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Note-taking: record, review, reflect

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

Today, 11:00 - 12:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 11 Oct 2018, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 16 Oct 2018, 13:30 - 15:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 31 Oct 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind 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.

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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Do I have dyslexia?

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

Fri 28 Sep 2018, 11:00 - 12:30StudentsFullFind out more
Mon 1 Oct 2018, 14:30 - 16:00StudentsFullFind out more
Thu 4 Oct 2018, 14:30 - 16:00StudentsFullFind out more
Wed 10 Oct 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 16 Oct 2018, 11:00 - 12:30StudentsFullFind out more
Fri 19 Oct 2018, 15:00 - 16:30StudentsFullFind out more
Mon 22 Oct 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsFullFind out more
Wed 31 Oct 2018, 15:00 - 16:30StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 6 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsFullFind 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.

Successful searching

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

Thu 4 Oct 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 24 Oct 2018, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind 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.

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

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

Tue 9 Oct 2018, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 30 Oct 2018, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

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.

Proofreading: the final stage before submission

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

Wed 10 Oct 2018, 15:00 - 16:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 24 Oct 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.

Challenging unhelpful thinking habits

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

Thu 11 Oct 2018, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsFullFind out more
Thu 25 Oct 2018, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsFullFind out more
Thu 8 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.

Managing procrastination

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

Mon 15 Oct 2018, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsFullFind out more
Mon 29 Oct 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.

Managing academic pressure

Tue 23 Oct 2018, 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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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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