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Calm your brain and have a croissant

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Today, 10:00 - 10:30StudentsFullFind out more
Today, 10:30 - 11:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tomorrow, 10:00 - 10:30StudentsFullFind out more
Tomorrow, 10:30 - 11:00StudentsFullFind out more

Finding your coursework overwhelming? Struggling to focus or feeling anxious about exams or deadlines? Come to our drop-in session Calm your brain and have a croissant. Run by The University of Manchester Counselling Service, we'll help you start your day off calm, focused and a little less hungry with some healthy breakfast and a chance to join other students in a relaxing mindfulness session. Don't worry if this session is full, come along anyway!

Challenging unhelpful thinking habits

Today, 12:00 - 13:30

Sometimes it is easy to find yourself falling into patterns of thinking which are unhelpful and lead to actions that are not in your best interests or the interests of others. Taking a step back from these thoughts is hard, but if you do you will notice the impact they can have on your life. These thoughts are often responsible for feelings of anxiety, low mood and other negative emotions. If you suffer from any of these feelings then come along to this workshop, run by The University of Manchester Counselling Service, and learn about methods you can use to challenge these thoughts and emotions. At this workshop you will be encouraged to identify your negative thinking habits and to consider alternative and more helpful responses to them.

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1:1 Exam support drop-in

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Today, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tomorrow, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Have you got a question about referencing, literature reviews, how to revise effectively or anything else? Come along to one of our 1:1 Exam support drop-ins and our advisors can help you. Simply pop by at any point during the hour and get your question answered! There's no need to book, just turn up.

Academic writing: structuring for effective essays

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Today, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 28 Jun 2018, 11:00 - 12:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This workshop will focus on the skills and techniques needed to plan, structure and write an effective essay. During the workshop you will discover different techniques you can use to structure each of the key sections within an essay. You will participate in a number of activities that will help you to develop your academic writing skills and write more efficiently and effectively.

Relax and recharge (no need to book)

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Today, 17:00 - 17:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tomorrow, 17:00 - 17:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Did you know that taking breaks has been proven to increase your productivity? Even better, putting aside 20 minutes to meditate for three consecutive days can reduce anxiety, improve your mood and reduce your heart rate!

If you'd like some time away from your revision, come along to one of our Relax and recharge drop-in sessions, led by the Library Student Team. Stay for just a few minutes or the whole session, help yourself to free refreshments and try out guided meditation with the Headspace app and MUSE headbands, which will introduce you to a variety of meditation techniques and help you focus your mind. All are welcome, beginners and experienced meditators alike! There's no need to book, just turn up.

Drop everything and...

Tomorrow, 13:00 - 15:00

Are you prone to procrastination? Got an assignment coming up and really need to get started? This session is designed to create a friendly and focused environment that motivates you to study without distractions (alongside other focused students). Just come prepared with work to do, you can bring a laptop or use one of ours.

How is the session structured?

There will be 10 minutes at the beginning to grab a drink and get comfortable. Then we will start the timer, and you will have 30 minutes to give your work your full attention. Every half an hour you will be encouraged to take a 10-minute break during which the Library's Student Team will be on hand to chat, offer general advice or recommend new strategies and techniques to help with your studies.

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Beginners' reference management with EndNote

Tue 29 May 2018, 11:00 - 12:30

This hands-on session will introduce you to the EndNote reference management software, a tool to help with managing your references and creating citations and bibliographies in different formats. The workshop will help to get you started using EndNote to manage references, annotate the PDFs of articles attached to your reference data and to generate bibliographies in over 5000 different styles.

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Library drop-in sessions

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Wed 30 May 2018, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 6 Jun 2018, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 13 Jun 2018, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 20 Jun 2018, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 27 Jun 2018, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Do you need help completing a literature review, understanding EndNote software or searching databases? Come along to our Library drop in and ask. There's no need to book, just turn up on the day!

Datastream

Fri 1 Jun 2018, 13:00 - 14:00

Thomson Reuters Datastream is a key resource for researchers who need to gather large amounts of quantitative company and financial markets data. We will walk you through these steps:

1] Create basic types of data request (static and time series).

2] Lookup equities and data items available using the Datastream Navigator.

3] Use Datastreams Excel Add-In to create portfolio lists and retrieve data.

The session lasts for 1 hour. Please email uml.bds@manchester.ac.uk if you have any questions and put MLE workshops in the subject line.

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Do I have dyslexia?

Mon 4 Jun 2018, 14:30 - 16:00

This workshop will focus on students who think they might have dyslexia. We will introduce you to the strategies and support might be available at the University of Manchester and go over the process we follow to test for specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. As part of the workshop, we will introduce you to text-to-speech and other assistive software and go over mind-mapping as a way to help with writing assignments. Please arrive at the session five minutes early to allow time to log onto the laptops.

Please don't book onto this workshop If you have English as an Additional Language and are studying on a course with the University Language Centre to improve your English skills before starting on another programme of study. Instead, please call the Disability Advisory and Support Service on 0161 275 7512 and book a Quick Query appointment with an advisor.

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Discover your approach to learning

Tue 19 Jun 2018, 14:00 - 15:30

This workshop will introduce you to some different approaches to learning. You will discuss why it is important to recognise your approach and you will consider how having an insight into the way you process information can help you with your studies. You will leave with useful strategies for completing academic tasks such as reading, writing, revision and attending lectures and seminars.

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Critical reading: getting the most out of your reading

Thu 28 Jun 2018, 14:00 - 15:30

In this workshop, you will go over key skills for effective critical reading. You will learn and practise techniques to help you identify key points and main ideas and gain an understanding about what is required to read critically. There will also be opportunities to discuss strategies for making connections between different articles, journals or other materials in order to aid understanding. Feel free to bring your own reading assignments to use during the session.

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