Workshop: Revisiting Your Structure – 30th May 2018

(PGT) Revisiting Your Structure

  • Wednesday 30th May 2018 @ 10:00-12:30

This workshop is open to all postgraduate taught (PGT) students.istock_000014760316xsmall

A dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth taking time to consider your structure.

This interactive session will help you step back from the detail of your writing and take an overview of your dissertation. It will suggest practical ways you can isolate the main themes of your work and develop a convincing order to present your ideas. We will also discuss the purpose of key sections of academic dissertations.

You will have the opportunity to self-review your dissertation outline, but the tutor will be unable to give subject-specific advice.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

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Rescheduled Workshop: The Writing Process: Getting Started – 25th May 2018

(PGT) The Writing Process: Getting Started

  • Friday 25th May 2018 @ 09:30 – 12:30

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For many students, starting to write is one of the most challenging aspects of doing a dissertation. How do you know whether you are ready to write? How do you overcome the sense of paralysis or overwhelm that often accompanies the early stages of the writing process? This workshop provides tools and tips for how to get started; for generating, focusing, targeting and structuring material; and for developing a first draft. All of these will be put into practice through the development of a short text.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Online Workshop: Top 10 Tips for Writing a Literature Review – 30th May 2018

Top 10 Tips for Writing a Literature Review (Online session)

  • Wednesday 30th May 2018 @ 19:00-20:00
calendarWhether you are writing a Masters Dissertation, a PhD Thesis, a Grant application or a Paper you will be required to produce a literature review.  This aspect of academic writing presents many problems to those new, and sometimes not so new, to the task.  Some mistakenly think that a simple, and often exhaustive, catalogue of past research is what is required.  But, or course, a good literature review is much more than that.  This online presentation will guide the participants through a carefully plotted route, helping them to produce a winning strategy for writing their next literature review.

After the workshop each participant will:

  • understand the key elements of a good literature review and its purpose
  • be able to formulate a literature review writing plan
  • possess the necessary critical skills to summarise & synthesise literature
  • appreciate the need for editing and review of the written work.

 

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/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

 

Workshop: Is My Writing Academic Enough? – 29th May 2018

(PGT) Is My Writing Academic Enough?

  • Tuesday 29th May 2018 @ 09:30 – 12:30 istock_000006051647xsmall

Does academic writing have to be dull or obscure, or can it be engaging and direct? This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. We will look at relevant linguistic and stylistic choices (active or passive? first or third person? plain English or jargon?) and consider academic conventions in terms of organisation and writing style. This is very much a ‘hands-on’ workshop with plenty of room for discussion.

Pre-Course Work:
Please bring a short piece of (your own) academic writing to this workshop.

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

Online Workshop: Zotero Web (Bibliographic Tool) – 24 May 2018

(PGT – Online) Zotero (Bibliographic Tool) Tutorial

  • Thursday 24th May 2018 @ 10:00-11:00zotero

This session is intended for any online distance learner who would like get help or advice for using Zotero to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work. This workshop is also open to PGR and UG students.

*Before* the workshop, you should

1. Sign up for a Zotero account https://www.zotero.org/user/register/

2. Download both the Firefox plugin and the standalone client: https://www.zotero.org/download/

3. Follow these video tutorials for getting started https://www.zotero.org/support/screencast_tutorials

4. Try to use Zotero before the tutorial – you’ll get more out of the tutorial if you do.

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

Workshop “Effective Writing: Grammar” 21 May 2018

(PGT) Effective Writing: Grammar

  • 21 May 201822

This course aims to show how a well-crafted sentence is put together and to give an understanding of the underlying grammatical rules.

No prior knowledge of grammar is required.

We will be dealing with such problems as tense, sentence length, sentence structure, joining sentences and punctuation, with a view to producing clear, unambiguous and readable academic writing.

This course will not cover writing for specific purposes, such as these, dissertations or abstracts.

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

Online Workshop: Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Mendeley – 17 May 2018

(PGT – Online) Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Mendeley – (open to UG, PGT, PGR)

  • 17 May 2018 7603612464_fee805cd5a_o

This session is intended for any online distance learner who would like get help or advice for using Mendeley to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work.

*Before* the workshop, you should

1.Sign up for a Mendeley account and download the desktop client: http://www.mendeley.com/

2.Follow these video tutorials for getting started: http://www.mendeley.com/videos-tutorials/

3. Try to use Mendeley before the tutorial – you’ll get more out of the tutorial if you do.

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. Please check the UK time of the session and use the Blackboard collaborate TimeZoneConverter to check the time in your country.

You can check the UK time zone here: https://eu1.bbcollab.com/site/external/isoTimeZoneConverter

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

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

 

 

Online Workshop: Dissertation for Publications – 17 May 2018

 Dissertation for Publications (Online Session)

  • 17 May 2018

bookWant more from your dissertation? Think about a publication!

Your dissertation requires a substantial amount of time and effort from you, so how can you get the most out of it? One way to make your dissertation work for you is to publish it. Many dissertations represent significant additions and advancements to their field. Publishing is a way to get your work noticed and can lead to surprising opportunities. And it doesn’t have to be just journal articles!

This 1 hour, online interactive workshop will discuss strategies for producing a range of publications from your dissertation. It is open to online and on-campus students.

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. Please check the UK time of the session and use the Blackboard collaborate TimeZoneConverter to check the time in your country.

You can check the UK time zone here: https://eu1.bbcollab.com/site/external/isoTimeZoneConverter

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

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

PGT Newsletter (May 2018)

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (May 2018) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about:

  • What does the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) do?
  • All workshops available in May 2018
  • Events and courses informationPGT Newsletter_9_May_2018
  • Study Skills Consultation information
  • Managing Your Digital Footprint
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

Exam Tips: Exam Guides and Coping with Stress

Support from the University on exam stress and exam guides. Stress is something that we all experience. The right amount of stress helps us achieve stressthe things we want and allows us to fulfill 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!