Workshop: Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions – 2nd May 2019

(PGT) Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions

  • Thursday 2nd May 2019 @ 13:10-16:00Top view of young students in library

Jonas Salk, the scientist whose team discovered one of the first successful polio vaccines, once said: “What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question.” We ask questions constantly to learn about the people and the world around us. We also ask questions in the initial stages of our research. Yet where do we learn our questioning skills?

This highly engaging session will focus on deconstructing and reconstructing the way you think about asking questions with the ultimate aim of being able to approach your research in a whole new way including revisiting your question.

The format of this session includes video clips, tutor input, pairs and group exercises, and an infographic to help you take your research topic and hypothesis and craft your research question using principles of design thinking, urban design, investigative reporting, and academic research.

By the end of the session, you will

  • Understand the optimum questioning mindset
  • Have learned the Seven Deadly Sins of Questions
  • Discovered the secret to creating compelling question sequences
  • Thought about your research question in a whole new way

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

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Workshop: Networking For Your Project – 1st May 2019

(PGT) Networking For Your Project

  • Wednesday 1st May 2019 @ 13:10-16:00

EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

Do you need to start making some connections with people who might help you with your research project and who will be interested in your findings? You might also be thinking about networking for your future career. This interactive workshop will help you develop a strategy for networking with your stakeholders and provide some hints and tips for effective networking. Students should come prepared to talk about why they would like to build connections.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

 

Online Workshop: Top 10 Tips for getting Published – 1st May 2019

 Top 10 Tips for Getting Published (Online)UNI 11

  • Wednesday 1st  May 2019 @ 19:00-20:00

Whether we like it or not, in modern academia we are judged by how much we publish and where it is published. Thus, all academics strive to get their work accepted in the highest impact journals. However, this takes work and often requires persistence. In this online presentation, Allan Gaw, who has been an academic for over 30 years and who has published extensively, will give you his top tips for success.

After the presentation, the attendees will:

• be aware of the importance of choosing the right journal

• understand the need to follow the instructions to authors

• know how to structure an academic paper

• appreciate the peer review process

• know how to respond to, and when to challenge, a review

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 book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

 

Workshop: Dissertations for Publication – 30th April 2019

(PGT) Dissertations for Publication

  • Tuesday 30th April 2019 @ 13:10-15:00 UNI 11

More than a dissertation? Think about publication!

Your dissertation requires a substantial amount of time and effort from you, so how can you get more from 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. Plus, your supervisor will be pleased because they won’t have to do it!

This session will not cover: Referencing and formatting, subject or discipline specifics, proof-reading or editing.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Online Workshop: Managing Your Exams: Strategies and Tips – 17th April 2019

(PGT – Online) Managing Your Exams: Strategies and Tips

  • Wednesday 17th April 2019 @ 15:10-16:00 (UK Time)

Woman in assessment center

This on-line workshop will be an hour session focusing on how to manage your exams by improving your exam technique.

The pre-course work prompts will be used within the class.  The class may cover exam preparation and participation; i.e. how to cope with stress, practising your exam technique and a review of exam strategies.

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 book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

PGT Newsletter (April 2019)

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (April 2019) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about:

  • What does the IAD do?
  • Exam Bootcamp
  • Upcoming PGT Workshops
  • Featured Online Workshop: Managing your Exams: Strategies and Tips
  • Exam Resources
  • Respect at Edinburgh

 

PGT Newsletter 08 April 2019

Workshop: How to Plan, Run and Complete Your Project – 4th April 2019

 How to Plan, Run and Complete Your Project

  • Thursday 4th April 2019 @ 13:10-16:00Top view of young students in library

A successful research project does not solely depend on an important research question and a well-designed protocol, but also on the efficient execution of the project. Many research projects fail to complete on time and on budget and some struggle even to get off the ground. In this half-day workshop we will apply the principles of project management to research projects and show how by applying some simple tools and techniques we can solve many of the common problems we face and avoid others altogether. The workshop will consist of a series of short, interactive lectures, interspersed with practical exercises.

After the workshop each participant will:

  • be able to define the different component parts of a research project
  • understand the common challenges that arise when managing a research project
  • be familiar with project management tools and techniques
  • be able to put these into practice
  • understand how to avoid the commonest problems that arise in management of research

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Online Workshop: Getting started with writing your dissertation – 3rd April 2019

(PGT – Online) Getting Started with Your Dissertation

  • Wednesday 3rd April 2019 @ 12:10-13:00 (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 encouraged to ask questions and raise issues.

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 book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Speed Reading – 2nd April 2019

(PGT) Speed Reading

  •  2nd April 2019 @ 13:10 – 16:00 Top 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.

We will use practical exercises and tutor-led input to help refine and improve four key areas:

  • Strategy – considering your reading strategy and learning some practical ways to improve information selection and absorption
  • Speed  – Techniques to increase speed of reading, and applying these with more dense and difficult material
  • Criticism – Acquiring methods and questions to improve your critical reading strategies
  • Consistency – Discover how to build consistent reading habits that will improve your efficiency, retention and recall.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking) – 2nd April 2019

Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking)

  • Tuesday 2nd April 2019 @ 10:00-13:00iStock_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 book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.