What’s on(line) at GCAC in July 2021

In keeping with the ongoing extraordinary circumstances, the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) has moved online; while the venue may have changed, one thing that won’t is our commitment to providing support to U of T grad students.  Join us in our virtual classrooms as we offer guidance on how to improve your academic writing and speaking skills!  Below you’ll find information on what we’ll be offering in July.   

Workshops 

Just because we won’t be around in July doesn’t mean you won’t be able to work on upgrading your academic communication skills! GCAC has a wide range of prerecorded workshops on everything from boosting your productivity as a writer to strategies for writing research articles to brushing up on your email-writing skills! Just click the titles below for workshop descriptions and registration details. Once you register, you’ll receive a link to view the session you chose.  Below is a list of what’s currently available:  

PRERECORDED WORKSHOPS 

GETTING THROUGH GRADUATE WORK 
Preparing to Write a Grant Proposal by Dr. Jane Freeman 
Writing Effective Literature Reviews by Dr. Jane Freeman 
Developing Effective Note-Taking Strategies by Dr. Jane Freeman and Jeff Newman

Becoming a Productive Writer by Dr. Rachael Cayley 
The Craft of Revision by Dr. Rachael Cayley 
Quoting & Paraphrasing: Working with Sources in the Social Sciences and Humanities by Dr. Peter Grav 
 
IMPROVING ACADEMIC WRITING/SPEAKING IN THE SCIENCES 
Creating Effective Figures by Dr. Peter Sabatini 
Preparing Poster Presentations by Dr. Peter Sabatini 
Writing CIHR Proposals by Dr. Peter Sabatini 
Citation and Working with Sources in the Physical and Life Sciences by Dr. Peter Grav 

 
WRITING ARGUMENTATIVE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH ARTICLES                                              
Writing Titles and Abstracts by Dr. Peter Grav                                                                              
Setting Up Your Argument: Writing Effective Introductions by Dr. Peter Grav 
Writing Your Arguments and Conclusions by Dr. Peter Grav 

 
WRITING IMRD (INTRODUCTION – METHODS – RESULTS -DISCUSSION) RESEARCH ARTICLES (for students in Divisions 2, 3 and 4) 
Writing Titles and Abstracts by Dr. Peter Grav 
The “I” in IMRD: Writing Effective Research Article Introductions by Dr. Peter Grav 
The “M” in IMRD: Crafting Your Methods Section by Dr. Peter Grav 
The “RD” in IMRD: Strategies for Successful Results and Discussion Sections by Dr. Peter Grav     

CULTIVATING GRADUATE COMMUNICATION SKILLS 
Making Requests Appropriately by Clare Nippard 
Disagreeing Respectfully by Clare Nippard 
Writing Emails with Your Audience in Mind by Clare Nippard 
Building Your Academic Vocabulary by Lina Balsamo 
Academic Idioms Part 1 by Lina Balsamo 
Academic Idioms Part 2 by Lina Balsamo 
Organizing Your Presentation by Dr. Cristina D’Amico 
Four PowerPoint Techniques for Academic Presentations by Dr. Matt Jones                                         

Focus and Listening in Online Meetings by Dr. Matt Jones 
 

GCAC Writing Centre 

The GCAC Writing Centre will be closed July 12 – July 23 (inclusive), but will be open the rest of the summer term. We are now offering online individualized one-on-one synchronous writing support through appointments booked though our website. During these appointments, you’ll meet with a writing consultant, who will work with you using audio/video, chat and a document-sharing whiteboard area. Full details on how to book an appointment are on our website. 

Stay Connected 

  • Up to date information about what’s on at GCAC can always be found on our  website 
  • Keep on top of all GCAC news and announcements by following us on Twitter: @UofTGCAC 
  • Get weekly updates on all GCAC workshops and courses by subscribing to our listserv 

As always – stay healthy, safe and positive! See you all in August! 


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