources can seem overwhelming. Attend this workshop and learn how to develop a research strategy beginning with knowing what is required, developing a research question, gathering background information, and building to a focused outcome. The importance of keeping ideas and research well organized will be emphasized. Essay Writing 3: Final Touches You have finished writing your paper, and taking care of the final details will impact how it is received. This workshop covers how to use the rubric to review the assignment criteria, the six C’s of writing, proofreading techniques, and scholarly paper format. Grammar Matters Are you tired of always making the same grammatical errors? This workshop reviews grammar terminology and sentence structure, addresses common grammatical errors, and deals with the specific grammar challenges that the participants have. Preparation for Placement/Practicum Will you be starting a field placement or practicum as part of your program requirements? A placement is a great opportunity to gain real world experience in your field, but there are challenges involved with making this experience successful. This workshop is designed to help you understand and effectively meet the expectations that you will face during your placement. Presentation Skills Delivering an effective presentation requires the use of many of the same skills as writing an effective paper. See how having a focus, organizing your ideas, and preparing for the delivery of your presentation all contribute to a positive experience for you and the audience. Learn how to overcome some of the biggest presentation stumbling blocks in simple, achievable ways. Punctuation Review (also available online) Proper punctuation adds clarity to your work and is required by your professors. Learn the ins and outs of common punctuation and see how using it correctly will improve your writing and ultimately your marks. Writing for Community Services and Child Studies Do you find it challenging to write college essays, do reflective writing, or complete professional reports? This workshop will give you strategies for understanding and meeting the writing requirements in the community services and child studies disciplines. Participants will receive a toolkit containing useful writing resources and templates. Writing for the Health Sciences Are you struggling with how to write in a scholarly manner? This workshop will give you strategies for understanding and meeting the writing requirements in the Health Sciences. Participants will receive a toolkit containing helpful writing resources. Learning Skills Workshops Academic Integrity (also available online) Academic dishonesty is a serious concern at college. In this workshop, you will gain an understanding of Durham College’s Academic Integrity policy, learn about plagiarism and how it is detected, learn how to integrate research into your writing, and learn steps to maintain academic integrity. Find out how to register for and complete the Academic Integrity workshop here. Build Your Math Confidence (online only) Have you ever wished you could be more comfortable working with mathematics? This workshop is designed to help you identify the cause of your discomfort and give you strategies for improving. You will learn techniques to manage stress in the short term, set goals for yourself, and increase your confidence as your ability improves. Keys to Success (face-to-face only) This workshop briefly discusses several different learning strategies you can use to improve your academic experience. More detailed workshops on each strategy are also available for those who would like additional skills. Listening and Note-taking (also available online) The purpose of this workshop is to explore tips to become an active listener, enhance notetaking skills during class and improve the use of class notes as study tools. A number of note formats will be discussed. Mature Learner Transitioning to College (also available online) Balancing family, work and school can be a demanding experience. This workshop was created to share tips to help you organize your life, prepare for your academic studies and locate resources to help you along the way. Overcoming Procrastination (also available online) This workshop discusses procrastination and helps students recognize how and why they procrastinate. Students will be introduced to strategies for minimizing procrastination, and students will be guided through a series of activities that result in a plan for avoiding and overcoming procrastination. Study Strategies (also available online) This workshop explores various types of study behaviours and common distractions faced by students. The concept of procrastination and ways to avoid it will be discussed. Finally, the dos and don’ts of efficient studying will be thoroughly examined. Test and Exam Preparation (also available online) This workshop provides tips and strategies to help you more effectively prepare for tests and exams. Techniques to help you improve your scores when writing multiple choice, true/false, and essay tests will be discussed. Time Management and Organization (also available online) This workshop will help you start off your semester properly. You will learn numerous strategies to help you organize your time and become a more efficient student who has more free time and less stress.