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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 midterm 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!

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.

Challenging unhelpful thinking habits

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

Today, 13:30 - 15:00StudentsFullFind out more
Thu 1 Feb 2018, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsFullFind out more
Thu 15 Feb 2018, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsFullFind out more

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.

Relax with MUSE meditation

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

Today, 16:30 - 17:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tomorrow, 16:30 - 17:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Did you know that putting aside 20 minutes to meditate for 3 consecutive days has been proven to reduce anxiety, improve mood and reduce your heart rate?

If you'd like to explore the benefits of guided meditation then come along to one of our Relax with MUSE meditation drop-ins, led by the Library Student Team. During this drop-in you will get the chance to relax and try out the MUSE headbands, which will introduce you to some 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.

Do I have dyslexia?

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

Tomorrow, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 30 Jan 2018, 12:30 - 14:00StudentsFullFind out more
Fri 9 Feb 2018, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsFullFind out more
Wed 21 Feb 2018, 15:00 - 16:30StudentsFullFind out more

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 dont 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.

Introduction to accessible slide design

Thu 25 Jan 2018, 10:00 - 11:30

This workshop will focus on the best practice for designing accessible PowerPoint slides. It will explore what accessible design is and why its needed. During this workshop you will identify opportunities to improve your own design practice. You will work with others to apply accessible design guidelines to create inclusive slides.

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Managing procrastination

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

Mon 29 Jan 2018, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsFullFind out more
Mon 12 Feb 2018, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsFullFind out more

Do you find it difficult to start a piece of work? Does a nagging guilt spoil your leisure time? Do you tidy your room, check emails or constantly find ways to distract yourself from your work? Do you dream about handing in that 'perfect' piece of work? Are you very self-critical about your ability to work? Do you always find yourself panicking at the last minute? Do you feel drained yet have nothing to show for it? Are you constantly stressed and worried about work? Or your lack of it? Do you feel you are letting yourself down by putting things off? If any of these questions resonate with you, come along to this workshop.You are free to attend this workshop as many times as you would like, if you cannot book on again just drop by.

Academic writing: structuring for effective essays

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

Tue 30 Jan 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 14 Feb 2018, 13:30 - 15:00StudentsStaffFullFind 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.

Mindfulness for concentration

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

Tue 30 Jan 2018, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 6 Feb 2018, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsFullFind out more

Do you find it difficult to concentrate? Do you struggle with racing thoughts and often feel anxious or overwhelmed? This workshop, run by The University of Manchester Counselling Service, will cover a variety of practical, simple techniques to help still the mind and reduce anxiety. It will introduce you to mindfulness practice; a type of meditation which turns your attention towards what is happening in the present moment and allows you to take a step back from your anxious thoughts. This technique has been proven to be very effective in managing chronic stress and anxiety as well as pain and illness.

Library drop-in sessions

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

Wed 31 Jan 2018, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 7 Feb 2018, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 14 Feb 2018, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 21 Feb 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!

Note-taking: record, review, reflect

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

Thu 1 Feb 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 22 Feb 2018, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This workshop will help you to develop a more efficient approach to note-taking. In the session you will hear about strategies that will help you to be more critical and purposeful when assessing and recording information. You will get the chance to try out a range of note-taking techniques and develop strategies that suit you. Finally, you will learn how to develop your critical analysis skills and deepen your understanding by returning to your notes to review and reflect on the material.

Critical analysis: generating questions using primary sources

Thu 1 Feb 2018, 14:00 - 15:30

Primary sources are the building blocks of knowledge; they are the raw data from which scholars draw and develop ideas. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to work with artefacts from the University of Manchester's world-leading Special Collections. It will equip you with strategies for critically evaluating and analysing a range of primary sources including rare books, letters, photographs and maps whether for your own research or for understanding wider society.

You will be encouraged to think critically about primary sources to determine their accuracy and limitations and to consider how they can enhance and extend your own learning. The skills covered are transferable and can be applied to any learning situation involving evaluation, analysis and interpretation of data therefore, this workshop will be of interest to those developing their own research project or more widely, those interested in how information is analysed, evaluated and interpreted.

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Reducing the stress of perfectionism

Mon 5 Feb 2018, 13:00 - 14:30

Do you impose impossibly high standards on yourself? Standards that you can never quite reach no matter how hard you try? Are you prone to self-criticism and procrastination? If so, then do not worry because you are not alone! Come along to our workshop to learn more about the psychology of perfectionism, how it can affect you studies and the methods you can use to challenge it.

