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Workshop sessions provide an interactive way to demonstrate a difficult concept or method to a group of students. Workshops primarily focus on difficult concepts that large groups of students are having trouble with. The Student Learning Centre (SLC) offers workshops based on student demand. If the number of students having trouble with a particular concept increases through one-on-one sessions, a workshop will be created to address the need. At other times, the SLC academic subject specialists will organize workshops to supplement course or program curriculum.

New workshops are scheduled regularly. View a list of workshops currently being offered.

ESL/EAL

  • Conversation Café
    This is a twice-weekly drop-in for all UOIT students, both graduate and undergraduate, to meet together in an informal setting at the north Oshawa location. The Conversation Café provides bilingual students with an opportunity to practice English-speaking and listening skills. Speakers of English as a first language have a chance to meet international students and learn about other cultures. Coffee, tea and cookies are provided. No advanced registration is necessary. If you need further details, please contact Lindsay SmithAcademic Skills Coordinator, by email or call 905.721.8668 ext. 3822.

Math Workshops

  • Calculus Workshops (MATH 1000/1010)

    Precalculus Workshop: Preparing you for University Calculus

    This workshop comprises two parts:

    1. Review fundamentals such as simplifying numeric expressions with exponents, radicals and fractions, solving equations and inequalities, factoring and rationalizing.
    2. Review the ideas concerning functions such as their graphs, domain and range, compositions, transformations and inverse functions.

    It also includes a refresher on logarithmic and exponential functions.

    Trigonometry Review Workshop

    Trigonometric functions can be challenging to work with if you don't remember their properties, how to work with radians, how to find their inverse and solve equations, etc. This workshop will help you overcome these challenges.  It is especially useful for students taking Calculus or anyone who needs a quick review on Trigonometry.

    High School Calculus Refresher (Calculus I Only)

    This workshop is for students who have completed high school calculusand will review basic limits and derivative rules (product, quotient and chain rule) in preperation for Calculus I material.

    Calculus Review: Limits Workshop

    It is essential to have a solid understanding of limits since this is the most fundamental concept of Calculus. This workshop is a great opportunity to look at different types of limits and how to evaluate them. Whether you are given a graph of a function or an algebraic representation, a piecewise function or a rational expression, a trigonometric function or an exponential, we will find whether limit exists.

    Calculus Review: Derivatives Workshop

    The derivative, which describes the rate of change of a function, can be difficult to find using limits. Fortunately, there are numberous rules that can be used. In this workshop, we will review all these rules. We will start from the simplest of functions and move to harder examples. Don't miss this opportunity. Knowing how to differentiate will help you continue in Calculus and other courses that require Calculus as a prerequisite.

    Calculus Review: Curve Sketching Workshop

    Graphing calculators and computer algebra systems can be very useful, but they are not always available and even when available, you may miss important properties of the graph. That being said, can you sketch a graph function without the use of technology? Learn to use the calculus to do just that. By analyzing the domain, intercepts, asymptotes, critical points, intervals where function is increasing or decreasing, concavity and points of inflection, you will be able to sketch the graph by hand.

    Calculus Review: Related Rates Workshop

    This workshop is intended to give calculus students more exposure to different related rates word problems. Whether it is a problem with a sliding ladder, a launching rocket or a growing shadow, learn how to pick out the known and unknown information and how to find the relations between variables in order to find related rates.

    Calculus Review: L'Hospital's Rule Workshop

    When you are faced with a limit that is of an indeterminate form, whhat do you do? This workshop will review when and how to apply L'Hospital's rule for a variety of limits.

    Calculus Review: Antiderivatives and Integration by Substitution Workshop

    This workshop will review the process of finding antiderivatives to evaluate both definites and indefinities integrals. It will also cover how to do more complicated integration problems with the use of u-substitution method. Whether you need a review or more practice, this workshop will provide you with strategies for recognizing when to use u-substitution method and how to make the correct choice of u. This knowledge is essential since it is a prerequisite for Calculus II.

    Calculus I Final Exam Review Study Session

    This workshop reviews a variety of harder topics that students learn in Calculus I including limits, derivatives, integration, and application problems. It is designed to help students prepare for the exam and offers an opportunity for students to ask questions they have encountered while studying.

  • Calculus II (MATH 1020)

    Calculus Review: Integration by u-Substitution Workshop (for Calculus II)

    Learn to transform complicated integration problems into simpler ones using the method of u-substitution. Whether you need a review or more practice, this workshop will provide you with strategies for recognizing whent to use u-substitution method and how to make the correct choice of u.

