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Student Success Workshops

Ambrose offers four types of student workshops: University Essentials (financial aid, study skills, etc.), Career DevelopmentWellness, and Research and Communication.  All workshops are FREE to Ambrose students.

 

Winter 2020

University Essentials

$ Aid and Awards

Presenter: Roxanne Poelstra

Don't let money stress you out! Come learn about scholarships, loans, and grants that you can access to finance your education. Many applications are due soon, so come join us for some timely advice! 

Date and Time: Tuesday, January 14, 12:00-12:45 p.m.*

Location: Room A2131

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Time Management

Presenters: Melissa Kroker and Elizabeth Gripping

Heighten your productivity and fight off procrastination by learning how to manage your time effectively. This workshop will cover tips and resources to make your semester more successful—and less stressful! 

Date and Time: Tuesday, January 21, 12:00-12:45 pm

Location: Room A2133 or online (link provided on registration)

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Student Survival Tools: Digital Edition

Presenter: Ambrose Student Council and Student Academic Success

This workshop offers a brief overview of several free digital tools you can use for research or study! You will learn about helpful flashcard apps, time management software, brainstorming tools, and more. Come prepared to share your own favourite tools, too!

Date and Time: Thursday, February 27, 12:00-12:45 pm*

Location: Room A2133 or online (link provided on registration)

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Test Taking: Tips and Study Strategies

Presenters: Melissa Kroker and Elizabeth Gripping

Anxious about midterms? Prepping for finals? Get ahead by learning strategies to succeed in an exam situation. 

Date and Time: Thursday, March 19, 12:00-12:45 pm*

Location: Room A2133 or online (link provided on registration)

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Research and Communication

Lightbulb Moments: Idea Generation Strategies

Presenter: Elizabeth Gripping

Learn how to get un-stuck! In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for developing your ideas via brainstorming and research. 

Date and Time: Thursday, January 16, 12:00-12:45 pm*

Location: Room A2133 or online (link provided on registration)

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Every Trick in the Book: Academic Reading STrategies

Presenter: Elizabeth Gripping

Book reports. Literature reviews. Research papers. Article critiques. Annotated bibliographies. Research papers. They all start with good reading. In this workshop, you will learn strategies to understand academic texts more fully so that you can write your next paper with confidence. 

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 22, 1:00-2:15 pm*

Location: Room A2133 or online (link provided on registration) NB: Moved to Room L2100. 

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The Book Review

Presenter: Elizabeth Gripping

Your prof has asked you to read a book and write a response of some sort (e.g., a précis, a book review, a book report). But what does your prof actually want? And how on earth do you summarize (and possibly critique) a whole book in a couple of pages? Learn strategies for success in this workshop. 

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 29, 5:30-6:15 pm*

Location: Room L2100 or online (link provided on registration)

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Exegetical Reading I: Narrative and Non-Narrative Prose

Presenter: Elizabeth Gripping

Need a hand getting started on a exegetical paper? In part I of this workshop, you will learn how to interpret biblical narratives (gospel, parable, history) and non-narrative prose (law, letter) by thinking through key features of these genres (narrator/speaker, addressee, logic, plot, etc.). 

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 4, 12:00-12:45 pm*

Location: Room A2133 or online (link provided on registration)

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So(u)rcery, Part I: Finding Your Sources

Presenter: Elizabeth Gripping

Stupefied by sources? Dazed by databases? Lost in the library? We can help. In this workshop, we demystify the research process and provide some simple strategies you can use to find, understand, and evaluate your sources. 

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 5, 1:00-2:15 pm

Location: Room A2133 or online (link provided on registration). NB: Moved to Room L2100. 

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Exegetical Reading II: Poetry

Presenter: Elizabeth Gripping

Need a hand getting started on a exegetical paper? In part II of this workshop, you will learn how to interpret biblical poetry (including much of biblical prophecy and wisdom literature) by thinking through key aspects of poetry like structure, diction, figurative language, and point of view. 

