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Reading journal articles

Today, 10:00 - 11:30

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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Beginners' reference management with Mendeley

Today, 12:00 - 13:30

This session will introduce participants with no previous experience of using Mendeley to the advantages of using reference management software and to the key functionality of the software.

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Researching Mergers and Acquisitions Deals

Today, 13:00 - 14:00

This practical workshop will introduce you to the key resource on Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) deals.

Use Thomson ONE to:

find an overview of M&A markets

search for M&A deals using various variables

obtain detailed information on selected M&A deals

configure your own report output

You are expected to read our post Introduction to mergers and acquisitions before attending this workshop.

If you are not registered for a taught module in Alliance MBS building please email uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk to arrange for someone to let you into the building as only these students have access, you are still welcome to attend the workshop!

Please email uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk if you have any questions.

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Drop everything and...

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

Today, 14:00 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 29 Mar 2019, 10:00 - 12:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 4 Apr 2019, 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.

Mindfulness for concentration

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

Today, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 26 Mar 2019, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 2 Apr 2019, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsFullFind out more

Do you find it difficult to concentrate? Do you struggle with racing thoughts and often feel anxious or overwhelmed? This workshop, run by The University of Manchester Counselling Service, will cover a variety of practical, simple techniques to help still the mind and reduce anxiety. It will introduce you to mindfulness practice; a type of meditation which turns your attention towards what is happening in the present moment and allows you to take a step back from your anxious thoughts. This technique has been proven to be very effective in managing chronic stress and anxiety as well as pain and illness.

Your literature review: getting started

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

Tomorrow, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 3 Apr 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

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 give you an understanding of the purpose and importance of the literature review as a piece of work. You will also have the opportunity to build a timeline of further activity in order to enable you to prepare to write your literature review.

Maths, stats and data handling drop-in (AGLC)

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

Tomorrow, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 27 Mar 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 3 Apr 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 10 Apr 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 17 Apr 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 24 Apr 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Have you got a burning question that you need a quick answer to?

Something like:

What methods could I use to solve this problem?

What conclusions can I draw from this data?

How do I choose which graph to use to represent this data?

Come along to our maths, stats and data handling drop-in and ask it! There's no need to book, just turn up on the day.

Library drop-in sessions

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

Tomorrow, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 27 Mar 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 3 Apr 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Do you need help completing a literature review, understanding EndNote software or searching databases? Come along to our Library drop in and ask. There's no need to book, just turn up on the day!

Academic presentations in a second language

Thu 21 Mar 2019, 10:00 - 11:30

This short workshop will focus on some of the strategies that can help you to give effective academic presentations in a language which is not your own. Although the workshop will be most useful to students whose first language is not English, the strategies involved will have general applicability. Areas that will be covered include:

  • Useful phrases
  • Signposting
  • Key words
  • Pronunciation
  • Timing
  • Visual support
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Maths, stats and data handling drop-in (North Campus)

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

Thu 21 Mar 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 28 Mar 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 4 Apr 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 11 Apr 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 18 Apr 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 25 Apr 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Have you got a burning question that you need a quick answer to?

Something like:

What methods could I use to solve this problem?

What conclusions can I draw from this data?

How do I choose which graph to use to represent this data?

Come along to our maths, stats and data handling drop-in and ask it! There's no need to book, just turn up on the day.

Academic writing: referencing in your writing

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

Thu 21 Mar 2019, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 2 Apr 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This workshop will focus on effectively referencing sources in your writing. We will look at different ways to incorporate sources including: quotation, summarising and citation. We will also discuss what is appropriate for each method and how to smoothly integrate references into your own writing while simultaneously giving clarity to your own opinion and voice.

Managing procrastination

Mon 25 Mar 2019, 13:00 - 14:30

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.

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Academic writing: structuring for effective essays

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

Tue 26 Mar 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 4 Apr 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

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.

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

Tue 26 Mar 2019, 13:00 - 14:30

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.

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How to write an effective introduction

Wed 27 Mar 2019, 10:00 - 11:30

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.

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Beginners' reference management with EndNote

Wed 27 Mar 2019, 14:00 - 15:30

This hands-on session will introduce you to the EndNote reference management software, a tool to help with managing your references and creating citations and bibliographies in different formats. The workshop will help to get you started using EndNote to manage references, annotate the PDFs of articles attached to your reference data and to generate bibliographies in over 5000 different styles.

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Do I have dyslexia?

Wed 27 Mar 2019, 14:30 - 16:00

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.

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Proofreading: the final stage before submission

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

Thu 28 Mar 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 2 Apr 2019, 13:30 - 15:00StudentsStaffFullFind 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

Thu 28 Mar 2019, 12:00 - 13:30

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.

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Academic writing for exams

Thu 28 Mar 2019, 14:30 - 16:00

This workshop will focus on the skills and techniques needed to prepare for and write in exam conditions. During this workshop you will identify the similarities and differences between writing for assignments and writing in exams in order to generate a strategy for approaching exam questions. You will work with others to break down exam questions using techniques that will enable you to plan and structure your answers with success. You will also discuss methods to help you to work within time constraints, which will boost your confidence when taking exams.

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Maths Club

Fri 29 Mar 2019, 12:00 - 14:00

Are you working on some maths, stats, engineering or data analysis? Come along to maths club where you can work in a focussed and supportive environment with like-minded people, and there will be some staff on hand to answer any questions you have along the way.

This is an informal session so theres no need to book, just turn up and get working!

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Reducing the stress of perfectionism

Mon 1 Apr 2019, 13:00 - 14:30

Do you impose impossibly high standards on yourself? Standards that you can never quite reach no matter how hard you try? Are you prone to self-criticism and procrastination? If so, then do not worry because you are not alone! Come along to our workshop to learn more about the psychology of perfectionism, how it can affect you studies and the methods you can use to challenge it.

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Bloomberg introduction

Thu 11 Apr 2019, 13:00 - 14:00

Provides an introductory guide to the use of Bloomberg. 'Bloomberg Professional' is a company/financial data and news service.

Covers: Bloomberg keyboard, searching, practical session (worksheet), business news, Excel Add-In and Help features.

If you are not registered for a taught module in Alliance MBS building please email uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk to arrange for someone to let you into the building as only these students have access, you are still welcome to attend the workshop!

Please email uml.teachingandlearning@manchester.ac.uk if you have any questions.

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