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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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Academic writing: structuring for effective essays

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.

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. You can email us for us advice and to book one-to-ones: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk

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

Tomorrow, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 20 Oct 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 2 Nov 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 GMTStudentsStaffFullFind out more

Reducing the stress of perfectionism

Perfectionism has a way of robbing us of that glow of achievement and ultimately making us miserable. Having high standards is good but not if they make everything in life so challenging that we are exhausted before we have even started!

If you find that you are never really satisfied with your achievements, spend a lot of time procrastinating rather than working and are increasingly self-critical, then this could be the workshop for you.

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. You can email us for us advice and to book one-to-ones: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk

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

Tomorrow, 13:00 - 14:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsSpacesFind out more
Tue 18 Oct 2022, 13:00 - 14:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsSpacesFind out more

Do I have dyslexia?

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

Well therefore 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 Welcome pack including:

  • Presentation slides
  • A link to the dyslexia checklist
  • A video demonstration explaining how to use the free assistive technology
  • A DASS Registration form

Important info:

  • This is an information sharing session and so you don't need to actively participate.
  • Please arrive at the session at least five minutes early. If you're late, you might have to book onto 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 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 onto the session is essential in order to receive the link to join.

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

Tomorrow, 13:00 - 13:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsSpacesFind out more
Thu 13 Oct 2022, 14:00 - 14:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsSpacesFind out more
Mon 17 Oct 2022, 13:00 - 13:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsSpacesFind out more
Tue 25 Oct 2022, 10:30 - 11:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsSpacesFind out more

Mindfulness for concentration

If you are finding it hard to concentrate, have racing thoughts or often feel anxious or overwhelmed then this workshop, run by The University of Manchester Counselling and Mental Health Service, will introduce you to simple techniques to learn about the nature of the mind and what we can do to alleviate stress.

Currently we may be feeling more anxious and uncertain so may benefit from taking some time to focus on what is within our control. Mindfulness practice is a type of meditation which teaches you how to focus your attention towards what is happening in the present moment. This technique has been proven to be very effective in acceptance and management of stress and anxiety as well as coping with pain and illness.

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: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk.

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

Tomorrow, 16:15 - 17:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 11 Oct 2022, 16:15 - 17:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 18 Oct 2022, 16:15 - 17:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 25 Oct 2022, 16:15 - 17:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

How to write an effective introduction

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. You can email us for us advice and to book one-to-ones: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk

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

Wed 5 Oct 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 27 Oct 2022, 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

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

You can email us for us advice and to book one-to-ones: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk

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

Wed 5 Oct 2022, 12:00 - 13:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 19 Oct 2022, 12:00 - 13:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Successful searching

In this workshop you will learn how to effectively plan and search for relevant information for an assignment topic. We will explore the 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.

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. You can email us for us advice and to book one-to-ones: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk

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

Wed 5 Oct 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 26 Oct 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Challenging unhelpful thinking habits

We can all fall into unhelpful thinking habits, and when our way of life has changed so much since lockdown, unhelpful thinking habits can make things even worse.

This workshop is suitable for anybody who feels stuck or held back by their patterns of thinking. The aims and objectives are to:

  • Develop a basic understanding of the interplay between thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
  • Recognise how some patterns of thinking are unhelpful and lead to emotions and actions that are not in our best interests.
  • Identify what your unhelpful thinking habits are.
  • Consider alternative more helpful responses and how to practice these.

This workshop has been extended to be an hour and half.

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: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk.

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

Thu 6 Oct 2022, 12:00 - 13:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsSpacesFind out more
Thu 20 Oct 2022, 12:00 - 13:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsSpacesFind out more
Thu 3 Nov 2022, 12:00 - 13:30 GMTStudentsSpacesFind out more

Critical analysis a practical approach

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: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk.

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:

Thu 6 Oct 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 18 Oct 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 1 Nov 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Research skills primary sources with Special Collections

Special Collections are a powerful tool for enhancing the learning experience. They offer glimpses into past worlds, ideas and beliefs which raise interesting questions around contemporary concepts and values. The University of Manchester Library has a globally renowned collection which is open to all students and staff to use. This session introduces you to primary sources and how to use them and teaches you how to approach special collections and the ins and outs of primary source research. In the second half of the session there is the opportunity to interact with the University map collection and get some valuable hands-on experience with primary materials.

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

Thu 6 Oct 2022, 14:00 - 14:45 BST (GMT+1)StaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 6 Oct 2022, 14:00 - 15:45 BST (GMT+1) - CANCELLEDFind out more

Proofreading: the final stage before submission

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.

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

Tue 11 Oct 2022, 11:00 - 12:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 2 Nov 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

CoP

Reflection sessions will be opportunities for all the participants to reflect upon their individual practice and wider sector ideas. They take place every other month alternating between asynchronous and on campus sessions. Sessions will include initial reflective prompts to spark both individual and group work and discussion as a wider community around teaching and learning: including AdvanceHE Fellowships, academic papers, presentations and development in teaching practice and pedagogy. We will work together to collect, reflect on and articulate our work, both practical and theoretical.

