PGT Newsletter (February 2018)

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (February 2018) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about:PGT Newsletter_5_Jan_2018

  • What does the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) do?
  • All workshops available in February 2018
  • Festival Creative Learning 2018
  • Events and courses information
  • Study Skills Consultation information
  • Managing Your Digital Footprint
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

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Workshop – Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing – 15 February 2018

(PGT) Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing

  • Thursday 15th February 2018 @ 13:30-16:30Top 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

Online Workshop – Getting Started with Scientific Writing – 14 February 2018

(PGT – Online) Getting Started with Scientific Writing

  • Wednesday 14th February 2018 @ 19:00-20:0022

If you find writing a challenge, you are not alone. There are a number of difficulties, but many writers find that their biggest problem is simply getting started.

In this online session we will focus on strategies we can use to help us get over that fear of the big blank page.  We will look at freewriting and how this can help us generate text and, also, help us think on paper.

By the end of this one hour interactive online session, you will have a better understanding of what free writing is and how it can help you in your scientific writing and your scientific thinking.

During this session, you will have the opportunity to do some freewriting, so make sure you have some paper and a pen handy.

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

Workshop-Developing Your Research Question – 12 February 2018

(PGT) Developing Your Research Question

  • Monday 12th February 2018 @ 09:30-12:30book

Research is about answering questions. These may arise in our day-to-day work, our studies or unexpectedly, apparently out of the blue. But, there is a difference between an idle thought and a meaningful research question. This workshop is about this difference and takes participants through those important first steps in the research process, helping them develop their own research questions and to begin thinking like a researcher.

After the workshop each participant will:

  •  be familiar with the history of the research process
  • understand the range of different types of questions and be able to identify those that may be defined as research questions
  • be familiar with examples of good and bad research questions
  • understand the importance of an hypothesis
  • have a working strategy for developing their own research question.

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-Searching Research Literature – 8 February 2018

(PGT – Online) Searching Research Literature

  • Thursday 8th February 2018 @ 12:30-13:30

The Course is a mixture of presentations and hands on practical computer-based seimage of a keyboardssions to help participants understand the information research process and develop good practice in literature searching.

The key objectives and aims of the course are:

  • Develop  an understanding of how information resources provided by the Library and beyond, both printed and electronic, are organised and their major features
  • Develop the ability to search and evaluate research literature by performing advanced search strategies and techniques, such as by using Boolean search operators
  • Develop the ability to manage search results and citation styles with the help of a bibliographic management software such as EndNote

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

Workshop -Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies -6 February 2018

(PGT) Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies

  • Tuesday 6th February 2018 @ 09:00-12:30

The Course is a mixture of presentations and hands on practical computer-based sessions to help participants understand the information research process and develop good bookpractice in literature searching.

The key objectives and aims of the course are:

  • Develop  an understanding of how information resources provided by the Library and beyond, both printed and electronic, are organised and their major features
  • Develop the ability to search and evaluate research literature by performing advanced search strategies and techniques, such as by using Boolean search operators
  • Develop the ability to manage search results and citation styles with the help of a bibliographic management software such as EndNote.

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 (January 2018)

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (January 2018) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about:PGT Newsletter_5_Jan_2018

  • What does the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) do?
  • All workshops available in January 2018
  • Festival Creative Learning 2018
  • Events and courses information
  • Study Skills Consultation information
  • Managing Your Digital Footprint
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

Online Workshop – Getting Started with Your Studies- 17th January 2018

(PGT – Online) Getting Started with Your Studies

  • Wednesday 17th January 2018 @ 19:00-20:00

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Starting a Masters programme can be an exciting but stressful time. You will have to fit a lot of challenging work around your other commitments. This online, interactive workshop will be based on participant responses to the question:

What’s the one thing do you want to know about starting your studies but were too afraid to ask?

Depending on responses, the workshop may cover:

  • Differences between undergraduate and postgraduate learning environment
  • Academic expectations
  • Getting the most out of your course

Participants are encouraged to ask questions and raise issues they would like to discuss during the workshop.

This online workshop will duplicate some topics discussed in the on-campus workshop ‘Getting Started at Masters level’, please click here for further details. Students are advised to attend either one, or the other.

What does this workshop include?

This is a general workshop designed to clue participants into starting their masters studies. It will not be an in-depth workshop on any particular topic(s). The IAD (and some programmes) provide detailed workshops on study-related topics later in the semester.

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

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2018 at the IAD!

Happy New Year and welcome for those returning to their programmes and those starting to study their new programmes!

UNIVERSITYThe Masters (PGT) team at the Institute for Academic Development offers a varied programme of support for MSc students across the University of Edinburgh for 2018.

  • Workshops

We run a range of courses and workshops on-campus and online tailored specifically for Masters Student’s throughout the year. More details about our upcoming workshops for 2018 can be found at the IAD postgraduate workshops website: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

  • Study Skills Consultations

We offer face to face and online study skills consultations for Masters students, these are with one of our Study Development Advisor’s. More details about Study Skills Consultations can be found here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/study

  • Learning Resources

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.

  • Blogs, Tweets and Newsletter

We regularly post to the iad4 masters blog, advertising upcoming workshops and highlighting advice. We have an twitter account, from which we promote workshops and events that may be of interest. Every month we also send out a Newsletter (via email) which you can receive through your school. You can also find the newsletter online.

Happy New Year to All Postgraduate Students!

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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.

  • Developing your English
  • Effective studying and learning
  • Time management
  • Literature searching
  • Academic writing
  • Writing at postgraduate level
  • Critical thinking
  • Proof reading skills
  • Presentations and posters
  • Dissertations

You can access all the above resources through: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources