Workshop: Just Write Session – 25th July 2018

(PGT) Just Write Sessionstudent with laptop

  • Wednesday 25th July 2018 @ 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: Just Write Session – 11th July 2018

(PGT) Just Write Sessionstudent with laptop

  • Wednesday 11th July 2018 @ 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.

Workshop: Revisiting Your Structure – 5th July 2018

(PGT) Revisiting Your Structure

  • Thursday 5th July 2018students 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.

Rescheduled Workshop: The Writing Process: Getting Started – 25th May 2018

(PGT) The Writing Process: Getting Started

  • Friday 25th May 2018 @ 09:30 – 12:30

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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: Is My Writing Academic Enough? – 29th May 2018

(PGT) Is My Writing Academic Enough?

  • Tuesday 29th May 2018 @ 09:30 – 12:30 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 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

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!

Workshop: Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions – 3rd May 2018

(PGT) Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions

  • Thursday 3rd May 2018 @ 13:30-16:30Top 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.”

This advanced questioning skills masterclass will teach students a new approach to enquiry and critical thinking.

The method emphasises humility, finely tuned listening, empathy, and Eastern and Western perspectives on mindfulness. The format features short video clips of interviews conducted by today’s top TV reporters and hosts in the US, UK and Canada to reinforce principles and techniques.

Throughout the session, students will work in small groups on a short exercise and a case study designed to apply what they’ve learned to research pursuits. Students will learn the Seven Deadly Sins of Asking Questions, the principles of great questions, the fundamentals of developing a research/dissertation question, and the techniques to develop a compelling question path, including leading someone into the moment of the topic and discovering and exploring “change points”.

Students will emerge from the workshop with enhanced questioning skills and a new level of critical thinking.

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: 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

Online Workshop – Managing Your Exams: Strategies and Tips -18th April 2018

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

  • Wednesday 18th April 2018@ 17:00-18:00 (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 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