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Manage your time: make the most of it!

Today, 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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What makes a journal article credible

Today, 14:30 - 15:30

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.

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Group work: play to your strengths

Tomorrow, 10:00 - 12:00

Are you a creative thinker, an organiser, a leader or a diplomat? Come along to this workshop if you want to find out where you fit and what you can bring to a piece of group work. You will learn to understand not only your own strengths but the strengths of others in your group in order maximise the success of your project.

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Revision support fair

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

Mon 25 Nov 2019, 12:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 26 Nov 2019, 12:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Come and see MLE staff and the Student Wellbeing team as we encourage you to consider how to approach your exams effectively. We will share useful strategies and techniques to help you be prepared, to boost your academic performance and to ensure you take good care of yourself.

Academic presentations in a second language

Wed 27 Nov 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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Note-taking: record, review, reflect

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

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.

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Critical reading: getting the most out of your reading

Thu 28 Nov 2019, 13:00 - 14:30

In this workshop, you will go over key skills for effective critical reading. You will learn and practise techniques to help you identify key points and main ideas and gain an understanding about what is required to read critically. There will also be opportunities to discuss strategies for making connections between different articles, journals or other materials in order to aid understanding. Feel free to bring your own reading assignments to use during the session.

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Presentation skills: delivering with confidence

Fri 29 Nov 2019, 10:00 - 11:30

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.

Students will benefit from attending 'Presentation skills: structuring an effective presentation' in addition to this workshop. This additional workshop compliments to content of Presentation skills: delivering your presentation with confidence by outlining a strategy to assist you with achieving a good structure when presenting and how to frame a topic effectively in order to communicate it clearly.

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Your literature review: getting started

Fri 29 Nov 2019, 14:00 - 15:30

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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Reducing the stress of perfectionism

Mon 2 Dec 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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Searching systematically

Tue 3 Dec 2019, 14:00 - 16:00

Do you struggle replicating a search in a different database? This session will show participants how to replicate a search in four database platforms. This session will raise awareness of some of the search tools useful in replicating searches. Additional support for replicating searches can be found on the Systematic Review Libguide, and the My Learning Essentials - Getting Results: Guides to Searching Databases guide.

This session will run for 90 minutes and there will be 30 minutes at the end for further questions.

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Prioritise your revision tasks

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

Mon 2 Dec 2019, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 5 Dec 2019, 10:00 - 11:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

The MLE team will introduce you to a strategy which will guide you to identify areas for further work and prioritise your revision topics.

Planning to recall and remember

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

Tue 3 Dec 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 6 Dec 2019, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

The MLE team will share a strategy to help you recall information ready to communicate what you know. You will develop a plan to ensure that you cover the necessary content and recall it effectively.

Organised exam writing

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

Wed 4 Dec 2019, 10:00 - 11:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 9 Dec 2019, 11:00 - 12:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Join the MLE team to practise a strategy you can use when undertaking written exam questions. This strategy will help you to plan and structure your answers effectively, in order to clearly communicate your ideas and address every aspect of the question.

Managing procrastination

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

Mon 25 Nov 2019, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsFullFind out more
Mon 9 Dec 2019, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsFullFind out more

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.

Academic writing: referencing in your writing

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

Thu 28 Nov 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 10 Dec 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.

Academic writing for exams

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

Tue 26 Nov 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 4 Dec 2019, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 10 Dec 2019, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

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.

Mindfulness for concentration

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

Tue 26 Nov 2019, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 3 Dec 2019, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 10 Dec 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.

Get prepared: top tips for managing exam stress

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

Tue 26 Nov 2019, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 7 Jan 2020, 13:30 - 15:00StudentsFullFind out more

Feeling nervous before your exams? Do not worry, you are not alone! Although a certain amount of nervous tension will help you to perform to the best of your ability in exams, producing a rush of adrenaline that helps you to focus, if your nerves become extreme they can have the opposite effect. This workshop is designed to help you to manage your anxious feelings during the revision period, as these feelings can block your thoughts, create a negative frame of mind and lead you to panic.

Academic writing: structuring for effective essays

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

Mon 25 Nov 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 3 Dec 2019, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 12 Dec 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 14 Jan 2020, 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.

Library drop-in sessions

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

Wed 27 Nov 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 4 Dec 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 11 Dec 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 8 Jan 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 15 Jan 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Do you have a burning question about referencing, essay writing, or literature reviews? The Library drop-in gives you the opportunity to ask questions and find a solution. There's no need to book, just turn up on the day!

Challenging unhelpful thinking habits

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

Today, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsFullFind out more
Thu 5 Dec 2019, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsFullFind out more
Thu 16 Jan 2020, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsFullFind out more

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.

Calm your brain and have a croissant

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

Mon 6 Jan 2020, 09:30 - 10:00StudentsFullFind out more
Mon 6 Jan 2020, 10:00 - 10:30StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 7 Jan 2020, 09:30 - 10:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 7 Jan 2020, 10:00 - 10:30StudentsFullFind out more
Wed 8 Jan 2020, 09:30 - 10:00StudentsFullFind out more
Wed 8 Jan 2020, 10:00 - 10:30StudentsFullFind out more
Thu 9 Jan 2020, 09:30 - 10:00StudentsFullFind out more
Thu 9 Jan 2020, 10:00 - 10:30StudentsFullFind out more
Fri 10 Jan 2020, 09:30 - 10:00StudentsFullFind out more
Fri 10 Jan 2020, 10:00 - 10:30StudentsFullFind out more
Mon 13 Jan 2020, 09:30 - 10:00StudentsFullFind out more
Mon 13 Jan 2020, 10:00 - 10:30StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 14 Jan 2020, 09:30 - 10:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 14 Jan 2020, 10:00 - 10:30StudentsFullFind out more
Wed 15 Jan 2020, 09:30 - 10:00StudentsFullFind out more
Wed 15 Jan 2020, 10:00 - 10:30StudentsFullFind out more
Thu 16 Jan 2020, 09:30 - 10:00StudentsFullFind out more
Thu 16 Jan 2020, 10:00 - 10:30StudentsFullFind out more
Fri 17 Jan 2020, 09:30 - 10:00StudentsFullFind out more
Fri 17 Jan 2020, 10:00 - 10:30StudentsFullFind out more

Finding your coursework overwhelming? Struggling to focus or feeling anxious about exams or deadlines? Come to our session Calm your brain and have a croissant. Run by The University of Manchester Counselling Service, we'll help you start your day off calm, focused and a little less hungry with some healthy breakfast and a chance to join other students in a relaxing mindfulness session. Don't worry if this session is full, come along anyway!

Do I have dyslexia?

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

Tue 3 Dec 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsFullFind out more
Fri 6 Dec 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsFullFind out more
Wed 11 Dec 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsFullFind out more
Fri 17 Jan 2020, 11:00 - 12:30StudentsFullFind out more

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 to allow time to log onto the laptop you will be using.

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.

Proofreading: the final stage before submission

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

Mon 2 Dec 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 17 Jan 2020, 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.

Exam extra support drop-in

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

Mon 6 Jan 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 7 Jan 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 8 Jan 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 9 Jan 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 10 Jan 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 13 Jan 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 14 Jan 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 15 Jan 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 16 Jan 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 17 Jan 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 20 Jan 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Got a question on any topic, from referencing to revision? Pop by at any time between 12 and 1pm and talk to a friendly member of staff.