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Critical reading: getting the most out of your reading

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

Today, 15:00 - 16:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
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.

Proofreading: the final stage before submission

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

Wed 24 Oct 2018, 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.

Successful searching

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

Wed 24 Oct 2018, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind 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: 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.

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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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.

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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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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