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Calm your brain and have a croissant

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

Today, 10:00 - 10:30StudentsFullFind out more
Today, 10:30 - 11:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tomorrow, 10:00 - 10:30StudentsFullFind out more
Tomorrow, 10:30 - 11:00StudentsFullFind out more
Thu 24 Jan 2019, 10:00 - 10:30StudentsFullFind out more
Thu 24 Jan 2019, 10:30 - 11:00StudentsFullFind out more
Fri 25 Jan 2019, 10:00 - 10:30StudentsFullFind out more
Fri 25 Jan 2019, 10:30 - 11:00StudentsFullFind out more

Finding your coursework overwhelming? Struggling to focus or feeling anxious about exams or deadlines? Come to our drop-in 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!

1:1 Exam 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
Thu 24 Jan 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 25 Jan 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Have you got a question about referencing, literature reviews, how to revise effectively or anything else? Come along to one of our 1:1 Exam support drop-ins and our advisors can help you. Simply pop by at any point during the hour and get your question answered! There's no need to book, just turn up.

Focused exam paper practice

Today, 14:00 - 15:30

We all know that practising past exam questions is an important part of revision, but it can be difficult to find an opportunity to concentrate without distractions. This session will encourage you to conduct focused exam practice and develop your exam technique alongside other students in a supportive environment. Bring a practise exam question or past paper to work on during the session.

This session will include an introduction to exam techniques, time for silent exam practice, an opportunity for individual reflection and a quick group discussion with a chance to learn from other students.

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Relax and recharge (no need to book)

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

Today, 16:00 - 16:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tomorrow, 16:00 - 16:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 24 Jan 2019, 16:00 - 16:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 25 Jan 2019, 16:00 - 16:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Did you know that taking breaks has been proven to increase your productivity? Even better, putting aside 20 minutes to meditate for three consecutive days can reduce anxiety, improve your mood and reduce your heart rate!

If you'd like some time away from your revision, come along to one of our Relax and recharge drop-in sessions, led by the Library Student Team. Stay for just a few minutes or the whole session, help yourself to free refreshments and try out guided meditation with the Headspace app and MUSE headbands, which will introduce you to a variety of meditation techniques and help you focus your mind. All are welcome, beginners and experienced meditators alike! There's no need to book, just turn up.

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 30 Jan 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 6 Feb 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 13 Feb 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 30 Jan 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 6 Feb 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 13 Feb 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!

Drop everything and...

Tomorrow, 13:30 - 15:00

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.

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Do I have dyslexia?

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

Fri 25 Jan 2019, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 29 Jan 2019, 12:30 - 14:00StudentsFullFind out more
Fri 8 Feb 2019, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 12 Feb 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.

Managing procrastination

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

Mon 28 Jan 2019, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsFullFind out more
Mon 11 Feb 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: structuring for effective essays

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

Tue 29 Jan 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 14 Feb 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.

Mindfulness for concentration

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

Tue 29 Jan 2019, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 5 Feb 2019, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 12 Feb 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.

Note-taking: record, review, reflect

Wed 30 Jan 2019, 10:00 - 11:30

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 analysis: a practical approach

Wed 30 Jan 2019, 14:30 - 16:00

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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Critical reading: getting the most out of your reading

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

Thu 31 Jan 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 11 Feb 2019, 10:30 - 12:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

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.

How to write an effective introduction

Thu 31 Jan 2019, 14:30 - 16:00

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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Your literature review: getting started

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

Fri 1 Feb 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 11 Feb 2019, 15:00 - 16:30StudentsStaffFullFind 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 Club

Fri 1 Feb 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 4 Feb 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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Academic writing: referencing in your writing

Tue 5 Feb 2019, 10:00 - 11:30

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 5 Feb 2019, 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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Successful searching

Wed 6 Feb 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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Manage your time: make the most of it!

Wed 6 Feb 2019, 14:00 - 15:30

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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Understanding British culture

Thu 7 Feb 2019, 10:00 - 11:30

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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Maths, stats and data handling drop-in (North Campus)

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

Thu 7 Feb 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 14 Feb 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.

What makes a journal article credible

Thu 7 Feb 2019, 12:30 - 14:00

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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Beginners' reference management with EndNote

Thu 7 Feb 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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Using websites and recognising bias

Fri 8 Feb 2019, 10:30 - 12:00

In this workshop you will learn about the importance of critically evaluating information which is available via websites and other online sources. You will work with others to discuss how websites are produced for different purposes and present different information. You will create evaluation criteria to apply to websites in order to judge whether theyre appropriate to use in your work.

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

Tue 12 Feb 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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Reading journal articles

Wed 13 Feb 2019, 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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Searching systematically

Wed 13 Feb 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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Challenging unhelpful thinking habits

Thu 14 Feb 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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Beginners' reference management with EndNote online

Thu 14 Feb 2019, 14:00 - 15:30

EndNote online is the web-based version of the EndNote reference management software. Freely available on the Internet, you can register as a University of Manchester user via the Web of Knowledge database to get access to the full functionality of this resource which you can use to keep track of your reading, share your references with others and create citations and bibliographies in the appropriate format and style. This workshop will introduce you to the software and help you to start using this valuable referencing tool.

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Group work: play to your strengths

Thu 14 Feb 2019, 14:00 - 16:00

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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Proofreading: the final stage before submission

Fri 15 Feb 2019, 10:00 - 11:30

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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Presentation skills: structuring an effective presentation

Fri 15 Feb 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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