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Director: Theresa Nicolay
Location: Golisano Gateway, Top Floor
Phone: (585) 385-8151
Email: tnicolay@sjfc.edu

Writing Workshop Schedule

Writing Thesis Statements (CAE Student Success Workshop)

Tue., September 30, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Every writing task involves a purpose and an audience, so writers must start by asking themselves some specific questions. Why am I writing? What is the main point I’m trying to get across to my reader? Who is my reader, my audience? The answers to these questions help writers to generate focused and relevant thesis statements. In this workshop we’ll review the components of an effective thesis statement, and you’ll create at least one of your own. Participants should feel free to bring papers which they are currently drafting.

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APA Basics (CAE Student Success Workshop)

Tue., October 07, 2014 at 5:00 PM
This workshop is designed to help students familiarize themselves with the APA handbook and APA style in general. We will also address the appropriate use and integration of source material.

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Effective Note Taking and Review (CAE Student Success Workshop)

Thu., October 09, 2014 at 12:30 PM
This workshop will include strategies for taking notes in class, preparing for class, keeping up with the lecture while taking notes, and reviewing your notes for better comprehension and retention.

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Coping with Grammar (CAE Student Success Workshop)

Wed., October 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Confused by commas? Wracking your brains over run-ons? Fatigued by fragments? This workshop is designed to take the mystery out of some of the most common sentence-level errors that students make. Participants in this workshop are encouraged to bring examples of their own work; however, sample sentences will be provided.

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Cite This! (CAE Student Success Workshop)

Tue., October 21, 2014 at 5:00 PM
This workshop is based on the principles of plagiarism in relation to academic honesty and intellectual property. Who owns it, and can I use it? Students will come to understand these principles by creating a piece of intellectual property and a citation for it.

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Incorporating Source Material Into Your Paper (CAE Student Success Workshop)

Wed., October 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM
In this workshop we’ll discuss techniques for introducing and blending source material into your essays as well as techniques that prevent us from plagiarizing source material.

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Effective Paragraphs (CAE Student Success Workshop)

Thu., November 06, 2014 at 12:30 PM
This workshop will review the elements of successful paragraphs, including topic sentences, assertions, substantiation, unity, and coherence.

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Developing & Structuring Arguments (CAE Student Success Workshop)

Wed., November 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM
There is more to an argument than just stating an opinion: once you make a claim, you’ve got to support it. While every argument is different, there are some basic elements of argumentation that writers can use to compose persuasive discourse. Participants in this workshop will generate claims and reasons to support them. We’ll also consider the importance of counter arguments and see how they can be used to strengthen our own claims.

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Revision and Editing (CAE Student Success Workshop)

Tue., December 02, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Few writers get it right the first time. Writing is thinking, and that means that as we write, our ideas develop and sometimes change entirely. Revision means adding, removing, and rearranging paragraphs and ideas, whereas editing involves relatively minor changes. In this workshop we will discuss and practice strategies for both.

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CAE Academic Workshops

The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) offers many workshops on topics such as Writing and Research, Study Skills, Career Preparation, Technology, Academic Advising, and more.

Check out the Schedule of Workshops offered.

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