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Reading journal articles

Tue 2 Oct 2018, 10:30 - 12:00

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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What makes a journal article credible

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

Tue 2 Oct 2018, 12:30 - 13:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 30 Oct 2018, 15:00 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

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.

Critical reading: getting the most out of your reading

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

Wed 3 Oct 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 18 Oct 2018, 14:30 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 22 Oct 2018, 15:00 - 16:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 1 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind 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 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.

Note-taking: record, review, reflect

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

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.

Drop everything and...

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

Fri 12 Oct 2018, 14:00 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
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.

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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