    By Parts and Trigonometric Integration Workshop

    This workshop will provide you with plenty of practice using these two integration techniques as well as helpful tips on these approaches.

    Trigonometric Substitution and Partial Fractions Integration Workshop

    This workshop will provide you with plenty of practice using these two integration techniques as well as helpful tips on these approaches.

    Calculus Review: Strategy for Integration Workshop (for Calculus II)

    Deciding on which techniques should be used when integration a function can be quite challenging. This workshop give some advice and an opportunity to practice recognizing when to use the techniques such as u-substitution, integration by parts, trigonometric substitution, partial functions and more.

    Calculus II Applications: Differential Equations Workshop

    This workshop will provide you with an opportunity to review one of the important applications of calculus- differential equations. Get more practice finding solutions of separable differential equations, using Euler's method, matching direction fields to their equations, and solving application questions which involve decary of radioactive substances, population growth, cooling processes, etc.

    Parametric and Polar Curves Workshop

    This workshop will provide you with strategies to plot simple parametric curves and polar coordinates, convert between Cartesian and polar coordinates, and find areas enclosed by polar curves.

    Double Integrals Workshop

    This workshop will provide you with an opportunity to review double integrals. You will get more practice integration over rectangular and general regions.

    Taylor Series Workshop

    This workshop will provide you with an opportunity to review Taylor Series. You will gain practice in finding the Taylor and Maclaurin Series representation for various functions, estimating the accuracy of approximating functions using Taylor Polynomials and more.

    Calculus II Final Review Study Session

    The Student Learning Centre is offering a study session to help students prepare for Calculus II exam. The workshop will review harder topics of the course and will allow for questions that students encountered while studying for the exam.

  • Differential Equations (MATH 2860)

    Integration Review Workshop

    If you took Calculus, but forgot the methods used for integration, this workshop is for you. Those of you who are taking 2nd year mathematics such as Differential Equations will benefit from this review session. We will review methods such as a u-substitution, integration by parts, integration by partial fractions, and more.

    Solving First Order Ordinary Differential Equations Workshop

    In this workshop, we will practice identifying and solving the following types of first order differential equations: separable, linear and exact. Get equipped with strategies that will help you solve various types of differntial equations that can model a wide variety of physical phenonmena.

    Solving Higher Order Differential Equations Workshop

    This workshop provides a review for MATH 2860 students or anyone interested in reviewing how to solve ordinary differential equations of 2nd order or higher. We will cover the following concepts:

    • Finding a general solution of higher order homogeneous linear equations with constant coefficients
    • Using Variation of Parameters to solve non-homogeneous linear equations and;
    • Reduction of Order to solve 2nd order equations if one solution is given

    Solving Homogeneous Linear Systems of Differental Equations using Eigenvalues

    In this workshop we will review the method of finding eigenvalues and eigenvectors which will be used for solving linear systems of ordinary differential equations. We will look at three different cases:

    • Distinct eigenvalues
    • Repeated eigenvalues and;
    • Complex eigenvlaues

    Differential Equations Exam Study Session

    This workshop provides students with a review of many of the key topics presented in the MATH 2860 course including solving various first and higher order differential equations, Laplace transforms, application problems, and partial differntial equations.

    Laplace Transforms Review Workshop

    The Laplace transform can be an invaluable tool to solve many physical problems especially those with electrical circuits. This workshop will review how to compute the Laplace transform, solve the transformed problem, and take the inverse Laplace transform to solve differential and integral equations.

  • Linear Algebra (MATH 1850/ MATH 2050)

    Linear Algebra Review: Gaussian Elimination Workshop

    In this workshop, you will review methods for solving systems of linear equations using Gaussian Elimination and Gauss-Jordan Elimination. This workshop will provide you with strategies that apply to any system whether it is a system that yields infinitely many solutions, one solution or no solution.

    Linear Algebra Review: Determinants and Cramer's Rule Workshop

    A determinant is a real number associated with every square matrix. It has many uses such as determining if a matrix is invertible, finding eigenvalues, using Cramer's rule to write solutions explicitly in terms of determinants, calculating volumes in Vector Calculus, finding Wronskian in Differential Equations etc. This workshop will help you review a method called Cofactor Expansion that is used for finding determinants of any size matrix. It will also cover Cramer's Rule which is a method used for solving linear system of equations in terms of determinants.

    Linear Algebra Review: Subspaces of Vector Spaces Workshop

    In this workshop, you will review the concept of subspaces and how to determine if a given subset is a subspace of a vector space.

