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Your literature review: getting started

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

Today, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 29 Oct 2018, 11:00 - 12:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 16 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 21 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This session is ideal if you are preparing to work on a project, dissertation or extended essay where a literature review component is required. The session will give you an understanding of the purpose and importance of the literature review as a piece of work. You will also have the opportunity to build a timeline of further activity in order to enable you to prepare to write your literature review.

Managing academic pressure

Today, 13:00 - 14:30

Feeling stressed due to the amount of academic workload you bear? Do not worry, you are not alone! Although a certain amount of nervous tension will help you to perform to the best of your ability, producing a rush of adrenaline that helps you to focus, if your nerves become extreme they can have the opposite effect. This workshop is designed to help you to manage your anxious feelings during the semester, as these feelings can block your thoughts, create a negative frame of mind and lead you to panic.

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Beginners' reference management with EndNote

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

Today, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 29 Oct 2018, 11:00 - 12:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 31 Oct 2018, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 12 Nov 2018, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsStaffFullFind 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.

Mindfulness for concentration

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

Today, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 30 Oct 2018, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 6 Nov 2018, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 13 Nov 2018, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 20 Nov 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.

Proofreading: the final stage before submission

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

Tomorrow, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 13 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

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.

Maths, stats and data handling drop-in (AGLC)

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

Tomorrow, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 31 Oct 2018, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 7 Nov 2018, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 14 Nov 2018, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 21 Nov 2018, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Have you got a burning question that you need a quick answer to?

Something like:

What methods could I use to solve this problem?

What conclusions can I draw from this data?

How do I choose which graph to use to represent this data?

Come along to our maths, stats and data handling drop-in and ask it! There's no need to book, just turn up on the day.

Library drop-in sessions

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

Tomorrow, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 31 Oct 2018, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 7 Nov 2018, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 14 Nov 2018, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 21 Nov 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!

Successful searching

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

Tomorrow, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 2 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 13 Nov 2018, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

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.

Academic writing for exams

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

This workshop will focus on the skills and techniques needed to prepare for and write in exam conditions. During this workshop you will identify the similarities and differences between writing for assignments and writing in exams in order to generate a strategy for approaching exam questions. You will work with others to break down exam questions using techniques that will enable you to plan and structure your answers with success. You will also discuss methods to help you to work within time constraints, which will boost your confidence when taking exams.

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Challenging unhelpful thinking habits

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

Thu 25 Oct 2018, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsFullFind out more
Thu 8 Nov 2018, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsFullFind out more
Thu 22 Nov 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.

Academic writing: structuring for effective essays

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

Thu 25 Oct 2018, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 1 Nov 2018, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 7 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 12 Nov 2018, 10:30 - 12:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 22 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind 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.

Academic writing: referencing in your writing

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

Fri 26 Oct 2018, 11:00 - 12:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 1 Nov 2018, 14:30 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 2 Nov 2018, 14:30 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 15 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind 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.

Maths, stats and data handling drop-in (North Campus)

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

Fri 26 Oct 2018, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 29 Oct 2018, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 9 Nov 2018, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 12 Nov 2018, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 23 Nov 2018, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Have you got a burning question that you need a quick answer to?

Something like:

What methods could I use to solve this problem?

What conclusions can I draw from this data?

How do I choose which graph to use to represent this data?

Come along to our maths, stats and data handling drop-in and ask it! There's no need to book, just turn up on the day.

Drop everything and...

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

Fri 26 Oct 2018, 14:00 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 9 Nov 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.

Managing procrastination

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

Mon 29 Oct 2018, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsFullFind out more
Mon 12 Nov 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.

How to write an effective introduction

Mon 29 Oct 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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Critical analysis: a practical approach

Tue 30 Oct 2018, 11:00 - 12:30

The ability to critically analyse text, data and other information is a fundamental skill for your time and university and beyond. This workshop will take you through key steps in critically analysing information and allow you to develop skills that will support your analysis in the future. It will introduce you to some key concepts around learning and memory and support you in contextualising new information. You will have the opportunity to practice using strategies to clarify the process of analysis and articulate your own analysis of information.

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Beginners' reference management with EndNote online

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

Tue 30 Oct 2018, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 21 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

EndNote online is the web-based version of the EndNote reference management software. Freely available on the Internet, you can register as a University of Manchester user via the Web of Knowledge database to get access to the full functionality of this resource which you can use to keep track of your reading, share your references with others and create citations and bibliographies in the appropriate format and style. This workshop will introduce you to the software and help you to start using this valuable referencing tool.

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

Tue 30 Oct 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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What makes a journal article credible

Tue 30 Oct 2018, 15:00 - 16:00

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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Note-taking: record, review, reflect

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

Wed 31 Oct 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 14 Nov 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.

Manage your time: make the most of it!

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

Wed 31 Oct 2018, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 15 Nov 2018, 14:30 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind 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.

Bloomberg introduction

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

Wed 31 Oct 2018, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 20 Nov 2018, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

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.

Do I have dyslexia?

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

Wed 31 Oct 2018, 15:00 - 16:30StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 6 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsFullFind out more
Wed 14 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsFullFind out more
Thu 22 Nov 2018, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsFullFind 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 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.

Critical reading: getting the most out of your reading

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

Thu 1 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 13 Nov 2018, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 16 Nov 2018, 14:30 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

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.

Maths Club

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

Fri 2 Nov 2018, 12:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 16 Nov 2018, 12:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Are you working on some maths, stats, engineering or data analysis? Come along to maths club where you can work in a focussed and supportive environment with like-minded people, and there will be some staff on hand to answer any questions you have along the way.

This is an informal session so theres no need to book, just turn up and get working!

Reducing the stress of perfectionism

Mon 5 Nov 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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Presentation skills: structuring an effective presentation

Wed 7 Nov 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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Using websites and recognising bias

Thu 8 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30

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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Presentation skills: delivering with confidence

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

This session will focus on the delivery of presentations. Students will be encouraged to develop their delivery skills and to actively plan their presentation to enable them to cope better with nerves and deliver in a more confident manner. Several delivery tips and techniques will be discussed which students will have the opportunity to put into practice by planning and delivering a short, informal presentation.

Students will benefit from attending 'Presentation skills: structuring an effective presentation' in addition to this workshop. This additional workshop compliments to content of Presentation skills: delivering your presentation with confidence by outlining a strategy to assist you with achieving a good structure when presenting and how to frame a topic effectively in order to communicate it clearly.

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Beginners' reference management with Mendeley

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

Fri 9 Nov 2018, 11:00 - 12:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 16 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

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.

Datastream

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

Fri 9 Nov 2018, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 12 Nov 2018, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

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.

Reading journal articles

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

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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How to write an effective introduction

Mon 19 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30

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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Reducing the stress of perfectionism

Mon 19 Nov 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 analysis: a practical approach

Mon 19 Nov 2018, 15:00 - 16:30

The ability to critically analyse text, data and other information is a fundamental skill for your time and university and beyond. This workshop will take you through key steps in critically analysing information and allow you to develop skills that will support your analysis in the future. It will introduce you to some key concepts around learning and memory and support you in contextualising new information. You will have the opportunity to practice using strategies to clarify the process of analysis and articulate your own analysis of information.

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Reflective writing: how to present your learning experience

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

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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Finding Motivation

Tue 20 Nov 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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