Thursday, February 28, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Have you made a New Year’s resolution to finish your thesis, dissertation, or other writing project? In this workshop, you’ll learn what writing experts have discovered about how to set up a writing schedule, avoid procrastination, and set goals in order to make consistent, sustainable progress. This workshop is only for grad students. Remember to bring a laptop, your agenda or schedule, and a writing project you are currently working on to this interactive workshop.

Additional information: Registration required.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST

Do you need some dedicated time to compete your IDP? Would you benefit from feedback on your proposed activities? Attend the Foundations IDP drop-in lab!

Open to all current Professional Skills Foundations participants (those who have completed a Professional Skills Foundations introductory workshop), this drop-in lab offers an opportunity to work on your IDP (Individual Development Plan) and receive feedback or help brainstorming activities and workshops. 

Thursday, February 28, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EST

Many TAs in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines are responsible for teaching tutorial sessions. However, running tutorials can pose unique challenges for TAs. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss how to create an effective tutorial environment and present ways of maximizing student participation. Participants in this session will also be equipped with practical strategies for planning, running, and assessing their tutorials, with special attention being given to interactive teaching strategies that can be used in any classroom.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 — 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST
Professional skills development logo

This introductory workshop is a requirement for participating in the Professional Skills Foundations program, a new professional skills credential for graduate students at the University of Waterloo. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM EST

"Any Questions?" This is, perhaps, one of the most widely used questions in the classroom. However, it is not the most effective. When you ask your students questions, are you often met with blank stares and no response? How can you use questions effectively to elicit responses and facilitate learning? In this workshop you will learn the importance of using questions in your teaching and the skills involved in formulating questions that effectively tap into different levels of thinking.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 — 11:45 AM to 1:45 PM EST
Man and woman in business clothing

In today’s fiercely competitive business environment Professional Appearance is critical.  Join us to learn how to manage and improve your Professional Appearance and maintain a personal sense of style that is authentic and professional.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Write together. Connect to our grad writing community to stay focused and motivated!

Tuesdays & Fridays  9 a.m. –  12 p.m., SCH 228F

Writing regularly helps with productivity and motivation. The Writing and Communication Centre hosts weekly group writing sessions for grad students. These loosely-structured sessions are designed to help grad students connect to a larger writing community, stay focused, and to keep making writing progress.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 — 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM EST

Please note: The all-day GRADnavigate event scheduled to happen Thursday, February 21 has been cancelled.

We would encourage all those interested in learning more about navigating relationships to explore the many GRADventure workshops available: https://uwaterloo.ca/graduate-studies-postdoctoral-affairs/events

If you have any questions, please email GRADventure.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 (all day) to Friday, February 22, 2019 (all day)

Learn to speak about your research with confidence!

Whether you are giving a conference presentation, a job talk, or defending your dissertation, as a graduate student you need to be able to speak with authority and knowledge about your research area, respond to questions, and engage in scholarly debate.

Speak like a Scholar is designed to help doctoral students develop their voices as independent scholars and give effective academic presentations with confidence.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
postdoc speaking with a career advisor
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST

Planning tutorials, labs, and guest lectures requires careful attention to goals, content, activities, and timing. In this workshop, you'll learn to streamline your lesson preparations and strengthen your teaching. Using a popular model of lesson planning called “BOPPPS,” you’ll learn to design lessons that align learning activities and assessments with learning outcomes. Together, we’ll analyse examples of successful lesson plans, and you'll begin to develop a lesson plan that is compatible with your teaching context and instructional style.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST

Most instructors teach the way they were taught, which may or may not be a good thing. This interactive workshop will provide participants with a toolbox of activities suitable for any classroom. We will introduce the concept of active learning and teacher-centred versus student-centred classrooms. In this workshop we will also discuss some of the reasons for using different teaching methods and help you decide which ones are right for your classroom.

Monday, February 11, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST

Academic work is constantly under review as instructors assess students' papers, supervisors guide students on theses, or students evaluate instructors teaching, only to name a few examples. In all of these cases, evaluative information is being given to one person by another as feedback has occurred. But was it helpful? Was it assimilated? Will it make a difference in the future? In this workshop, we will explore how to become better recipients and givers of feedback in the academic setting.

