PGT Newsletter (February 2018)

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

The newsletter provides further information about:PGT Newsletter_5_Jan_2018

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

Resources

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Workshop – Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing – 15 February 2018

(PGT) Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing

  • Thursday 15th February 2018 @ 13:30-16:30Top view of young students in library

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.

This is an interactive workshop and discussions and questions by participants are warmly encouraged.

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 – Being Critical – 24 January 2018

(PGT – Online) Being Critical

  • Wednesday 24th January 2018 @ 10:00-11:00

As a masters student, you need to be critical… but how? And what exactly does it mean? Woman and laptopThis 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.

This workshop does not include
Subject or discipline-specific advice
English Language advice

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

PGT Newsletter (January 2018)

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

The newsletter provides further information about:PGT Newsletter_5_Jan_2018

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

Resources

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2018 at the IAD!

Happy New Year and welcome for those returning to their programmes and those starting to study their new programmes!

UNIVERSITYThe Masters (PGT) team at the Institute for Academic Development offers a varied programme of support for MSc students across the University of Edinburgh for 2018.

  • Workshops

We run a range of courses and workshops on-campus and online tailored specifically for Masters Student’s throughout the year. More details about our upcoming workshops for 2018 can be found at the IAD postgraduate workshops website: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

  • Study Skills Consultations

We offer face to face and online study skills consultations for Masters students, these are with one of our Study Development Advisor’s. More details about Study Skills Consultations can be found here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/study

  • Learning Resources

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.

Happy New Year to All Postgraduate Students!

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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.

  • Developing your English
  • Effective studying and learning
  • Time management
  • Literature searching
  • Academic writing
  • Writing at postgraduate level
  • Critical thinking
  • Proof reading skills
  • Presentations and posters
  • Dissertations

You can access all the above resources through: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources

Exam Tips for Postgraduate Students

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

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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

Exam Tips – Writing and Thinking Critically

The Institute for Academic Development offers advice and resources to support students with writing effectively at postgraduate level.

The eWriting HeeHaw/Edinburgh Uni/05.02.08online course (open-access) is specifically developed for postgraduate students, it covers many aspects of writing successfully at University. It is a self-study course, and you can complete it at any time.

Writing at postgraduate level is a step up in your thinking and writing. You are expected to make accurate attribution of ideas from others, written pieces to be logically structured with fluid expression of thought, and with deeper and more critical engagement with the subjects and ideas you are reading and learning about.

Critical thinking can be applied to:

  • Bring together different sources of information to serve an argument or idea you are constructing.
  • Make logical connections between the different sources that help you shape and support your ideas.
  • Comprehend the key points, assumptions, arguments and evidence presented.
  • Transfer the understanding you have gained from your critical evaluation and use in response to questions, assignments and projects.
  • Develop arguments, draw conclusions, make inferences and identify implications. (The Open University, 2009)

For more tips and ideas on critical thinking, please visit:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources/critical

Workshop – Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking) – 6 November 2017

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

  • Monday 6th November 2017 @ 09:30-12:30iStock_000003160236XSmall_leaves

‘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.

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

Workshops – Being Critical – October/November 2017

(PGT) Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing

  • Tuesday 31st October 2017 @13:30 – 16:30EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

(PGT – Online) Being Critical for Assignments

  • Thursday 2nd November 2017 @19:00 -20:00

Being critical is a crucial element for Masters level study and it is essential for assignments!

These two interactive workshops offer an opportunity to develop your critical thinking for your assignments and try out practical tips and strategies.

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