Online Workshop – Managing Your Exams: Effective Revision Techniques – 21 November 2017

(PGT-Online) Managing Your Exams: Effective Revision Techniques

  • Tuesday 21st November 2017 @ 10:00-11:00

When it comes to effective revision, what works and what doesn’t? This online workshop will focus on revision techniques that have been demonstrated to be effective and how you can use and adapt your current habits to incorporate them.

This sessi22on is informal, friendly and includes discussion in a supportive atmosphere. You 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/schools-departments/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.

 

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Workshop – Effective Writing: Grammar – 14 November 2017

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(PGT) Effective Writing : Grammar

Tuesday 14th November 2017 @ 09:30-12:30

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

This workshop 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.

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 – Improving Your Grammar and Punctuation – 7 November 2017

(PGT- Online) Top 10 Tips for Improving Your Grammar and Punctuation

  • Tuesday 7th November @ 19:00-20:00EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

Grammar should be like the background music in a film. If it’s good you hardly notice it. If it’s bad, it jars and distracts you, and does not allow you to focus on what’s important. We write to communicate our ideas, opinions and discoveries. If the way we write obscures these goals in any way, then we have to rethink our approach. Some people think grammar is unimportant, being a secondary issue to the main thrust of their writing. However, if your use, or misuse, of grammar and punctuation leads your reader to stumble over your meaning, you have failed. Grammar is important.

In this online session, we will look at the most common problems faced by technical writers when it comes to grammar and punctuation. And, using a lot of examples we will learn how to avoid these problems.

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

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 – Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking) – 6 November 2017

(PGT) Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking)

  • Monday 6th November 2017 @ 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/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Online Workshop – Being Critical – 20 October 2017

(PGT – Online) Being Critical

  • Friday 20th October 2017 @ 13:00-14:00

As a masters student, you need to be critical… but how? And what exaHeeHaw/Edinburgh Uni/05.02.08ctly does it mean?

This friendly, 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.

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

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.

 

Online Workshop – Working Effectively Around Your Life – 17 October 2017

(PGT- Online) Working Effectively Around Your Life

  • Tuesday 17th October 2017 @ 12:00-13:00Top view of young students in library

A masters course is an intensive and demanding period. You have to fit a lot of challenging work in around your life, your work, your family etc. and try to keep the momentum going.

This online, interactive workshop aims to give you practical tips and strategies to working effectively during your masters.

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

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 – Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing – 12 October 2017

(PGT) Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing

  • Thursday 12th October 2017 @ 14:00-17:00Top 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 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 – Conference Poster Design – 11 October 2017

(PGT) Conference Poster Design

  • Wednesday 11th October 2017 @ 13:30 – 16:30

How to Design a Conference Poster
iStock_000003160236XSmall_leavesIn research, we are often called upon to present our work in the form of a poster at a conference.  The design and layout of these posters is important, if we are to show our work in the best possible light.  Many posters are, however, poorly thought out and badly designed.  This half-day workshop, using a series of short presentations and practical sessions will examine in detail the features of good poster design, will look at the relative importance of pictures versus words, and will equip the participants to play an active role in the design of their future conference posters.

After the workshop each participant will:

•            understand the purpose of the conference poster
•            be familiar with the basic rules for poster design
•            understand the importance of words, pictures and flow
•            know how deliver a conference poster
•            have a working strategy for designing a winning poster.

What previous participants have said about the course:
“Presenter covered the material clearly and with enthusiasm.”
“I now know what I should not do as well as what I should do.”
“Easy layout to follow, practical information, informative, attention catching.”

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 – Effective Slide Design – 10th October 2017

(PGT – Online) Effective Slide Designstudent with laptop

  • Tuesday 10th October 2017 @ 19:00-20:00

Most of us use slides in our presentations, whether these are for short departmental meetings or major presentations at international conferences.  However, one of the commonest features of all presentations is poor slide design.  Our slides are visual aids to help our audience understand and follow what we are saying.  Unfortunately, the slides presenters use are often overcrowded, difficult to see and badly designed.   As visual aids they fail both visually and as aids for the audience.

Using lots of examples, the session facilitator, Allan Gaw, will introduce participants to the acronym SWIPE and show how its component parts can be used to help us design clean, simple slides that will serve us best as great visual aids.

After this online session each participant should:

  • be aware of the main problems in slide design
  • be familiar with the concept of SWIPE in slide design
  • understand how to make your slides both visually appealing and useful to your audience
  • have a simple strategy for producing effective slides for any presentation

 

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

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 – Effective Writing: Grammar and Punctuation – 10 October 2017

(PGT) Effective Writing: Grammar and Punctuation

  • Tuesday 10th October 2017 @ 09:30-12:30students studying

Grammar should be like the background music in a film. If it’s good you hardly notice it. If it’s bad, it jars and distracts you, and does not allow you to focus on what’s important. We write to communicate our ideas, opinions and discoveries. If the way we write obscures these goals in any way, then we have to rethink our approach. Some people think grammar is unimportant, being a secondary issue to the main thrust of their writing. However, if your use, or misuse, of grammar leads your reader to stumble over your meaning, you have failed. Grammar is important.

In this workshop, which consists of a series of short presentations, activities and discussion, we will look at the most common problems faced by writers when it comes to grammar and punctuation.

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