Exam Tips: Exam Guides and Coping with Stress

Support from the University on exam stress and exam guides. Stress is something that we all experience. The right amount of stress helps us achieve stressthe things we want and allows us to fulfill 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!

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Online Workshop: Networking For Your Project – 2 and 9 May 2018

(PGT – Online) Networking For Your Project

  • Two-part workshop 4 and 9 May 2018 @ 12:00 – 13:00

EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

Great networking takes preparation and practice. These workshops will focus on practical strategies for good networking to help you with your project and beyond!

These workshops will include:

  • Designing your networking words (whether email approach or face to face)
  • Planning what you want to find out from people
  • Planning what you want to tell people
  • Practicing networking the room
  • Post network follow up
  • Good practice
  • Strategies to try out

 

Please note this is a two-part workshop – please sign up for both days.

To find out more and to book a place, please follow the following link:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

To check the time zone – please click the following link:

https://eu1.bbcollab.com/site/external/isoTimeZoneConverter

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.

 

Exam Tips – Past Exam Papers

Past exam papers are available for students of the University of Edinburgh and they may be used as a study aid for exam revision.

Exam Papers Online is a service hosted by the University library, to provide accestudents at UoEss for staff and students to the collected degree examination papers of the University from 1996 onwards. Students can access the Exam Papers Online on and off-campus but will be prompted for your EASE username and password.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/library-museum-gallery/exam-papers

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Workshop: Writing a Literature Review – 26 April 2018

(PGT) Writing a Literature Review

  • Thursday 26th April 2018 @ 09:30-12:30EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

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.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Workshop: Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies -26 April 2018

(PGT) Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies

  • Tuesday 26th April 2018 @ 09:00-12:00

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/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

PGT Newsletter (April 2018)

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

The newsletter provides further information about:

  • What does the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) do?
  • All workshops available in April 2018
  • Events and courses informationPGT Newsletter_8_Apr_2018
  • Study Skills Consultation information
  • Managing Your Digital Footprint
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

Online Workshop: Getting started with writing your dissertation – 16th April 2018

Getting Started with Your Dissertation (online session)

  • Monday 16th April 2018 @ 19:00-20:00 (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.

To find out more and to book a place, please click the following link:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/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: How to Plan, Run and Complete Your Project – 5th April 2018

 How to Plan, Run and Complete Your Project

  • Thursday 5th April 2018 @ 13:30-16:30Top 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 find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Online Workshop: Getting Started with Your Dissertation – 4th April 2018

(PGT – Online) Getting Started with Your Dissertation

  • Wednesday 4th April 2018 @ 12:00-13:00 (UK Time)

This workshop is open to all postgraduate taught (PGT) students.istock_000014760316xsmall

A dissertation 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.

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/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

 

Workshop: Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking) – 3rd April 2018

Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking)

  • Tuesday 3rd April 2018 @ 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/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops