PGT Newsletter -December 2016

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (December 2016) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about:

  • All workshops available in January 2017pgt-newsletter_4_dec_2016
  • IAD Learning Resources
  • Festival of Creative Learning
  • Erasmus funding available for traineeships – Register your interest!
  • Events and courses information
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

Exam Tips – Past Exam Papers

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 accestudents at UoEss 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.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/information-services/library-museum-gallery/exam-papers

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Exam Tips for Postgraduate Students

examtipsSome programmes of study may have exams while others may not.

Exams at taught postgraduate level are an opportunity to demonstrate your insight, knowledge and mastery of your subject. While exams can be daunting, with proper preparation many students come to view exams as enjoyable: exams become an opportunity to consolidate their learning experience.

For exams you may want to consider:

  • Planning and revision
  • Revision techniques
  • Strategies for sitting your exams

The Institute for Academic Development has a web page which focuses on exam preparation. The page includes useful resources, planners, revision techniques, and strategies for sitting your exams.

To find out more, visit the Effective Exams page on: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources/exams

EUSA Peer Proofreading Scheme – Open for submissions now – Closing date 2nd December 2016

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The Peer Proofreading Scheme is currently OPEN for submissions.

Please note, the final date for submissions in Semester 1 is Friday 2nd December. You can submit work up until 5pm on this date. After this date the Peer Proofreading Scheme will be closed until January 2017.

The aims of the scheme are:

  • To increase access to trustworthy proofreading services on campus
  • To reduce dependency upon proofreading services among users of the scheme by training them to spot basic grammar and spelling errors
  • To enhance the sense of community among students at the university through peer support
  • To provide student volunteers with a rewarding volunteering opportunity, developing their transferable skills and experience

If you have any questions, feel free to email EUSA at proofreading@eusa.ed.ac.uk

Students who are formally assessed as having dyslexia may be entitled to more comprehensive proofreading support, provided by the Student Disability Service.

Eligibility

Please be aware that some courses, especially from the English Language Teaching Centre, are not eligible for proofreading. If the quality of English is specifically being assessed you should not use the scheme. If in doubt, ask your course organiser or tutor.

  • We can only accept assignments from non-native English speakers.
  • Students should submit assignments at least seven days before their deadline. If you submit your assignment after 5pm, we will not receive it until the next working day- please bear this in mind when calculating seven days: work submitted at the weekend will NOT be received until the following Monday.
  • Assignments submitted should be no longer than 3000 words.
  • Students may submit no more than two assignments per semester.
  • Students must provide a valid University of Edinburgh email address.
  • Please remove any graphics from your work; work which is too large cannot be processed by our system.
  • We are unable to read resumes, CVs, applications for job, applications for programmes of study: the scheme is for academic coursework only.

For further information about submitting your work and how peer proofreading works please click on the following link: https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/support_and_advice/the_advice_place/academic/peerproofreading/

Other Useful Links

Institute of Academic Development – Has a wealth of information and resources designed to help students make the most of their learning.
Read. Write. Cite. – This campaign aims to offer help with referencing, citations, and academic good conduct.
Tandem Language Programme – Join in Tandem’s weekly events to improve your skills in a range of languages, including English.
International Student Centre – Meet new friends from all over the world and travel Scotland.
EUSA Volunteering – Get involved in the local community, make new friends, and build your CV!
EUSA Global – Learn more about global activities run by your Students’ Association.

Online Workshop- Managing Your Exams: Strategies and Tips – 1st December 2016

(PGT-Online) Managing Your Exams: Strategies and Tips

  • Thursday 1st December 2016 @ 10:00-11:00book

This on-line workshop will be an hour session focusing on how to manage your exams by improving your exam technique.

The pre-course work prompts will be used within the class.  The class may cover exam preparation and participation; i.e. how to cope with stress, practicing your exam technique and a review of exam strategies.

This session is suitable for any taught postgraduate student who wants to improve their exam technique.

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:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Online Workshop- ODL Only Getting ahead with your dissertation – 28th November 2016

(PGT – ODL) Getting ahead with your dissertation

  • Monday 28th November 2016 @ 13:00-14:00

This workshop is for Online Distance Learning (ODL) students only.

A dissertation is a serious investment of time and energy. It is the defining feature of a Masters so it is worth thinking about what it is you really want to do with it and what you really want to get out of it.student with laptop

And, as an ODL student, you may also have other commitments and priorities alongside your dissertation. So how do you do it? And how do you manage it online and over the timescale?

This online interactive session will give you strategies to start thinking about the subject and focus of your dissertation as well as practical tips for project managing it.

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:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Online Workshop – Networking for your Project – 24th November 2016

(PGT – Online) Networking for your Project

  • Thursday 24th November 2016 @ 13:00-14:00

Great networking takes preparation and practice. This workshop will focus on practical strategies for good networking and help you prepare for mixer events.

This workshop will include:22

  • Designing your networking words
  • Planning what you want to find out from people
  • Planning what you want to tell people
  • Practicing networking the room
  • Post network
  • Good practice

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:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Online Workshop -Managing Your Exams: effective revision techniques -22nd November 2016

(PGT – Online) Managing Your Exams: effective revision techniques

  • Tuesday 22nd November 2016 @ 10:30-11:3022

When it comes to effective revision, what works and what doesn’t? This online workshop will focus on revision techniques that have been proven to be effective and how you can use and adapt them your current habits to be more effective. This session will informal, friendly and includes discussion in a supportive atmosphere.  You are encouraged to ask questions and raise issues.

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:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Online Workshops – Postgrad Launchpad Part I: Thinking about a PhD? and Part II: What it’s like to be a PhD student – 23rd and 30th November 2016

(Online) Postgrad Launchpad – Part I: Thinking about a PhD?

  • Wednesday 23rd November 2016 @ 13:00 – 14:30

The IAD is holding an online panel discussion for all Taught Masters students who are considering applying for a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Students will have the opportunity to ask staff questions about the PhD application process at the UnivHeeHaw/Edinburgh Uni/05.02.08ersity of Edinburgh; gain an insight into possible funding routes; and visa requirements. Representatives from Admissions, IAD, and the International Office will be at the event.

(Online) Postgrad Launchpad – Part II: What it’s like to be a PhD student

  • Wednesday 30th November 2016 @ 13:00-14:30

Got questions about doing a PhD? Want to talk to current Doctoral Researchers about doing a PhD?

The PhD Panel will allow you to engage with current Doctoral Researchers from the University of Edinburgh. The event will provide a great opportunity to network with current Doctoral Researchers and to ask any question about what it’s like to do a PhD.

These sessions 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:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

 

The University of Edinburgh -Postgraduate Open Day 2016 – 16 November 2016

The University of Edinburgh -Postgraduate Open Day 2016

  • Wednesday 16th November 2016 from 09:30am
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Ultimately, there is no better way to discover the best fit for you than by visiting the universities that you are interested in. If you are considering furthering your studies here at Edinburgh, then our Postgraduate Open Day is as much for you as it is for those who are new to the University – although you are already studying here, the postgraduate environment may be significantly different from what you are used to during your current studies, or you may be applying to study at a different School entirely.

This is the ideal opportunity to put your questions about postgraduate study to academic staff members directly, and speaking further with current postgraduates.

To book a place, and for more information, please visit: www.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate-open-day