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The Counselling and Mental Health Service also offers a wide range of workshops, which are bookable through their website here (http://www.counsellingservice.manchester.ac.uk/workshops/).

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Critical analysis: a practical approach (online)

In this session you will use a model for critical analysis to inform your critical thinking and support your analysing of new information. The model will move you from observing a source to connecting it to your own knowledge, and guide you in critically examining the new knowledge in the context of what you already understand. We will have some examples to use on the day, but you are certainly welcome to bring a chapter, image or other item from within your own subject to practice with.

Booking on

This event will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom.us. Booking onto the event is essential to receive the link and passcode to join. Select 'find out more' to book your place!

Further support

Can't make this session? Talk to us online via Library Chat now, or send us an email: tls@manchester-uk.libanswers.com.

Zoom support and guidance

All University of Manchester students and staff should register at Zoom.us using their University of Manchester email address, only authenticated users can join this event. Help and support with using Zoom is provided by Media Services. Updates are posted to the Media Services website, and you can contact the team by emailing mediaservices@manchester.ac.uk.

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

Tomorrow, 14:00 - 15:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 10 Jul 2024, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Reflective writing: how to write critically about your learning experience (on campus)

This workshop will give you practical experience of producing a piece of reflective writing, taking you through one possible model of reflective writing (Gibbs 1998). In the session you will learn about the conventions of reflective writing and how it differs from academic essay writing, before having the chance to write a draft of several key elements of a reflective writing piece, working with and receiving feedback from others in the group.

Booking on

Due to popularity, booking onto the event is essential to ensure a place.

Further support

Talk to us online via Library Chat now. Alternatively, you can email us for advice at tls@manchester-uk.libanswers.com.

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

Fri 14 Jun 2024, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 2 Jul 2024, 14:00 - 15:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Library drop-in (on campus)

Ask us any questions on using the Library's resources or services. Whether it's an IT issue you need solving or where to find support with referencing, essay writing or doing a literature review. This assessment period, we'll be providing guidance on tried and tested approaches to revision and strategies to get you through your assessments. Our Library drop-in gives you the opportunity to speak to a friendly member of the Library and Student Team to get support and guidance.

Drop-ins are open to all University of Manchester students, researchers and staff. In peak times you may need to wait, support and advice will be provided as quickly as possible. You can join the drop-in at any time during the session!

Booking on

We encourage booking onto the event and participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets to the Library drop-in. If you don't have access to a device, there is equipment to borrow.

Further support

Talk to us online via Library Chat now. Alternatively, you can email us for advice at tls@manchester-uk.libanswers.com.

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

Fri 14 Jun 2024, 12:00 - 13:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Mon 17 Jun 2024, 12:00 - 13:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 19 Jun 2024, 12:00 - 13:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Mon 24 Jun 2024, 12:00 - 13:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 26 Jun 2024, 12:00 - 13:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Mon 1 Jul 2024, 12:00 - 13:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 3 Jul 2024, 12:00 - 13:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Proofreading: the final stage before submission (on campus)

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.

Booking on

Due to popularity, booking onto the event is essential to ensure a place.

Further support

Can't make this session? Talk to us online via Library Chat now, or send us an email: tls@manchester-uk.libanswers.com.

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

Mon 17 Jun 2024, 14:00 - 15:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 25 Jun 2024, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 18 Jul 2024, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Academic writing: using references to support your writing (on campus)

This workshop will focus on how to reference sources in your writing. We will consider different ways of incorporating the work of others into your writing including using quotations, summarising and paraphrasing. We will also discuss how to find the right balance between the work of others (references and data), and your own voice in your academic writing by adding in your own analysis and connecting your ideas to your main argument in order to answer the assignment question.

Booking on

Due to popularity, booking onto the event is essential to ensure a place.

Further support

Talk to us online via Library Chat now. Alternatively, you can email us for advice at tls@manchester-uk.libanswers.com.

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

Tue 18 Jun 2024, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 18 Jul 2024, 14:00 - 15:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

How to write an effective introduction (on campus)

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.

Booking on

Due to popularity, booking onto the event is essential to ensure a place.

Further support

Talk to us online via Library Chat now. Alternatively, you can email us for advice at tls@manchester-uk.libanswers.com.

