(PGT) Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing
Thursday 15th February 2018 @ 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.
This is an interactive workshop and discussions and questions by participants are warmly encouraged.
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.
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:
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.
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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.
Some programmes of study may have exams while others may not.
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
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.
The Institute for Academic Development offers advice and resources to support students with writing effectively at postgraduate level.
The eWriting online 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)
‘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.