Study Tips – Preparing for the Next Semester

Before the start of a new semester, 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 which can support Masters students.wordle2

  • 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

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Good Luck with Your Exams and Assignments!

Many PGT students will be taking their first exams or handing in their course assignments this month. The IAD would like to wish you all the best with your exams and assignments.Cropped_PGTStudents

For guides and tips for exams:-

http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources/exams

http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources/writing

http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources/standards

PGT Newsletter (December 2017)

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (December 2017) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about:PGT Newsletter_4_Dec_2017

  • What does the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) do?
  • All workshops available in December 2017 and January 2018
  • Festival Creative Learning 2018
  • Events and courses information
  • Postgraduate School Representatives
  • Study Skills Consultation information
  • Managing Your Digital Footprint
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

Exam Tips for Postgraduate Students

Some programmes of study may have exams while others may not.

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Exams at taught postgraduate level are an opportunity to demonstrate your insight, knowledge and mastery of your subject. While exams can be daunting, with proper preparation many students come to view exams as enjoyable: exams become an opportunity to consolidate their learning experience.

For exams you may want to consider:

  • Planning and revision
  • Revision techniques
  • Strategies for sitting your exams

The Institute for Academic Development has a web page which focuses on exam preparation. The page includes useful resources, planners, revision techniques, and strategies for sitting your exams.

To find out more, visit the Effective Exams page on: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources/exams

EUSA Peer Proofreading Scheme – Open for submissions now – Closing date 1st December 2017

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The Peer Proofreading Scheme is currently OPEN for submissions.

Please note, the final date for submissions in Semester 1 is Friday 1st December. You can submit work up until 5pm on this date. After this date the Peer Proofreading Scheme will be closed until January 2018.

The aims of the scheme are:

  • To increase access to trustworthy proofreading services on campus
  • To reduce dependency upon proofreading services among users of the scheme by training them to spot basic grammar and spelling errors
  • To enhance the sense of community among students at the university through peer support
  • To provide student volunteers with a rewarding volunteering opportunity, developing their transferable skills and experience

If you have any questions, feel free to email EUSA at proofreading@eusa.ed.ac.uk

Students who are formally assessed as having dyslexia may be entitled to more comprehensive proofreading support, provided by the Student Disability Service.

Eligibility

Please be aware that some courses, especially from the English Language Teaching Centre, are not eligible for proofreading. If the quality of English is specifically being assessed you should not use the scheme. If in doubt, ask your course organiser or tutor.

  • We can only accept assignments from non-native English speakers.
  • Students should submit assignments at least seven days before their deadline. If you submit your assignment after 5pm, we will not receive it until the next working day- please bear this in mind when calculating seven days: work submitted at the weekend will NOT be received until the following Monday.
  • Assignments submitted should be no longer than 3000 words.
  • Students may submit no more than two assignments per semester.
  • Students must provide a valid University of Edinburgh email address.
  • Please remove any graphics from your work; work which is too large cannot be processed by our system.
  • We are unable to read resumes, CVs, applications for job, applications for programmes of study: the scheme is for academic coursework only.

For further information about submitting your work and how peer proofreading works please click on the following link: https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/support_and_advice/the_advice_place/academic/peerproofreading/

Other Useful Links

Institute of Academic Development – Has a wealth of information and resources designed to help students make the most of their learning.
Read. Write. Cite. – This campaign aims to offer help with referencing, citations, and academic good conduct.
Tandem Language Programme – Join in Tandem’s weekly events to improve your skills in a range of languages, including English.
International Student Centre – Meet new friends from all over the world and travel Scotland.
EUSA Volunteering – Get involved in the local community, make new friends, and build your CV!
EUSA Global – Learn more about global activities run by your Students’ Association.

 

Postgrad Launchpad on campus- What it’s like to be a PhD student – 30 November 2017

(Postgrad Launchpad) – What it’s like to be a PhD student

  • Thursday 30th November 2017 @ 13:00-14:00

This interactive session will give you more insight into what PhD study is really like. Put your questions to current PhD students during our panel discussion, and find out more about studying at the doctoral level through our Institute for Academic Development session.

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Thinking about further study? You may have just started your Masters but if you are thinking of applying for a PhD now is the time to get started!

Postgrad Launchpad runs events throughout the year to help students find out more about what it is like to study for a PhD, how to find a PhD, applying for PhDs and information around the types of funding available.

For more information about these events and to book: http://www.ed.ac.uk/students/careers/postgrad-launchpad

PGT Newsletter (September 2017)

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (September 2017) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about:PGT Newsletter_1_Sept_2017

  • What does the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) do?
  • All workshops available in September 2017
  • Events and courses information
  • Managing Your Digital Footprint
  • Study Skills Consultation information
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

PGT Newsletter – July 2017

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (July 2017) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about:PGT Newsletter_11_July_2017

  • All workshops available in July 2017
  • Events and courses information
  • Resources
  • EUSA event: Wrapping up your masters
    dissertation?
  • Dissertation Writing Resources
  • Academic career stories at University of Edinburgh
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

Event: Gearing Up for Your Masters Dissertation – 15 March 2017

Event: Gearing Up for Your Masters Dissertation Event in association with Edinburgh University Student Association  

  • Wednesday 15th March 2017 @ 13:00-14:00

istock_000004735385xsmall_researchersAre you thinking about your Master’s dissertation, but not sure how to get started? Do you want to know more about the process in general?

The Students Association has organized a lunch where you can get advice from several University services as well as students themselves!

There will be introductions from the Institute for Academic Development, the English Language Teaching Centre, and the Advice Place/Peer Proofreading on the support available to you.

Then you’ll have the opportunity to ask your own questions and hear from other students who have completed a dissertation.

Bring along your dissertation ideas, questions about managing your dissertation, and hear what others will be working on. It’ll be the perfect occasion to help you plan ahead for your
dissertation summer and ease any concerns!

Watch out for an event in the summer that will focus on finishing off your dissertation and what may be next.

To book your place please click the following link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gearing-up-for-your-masters-dissertation-event-tickets-31925044668

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Welcome to iad4masters blog. This blog is managed by the Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh and is aimed at Taught Masters students. We will post regularly, providing information on resources, events, workshops and much more.

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