Friday, February 28, 2020 — 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST
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The second in the three-part “Rock Your Thesis” series, this workshop will equip you with the skills you need to start writing a large academic writing project like a thesis, dissertation or dissertation proposal. This hands-on, interactive program has four objectives:

Friday, February 28, 2020 — 9:30 AM to 12:30 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 PhDs and Postdocs.

Thursday, February 27, 2020 — 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM EST

Join the immigration consultants to learn about working in Canada as a graduate student. We will discuss Canadian regulations for working on-campus and off-campus during study terms, scheduled breaks and co-op work terms.

Additional information: Registration required through Portal

Please note:

Thursday, February 27, 2020 — 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.

Thursday, February 27, 2020 — 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EST

As instructors, we strive to create learning activities that actively engage students and help strengthen their learning.  However, many of us have been met with a lack of enthusiasm and participation from the students, which can temper our own enthusiasm.  How can we create a positive learning environment that will foster interest and participation from our students?

Thursday, February 27, 2020 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Academic integrity requires that you paraphrase and summarize other people’s work. Through hands-on practice, you will learn these skills and how to integrate your supporting research for improved credibility.

Additional information: Registration required

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Literature reviews are a keystone of academic writing. This workshop explores using the Matrix Method to manage your literature review.  Bring a laptop or mobile device so that you can begin applying this method to your own work. 

Additional information: Registration required.

Monday, February 24, 2020 — 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM 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.

Friday, February 21, 2020 — 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 through WaterlooWorks not yet open - check back soon!

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020 — 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Are you worried that active learning is incompatible with lecture-style instruction? That you have to choose between one and the other?  In this workshop, we address these concerns, investigating a variety of "lecture breaks" that can be easily integrated between lecture segments without significant cost in instructional time.  Along the way, we will examine the benefits of making lectures more interactive, in terms of student attention and recall.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 (all day) to Friday, February 21, 2020 (all day)

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 professional scholarly voices and give effective academic presentations with confidence.

Application required: Applications due January 20, 2020. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST

In this interactive workshop, you will discuss the value of making connections as part of a job search strategy.  You will explore networking strategies and identify your own action plan.

Additional information: Registration through WaterlooWorks not yet open - check back soon!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Do you need some dedicated time to compete your Individual Development Plan (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 and receive feedback or help brainstorming activities and workshops. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 — 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.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 — 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST
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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. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 — 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM EST

Are you a Master's or PhD student who will be completing your program soon? Are you hoping to remain in Canada and work full-time? Join the immigration consultants to learn what options are available to you. 

Monday, February 10, 2020 — 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM EST

Theses and other long documents (e.g., books, manuals, reports) can present challenges that shorter documents don't. It is more difficult to maintain a standard "look and feel" throughout a long document like a thesis. This course will demonstrate features in Word that will make formatting your thesis easier and less time consuming, such as: styles, numbering headings, page numbering, captioning tables and figures, footnotes, cross references, table of contents, and lists of tables and figures.

Monday, February 10, 2020 — 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST

Our classrooms are filled with students who represent a broad range of racial, cultural, linguistic, physical, and intellectual backgrounds. This workshop provides a starting point for honouring and benefiting from this diversity in our classrooms. Through self-reflection and discussion, we'll provide teaching strategies for optimizing our diverse students' engagement, comprehension, and retention.

Thursday, February 6, 2020 — 11:30 AM to 1:00 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?

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 — 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST

This interactive workshop will provide teaching assistants with the techniques and confidence to effectively deliver an engaging lesson in the classroom. Topics covered in this workshop include: (i) methods for structuring your delivery, (ii) developing visual aids, (ii) strategies for preparation, (iv) dealing with nerves and anxiety and (iv) tips for engaging your students throughout the lesson.

Additional Information

Registration: Registration is required. Registration for this workshop will open on January 16. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 — 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM EST

Join the immigration consultants to learn about working in Canada as a graduate student. We will discuss Canadian regulations for working on-campus and off-campus during study terms, scheduled breaks and co-op work terms.

Additional information: Registration required through Portal. 

Please note:

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST

Did you know that the Partnerships for Employment (P4E) job fair itself is taking place on February 5, and has over 100 employers registered to attend? 

Be prepared to make the most of the job fair, by attending this preparation workshop on February 4. 

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