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Proofreading: the final stage before submission

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

Tue 21 Aug 2018, 12:30 - 13:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 29 Aug 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.

Academic presentations in a second language

Thu 23 Aug 2018, 10:00 - 11:30

This short workshop will focus on some of the strategies that can help you to give effective academic presentations in a language which is not your own. Although the workshop will be most useful to students whose first language is not English, the strategies involved will have general applicability. Areas that will be covered include:

  • Useful phrases
  • Signposting
  • Key words
  • Pronunciation
  • Timing
  • Visual support
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Academic writing: structuring for effective essays

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

Tue 28 Aug 2018, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 26 Sep 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.

Reading journal articles

Thu 30 Aug 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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Note-taking: record, review, reflect

Tue 25 Sep 2018, 11:00 - 12:30

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.

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Understanding British culture

Tue 25 Sep 2018, 13:00 - 14:30

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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Manage your time: make the most of it!

Wed 26 Sep 2018, 10:00 - 11:30

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.

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Strategies for successful language learning

Thu 27 Sep 2018, 10:00 - 11:30

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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Reflect on your performance: respond to feedback

Thu 27 Sep 2018, 12:00 - 13:30

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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Do I have dyslexia?

Fri 28 Sep 2018, 11:00 - 12:30

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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