Friday, February 8, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST

Bring your laptop or pen and paper and get drafting or improving your résumé and cover letter. Career Advisors and your peers will be available for feedback and guidance.

**NOTE: To attend this writing session, you must attend the morning workshop Résumé and Cover Letter Writing for Master's Students.**

Additional information: Registration required, coming soon!

Friday, February 8, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST

Through discussion and hands-on activities in this half-day workshop, you will learn how to prepare an effective résumé and cover letter by analyzing job descriptions, assessing the relevance of your transferable skills and articulating these transferable skills in an action-oriented way.

Additional information: Registration required.

Friday, February 8, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Write together. Connect to our grad writing community to stay focused and motivated!

Tuesdays & Fridays  9 a.m. –  12 p.m., SCH 228F

Writing regularly helps with productivity and motivation. The Writing and Communication Centre hosts weekly group writing sessions for grad students. These loosely-structured sessions are designed to help grad students connect to a larger writing community, stay focused, and to keep making writing progress.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EST

As teaching assistants, we aim to establish positive relationships with our undergraduate students, but we rarely get the chance to hear honestly from our students about how to best do so. This panel and workshop features current undergraduate students who provide their perspectives on how to build rapport between students and TAs. Together, we'll discuss techniques and brainstorm simple but effective strategies to help you establish positive working relationships with your undergraduates.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EST

As teaching assistants, we aim to establish positive relationships with our undergraduate students, but we rarely get the chance to hear honestly from our students about how to best do so. This panel and workshop features current undergraduate students who provide their perspectives on how to build rapport between students and TAs. Together, we'll discuss techniques and brainstorm simple but effective strategies to help you establish positive working relationships with your undergraduates.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST

In this interactive workshop, you'll practice translating academic language to industry language, apply strategies for answering interview questions and evaluate the effectiveness of responses to interview questions.

Additional information: Registration required.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Feedback on both short and lengthy written assignments plays a critical role in students' learning about disciplinary content, as well as communication conventions. Yet this mode of instruction often yields dissatisfaction from both students and instructors. In this workshop, we consider how to improve the effectiveness of written feedback to ensure that the time and effort instructors put into providing feedback fosters student learning. We identify challenges to providing feedback to students, define strategies for improving our approaches, and practice hands-on feedback techniques.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Write together. Connect to our grad writing community to stay focused and motivated!

Tuesdays & Fridays  9 a.m. –  12 p.m., SCH 228F

Writing regularly helps with productivity and motivation. The Writing and Communication Centre hosts weekly group writing sessions for grad students. These loosely-structured sessions are designed to help grad students connect to a larger writing community, stay focused, and to keep making writing progress.

Monday, February 4, 2019 — 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

You already know about the Matrix Method from Literature Review Part A and have completed one.  Now in Part B, learn to situate your research within the body of existing related scholarship.  Bring your completed matrix and your ideas for how best to organize and present the research so that it meshes with your own contribution to the field.

Additional Information: Registration Required.

Monday, February 4, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Have you ever had to deal with disruptions in your classroom, like talkative, confrontational and interruptive students, or students who arrive late and leave early? Most instructors face at least occasional classroom disruptions, with new faculty and teaching assistants being primary targets. Such challenges can be unpleasant and disturbing, but you can help to minimize their frequency and impact. In this highly interactive workshop you will learn how to prevent disruptions by establishing your credibility, defining classroom expectations, and developing rapport with your students.

Sunday, February 3, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST

Dissertation Boot Camp is designed to help dissertation writers get a jump start on meeting their writing goals. It combines dedicated writing time, goal setting and writing strategy sessions, and one-one meetings with our writing specialists.

This sustained (weekly) Dissertation Boot Camp program will take place over eight weeks rather than an intensive four days. The program runs every Monday beginning February 3 and ending March 30 (excluding the Family Day holiday) from 9:00am to 12:30pm. 

Application required: Applications to participate are due by January 10, 2020. 

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