Online Workshop: Getting Started with Scientific Writing – 31st October 2018

(PGT – Online) Getting Started with Scientific Writing

  • 31st October 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 book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

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Workshop: Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing – 30th October 2018

(PGT) Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing

  • 30th October 2018 @ 13:00-16:00Top 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 book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Online Workshop: Proof Reading – 25th October 2018

(PGT – Online) Proof Reading

  • 25th October 2018 @ 09:00-10:00student with laptop

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 spending time polishing it through proof-reading and editing.

This interactive online session will introduce useful tips and strategies to help you incorporate proof-reading and editing into your writing process.

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.

Online Workshop: Zotero Web (Bibliographic Tool) – 25th October 2018

(PGT – Online) Zotero (Bibliographic Tool) Tutorial

  • 25th October 2018 @ 09:00-10:00zotero

This session is intended for any online distance learner who would like get help or advice for using Zotero to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work. This workshop is also open to PGR and UG students.

*Before* the workshop, you should

1. Sign up for a Zotero account https://www.zotero.org/user/register/

2. Download both the Firefox plugin and the standalone client: https://www.zotero.org/download/

3. Follow these video tutorials for getting started https://www.zotero.org/support/screencast_tutorials

4. Try to use Zotero before the tutorial – you’ll get more out of the tutorial if you do.

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: Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies – 24th October 2018

(PGT) Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies

  • 24th October 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/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Workshop: Speed Reading – 23rd October 2018

(PGT) Speed Reading

  •  23rd October 2018 @ 09:00 – 12:00 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: It’s About Time… Managing Time Personal Efficiency and Effectiveness – 22nd October 2018

(PGT) It’s About Time…Managing Time Personal Efficiency and Effectiveness

  • 22nd October 2018 @ 14:00 – 17:00

This workshop will help you to:book

• Reflect on your current actions and priorities
• Behave efficiently as well as effectively and so manage your time more productively.
• Prioritize and place your focus in appropriate areas

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Online Workshop: Being Critical – 19th October 2018

(PGT – Online) Being Critical

  • 19th October 2018 @ 13:00-14:00

As a masters student, you need to be critical… but how? And what exactly does it mean? Woman and laptopThis quick, interactive online workshop will give you some starter ideas on how to take a more critical approach to thinking generally for your masters.Students are encouraged to ask questions and voice opinions during the workshop.Students are asked to think about what ‘being critical’ means to them.

This workshop does not include
Subject or discipline-specific advice
English Language advice

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: Effective Writing: Grammar 18th October 2018

(PGT) Effective Writing: Grammar

  • 18th October 2018 @ 10:00 – 13:0022

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

No prior knowledge of grammar is required.

We 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.

This course will not cover writing for specific purposes, such as these, dissertations or abstracts.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Presenting Your Work! – 18th October 2018

(PGT) Presenting Your Work!

  • 18th October 2018 @ 14:00 – 17:00EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

This highly interactive and fast paced course will explore the key skills necessary to help you communicate your research to both academic and non-specialist audiences. We’ll focus on the latest research in communication studies and discuss the good, the bad and the ugly results of academic presentations. We’ll watch keynote TED talks and examine why the speakers succeed and what keeps us on the edge of our seats.

To book a place, please click 12here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.