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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.

 

Fall 2019

University Essentials

Income, Expenses, and Budget

Presenter: Roxanne Poelstra

Want to make the most of your money? Join us for an introduction to personal finances, plus some practical tips on saving, spending, and setting goals. 

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

Location: Room A2131

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Academicese: Understanding University Jargon

Presenters: Laura Cochrane and Kim McLachlan

What's a GPA? How do letter grades work? What happens if I withdraw from a course? How do I get onto the Dean's List? If these questions sound familiar, join us for a panel discussion about university jargon. The session will conclude with a Q&A, so be sure to bring your questions! 

Date and Time: Thursday, September 17, 12:00-12:45 pm*

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

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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, September 24, 12:00-12:45 pm

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

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Processing Like a Pro: Taking Great Notes In Class

Presenter: Elizabeth Gripping

Note-taking is a life skill. Whether you're in the classroom, a business meeting, or a job interview, good note-taking strategies will help you understand and remember crucial information. During this session, you will learn and practice strategies for taking notes during a class, oral presentation, or conversation. 

Date and Time: Thursday, October 3, 4:00-5:15 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

Date and Time: Tuesday, November 26, 12:00-12:45 pm*

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

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Wellness

Jack Talk

Presenter: Jack.org

The Jack Talk is a 50-minute assembly style presentation delivered by two trained post-secondary speakers. The talk covers the following components: (1) mental health knowledge (mental health spectrum, mental illness spectrum, signs of distress, signs of crisis), (2) how to be there for others (five golden rules on supporting others), (3) how to be there for yourself (the importance of self-care and self-awareness), and (4) community supports (how to find local resources). 

Date and Time: Thursday, October 10, 6:00-7:00 pm

Location: Airhart

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Research and Communication

Introduction to Academic Writing for Seminary

Presenter: Elizabeth Gripping

New to graduate-level writing? Been out of school for a while? Want to understand your instructor’s expectations? This workshop offers a brief introduction to academic writing for seminary students, focusing on the following topics: (1) Why do we write? (2) To whom do we write? (3) What do we write? The workshop will include a brief introduction to common genres in seminary writing. 

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 18, 5:30-6:15 pm*

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

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Citation Crash Course

Presenter: Elizabeth Gripping

"What's the difference between ASA and APA?" "Why does every discipline have its own citation style?" "Why do I keep losing half a mark on my citations?" If these questions sound familiar, please join us for a chat about citation, including a (very brief) introduction to a few of the citation styles most commonly used at Ambrose. 

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 1, 12:00-12:45 pm*

Location: Room A2133 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: Wednesday, October 9, 5:30-6:15 pm*

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

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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 by thinking through key aspects of poetry, including structure, diction, figurative language, and point of view. 

Date and Time: Thursday, October 17, 12:00-12:45 pm*

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

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Citation Skills: Chicago/Turabian and SBL

Presenter: Elizabeth Gripping

What exactly is Chicago/Turabian citation style? What's the difference between the Notes-Bibliography and Author-Date versions of Chicago/Turabian? What's up with the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) style? Join us for a brief introduction to these related citation styles, followed by a Q&A session. Don't forget to bring your questions! 

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 23, 5:30-6:15 pm*

Location: Room L2100 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: Thursday, October 24, 4:00-5:15 pm

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

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Essays and Research Papers I: Thesis Statements, Research Questions, and Hypotheses

Presenter: Elizabeth Gripping

What's all the fuss about thesis statements, anyway? In this workshop, you will learn how to use three tools—thesis statements, research questions, and hypotheses—to guide you through your research and then to express your main idea to your reader. 

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

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

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Essays and Research Papers II: Introductions and Conclusions

Presenter: Elizabeth Gripping

Learn how to engage your reader, from the first sentence to the last, with a strong introduction and a compelling conclusion! Building on the previous workshop--"Essays and Research Papers I: The Main Idea"--this session will offer tips for starting and finishing well. 

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

Location: Room L2100 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: Tuesday, November 19, 4:00-5:15 pm

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

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Career Development

Making An Impression: The professional Cover Letter and Resume

Presenter: Calgary Youth Employment Centre

Date and Time: Monday, October 28, 10:45 am-12:00 pm

Location: Room A2131

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Self-Discovery and Career Exploration

Presenter: Calgary Youth Employment Centre

Date and Time: Monday, November 25, 10:45 am-12:00 pm

Location: Room A1085-2 (Airhart Lecture Theatre)

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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!