PGT Workshops for Being Critical


In October/ November 2015 the following events and workshops are open to all Taught Masters students at the University of Edinburgh. There will be workshops available on campus and on-line.

(PGT-Online) Being Critical

  • Tuesday 27 October 2015 at 13:00 – 14:00

As a masters student, you need to be critical… but how? And what exactly does it mean?  This quick, interactive online workshop will give you some starter ideas on how to take a more critical approach to thinking generally for your masters.

Students are encouraged to ask questions and voice opinions during the workshop.  Students are asked to think about what ‘being critical’ means to them.

(PGT) Critical Reading, Essay Planning and Writing

  • Monday 2 November 2015 at 13:30-16:30

Being a masters student is challenging, not just because of the level you will be learning at but also the amount of work (e.g. reading and writing) you’ll be expected to do, and all the while being ‘critical’. With so much to do, using effective strategies will help you to manage the different demands of your masters.

This workshop will focus on practical strategies for masters-level effective reading and writing, and developing your critical thinking during these. Participants will be able to practice some strategies in short exercises during the workshop.

(PGT – Online) Being Critical for Assignments

  • Wednesday 4 November 2015 at 20:00- 21:00

As a masters student, you will have probably been told to demonstrate critical thinking in your assignments. But what does this mean and how do you do it?

This interactive online workshop will give you some tips and strategies on how to practice and communicate critical thinking in your assignments.It would be useful for students to have with them an assignment they have been set, and any marking criteria. Alternatively, students could have a previous assignment and any feedback they have been provided.

(PGT) Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking)

  • Friday 6 November 2015 09:30 – 12:30

‘Critical’ is a word that is frequently used in academic discourse. Students are advised to think, read and write ‘critically’. But what does ‘critical’ actually mean in an academic context? In this workshop we identify qualities that are core to a critical engagement with academic work, and we explore through examples how you can apply critical values to your reading, writing and academic practice.

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