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Strategies for successful language learning

Wed 25 Sep 2019, 14:00 - 15:30

This workshop will explore the key skills and strategies necessary for successful language learning. You will also be introduced to the opportunities for learning an additional language which are available through the University Language Centre.

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Manage your time: make the most of it!

Thu 26 Sep 2019, 10:00 - 11:30

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.

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Discover your approach to learning

Thu 26 Sep 2019, 13:00 - 14:30

This workshop will introduce you to some different approaches to learning. You will discuss why it is important to recognize your approach and you will consider how having an insight into the way you process information can help you with your studies. You will leave with useful strategies for completing academic tasks such as reading, writing, revision and attending lectures and seminars.

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Successful searching

Mon 30 Sep 2019, 10:00 - 11:30

This session is a workshop to help you think about the basics when searching for information relating to an assignment topic. You will learn a number of 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.

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Note-taking: record, review, reflect

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

Tue 24 Sep 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 30 Sep 2019, 12:30 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind 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.

Your literature review: getting started

Mon 30 Sep 2019, 14:30 - 16:00

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.

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Presentation skills: structuring an effective presentation

Tue 1 Oct 2019, 14:00 - 15:30

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.

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Mindfulness for concentration

Tue 1 Oct 2019, 16:15 - 17:00

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.

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Library drop-in sessions

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

Wed 25 Sep 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 2 Oct 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 writing: referencing in your writing

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

Fri 27 Sep 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 2 Oct 2019, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind 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.

Understanding British culture

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

Mon 23 Sep 2019, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 3 Oct 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This short session will outline and discuss some of the main characteristics of British culture, giving special attention to those aspects of culture which are perhaps less obvious. Reference will be made to the products, attitudes and behaviours that are thought of as typically British.

Academic writing: structuring for effective essays

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

Wed 25 Sep 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 3 Oct 2019, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind 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.

Do I have dyslexia?

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

Mon 23 Sep 2019, 14:30 - 16:00StudentsFullFind out more
Wed 2 Oct 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsFullFind out more
Fri 4 Oct 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsFullFind out more

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.

Reading journal articles

Fri 4 Oct 2019, 12:00 - 13:30

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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How to write an effective introduction

Fri 4 Oct 2019, 14:00 - 15:30

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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