    Linear Algebra Review: Span, Linear Independence and Basis Workshop

     This workshop is an extension to the Vector Spaces Workshop. It will review how to:

    • Write a linear combination of a finite set of vectors
    • Determine whether a set of vectors in a vector space is a spanning set
    • Determine whether a finite set of vectors in a vector space is linearly independent
    • Show that a set of vectors is a basis for a vector space
    • Use dimension to determine whether a set of vectors is a basis for a finite-dimensional vector space
    • (If time permits) Find a basis and dimension for the nullspace/row space/column space of a matrix

    Linear Algebra Review: Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors Workshop

    What are eigenvalues and eigenvectors and how do we find them? This workshop will answer this question for students who need to review this Linear Algebra concept. If time permits, we will also review Diagonalization Method.

  • Statistics and Probability (STAT 2010/2020/2800)

    Statistics for Science and Engineering Midterm Review Session

    This midterm review session is offered for both Statistics for Sciences and Statistics for Engineers. It will review basic probability theory as well as discrete and continuous probability distributions.

    Hypothesis Testing Review Workshop

    This workshop will review confidence intervals and hypothesis testing for one and two population means. You will practice identifying which test to use and how to thoroughly execute and interpret the statistical test.

    Statistics for Science and Engineering Exam Study Session

    This exam study session will review material from the latter half of the course, including significance tests, confidence internals, regression, and, for Engineering, quality control.

  • Statistics in Health Science (HLSC 3800)

    Descriptive Statistics and Graphical Methods

    Students taking Statistics in Health Science are invited to attend to practice calculating measures of central tendency and dispersion and to also create frequency histograms, ogives and box plots.

    Probabilities and the Normal Distribution Review

    Students taking Statistics in Health Science are invited to attend to practice questions involving probability theory, set notation, the normal distribution and central limit theorem.

    Testing Hypotheses Review

    This workshop is for students taking Statistics in Health Science and will involve practicing the steps for hypothesis testing on a variety of problems that involve a single mean and two means.

    Non-Parametric Hypothesis Testing

    Students taking Statistics in Health Science are invited to attend this workshop to practice using non-parametric tests such as The Sign Test, Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test, Mann-Whitney U-test and Spearman's Rank Correlation Coefficient. This workshop will also review the Chi Square goodness of fit test if time allows.

  • Nursing Math

    Math for Dosage Calculations Workshop (offered by request)

    Students in the Nursing programme are invited to attend this workshop for a review of basic math concepts such as long division, multiplication of fractions, division of decimals, measurement conversion and any other math needed for calculating dosages. Students will be able to apply this knowledge to actual examples such as calculating the amount of medicine to be given, calculating flow rate, solving for the unknown such as total infusion time, etc.

  • Business Math I (BUSI 1915)

    Business Math I Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

    This workshop is offered for Business Math I students to review basic algebraic skills so students are able to work with brackets, exponents, fractions and rational expressions.

    Business Math I Word Problems Review

    This workshop is broken into two parts to provide plenty of practice. This first focuses on how to approach simple word problems, developing the skills to rewrite word problems using algebraic expressions. The second half uses these skills to solve more complicated word problems involving rates, ratios, quadratics, and inequalities.

    Business Math I Cost-Volume-Profit and Markups Review

    This workshop review how to set up linear equations for revenue and cost to calculate the break-even point. It looks at contribution margains and practice problems involving the ideas to retail mark ups and discounts.

  • Drop-in Sessions

    Math Circle

    For students who are interested in studying for Math courses in a group setting, the Student Learning Centre (SLC) invites them to attend the Math Circle that is facillitated by the Math Specialist in the SLC who is available to offer help on a group and individual level, as needed.

    Statistics Help Session (offered by request)

    For students who are interested in getting additional review and claification of various topics in Probability and Statistics, the Student Learning Centre (SLC), invites them to attend Statistics Help Session where they can access help on a group and individual level, as needed.


Physics

  • Workshops for PHY 1010 and PHY 1030

    Get Ready for Physics

    This workshop is designed to help students gain the prerequisite skills required to succeed in first year physics courses. Topics include significant figures, unit conversions, rearranging algebraic equations, and vectors and trigonometry.

    One- and Two- Dimensional Kinematics

    This workshop will focus on one- and two- dimensional kinematics problems. An organized and effective problem-solving strategy will be introduced and used to solve kinematics problems of varying difficulty.

    Circular Motion

    This workshop will focus on circular motion. Students will learn how to convert from linear to circular quantities and use both linear and circular kinematics equations to solve problems.

    Practice Midterm 1 (PHY 1010 and PHY 1030)

    This midterm review is designed for students enrolled in Physics I and Introductory Physics in preparation for their first midterm exam. Students will have the opportunity to write a practice midterm during the first half of this workshop, and problems will be taken up together during the second half. Topics covered include one- and two-dimensional kinematics, circular motion, and forces.