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

Tue 11 Oct 2022, 11:00 - 12:00 BST (GMT+1)StaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 20 Oct 2022, 10:00 - 11:00 BST (GMT+1)StaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 24 Nov 2022, 14:00 - Tue 11 Oct 2022, 15:00 GMTStaffSpacesFind out more
Fri 16 Dec 2022, 14:00 - 15:00 GMTStaffSpacesFind out more
Fri 27 Jan 2023, 10:00 - Tue 11 Oct 2022, 12:00 GMTStaffSpacesFind out more
Mon 13 Feb 2023, 11:00 - Thu 20 Oct 2022, 12:00 GMTStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 21 Mar 2023, 11:00 - 12:00 GMTStaffSpacesFind out more

CoP Refelction Session

Tue 11 Oct 2022, 11:00 - 12:00 BST (GMT+1) - CANCELLED

Reflection sessions will be opportunities for all the participants to reflect upon their individual practice and wider sector ideas. They take place every other month alternating between asynchronous and on campus sessions. Sessions will include initial reflective prompts to spark both individual and group work and discussion as a wider community around teaching and learning: including AdvanceHE Fellowships, academic papers, presentations and development in teaching practice and pedagogy. We will work together to collect, reflect on and articulate our work, both practical and theoretical.

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Managing procrastination

We all procrastinate to some extent. It may even be necessary to let things percolate in the mind before putting pen to paper or finger to keyboard. But when you find that you simply cant get down to work yet dream of handing in the perfect piece of work, that nagging guilt spoils your leisure time, that you are becoming increasingly self-critical about your abilities, then its probably time to tackle your procrastination.

We will seek to understand the causes of procrastination and look at practical ways to overcome it.

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. You can email us for us advice and to book one-to-ones: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk

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

Tue 11 Oct 2022, 13:00 - 14:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsSpacesFind out more
Tue 25 Oct 2022, 13:00 - 14:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsSpacesFind out more

Library drop-in (online)

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 online 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!

How to book on

Booking onto the event is essential to receive the link and passcode to join. This event will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. All University of Manchester students and staff should register at Zoom using their University of Manchester email address, only authenticated users can join this event.

Further support

Talk to us online via Library Chat now.

You can email us for us advice and to book one-to-ones: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk

Zoom help and support

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:

Wed 12 Oct 2022, 12:00 - 13:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 26 Oct 2022, 12:00 - 13:00 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Academic writing: using references to support your writing

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. You can email us for us advice and to book one-to-ones: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk

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

Wed 12 Oct 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 25 Oct 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 10 Nov 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Using websites and recognising bias

In this workshop you will learn about the importance of critically evaluating information which is available via websites and other online sources. You will work with others to discuss how websites are produced for different purposes and present different information. You will create evaluation criteria to apply to websites in order to judge whether theyre appropriate to use in your work.

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. You can email us for us advice and to book one-to-ones: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk

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

Thu 13 Oct 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Mon 31 Oct 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Manage your time: make the most of it!

Mon 17 Oct 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 BST (GMT+1)

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.

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. You can email us for us advice and to book one-to-ones: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk

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What makes a journal article credible

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.

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. You can email us for us advice and to book one-to-ones: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk

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

Wed 19 Oct 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 8 Nov 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Critical reading: getting the most out of your reading

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 youve read.

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

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

Wed 19 Oct 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 10 Nov 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Note-taking: record, review, reflect

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.

How to book on

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

Further support

Talk to us online via Library Chat now. You can email us for us advice and to book one-to-ones: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk

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

Thu 20 Oct 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 BST (GMT+1)StudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 9 Nov 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Presentation skills: structuring an effective presentation

Wed 26 Oct 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 BST (GMT+1)

This workshop will outline a strategy to help you structure an effective presentation whether it be for presenting your research, yourself (e.g. for a job interview), or your ideas. It will focus on how to frame a topic and communicate your ideas clearly, emphasizing the value of practising to improve your confidence. You will also have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice, working in groups to structure a presentation based on a fun topic which you will then present in a friendly and informal setting.

In addition to this workshop you can attend the complimentary 'Presentation skills: delivering with confidence' workshop which will concentrate on coping with nerves and developing your confidence when carrying out presentations.

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. You can email us for us advice and to book one-to-ones: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk

Find out more

Writing together

Thu 27 Oct 2022, 10:00 - 12:00 BST (GMT+1)

Writing together is an event for students to come together and write for a fixed amount of time. It is a great way to carve out dedicated time to write and make progress on your written assessments or dissertations. So, please bring a piece of writing you are currently working on.

Find out what to expect from the event and how to prepare in our post here.

The event is divided between concentrated writing blocks and scheduled breaks using the Pomodoro Technique to help keep you motivated and on-task. Breaks will be an opportunity to come together to reflect on and discuss some of the challenges we all face as writers at university. Our friendly advisers and Student Team will also be available to share advice and useful strategies.

How to book 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.

Further support

Can't make this session? Talk to us online via Library Chat now, or send us an email: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk.

Zoom guidance and support

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.

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Organising and writing your literature review

Thu 27 Oct 2022, 11:00 - 12:30 BST (GMT+1)

This session is ideal if you are preparing to work on a project, dissertation or extended essay where a literature review component is required. The session will guide you through the different steps of searching, organising and writing a literature review. You will also have the opportunity to plan the next steps of your own literature review.

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. You can email us for us advice and to book one-to-ones: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk

Find out more

Presentation skills: delivering with confidence

Thu 3 Nov 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 GMT

This session will focus on the delivery of presentations. Students will be encouraged to develop their delivery skills and to actively plan their presentation to enable them to cope better with nerves and deliver in a more confident manner. Several delivery tips and techniques will be discussed which students will have the opportunity to put into practice by planning and delivering a short, informal presentation.

Booking on

Due to popularity, booking onto the event is essential to ensure a place. Select 'find out more' to book your place!

Further support

Talk to us online via Library Chat now. You can email us for us advice and to book one-to-ones: uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk

Find out more