Date and Time: Thursday, February 6, 12:00-12:45 pm*

Location: Room A2133 or online (link provided on registration)

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Introductory Scientific Writing: Major Genres

Presenter: Elizabeth Gripping

Most undergraduate scientific writing falls into two categories: the scientific report (aka. lab report, IMRaD paper) and the review paper (aka. literature review). Join us to learn about the similarities and differences between these genres and how you can prepare yourself to succeed! 

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 11, 12:00-12:45 pm*

Location: Room A2133 or online (link provided on registration)

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Advanced Searching

Presenter: Patty Neufeldt

Are you hungry for relevant and satisfying sources? Are you bewildered by the vast landscape of knowledge and evasive information? Rest assured, you can get what you need more quickly and easily so that you can move on to writing your paper or completing your assignment. Hone your hunter-gatherer skills by learning advanced searching techniques using the library catalog. 

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 12, 5:30-6:15 pm*

Location: Room L2100 or online (link provided on registration)

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Advanced Scientific Writing: Style

Presenter: Elizabeth Gripping

Go beyond the basics in this workshop on scientific style. We'll discuss dos and don'ts for professional scientific writing, along with recent changes in the field. 

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 25, 12:00-12:45 pm*

Location: Room A2133 or online (link provided on registration)

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Citation Tools

Presenter: Patty Neufeldt

Harness the power of citations to open up new research pathways using the library catalogue. Learn how citation tools can help you organize and manage your research.

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 3, 12:00-12:45 pm*

Location: Room A2133 or online (link provided on registration)

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So(U)rcery, Part II: Using Your Sources

Presenter: Elizabeth Gripping

You’ve got a stack of articles and books for your next paper, and you’ve even read a few. Now what? In this workshop, you will learn about the differences between quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing (and when to use which strategy) and principles for integrating and citing sources. Please note that this workshop cannot cover the specifics of each citation style. But we will outline some basic principles and show you where to find more information. 

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 4, 1:00-2:15 pm

Location: Room A2133 or online (link provided on registration). NB: Moved to Room L2100. 

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Research Poster Design

Presenter: Elizabeth Gripping

Learn how to create a research poster that makes people want to hear more! This workshop will help you develop your skills in design and wording to make sure you impress your audience. 

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 10, 12:00-12:45 pm*

Location: Room A2133 or online (link provided on registration)

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Essays and REsearch Papers III: Paragraphing

Presenter: Elizabeth Gripping

How long is a good paragraph? When do you start a new one? What's a topic sentence? How do you create smooth transitions between paragraphs? We tackle these questions--and more--in this workshop. Come join us to learn how to build strong, coherent paragraphs!  

Date and Time: Thursday, March 12, 12:00-12:45 pm*

Location: Room A2133 or online (link provided on registration)

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Career Development

Advancing Your Career through Social Media

Presenter: Dr. Tim Vanderpyl

In this workshop, you will learn how to develop a social media presence that catches attention for all the right reasons. This workshop will cover practical strategies for using LinkedIn, Twitter, and more in your job search. 

Date and Time: Tuesday, January 28, 12:00-12:45 pm.* NB: This workshop has been moved to Wednesday, February 26, 11:15 am-12:15 pm

Location: Room A2133 or online (link available on registration). NB. This workshop has been moved to Room L2084. Sadly, it will no longer be available for online participation. 

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Networking and Interview Preparation

Presenter: Cecilia Moore, Calgary Youth Employment Centre

Whether you're learning about the discipline, looking for a job, or already working in the field, good contacts can help you grow and pursue new opportunities. Learn how to make a great impression in a networking or interview situation! 

Date and Time: Monday, February 3, 11:15 am-12:30 pm

Location: Room L2100 or online (link available on registraton)

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Graduate School Applications

Presenter: Kaitlyn Byl, University of Calgary

Date and Time: Thursday, February 13, 12:00-12:45 pm.* NB: This workshop has been moved to Thursday, March 5, 12:00-12:45 pm. 

Location: Room A2133

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Accessing the Hidden Job Market

Presenter: Cecilia Moore, Calgary Youth Employment Centre

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 18, 11:15 am-12:15 pm

Location: Room L2084

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* This workshop runs over a meal time. Please feel free to bring your lunch or supper along.

Free pizza and pop for the first 20 students.

Unfortunately, these workshops are not open to the general public. Sorry!