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Spring 2023 Pre-semester Workshops

Join us the week before classes begin for workshops to help you get ready for the Spring Semester. Workshops are targeted to international graduate students but open to all. All workshops will be held over Zoom. You’ll receive the link after registering. Join us for all the workshops or choose what looks most helpful for you.

Tuesday, January 3

Principles of Citation and Avoiding Plagiarism, 10:00-10:50 a.m. Register for citation workshop. Why is citation so important in US universities? How do you know what you should or shouldn’t cite? How can you work with language to avoid plagiarizing? How can a citation manager help you? 

Participating in and Leading Class Discussions, 11:00-11:50 a.m. Register for class discussions workshop. How can you prepare for the conversations? How can you understand what’s being said when they’re talking quickly? How can you get students to participate? Learn strategies for engaging more comfortably in and leading fast-paced class discussions. 

Wednesday, January 4

Research Introductions, 10:00-10:50 a.m. Register for introductions workshop. The typical research article introduction has a very predictable structure and language. Learn the formula for the introduction so you can find information quickly when you read and know where to put critical information when you write. 

Verb Tenses in Discourse, 11:00-11:50 a.m. Register for verb tenses workshop. English has twelve tenses! Learn which three are the most important and learn to use them correctly in research article introduction and discussion sections. 

Thursday, January 5

Reading Efficiency, 10:00-10:50 a.m. Register for reading workshop. There’s SO much to read in grad school! With the right mix of strategic reading practices, you can get essential information, build your vocabulary efficiently, and keep track of what you’re learning. Learn how in this workshop. 

Planning for a Productive Semester 11:00-11:50 a.m. Register for planning workshop. Come to this workshop to set goals, choose intentional behaviors, build a calendar, and meet accountability buddies.  

Friday, January 6

Successful Funding Proposals, 10:00-10:50 a.m. Register for funding workshop. No matter which funding agency you’re seeking money from, all successful proposals share six qualities. Join us to learn what they are and to learn how you get there with your own funding proposals. 

Understanding Southern English, 11:00-11:50 a.m. Register for Southern English workshop. You might understand people on campus, but what about in the community? Can you understand the grocery store clerk? Your restaurant server? The person at the DMV? Let us help you by sharing common features in the regional dialects of this area. 

Presentation Practice & Feedback Sessions

Are you preparing for an important presentation? Schedule a 45-minute individual appointment to practice your presentation and get feedback on your slides, presentation style, and any other concerns. For international graduate students.

Schedule a practice presentation here.


Previous Workshops

Fall 2022 Presentation Series

Join us for workshops to help you get ready for end-of-semester presentations. Workshops are targeted to international graduate students but open to all. All workshops will be held over Zoom. You’ll receive the link after registering. Join us for all the workshops or choose what looks most helpful for you.

Tuesday, November 15, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Vocal clarity.  Register for vocal clarity workshop. Come to this workshop to learn techniques to control your voice when you’re a little nervous and to make your pronunciation as understandable as possible.

Wednesday, November 16, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Effective slide design. Register for effective slide design workshop. Review some principles of effective slide design and get feedback on your own presentation slides. Bring your current or a previous project.

Friday, November 18, 12:20-1:10 p.m.

Responding to questions. Register for responding to questions workshop. You know that terrifying moment when you say “Any questions?” at the end of your presentation? Come to this workshop to learn ways to prepare for the questions and polite ways to respond when you don’t understand the question, don’t know the answer, or don’t want to answer it at this time.

Fall 2022 Summer Welcome Series

Join us Fridays 11:15 a.m-12:05 p.m. EDT (i.e., North Carolina time. Convert your time zone here.) for helpful workshops targeted to international graduate students but open to all. All workshops will be held over Zoom. You’ll receive the link after registering. Join us for all the workshops or choose what looks most helpful for you.

Friday, August 19

Participating in the American Classroom Register for American classroom workshop. Come to this workshop to explore expectations in the American university classroom and learn tips and strategies to effectively participate in classroom discussions.