    Forces with One Object

    This workshop will focus on drawing free-body diagrams with one object, and using these diagrams to determine net force and acceleration. Concepts covered include:

    • static and kinetic friction
    • normal forces
    • scale readings
    • tension
    • ramps
    • acceleration

    Forces with Multiple Objects

    This workshop will focus on drawing free-body diagrams with more than one object, and using these drawings to determine net force and acceleration. Problems incorporate pulleys, static and kinetic friction, ramps, and kinematics equations.

    Practice Midterm 2 (PHY 1030)

    This midterm review is designed for students enrolled in Introductory Physics in preparation for their second midterm exam. Students will have the opportunity to write a practice midterm during the first half of this workshop, and problems will be taken up together during the second half. The focus of this practice midterm is on forces with one or more objects.

    Forces with Circular Motion

    This workshop allows students to make connections between forces and circular motion, two concepts discussed in previous workshops. Students will investigate forces required to produce circular motion, including normal forces, static friction, and tension.

    Impulse, Momentum, and Energy

    This workshop will focus on elastic and inelastic collisions, conservation of momentum, as well as conservation of energy. Various forms of energy will be considered including gravitational potential, kinetic, and spring energy.

    Practice Midterm 2 (PHY 1010)

    This midterm review is designed for students enrolled in Physics I in preparation for their second midterm exam. Students will have the opportunity to write a practice midterm during the first half of this workshop, and problems will be taken up together during the second half. The focus of this practice midterm is on forces with one or more objects, conservation of momentum, forces with circular motion, energy, and work.

    Work

    This workshop will focus on work; problems will include an external force acting on or by a system. A systematic approach will be introduced to deal with energy balances that incorporate work.

    Rotation of a Rigid Body

    This workshop will focus on rotation. Concepts covered include:

    • moment of inertia
    • centre of mass
    • angular velocity
    • pulleys without negligible mass
    • conservation of angular momentum

    Practice Midterm 3 (PHY 1030)

    This midterm review is designed for students enrolled in Introductory Physics in preparation for their third midterm exam. Students will have the opportunity to write a practice midterm during the first half of this workshop, and problems will be taken up together during the second half. The focus of this practice midterm is on energy, work, and circular motion.

    Gravity

    This workshop will focus on gravity. Concepts covered include forces of gravity, gravitational potential energy, and escape velocity.

    Physics Marathon Exam Review (PHY 1010 and PHY 1030)

    This full-day exam review is designed for students enrolled in Physics I and Introductory Physics in preparation for their final exam. Topics learned throughout the term will be covered, including:

    • circular motion
    • energy
    • forces
    • gravity
    • kinematics
    • momentum
    • rotation
    • work

    Students will have the opportunity to write two practice exams, and problems will then be taken up together.

  • Workshops for PHY 1020 and PHY 1040

    Charges

    This workshop will focus on electric charges and their effect on objects. Vector addition will be used to determine the net electric force on a point charge.

    The Electric Field

    In this workshop, the similarities and differences between electric force and electric field will be examined. Vector addition, as well as integration will be used to determine the net electric field at a point.

    Gauss’s Law

    In this workshop, Gauss’s Law will be used to find the electric field both inside and outside of charged spheres and cylinders. Charge distributions of conductors and insulators will be analyzed and described by their linear, surface and volume charge densities.

    The Electric Potential

    The focus of this workshop will be on electric potential. Problem-solving strategies incorporating electric potential and conservation of energy will be used to solve problems about the motion of charged particles. The definition of capacitance will also be used to determine the charge of and potential difference across capacitors connected in parallel and series in a circuit.

    Practice Midterm 1 (PHY 1020 and PHY 1040)

    This midterm review is designed for students enrolled in Physics II and Physics for Biosciences in preparation for their first midterm exam. Students will have the opportunity to write a practice midterm during the first half of this workshop, and problems will be taken up together during the second half. Topics covered include charges, electric field, Gauss’s law, and electric potential.

    Fundamentals of Circuits

    This workshop will focus on direct-current (DC) circuits containing resistors connected in parallel and series. Ohm’s law and Kirchhoff’s loop law will be used to find the potential difference across and current through each resistor.

    The Magnetic Field

    This workshop will focus on the magnetic field and its ability to exert forces on moving charged particles. The Biot-Savart law will be used to determine the magnetic field produced by a moving point charge and by a short current element. The magnetic force on a moving charge and on a current carrying wire will be calculated, and the direction this force acts will be determined using the right-hand-rule.

