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Using websites and recognising bias

Thu 18 Jul 2019, 10:00 - 11:30

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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Reading journal articles

Tue 23 Jul 2019, 13:00 - 14:30

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 EndNote

Wed 24 Jul 2019, 14:00 - 16:00

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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Beginners' reference management with EndNote online

Thu 25 Jul 2019, 10:00 - 12:00

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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Presentation skills: structuring an effective presentation

Thu 25 Jul 2019, 13:00 - 14:30

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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Do I have dyslexia?

Fri 26 Jul 2019, 10:00 - 11:30

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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Presentation skills: delivering with confidence

Tue 30 Jul 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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Beginners' reference management with Mendeley

Thu 1 Aug 2019, 10:00 - 12:00

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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What makes a journal article credible

Thu 1 Aug 2019, 13:00 - 14:30

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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Your literature review: getting started

Thu 8 Aug 2019, 10:00 - 11:30

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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Academic writing: referencing in your writing

Thu 8 Aug 2019, 13:00 - 14:30

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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Academic presentations in a second language

Tue 13 Aug 2019, 13:00 - 14:30

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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Critical reading: getting the most out of your reading

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

Tue 6 Aug 2019, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 19 Aug 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind 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.

Manage your time: make the most of it!

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

Thu 18 Jul 2019, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 20 Aug 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind 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 23 Jul 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 20 Aug 2019, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsStaffFullFind 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.

Academic writing: structuring for effective essays

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

Today, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 15 Aug 2019, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 29 Aug 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.

Proofreading: the final stage before submission

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

Tue 30 Jul 2019, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 15 Aug 2019, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 29 Aug 2019, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsStaffFullFind 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.

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 24 Jul 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 31 Jul 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 7 Aug 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 14 Aug 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 21 Aug 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 28 Aug 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 4 Sep 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 24 Jul 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 31 Jul 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 7 Aug 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 14 Aug 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 21 Aug 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 28 Aug 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 4 Sep 2019, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 11 Sep 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!