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Critical reading: getting the most out of your reading

Tue 6 Feb 2018, 11:00 - 12:30

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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Bloomberg introduction

Tue 6 Feb 2018, 13:00 - 14:00

Provides an introductory guide to the use of Bloomberg. 'Bloomberg Professional' is a company/financial data and news service.

Covers: Bloomberg keyboard, searching, practical session (worksheet), business news, Excel Add-In and Help features.

Duration: 1 hour.

Please email uml.bds@manchester.ac.uk if you have any questions. Please put MLE workshops in the subject line.

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Finding Motivation

Tue 6 Feb 2018, 13:00 - 14:30

Do you find it hard to motivate yourself to attend lectures or complete your work? Have you lost sight of why you chose to do your course in the first place? Does it always seem easier to do anything else except your academic work? If so, then come along to the Finding Motivation workshop to seek understanding of why you lack motivation and discover strategies to help you break these habits.

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Academic writing: referencing in your writing

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

Wed 7 Feb 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 20 Feb 2018, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This workshop will focus on effectively referencing sources in your writing. We will look at different ways to incorporate sources including: quotation, summarising and citation. We will also discuss what is appropriate for each method and how to smoothly integrate references into your own writing while simultaneously giving clarity to your own opinion and voice.

Beginners' reference management with EndNote

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

Wed 7 Feb 2018, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 22 Feb 2018, 11:00 - 12:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

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.

Manage your time: make the most of it!

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

Thu 8 Feb 2018, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 21 Feb 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

In this workshop you will evaluate how you currently manage your time and identify areas for improvement. You will learn how to prioritize different commitments and understand the need to re-prioritize when necessary. You will work with others to discuss common challenges faced when trying to manage your time and will have the opportunity to work on developing an approach to time management that suits your needs and preferences.

Using websites and recognising bias

Thu 8 Feb 2018, 14:00 - 15:30

In this workshop you will learn about the importance of critically evaluating information which is available via websites and other online sources. You will work with others to discuss how websites are produced for different purposes and present different information. You will create evaluation criteria to apply to websites in order to judge whether theyre appropriate to use in your work.

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Understanding British culture

Fri 9 Feb 2018, 11:00 - 12:30

This short session will outline and discuss some of the main characteristics of British culture, giving special attention to those aspects of culture which are perhaps less obvious. Reference will be made to the products, attitudes and behaviours that are thought of as typically British.

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Drop everything and...

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

Mon 12 Feb 2018, 10:00 - 12:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 23 Feb 2018, 14:00 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

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.

How to write an effective introduction

Mon 12 Feb 2018, 15:00 - 16:30

Writing an introduction can be tricky. A good introduction should be concise, brief and engaging, providing the reader with an overview of the topic. At this workshop you will hear about how to write and structure an effective introduction and discuss the different elements which can be included. At the end, you will also have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have related to introductions.

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Making the most of your mind: how to revise and study more effectively

Tue 13 Feb 2018, 13:00 - 14:30

Have you ever got stuck when you are trying to revise and then ended up losing all motivation to continue, or kept on trying with diminishing returns for your effort? Do you end up cramming at the last minute or find that what you are trying to learn just doesn't stick? This workshop will help you to understand the learning process and the role of memory and sleep in learning. You will learn strategies to help you to complete work on time and make the best use of your willpower - that important but limited resource.

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Searching systematically

Tue 13 Feb 2018, 14:00 - 16:00

Do you struggle replicating a search in a different database? This session will show participants how to replicate a search in four database platforms. This session will raise awareness of some of the search tools useful in replicating searches. Additional support for replicating searches can be found on the Systematic Review Libguide, and the My Learning Essentials - Getting Results: Guides to Searching Databases guide.

This session will run for 90 minutes and there will be 30 minutes at the end for further questions.

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Mindfulness: an approach to concentration

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

Tue 13 Feb 2018, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 20 Feb 2018, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsFullFind out more

Do you find it difficult to concentrate? Do you struggle with racing thoughts and often feel anxious or overwhelmed? This workshop, run by The University of Manchester Counselling Service, will cover a variety of practical, simple techniques to help still the mind and reduce anxiety. It will introduce you to mindfulness practice; a type of meditation which turns your attention towards what is happening in the present moment and allows you to take a step back from your anxious thoughts. This technique has been proven to be very effective in managing chronic stress and anxiety as well as pain and illness.

