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Academic Skills Events, Workshops, & Webcasts


September Workshops

  • Time Management for your First Year - Thu Sept 13, 11am, GC 114

Learn how powerful but simple tools and strategies can help you to stay organized and maintain balance in your first year at university.
Topics include:

  • Upgrading your Calendar
    Adopting Productive Routines
    Avoiding Procrastination

Download workshop slides

  • Writing for Sciences: Writing about Data - Mon Sept 24, 11am SC 103

Scientists must report data clearly and precisely. Results typically need two components to achieve clarity and precision; findings should be represented both textually and visually. 

In this one-hour workshops, learn how to select and create appropriate graphs and how to write about data in a meaningful way.

Register now: Event Calendar.

  • Writing for Social Science: Synthesizing Evidence and Analysis - Wed Sept 26, 3pm GC 105

Writing in the social sciences requires both clear reporting and meaningful analysis.

In this one-hour session for first-year students, we introduce strategies for clear and critical communication:

  • summarizing research (e.g. identifying relevant details, using precise language and appropriate citations)
  • explaining value of research (e.g. connections between studies, implications of findings, application to practice)
  • organizing ideas and paragraphs to present a clear and focused message

Register now: Event Calendar.

  • Writing for Humanities: Beyond the 5-Paragraph Essay - Thur Sept 27, 11am GC 106

Do you know the 5-paragraph essay? Consider it your starting point, not your end goal for your first university essay!

In this one-hour workshop, learn how you can write a focused and coherent essay that demonstrates your critical thinking about an issue or question. We will practice writing thesis statements, blocking supporting ideas, using effective transitions, and editing for argument and organization.

Register now: Event Calendar.

Webcasts of Undergraduate Workshops

Watch for information about ASC workshops in your courses.

APA Documentation

APA Formatting and Style

Writing the Biology Lab Report

Study Strategies for First-Year Psychology

Orientation 2018: Start off Right

All Events

Trent's Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP) is a free event, held at Bata Library each November and March, to help students develop essential skills to manage demanding end-of-semester writing and study schedules. At LNAP, students can learn strategies for time management, exam preparation, writing strategies, stress management and more in workshops and drop-in sessions. Students also can enjoy free stress-busters, including massage therapy and healthy snacks.

Three Minute Paper (3MP) is an exciting competition for undergraduate students developed in collaboration by the colleges of Trent University and Academic Skills. The 3MP competition challenges upper-year Trent undergraduates to present their work to others, in a clear, concise, and engaging manner in only 3 minutes. Students develop essential communication skills in the planning, preparation, and performance of their talk.

The Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) presents M.A., M.Sc., and Ph.D. students with the ultimate challenge: to explain their complex and highly specialized research and ideas to a general audience in just three minutes, using only one Power Point slide. This collaborative event is organized by Graduate Studies, External Affairs, Traill College, and Academic Skills.