Starting a Masters programme can be an exciting but stressful time. You will have to fit a lot of challenging work around your other commitments. This online, interactive workshop will be based on participant responses to the question:
What’s the one thing do you want to know about starting your studies but were too afraid to ask?
Depending on responses, the workshop may cover:
Differences between undergraduate and postgraduate learning environment
Getting the most out of your course
Participants are encouraged to ask questions and raise issues they would like to discuss during the workshop.
This online workshop will duplicate some topics discussed in the on-campus workshop ‘Getting Started at Masters level’, please click here for further details. Students are advised to attend either one, or the other.
What does this workshop include?
This is a general workshop designed to clue participants into starting their masters studies. It will not be an in-depth workshop on any particular topic(s). The IAD (and some programmes) provide detailed workshops on study-related topics later in the semester.
This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.
To find out more and to book a place, please click the following link:
There are a series of Learning Resources designed for Masters students on the IAD website, these cover a range of topics including advice on preparing for exams and writing dissertations.
Blogs, Tweets and Newsletter
We regularly post to the iad4 masters blog, advertising upcoming workshops and highlighting advice. We have an twitter account, from which we promote workshops and events that may be of interest. Every month we also send out a Newsletter (via email) which you can receive through your school. You can also find the newsletter online.
We wish you a very happy festive season and a peaceful and prosperous 2018.
To prepare for the coming year, it is always useful to reflect on your experiences and develop how you learn and study. The Institute for Academic Development provides a variety of resources to support Masters students and they are listed below.
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Before the start of a new semester, it is always useful to reflect on your experiences and develop how you learn and study. The Institute for Academic Development provides a variety of resources which can support Masters students.
Stress is something that we all experience. The right amount of stress helps us achieve the things we want and allows us to fulfil whatever aims we have for ourselves. If we are facing too much challenge our stress levels can rise to a point where they begin to have negative effects on our performance and on how we feel.
During exams period, it is important for you to set realistic goals as you revise – reward yourself when you meet these targets and don’t stress about an unobtainable level of perfection. If you start to feel stressed, try to challenge those negative thoughts by focusing on positives and previous successes. If you find yourself beginning to panic at any point during revision time or even during an exam, there are various relaxation techniques that will help.
A short guide is published by the Student Counselling Service at the University of Edinburgh to give you some ideas about recognising when your stress levels are too high, and help you do something about it.
The Student Counselling Service has also published the Step by Step Guide to Exam Success to give you some ideas about how you can get the marks you want in your exams with the minimum of stress and panic!
Past exam papers are available for students of the University of Edinburgh and they may be used as a study aid for exam revision.
Exam Papers Online is a service hosted by the University library, to provide access for staff and students to the collected degree examination papers of the University from 2004 onwards. Students can access the Exam Papers Online on and off-campus but will be prompted for your EASE username and password.