Gearing up for your Master’s Dissertation – Monday 9th March 2015

Are you thinking about your Master’s dissertation, but not sure how to get started with the first steps? Come along for lunch to hear from students who have written one before, and who survived!

There will be short introductions from the Institute for Academic Development, the English Language Teaching Centre, and the Advice Place/Peer Proofreading on the support available to you, and then you can move around to different tables to hear tips from them and from other students who have completed a dissertation.

Bring along your dissertation ideas, questions about managing the project that is your dissertation, and hear what others will be working on. It’ll be the perfect occasion to help you plan ahead for your dissertation summer so you won’t be too fussed about it!

For more details and to register:
https://uoemastersdissertation2015.eventbrite.co.uk

PGT Newsletter – March 2015

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (March 2015) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information aboutPGT_Newsletter_7_Mar_2015

  • All study skills and writing workshops available in March 2015
  • EUSA Gearing up for Your Master’s Dissertation (Networking and Q&A)
  • Dissertation Workshop Suite 2015
  • Other resources on assignments, writing and exams

Resources

Workshop: Mapping Your Mind – 11 March 2015

22(PGT) Mapping Your Mind

  • Wednesday 11 March 2015 at 09:30-12:30

This course will provide you with a small toolkit of techniques that you can apply to help you to manage the piles of information, papers, letters and articles that clutter your desk and mind. It will help you to make notes quickly and in a way that your mind may process more readily. After the course, if you practice and use the techniques, you may improve your recall of information, improve your note-making/taking and enhance your creativity.

To find out more and to book a place, please follow the following link:

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

Workshop: Leadership Skills – 11 March 2015

students(PGT) Leading the team: a Masters introduction to leadership, teams and effective collaboration

  • Wednesday 11 March 2015  at 09:30-12:30

This new interactive course explores how you can build your leadership profile from scratch. We will explore the realities and myths of leadership and how the leadership journey often begins with small steps rather than grand gestures. Unlike many leadership courses we will concentrate on leadership as a journey rather than a quality and as being concerned with motivation more than inspiration.

To find out more and to book a place, please follow the following link:

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

Workshop: Presentation Skills – 11 March 2015

22(PGT) Presenting your work!

  • Wednesday 11 March 2015 at 13:30 -16:30

This highly interactive and fast paced course will explore the key skills necessary to help you communicate your research to both academic and non-specialist audiences. We’ll focus on the latest research in communication studies and discuss the good, the bad and the ugly results of academic presentations. We’ll watch keynote TED talks and examine why the speakers succeed and what keeps us on the edge of our seats.

To find out more and to book a place, please follow the following link:

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

Workshop: Grammar for Postgraduate Students – 5 March 2015

calendar(PGT) Effective Writing: Grammar

  • Thursday 3 March 2015 at 09:30-12:30

This course aims to show how a well-crafted sentence is put together and to give an understanding of the underlying grammatical rules. The workshop will deal with such problems as tense, sentence length, sentence structure, joining sentences and punctuation, with a view to producing clear, unambiguous and readable academic writing.

To find out more and to book a place, please follow the following link:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Online Workshop: Getting Started with Your Scientific Writing – 24 Feb 2015

student with laptop(PGT – Online) Getting Started with Your Scientific Writing – Who’s Afraid of the Big Blank Page

  • Tuesday 24 February 2015 at 19:00 – 20:00 (UK Time)

If you find writing a challenge, you are not alone. There are a number of difficulties, but many writers find that their biggest problem is simply getting started. In this online session we will focus on strategies we can use to help us get over that fear of the big blank page. We will look at freewriting and how this can help us generate text and, also, help us think on paper. By the end of this one hour interactive online session, you will have a better understanding of what free writing is and how it can help you in your scientific writing and your scientific thinking. And, you will also learn a little about unicorns.

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 check the time zone – please click the following link:

https://eu1.bbcollab.com/site/external/isoTimeZoneConverter

To find out more and to book a place, please follow the following link:

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

 

Online Workshop: Project Planning – 20 Feb 2015

student with laptop(PGT – Online) Project Planning

  • Friday 20 February 2015 at 19:00 – 20:00 (UK Time)

All successful projects need to be planned, and while some of us are natural planners most of us need a little help. In this online session we will apply some simple tools and techniques to help us solve many of the common problems we face and avoid others altogether.  We will focus particularly on where and how to begin planning a project and consider the three related aspects of time, budget and quality.

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 check the time zone – please click the following link:

https://eu1.bbcollab.com/site/external/isoTimeZoneConverter

To find out more and to book a place, please follow the following link:

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

Workshop: Finding Academic Literature

(PGT-CSE) Finding Academic Literaturebook

    25th February 2015 (12.15-13.45)

This is a hands-on session with Academic Support Librarians designed to give you tips, save you time and effort and give you confidence in finding relevant academic literature for essays, reports, literature reviews, dissertations etc.

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

Other Resources:

Workshops: Project Planning, Getting Started with Your Writing

student with laptop(PGT – Online) Project Planning

  • Friday 20 February 2015 at 19:00 – 20:00 (UK Time)

All successful projects need to be planned, and while some of us are natural planners most of us need a little help.  In this online session we will apply some simple tools and techniques to help us solve many of the common problems we face and avoid others altogether.  We will focus particularly on where and how to begin planning a project and consider the three related aspects of time, budget and quality.

 

(PGT-Online) Getting Started with Your Scientific Writing – Who’s Afraid of the blank page?

  • Tuesday 24th February 2015 at 19.00-20.00 (UK Time)

If you find writing a challenge, you are not alone. There are a number of difficulties, but many writers find that their biggest problem is simply getting started. In this online session we will focus on strategies we can use to help us get over that fear of the big blank page.  We will look at freewriting and how this can help us generate text and, also, help us think on paper. By the end of this one hour interactive online session, you will have a better understanding of what free writing is and how it can help you in your scientific writing and your scientific thinking. And, you will also learn a little about unicorns.

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