Friday, August 26

Reading Efficiency Register for reading efficiency workshop. Come to this workshop to learn three ways of approaching your reading tasks and learn strategies for each approach.

Friday, September 9

Introduction to Southern English Register for Southern English workshop. Explore some of the features of the Southern dialect and learn tips for understanding Southern English.

Friday, September 16

Four Habits of Successful Writers Register for writing habits workshop. Successful writers have well-developed habits in four areas. Come to this workshop to reflect and strategize on these areas for your own writing.
 

July 2022 Summer Welcome Series

Tuesday, July 5

Participating in the American Classroom Register for American classroom workshop. Come to this workshop to explore expectations in the American university classroom and learn tips and strategies to effectively participate in classroom discussions.

Wednesday, July 6

Reading Efficiency Register for reading efficiency workshop. Come to this workshop to learn three ways of approaching your reading tasks and learn strategies for each approach.

Thursday, July 7

Four Habits of Successful Writers Register for writing habits workshop. Successful writers have well-developed habits in four areas. Come to this workshop to reflect and strategize on these areas for your own writing.

Friday, July 8

Introduction to Southern English Register for Southern English workshop. Explore some of the features of the Southern dialect and learn tips for understanding Southern English.
 

May 2022 Maymester Series

Join us 10-11 a.m. each day for helpful workshops on key topics for summer writing productivity. All workshops will be held over Zoom. You’ll receive the link after registering. See below for individual presentation practice and feedback appointments.

Monday, May 16

Plan for Summer Writing Productivity. Register for writing productivity workshop. Come to this workshop to set goals, choose intentional behaviors, build a calendar, and meet accountability buddies.

Tuesday, May 17

Three Types of Writing Groups–What’s Best for You? Register for writing groups workshop. Feedback, accountability, or support–or some of everything. What would help you stay on track this summer? Learn about the different groups and what makes them function optimally.

Wednesday, May 18

Reading Efficiency Register for reading efficiency workshop. Come to this workshop to learn three ways of approaching your reading tasks and learn strategies for each approach.

Thursday, May 19

Four Habits of Successful Writers Register for writing habits workshop. Successful writers have well-developed habits in four areas. Come to this workshop to reflect and strategize on these areas for your own writing.

Friday, May 20

Developing Disciplinary Voice Register for disciplinary voice workshop. How do you “sound like a biologist” or “sound like a health economist” or whatever your discipline in your academic writing? Come to this workshop to learn what will help.

March 2022–Spring Break Series

Do you have an important presentation this semester? A semester project? Your dissertation defense?

Join us 10-11 a.m. each day for helpful workshops on key topics for end of semester presentations. All workshops will be held over Zoom. You’ll receive the link after registering. See below for individual presentation practice and feedback appointments.

Monday, March 14

Vocal clarity.  Register for vocal clarity workshop. Come to this workshop to learn techniques to control your voice when you’re a little nervous and to make your pronunciation as understandable as possible.

Tuesday, March 15

Responding to questions. Register for responding to questions workshop. You know that terrifying moment when you say “Any questions?” at the end of your presentation? Come to this workshop to learn ways to prepare for the questions and polite ways to respond when you don’t understand the question, don’t know the answer, or don’t want to answer it at this time.

Wednesday, March 16

Effective slide design. Register for effective slide design workshop. Review some principles of effective slide design and get feedback on your own presentation slides. Bring your current or a previous project.

Thursday, March 17

Flow. Register for flow workshop. If you’re writing or presentation “flows,” your audience can follow the information easily. Come to this workshop to learn strategies to enhance the flow between paragraphs and individual sentences.

Friday, March 18

Getting useful feedback. Register for getting useful feedback workshop. Before the big presentation, you’ll want to get feedback from several sources. Come to this workshop to learn who to ask for different types of feedback, how to ask for what’s most useful, and how to give good feedback to your colleagues.