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

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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

 

Workshop – Speed Reading – 26 October 2017

(PGT) Speed Reading

  • Thursday 26th October 2017 @ 09:30-12:30Top view of young students in library

In order for academic reading to be effective, it needs to be a combination of efficient (in terms of speed and retention), strategic (in terms of appropriately targeted) and critical.  This short workshop will give you a number of tools to help you to read more quickly, more strategically and more critically.

The workshop (and practice afterwards) will help you to increase your speed and effectiveness of reading.  The practical exercises during the session will show you how to measure your base read speed and comprehension level and then increase your reading speed and efficiency.

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 – 20 October 2017

(PGT – Online) Being Critical

  • Friday 20th October 2017 @ 13:00-14:00

As a masters student, you need to be critical… but how? And what exaHeeHaw/Edinburgh Uni/05.02.08ctly does it mean?

This friendly, 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.

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

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.

 

PGT Newsletter (October 2017)

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (October 2017) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about:PGT Newsletter_2_Oct_2017

  • What does the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) do?
  • All workshops available in October 2017
  • Festival of Creative Learning 2018 – Run an event
  • Postgrad Launchpad Events – Thinking about a PhD?
  • Events and courses information
  • Study Skills Consultation information
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

Workshop – Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing – 12 October 2017

(PGT) Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing

  • Thursday 12th October 2017 @ 14:00-17:00Top 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

Workshop- Effective Approaches to Lectures- 21 September 2017

(PGT) Effective Approaches to Lectures

  • Thursday 21st September 2017 @ 09:00-10:00

This interactive workshop will address students’ concerns and questions about lectures and note making. Making the most of lectures is not just limited to the lecture, preparing before and reviewing techniques afterwards are essential to making the most of lectures.

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  • Pre lecture preparation
  • Note taking methods
  • Lecture styles
  • Post lecture review

This session will not cover:

  • Designing powerpoints for teaching
  • Public speaking
  • Subject specific material

This session is suitable for all PGT students who want to improve their lecture experience.

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 – Pre-arrival Critical Thinking – 16 and 23 August 2017

(PGT – Online) Pre-arrival: Critical ThinkingEDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

  • Wednesday 16th August 2017 @ 10:00-11:00
  • Wednesday 23rd August 2017 @ 09:00-10:00

To support you with your Masters studies for the year ahead, we offer study skills workshops throughout the year. This year we will be offering a set of  online ‘pre-arrival’ workshops to support you with your studies and skills such as critical thinking, writing at PGT level and getting the best from your library at the University of Edinburgh.

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