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Exam extra support drop-in

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

Today, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tomorrow, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 24 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.

Academic writing: referencing in your writing

Mon 3 Feb 2020, 11:00 - 12:30

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.

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Finding motivation

Tue 4 Feb 2020, 13:00 - 14:30

Do you find it hard to motivate yourself to attend lectures or complete your work? Have you lost sight of why you chose to do your course in the first place? Does it always seem easier to do anything else except your academic work? If so, then come along to the Finding Motivation workshop to seek understanding of why you lack motivation and discover strategies to help you break these habits.

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Discover your approach to learning

Wed 5 Feb 2020, 10:00 - 11:30

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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Understanding British culture

Thu 6 Feb 2020, 14:00 - 15:30

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.

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Strategies for successful language learning

Fri 7 Feb 2020, 10:00 - 11:30

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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Critical reading: getting the most out of your reading

Mon 10 Feb 2020, 11:00 - 12:30

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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Managing procrastination

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

Mon 27 Jan 2020, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsFullFind out more
Mon 10 Feb 2020, 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.

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

Tue 11 Feb 2020, 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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Critical analysis: a practical approach

Thu 13 Feb 2020, 10:00 - 11:30

The ability to critically analyse text, data and other information is a fundamental skill for your time and university and beyond. This workshop will take you through key steps in critically analysing information and allow you to develop skills that will support your analysis in the future. It will introduce you to some key concepts around learning and memory and support you in contextualising new information. You will have the opportunity to practice using strategies to clarify the process of analysis and articulate your own analysis of information.

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Challenging unhelpful thinking habits

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

Thu 30 Jan 2020, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsFullFind out more
Thu 13 Feb 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.

Academic writing: structuring for effective essays

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

Thu 30 Jan 2020, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 13 Feb 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.

Proofreading: the final stage before submission

Fri 14 Feb 2020, 13:00 - 14:30

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.

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Your literature review: getting started

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

Thu 30 Jan 2020, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 10 Feb 2020, 15:00 - 16:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 17 Feb 2020, 11:00 - 12:30StudentsStaffFullFind 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.

Reducing the stress of perfectionism

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

Mon 3 Feb 2020, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsFullFind out more
Mon 17 Feb 2020, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsFullFind out more

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.

How to write an effective introduction

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

Wed 29 Jan 2020, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 18 Feb 2020, 11:00 - 12:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

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.

Sleep better Perform better

Tue 18 Feb 2020, 13:00 - 14:00

More and more of us are having issues with our sleeping patterns. The benefits of a good nights sleep are well documented: more energy, faster metabolism, improved concentration and better memory are just a few of the positives of getting the right amount of sleep.

During this workshop we will discuss why we may be having sleeping difficulties, what's worth trying, and what else you can do about it, both at the time and on an ongoing basis

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Mindfulness for concentration

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

Tue 28 Jan 2020, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 4 Feb 2020, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 11 Feb 2020, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 18 Feb 2020, 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.

Successful searching

Wed 19 Feb 2020, 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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Do I have dyslexia?

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

Tue 28 Jan 2020, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsFullFind out more
Fri 7 Feb 2020, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 11 Feb 2020, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsFullFind out more
Wed 19 Feb 2020, 15:00 - 16:30StudentsFullFind 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.

Manage your time: make the most of it!

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

Thu 6 Feb 2020, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 20 Feb 2020, 11:00 - 12:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

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.

Note-taking: record, review, reflect

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

Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 6 Feb 2020, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:00 - 12:30StudentsStaffFullFind 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.

Library drop-in sessions

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

Today, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 29 Jan 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 5 Feb 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 12 Feb 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 19 Feb 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 26 Feb 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 4 Mar 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 11 Mar 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 18 Mar 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!