This workshop is open to all postgraduate taught (PGT) students.
A dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and a major investment of time and effort. It is also the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth presenting it well.
This interactive session will introduce strategies to help you incorporate revising into your personal writing process. It will highlight tricky things which tend to catch students out, suggest useful tools and offer tips to help you submit your best work.
‘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.
You will be required to bring along a printed copy of a short academic article that is relevant to your research interests.
For many students, starting to write is one of the most challenging aspects of doing a dissertation. How do you know whether you are ready to write? How do you overcome the sense of paralysis or overwhelm that often accompanies the early stages of the writing process? This workshop provides tools and tips for how to get started; for generating, focusing, targeting and structuring material; and for developing a first draft. All of these will be put into practice through the development of a short text.
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.
Want more from your dissertation? Think about a publication!
Your dissertation requires a substantial amount of time and effort from you, so how can you get the most out of 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. And it doesn’t have to be just journal articles!
This 1 hour, online interactive workshop will discuss strategies for producing a range of publications from your dissertation. It is open to online and on-campus students.
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:
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.
Stress is something that we all experience. The right amount of stress helps us achieve the things we want and allows us to fulfil whatever aims we have for ourselves. If we are facing too much challenge our stress levels can rise to a point where they begin to have negative effects on our performance and on how we feel.
During exams period, it is important for you to set realistic goals as you revise – reward yourself when you meet these targets and don’t stress about an unobtainable level of perfection. If you start to feel stressed, try to challenge those negative thoughts by focusing on positives and previous successes. If you find yourself beginning to panic at any point during revision time or even during an exam, there are various relaxation techniques that will help.
A short guide is published by the Student Counselling Service at the University of Edinburgh to give you some ideas about recognising when your stress levels are too high, and help you do something about it.
The Student Counselling Service has also published the Step by Step Guide to Exam Success to give you some ideas about how you can get the marks you want in your exams with the minimum of stress and panic!
The literature review is a key component of a dissertation, because it motivates and contextualises key research issue.
Developing a review is a complex task which involves selecting, organising and evaluating source material; reading actively while taking effective notes; and shaping relevant information into a coherent piece of writing.
This workshop offers practical ways of making this process manageable and beginning to develop a review.
(PGT) Learn with Lynda.com (Online library of video courses)
Tuesday 18th April @ 10:00-11:30
The University of Edinburgh provides all staff and students with access to Lynda.com, an online subscription library that teaches the latest technology, digital, creative, and business skills through high-quality instructional videos.
Find out how you can learn and teach with Lynda.com and
•Search for courses
•Create and share playlists
•Choose a career path
•Use playlist centre
•Share your certificates of achievement
This informal workshop will involve a presentation about Lynda.com, a demonstration on how to use it effectively and time to explore the online content and create your own playlist.