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

Online Workshop – Getting started with your dissertation – 11 December 2017

(PGT – Online) Getting Started with Your Dissertation

  • Monday 11th December 2017@ 12:00-13:00 (GMT Time)

A Woman and laptopdissertation is a serious investment of time and energy. It is the defining feature of a Masters so it is worth thinking about what it is you really want to do with it and what you really want to get out of it.

This online interactive session will give you strategies to start thinking about the subject and focus of your dissertation as well as practical tips for project managing it. Participants are encourage to ask questions and raise issues.

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.

EUSA Peer Proofreading Scheme – Open for submissions now – Closing date 1st December 2017

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The Peer Proofreading Scheme is currently OPEN for submissions.

Please note, the final date for submissions in Semester 1 is Friday 1st December. You can submit work up until 5pm on this date. After this date the Peer Proofreading Scheme will be closed until January 2018.

The aims of the scheme are:

  • To increase access to trustworthy proofreading services on campus
  • To reduce dependency upon proofreading services among users of the scheme by training them to spot basic grammar and spelling errors
  • To enhance the sense of community among students at the university through peer support
  • To provide student volunteers with a rewarding volunteering opportunity, developing their transferable skills and experience

If you have any questions, feel free to email EUSA at proofreading@eusa.ed.ac.uk

Students who are formally assessed as having dyslexia may be entitled to more comprehensive proofreading support, provided by the Student Disability Service.

Eligibility

Please be aware that some courses, especially from the English Language Teaching Centre, are not eligible for proofreading. If the quality of English is specifically being assessed you should not use the scheme. If in doubt, ask your course organiser or tutor.

  • We can only accept assignments from non-native English speakers.
  • Students should submit assignments at least seven days before their deadline. If you submit your assignment after 5pm, we will not receive it until the next working day- please bear this in mind when calculating seven days: work submitted at the weekend will NOT be received until the following Monday.
  • Assignments submitted should be no longer than 3000 words.
  • Students may submit no more than two assignments per semester.
  • Students must provide a valid University of Edinburgh email address.
  • Please remove any graphics from your work; work which is too large cannot be processed by our system.
  • We are unable to read resumes, CVs, applications for job, applications for programmes of study: the scheme is for academic coursework only.

For further information about submitting your work and how peer proofreading works please click on the following link: https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/support_and_advice/the_advice_place/academic/peerproofreading/

Other Useful Links

Institute of Academic Development – Has a wealth of information and resources designed to help students make the most of their learning.
Read. Write. Cite. – This campaign aims to offer help with referencing, citations, and academic good conduct.
Tandem Language Programme – Join in Tandem’s weekly events to improve your skills in a range of languages, including English.
International Student Centre – Meet new friends from all over the world and travel Scotland.
EUSA Volunteering – Get involved in the local community, make new friends, and build your CV!
EUSA Global – Learn more about global activities run by your Students’ Association.

 

Online Workshop – Managing Your Exams: Effective Revision Techniques – 21 November 2017

(PGT-Online) Managing Your Exams: Effective Revision Techniques

  • Tuesday 21st November 2017 @ 10:00-11:00

When it comes to effective revision, what works and what doesn’t? This online workshop will focus on revision techniques that have been demonstrated to be effective and how you can use and adapt your current habits to incorporate them.

This sessi22on is informal, friendly and includes discussion in a supportive atmosphere. You are encouraged to ask questions and raise issues.

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.

 

Workshop – Effective Writing: Grammar – 14 November 2017

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(PGT) Effective Writing : Grammar

Tuesday 14th November 2017 @ 09:30-12:30

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

This workshop 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.

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 (November 2017)

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

The newsletter provides further information about:PGT Newsletter_3_Nov_2017

  • What does the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) do?
  • All workshops available in November 2017
  • Exam Bootcamp – Self Enrol on Learn
  • Near Future Teaching
  • Events and courses information
  • Erasmus+
  • Study Skills Consultation information
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

Workshop – Finding papers for a Science & Engineering Dissertation literature review – 13 November 2017

(PGT) Finding papers for a Science & Engineering Dissertation literature review

  • Monday 13th November 2017 @ 12:30 – 14:00

The following workshop provides a hands-on session with Academic Support Librarians and is UNI 11designed to give you tips, save you time and effort and give you confidence in finding relevant academic literature for essays, reports, literature reviews, dissertations etc.

If you are unable to attend the session but would like advice, please get in touch with your Academic Support Librarian directly – http://www.ed.ac.uk/is/academic-support-librarians-a-z

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 – Improving Your Grammar and Punctuation – 7 November 2017

(PGT- Online) Top 10 Tips for Improving Your Grammar and Punctuation

  • Tuesday 7th November @ 19:00-20:00EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

Grammar should be like the background music in a film. If it’s good you hardly notice it. If it’s bad, it jars and distracts you, and does not allow you to focus on what’s important. We write to communicate our ideas, opinions and discoveries. If the way we write obscures these goals in any way, then we have to rethink our approach. Some people think grammar is unimportant, being a secondary issue to the main thrust of their writing. However, if your use, or misuse, of grammar and punctuation leads your reader to stumble over your meaning, you have failed. Grammar is important.

In this online session, we will look at the most common problems faced by technical writers when it comes to grammar and punctuation. And, using a lot of examples we will learn how to avoid these problems.

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.

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