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Friday, May 3, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

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, May 8, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 2:03 PM EDT

"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?

Monday, May 13, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT

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 through WaterlooWorks.

To browse and register for Centre for Career Action (CCA) workshops and events, follow these steps:

Monday, May 13, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

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 afternoon session you must attend the morning workshopRésumé and Cover Letter Writing for Graduate Students and Postdocs.”

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

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, May 15, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

Student mental health and well-being is a crucial dimension of the academic environment. In this workshop, you will learn about your role and responsibilities as a Teaching Assistant in supporting student mental health on campus. The focus will be on explaining relevant University policies and identifying the resources and services that both you and your students can draw upon. Together, we will explore how to proactively promote mental well-being in the classroom, as well as how to respond to specific mental health needs that come to your attention.

Friday, May 17, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EDT

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?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT

Many Teaching Assistants (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.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

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.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 — 11:30 to 13:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

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.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 — 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM EDT

Are you a Masters 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. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

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 through WaterlooWorks.

To browse and register for Centre for Career Action (CCA) workshops and events, follow these steps:

Thursday, May 23, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

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.

Friday, May 24, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

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.

Friday, May 24, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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You’re about to finish your course work or comprehensive exams and have started to think about writing your thesis or dissertation. Where do you begin?

Fundamentals for Writing your Thesis is a full-day workshop that will guide early stage graduate students through some of the first phases of planning and writing a thesis or dissertation.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM EDT
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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, May 28, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

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. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

Successful teachers make it a priority to critically reflect on their teaching by tapping into the many evaluation tools available to us. In this workshop, we'll explore how teaching assistants can get evaluations of their teaching from supervisors, peers, students, and others. We'll talk about whom to ask for feedback, when to ask, and how. You'll work in groups to analyze both formal and informal feedback tools, discuss how to incorporate them into your teaching, and consider how to interpret and make use of evaluations you receive.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

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 required through WaterlooWorks.

To browse and register for Centre for Career Action (CCA) workshops and events, follow these steps:

Thursday, May 30, 2019 — 10:00 to 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

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

Thursday, May 30, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

Increasingly, academic job candidates are required to provide a "teaching statement" or a "statement of teaching philosophy" in their applications. For many of us, our attempts to write such statements turn out cheesy or inauthentic. However, there are concrete strategies you can use to make your statement persuasive and professional. Attend this hands-on workshop to begin or revise your own successful teaching statement. Led by Stephanie White, Instructional Developer, at the Centre for Teaching Excellence. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019 — 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM EDT

Are you a Masters 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. 

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