Workshop: Just Write Session – 09th July 2019

(PGT) Just Write Sessionstudent with laptop

  • Tuesday 09th July 2019 @ 09:00 – 13:00

Are you a taught postgraduate student working on your dissertation? Or trying to write for publication?

The aim of a ‘Just Write’ session is to facilitate a time and place for you to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, twitter and everyday life.

A space will be provided for you to write in a focused way, with a member of staff present, to ensure that everyone abides by the rules.

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know.

–       You will get most out of the time by coming prepared to write

–       Bring your laptop and any notes you may need with you

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

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Workshop: Revisiting Your Structure – 04th July 2019

(PGT) Revisiting Your Structure

  • Thursday 04th July 2019students at UoE @ 10:00 – 12:30

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

A dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth taking time to consider your structure.

This interactive session will help you step back from the detail of your writing and take an overview of your dissertation.  It will suggest practical ways you can isolate the main themes of your work and develop a convincing order to present your ideas.  We will also discuss the purpose of key sections of academic dissertations.

You will have the opportunity to self-review your dissertation outline, but the tutor will be unable to give subject-specific advice.

Pre-course work
Participants are asked to bring a one-page outline of their own dissertation.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Revisiting Your Structure – 29th May 2019

(PGT) Revisiting Your Structure

  • Wednesday 29th May 2019students at UoE @ 10:00 – 12:30

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

A dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth taking time to consider your structure.

This interactive session will help you step back from the detail of your writing and take an overview of your dissertation.  It will suggest practical ways you can isolate the main themes of your work and develop a convincing order to present your ideas.  We will also discuss the purpose of key sections of academic dissertations.

You will have the opportunity to self-review your dissertation outline, but the tutor will be unable to give subject-specific advice.

Pre-course work
Participants are asked to bring a one-page outline of their own dissertation.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Is My Writing Academic Enough? – 28th May 2019

(PGT) Is My Writing Academic Enough?

  • Tuesday 28th May 2019 @ 10:00 – 13:00 istock_000006051647xsmall

Does academic writing have to be dull or obscure, or can it be engaging and direct? This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. We will look at relevant linguistic and stylistic choices (active or passive? first or third person? plain English or jargon?) and consider academic conventions in terms of organisation and writing style. This is very much a ‘hands-on’ workshop with plenty of room for discussion.

Pre-Course Work:
Please bring a short piece of (your own) academic writing to this workshop.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: The Writing Process: Getting Started – 14th May 2019

(PGT) The Writing Process: Getting Started

  • Tuesday 14th May 2019 @ 10:00 – 13:00

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For many students, starting to write is one of the most challenging aspects of doing a dissertation. How do you know whether you are ready to write? How do you overcome the sense of paralysis or overwhelm that often accompanies the early stages of the writing process? This workshop provides tools and tips for how to get started; for generating, focusing, targeting and structuring material; and for developing a first draft. All of these will be put into practice through the development of a short text.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions – 2nd May 2019

(PGT) Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions

  • Thursday 2nd May 2019 @ 13:10-16:00Top view of young students in library

Jonas Salk, the scientist whose team discovered one of the first successful polio vaccines, once said: “What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question.” We ask questions constantly to learn about the people and the world around us. We also ask questions in the initial stages of our research. Yet where do we learn our questioning skills?

This highly engaging session will focus on deconstructing and reconstructing the way you think about asking questions with the ultimate aim of being able to approach your research in a whole new way including revisiting your question.

The format of this session includes video clips, tutor input, pairs and group exercises, and an infographic to help you take your research topic and hypothesis and craft your research question using principles of design thinking, urban design, investigative reporting, and academic research.

By the end of the session, you will

  • Understand the optimum questioning mindset
  • Have learned the Seven Deadly Sins of Questions
  • Discovered the secret to creating compelling question sequences
  • Thought about your research question in a whole new way

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies – Dissertations – 25th April 2019

(PGT) Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies – Dissertations

  • Thursday 25th April 2019 @ 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 book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Writing a Literature Review – 24th April 2019

(PGT) Writing a Literature Review

  • Wednesday 24th April 2019 @ 10:00-13:00EDINBURGH 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 book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Online Workshop: Managing Your Exams: Strategies and Tips – 17th April 2019

(PGT – Online) Managing Your Exams: Strategies and Tips

  • Wednesday 17th April 2019 @ 15:10-16:00 (UK Time)

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This on-line workshop will be an hour session focusing on how to manage your exams by improving your exam technique.

The pre-course work prompts will be used within the class.  The class may cover exam preparation and participation; i.e. how to cope with stress, practising your exam technique and a review of exam strategies.

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: Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing – 14th March 2019

(PGT) Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing

  • Thursday 14th March 2019 @ 13:10-16:00Top 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.