    Electromagnetic Induction

    The focus of this workshop will be on Lenz’s law and Faraday’s law. These laws will be used to determine the induced emf and current produced by a changing flux, as well as the direction of this induced current.

    Practice Midterm 2 (PHY 1020)

    This midterm review is designed for students enrolled in Physics II in preparation for their second midterm exam. Students will have the opportunity to write a practice midterm during the first half of this workshop, and problems will be taken up together during the second half. Topics covered include circuits, the magnetic field, and electromagnetic induction.

    Practice Midterm 2 (PHY 1040)

    This midterm review is designed for students enrolled in Physics for Biosciences in preparation for their second midterm exam. Students will have the opportunity to write a practice midterm during the first half of this workshop, and problems will be taken up together during the second half. Topics covered include resistance and resistivity, capacitors and dielectrics, resistor-capacitor (RC) circuits, right-hand-rule, Ohm’s law and Kirchhoff’s loop law.

    AC Circuits (PHY 1020)

    The focus of this workshop is on alternating-current (AC) circuits, a topics that is only covered in Physics II (not Physics for Biosciences). The effect of frequency on capacitive and inductive reactance will be investigated, and used to explain the mechanism behind high-pass and low pass RC filter circuits. Resistor-inductor-capacitor (RLC) circuits will be analyzed to determine the current through and potential difference across each circuit element both at resonance as well as at other frequencies.

    Optics

    This workshop will focus on wave and ray optics. Interference patterns due to single slit, double slit and diffraction gratings will be examined. Snell’s law will then be used to determine the angle of refraction as light passes from one medium into another. Ray diagrams as well as thin lens equations will also be used to determine the properties and location of images formed by a thin lens or mirror.

    Physics II Exam Review (PHY 1020)

    This exam review is designed for students enrolled in Physics II in preparation for their final exam, and is split between two days, approximately one week apart. The first part of this review will focus on charges and electric field; however, students will be given the entire review package which includes the remaining topics learned throughout the term, including:

    • AC circuits
    • electric potential
    • electromagnetic induction
    • Gauss’s law
    • magnetic field
    • optics

    Students are encouraged to prepare for the second part of the review workshop by completing the entire review package independently. Problems will then be taken up during the second part of the review workshop and students will have the opportunity to ask questions or seek clarification on topics they had difficulty with.

    Physics for Biosciences Exam Review (PHY 1040)

    This midterm review is designed for students enrolled in Physics for Biosciences in preparation for their final exam. Students will have the opportunity to write a practice exam during the first half of this workshop, and problems will be taken up together during the second half. Topics covered include:

    • Ampere’s law
    • electric force, field and potential
    • Faraday’s law
    • Gauss’s law
    • Kirchhoff’s loop law
    • wave and ray optics

Study Skills

  • Finding Success in University (1.5 hours)

    Your decision to pursue post-secondary education involves important life transitions. University can be inspiring and rewarding when met with committed academic ambition. However, there may be times when adapting to new settings will be challenging. In this workshop, students will review tips for staying on top of their studies, ways to enhance study habits, and hints for different learning styles to improve study skills.

  • Time Management and Goal Setting (1.5 hours)

    Successful students must learn to be proactive and to manage time effectively so they can lead balanced lives. In this workshop, students will review the benefits of effective time management, how to create a study schedule, the importance of goal setting, and how to set SMART goals.

  • Lectures and Note Taking (1.5 hours)

    Lecture material often incorporates the main ideas and concepts likely to be included on midterms and exams. For this reason, note-taking is a valuable and essential skill to enhance learning and get the most out of lectures. In this workshop, students will review effective strategies for listening and note taking as well as the concept mapping approach.

  • De-Stress for Success (1.5 hours)

    Attending university can be a rewarding experience, but it comes with a fair amount of responsibility. This responsibility can become burdensome when you start to worry about how much school work you have to do. With patience and discipline, you can carry the weight of academic pressure with more ease. In this workshop, students will review strategies to prevent and cope with academic stress and tips to relieve test anxiety.

  • Expect Success - Exam Preparation (1.5 hours)

    Expect success and prepare for your exams. In this workshop, students will plan for success by reviewing effective study strategies, creating a task list, and beginning a study plan. Take this opportunity to get yourself organized and prepare for your exams.

  • Getting through Finals (1.5 hours)

    It is important to take your exams seriously, but not so seriously that they distress or discourage you. Developing an approach to writing and preparing for exams comes with practice. In this workshop, students will review strategies to improve memory skills and prepare for exams, as well as tips to deal with exam anxiety.

  • Bounce Back! (1.5 hours)