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

Wed 19 Jun 2024, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 10 Jul 2024, 14:00 - 15:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Critical reading: getting the most out of your reading (on campus)

In the workshop you will learn about what it means to read critically. You will develop and practice critical reading skills such as actively engaging with written material through the process of asking questions and noting reactions. You will practice identifying the authors opinion and use of evidence and analysis. Finally you will practice the art of summarizing a text in order to gain a deep understanding of what you've read.

This workshop will also introduce you to software which will help you to actively engage with the text and take notes.

Booking on

Due to popularity, booking onto the event is essential to ensure a place.

Further support

Talk to us online via Library Chat now. Alternatively, you can email us for advice at tls@manchester-uk.libanswers.com.

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

Wed 19 Jun 2024, 14:00 - 15:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 4 Jul 2024, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Critical analysis: a practical approach (on campus)

Tue 25 Jun 2024, 14:00 - 15:30 BST (GMT+1)

In this session you will use a model for critical analysis to inform your critical thinking and support your analysing of new information. The model will move you from observing a source to connecting it to your own knowledge, and guide you in critically examining the new knowledge in the context of what you already understand. We will have some examples to use on the day, but you are certainly welcome to bring a chapter, image or other item from within your own subject to practice with.

Booking on

Due to popularity, booking onto the event is essential to ensure a place.

Further support

Talk to us online via Library Chat now. Alternatively, you can email us for advice at tls@manchester-uk.libanswers.com.

Find out more

Do I have dyslexia? (online)

Wed 26 Jun 2024, 14:00 - 14:30 BST (GMT+1)

This 30 minute information session will explain what dyslexia (and other specific learning difficulties) are and how to access support. It's run over Zoom, so you'll need to book to receive the link.

We will explain:

  • What Dyslexia is
  • How a checklist might help you decide whether or not to have an assessment
  • How dyslexia can be diagnosed
  • How to get university support if you have dyslexia
  • How to get funding for support if you're a home or overseas student
  • Where to find free assistive technology software

Afterwards, you'll receive a post-workshop pack including:

  • Presentation slides
  • A link to the dyslexia checklist
  • A document that lists various free-to-access assistive software which includes a video demonstration explaining how to use them.

Important information:

  • This is an information-sharing session and participation is not required. Cameras and microphones are switched off for this reason.
  • There will be an opportunity to ask questions, if needed, at the end of the workshop.
  • Please arrive at the session at least five minutes early. If you're late, you might have to book on to another workshop.
  • If you have English as an Additional Language and are on a course with the University Language Centre before starting on another course, don't book on to this session. Instead, please call DASS on 0161 275 7512 (or email dass@manchester.ac.uk) and book a Quick Query appointment with an Advisor.

Booking on:

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom.

Booking on to the session is essential in order to receive the link to join.

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Information Evaluation and Synthesis for Literature Reviews (on campus)

This workshop takes as its focus how sources are analysed and selected for literature reviews. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to practice analysis, and reflect on how they select sources and structure their analysis to construct a coherent argument. For the evaluation of information sources, participants will work collaboratively to determine the key arguments, ideas and any limitations. From this, synthesis will ask that these arguments, ideas and any limitations are then combined to be in dialogue with one another. By the end of the workshop, participants should have a good idea of the process of analysis for literature reviews.

Booking on

Due to popularity, booking onto the event is essential to ensure a place.

Further support

Talk to us online via Library Chat now. Alternatively, you can email us for advice at tls@manchester-uk.libanswers.com.

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

Thu 27 Jun 2024, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 17 Jul 2024, 14:00 - 15:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Academic writing: how to plan and develop a structure through analysis (on campus)

This session focuses on the development of ideas and the creation of connections between ideas and sources to produce a strong structure for written assignments. It works through a method of breaking down the question as an approach to planning a structured response. There will be the opportunity to work in groups to practise this, creating a response to a choice of assignments.

Booking on

Due to popularity, booking onto the event is essential to ensure a place.

Further support

Talk to us online via Library Chat now. Alternatively, you can email us for advice at tls@manchester-uk.libanswers.com.

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

Thu 27 Jun 2024, 14:00 - 15:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 9 Jul 2024, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

CoP reading group (online)

Mon 1 Jul 2024, 11:00 - 12:00 BST (GMT+1)

The Library Community of Practice Reading club is an online reading club that takes places every other month. It consists of discussions via a thread in the Library Teaching Team Community of Practice channel and a synchronous online meeting. Each thread and meeting will focus on one topic of conversation around an academic paper, video, blog post or other prompt. These topics will actively seek out underrepresented voices and perspectives. Topics and prompts can be suggested here: Suggestion Form

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