Workshops and Events

The Learning Center holds two to three skill-building workshops a month during the academic year. Descriptions and dates appear below and can also be found on our workshop flyer.  

Workshops meet at 79 Fifth Avenue, room 1618, unless otherwise specified. Reservations are not required but are recommended, as space is limited. To make a reservation, please visit If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at or 212.229.5121.

The fall 2015 workshops appear below.

Time Management     

Wednesday, September 9, at 12:00 noon, 79 Fifth Avenue, room 1618

Friday, October 16, at 12:00 noon, 79 Fifth Avenue, room 1618

Effective time management is a key not only to academic and professional success but to enjoyment of the writing process. Learn practical strategies that will help you better plan and budget your time, overcome procrastination, and feel in control of your written work. The final 30 minutes of this 90-minute workshop are devoted to an interactive exercise in which you learn how to block your week according to your schedule. Participants are encouraged to bring their class syllabi.

Presenters: Alexandria Mahon and Tamara Oyola

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Structuring an Essay

Wednesday, September 16, at 3:00 p.m., 79 Fifth Avenue, room 1618

For most academic essays, you are expected to make a strong claim and support it throughout the paper with relevant evidence and analysis—easy, right? In this workshop, we review the characteristics of a strong, debatable argument and discuss ways to build and support it throughout an essay. Feel free to bring assignment topics you will be working on, as we will develop at least two sample outlines together using the methods and tips discussed.

Presenters: Jeannie Kahaney and Jaclyn Lovell

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Don't Write Like a Graduate Student: A Workshop on Style and Clarity

Tuesday, September 22, at 4:00 p.m., 79 Fifth Avenue, room 1618

Learn to shed the amateur style that can weaken your writing. This workshop reveals the importance of clarity, identifies problems common in graduate student writing, and discusses ways to improve your style. Please bring short examples of your own academic writing. This workshop is open only to students currently enrolled in master's and doctoral programs.

Presenter: Peter Galambos
Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Boost Your Reading Skills

Wednesday, September 30, at 3:00 p.m., 79 Fifth Avenue, room 1618

Take charge of your academic reading. In this workshop, we will examine the reading process and help you develop strategies for becoming a more efficient and independent reader. We will also address ways to prepare for your readings, understand assignments, deconstruct the reading material, ask critical questions, and learn from your reading. 

Presenter: Andrea De Toledo

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Writing Research Papers

Thursday, October 8, at 12:00 noon, 79 Fifth Avenue, room 1618

Writing a research paper is less intimidating if you break the process down into steps. This workshop walks you through every stage of the process, from developing an angle for your paper to gathering sources to drafting and revising your work. This workshop is open only to students currently enrolled in master's and doctoral programs.

Presenters: Alexis Dianda

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Citing 101: Avoiding Plagiarism      

Wednesday, October 21, at 3:00 p.m., 79 Fifth Avenue, room 1618

Using other people's words and ideas is a great way to support an argument and strengthen a paper. However, it is vital that you credit your sources by using quotes and paraphrases correctly. This workshop begins with a review of proper forms of citation, followed by practice exercises and feedback, so that you know you're on the right path to avoiding plagiarism.

Presenter: Jeannie Kahaney and Jaclyn Lovell

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Excel at Excel

Tuesday, October 27, at 5:00 p.m., 79 Fifth Avenue, room 1618

Navigating Microsoft Excel can be difficult. In this workshop, learn how to operate the program: inputting, calculating, formatting, and analyzing content. Students are encouraged to bring a laptop with the Excel program to this workshop, so that they can interactively learn the basics and begin to excel at Excel.

Presenter: Alexandria Mahon

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Oral Presentations

Thursday, November 5, at 3:00 p.m., 79 Fifth Avenue, room 1618

Whether you are a confident public speaker or experience anxiety when speaking in front of a group, this workshop can help you develop your oral presentation skills. Through discussion and videos, the workshop will review techniques you can use to engage an audience and to feel comfortable and confident in front of even the toughest of crowds. You may also have the opportunity to practice presenting and be critiqued, so please bring a work-in-progress.

Presenter: Jeannie Kahaney and Alexandria Mahon

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Professional Writing

Thursday, November 12, at 5:00 p.m., 79 Fifth Avenue, room 1618

Whether in cover letters or emails, writing is often the form in which your ideas and credentials are first communicated to others in professional settings. This workshop can help you refine your professional writing in order to communicate clearly and effectively with colleagues and prospective employers alike.

Presenter: Victoria Somogyi  

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Below are examples of former workshops
A Creative Approach to Critical Voice

Learn how to think critically about your readings and develop original ideas and arguments. Through a close reading exercise, this workshop helps you feel more comfortable with language, develop personal style and perspective, and write with greater authority on your topics.

Presenter: Jaclyn Lovell 

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Formal Analysis

In this workshop, we consider the formal elements of art—color, composition, line—and the way they create effects and meaning in a piece. Through hands-on activities, learn what questions to ask when analyzing and writing about a piece and how to build upon your observations. This workshop prepares you to answer questions such as: How does Picasso's The Old Guitarist convey melancholy? Is Van Gogh’s The Night Café an inviting place? Why or why not?

Presenter: Jeannie Kahaney

Workshop Flyer (PDF)

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