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Workshops

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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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:

Today, 12:00 - 13:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 9 Feb 2022, 12:00 - 13:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 23 Feb 2022, 12:00 - 13:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Calm your brain session

During this time of uncertainty and change it can feel increasingly difficult to calm and soothe our bodies and minds. You may find yourself feeling: anxious and unable to focus on the new assessment structures; stressed as a result of online working; overwhelmed by other factors impacting your life. These sessions, run by the Counselling and Mental Health Service, uses guided relaxation to help start your day with a sense of calm and acceptance to enable you to face these challenges more easily.

This session has been moved online and will now take place on Zoom instead of on-campus in the AGLC.

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.

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

Tomorrow, 09:15 - 09:45 GMTStudentsSpacesFind out more
Fri 28 Jan 2022, 09:15 - 09:45 GMTStudentsSpacesFind 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:

Tue 1 Feb 2022, 10:30 - 12:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 24 Feb 2022, 11:00 - 12:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind 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 2 Feb 2022, 12:00 - 13:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 16 Feb 2022, 12:00 - 13:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 2 Mar 2022, 12:00 - 13:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

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:

Wed 2 Feb 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Wed 16 Feb 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 3 Mar 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind 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.

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 3 Feb 2022, 12:00 - 13:30 GMTStudentsSpacesFind out more
Thu 17 Feb 2022, 12:00 - 13:30 GMTStudentsSpacesFind 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 3 Feb 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 17 Feb 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Do I have dyslexia?

This workshop will focus on students who think they might have dyslexia or another specific learning difficulty. We will introduce you to strategies and support 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 at least five minutes early.

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.

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:

Fri 4 Feb 2022, 13:00 - 13:30 GMTStudentsSpacesFind out more
Mon 7 Feb 2022, 14:00 - 14:30 GMTStudentsSpacesFind out more
Wed 16 Feb 2022, 13:00 - 13:30 GMTStudentsSpacesFind out more

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

Mon 7 Feb 2022, 13:00 - 14:30 GMT

This workshop is a whistle-stop tour to the psychology of effective learning. Discover tips to learning and retaining important material, why sleep is important for learning and how to revise effectively.

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.

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Writing together

Tue 8 Feb 2022, 10:30 - 12:00 GMT

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.

Find out more

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.

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

Tue 8 Feb 2022, 13:00 - 14:30 GMTStudentsSpacesFind out more
Tue 22 Feb 2022, 13:00 - 14:30 GMTStudentsSpacesFind 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.

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

Tue 8 Feb 2022, 16:15 - 17:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 15 Feb 2022, 16:15 - 17:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 22 Feb 2022, 16:15 - 17:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Academic writing: referencing in 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 9 Feb 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Thu 24 Feb 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Manage your time: make the most of it!

Thu 10 Feb 2022, 10:30 - 12:00 GMT

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

Find 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 10 Feb 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more
Tue 1 Mar 2022, 10:30 - 12:00 GMTStudentsStaffSpacesFind out more

Finding motivation

Mon 14 Feb 2022, 13:00 - 14:00 GMT

Do you find it hard to motivate yourself to attend lectures or complete your work? Does it always seem easier to do anything else except your academic work? Have you perhaps lost sight of why you chose to do your course in the first place?

If so, then come along to the Finding Motivation workshop. We will look at what creates motivation, learn strategies to maintain motivation and how to challenge the obstacles to reaching your goals.

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.

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Reducing the stress of perfectionism

Tue 15 Feb 2022, 13:00 - 14:30 GMT

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.

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.

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Presentation skills: delivering with confidence

Tue 22 Feb 2022, 10:30 - 12:00 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

Critical reading: getting the most out of your reading

Wed 2 Mar 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 GMT

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.

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