Discover your approach to learning

Wed 14 Feb 2018, 10:00 - 11:30

This workshop will introduce you to some different approaches to learning. You will discuss why it is important to recognize 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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Successful searching

Wed 14 Feb 2018, 15:30 - 17:00

This session is a workshop to help you think about the basics when searching for information relating to an assignment topic. You will learn a number of different steps which can be taken in order to help refine your results and pinpoint relevant information and resources as quickly as possible. Interactive exercises will give you practical experience of structuring a comprehensive search and help you to develop your own strategies for searching by working through common difficulties.

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Reading journal articles

Thu 15 Feb 2018, 10:00 - 11:30

Have you ever struggled to get the best out of an online journal article? Feeling overwhelmed with information you are unable to process?

This workshop will introduce you to techniques which will help you to improve the efficiency of your reading style. You will learn about everything from skimming and scanning to using knowledge of text structure to locate relevant information quickly. You will also learn new strategies for critical reading and text analysis, something which will enhance your essay writing skills.

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Datastream

Thu 15 Feb 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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Presentation skills: structuring an effective presentation

Thu 15 Feb 2018, 14:00 - 15:30

This workshop will outline a strategy to help you structure an effective presentation whether it be for presenting your research, yourself (e.g. for a job interview), or your ideas. It will focus on how to frame a topic and communicate your ideas clearly, emphasizing the value of practising to improve your confidence. You will also have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice, working in groups to structure a presentation based on a fun topic which you will then present in a friendly and informal setting.

In addition to this workshop you can attend the complimentary 'Presentation skills: delivering with confidence' workshop which will concentrate on coping with nerves and developing your confidence when carrying out presentations.

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Strategies for successful language learning

Fri 16 Feb 2018, 11:00 - 12:30

This workshop will explore the key skills and strategies necessary for successful language learning. You will also be introduced to the opportunities for learning an additional language which are available through the University Language Centre.

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Group work: play to your strengths

Fri 16 Feb 2018, 14:00 - 16:00

Are you a creative thinker, an organiser, a leader or a diplomat? Come along to this workshop if you want to find out where you fit and what you can bring to a piece of group work. You will learn to understand not only your own strengths but the strengths of others in your group in order maximise the success of your project.

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Reducing the stress of perfectionism

Mon 19 Feb 2018, 13:00 - 14:30

Do you impose impossibly high standards on yourself? Standards that you can never quite reach no matter how hard you try? Are you prone to self-criticism and procrastination? If so, then do not worry because you are not alone! Come along to our workshop to learn more about the psychology of perfectionism, how it can affect you studies and the methods you can use to challenge it.

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Proofreading: the final stage before submission

Tue 20 Feb 2018, 10:00 - 11:30

Do you find yourself losing marks for referencing, spelling or grammar? This session will highlight how proofreading a written piece of work to a high standard will improve your marks and increase your academic success. You will work with others to define the term proofreading and understand its place in the process of academic writing. Finally, you will get the chance to put what you have learnt into practice, working together as a group to effectively proofread a sample piece of work.

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What makes a journal article credible

Tue 20 Feb 2018, 12:00 - 13:00

Are you unsure what journal articles are? Have you had some feedback to indicate that you should be including better quality literature in your assignments? Then this workshop is for you. In this workshop you will determine the key components of a journal article, building a list of criteria which will then enable you to effectively assess the credibility of an article. Applying this strategy to your University work will add strength to your arguments.

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Beginners' reference management with Mendeley

Wed 21 Feb 2018, 14:00 - 15:30

This session will introduce participants with no previous experience of using Mendeley to the advantages of using reference management software and to the key functionality of the software.

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Reflect on your performance: respond to feedback

Thu 22 Feb 2018, 10:30 - 12:00

Reflecting on your performance after completing important tasks can help you to take charge of your own personal development and make positive improvements for the future. At this workshop you will develop strategies for dealing with disappointment, learn how to identify your strengths and weaknesses and make an effective action plan.

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Researching quoted companies

Thu 22 Feb 2018, 13:00 - 14:00

This workshop acts as an introduction to ThomsonONE.com and Thomson research; both resources which can be used to research quoted companies.

At this session you will learn how to obtain company share prices, analyst reports, annual reports, accounts and fundamentals.

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Reflective writing: how to present your learning experience

Fri 23 Feb 2018, 10:30 - 12:00

This workshop will assist you with developing a strategy for approaching and completing a piece of reflective writing. You will work with others to think about the way that you communicate what you have experienced and learnt in order to complete an assessed piece of work, to write the personal statement part of a job application, or to effectively present your personal development.

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