PGT Newsletter – July 2017

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (July 2017) is now live. You can download it from

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 Writing Resources
  • Academic career stories at University of Edinburgh
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy



Workshop – Speed Reading – 11 May 2017

(PGT) Speed Reading

  • Thursday 11 May 2017 @ 13:Top view of young students in library30-16:30

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 find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:

Workshop: Proofreading – 27 June 2016

(PGT) Proofreading

  • Monday 27th June 2016 @ 09:30 – 12:30

With that last full stop, the writing task is done. Or is it? This course looks at the many stages of copy-editing and proof-reading that must be done before the dissertation is submitted or the academic paper published. We look at some m22yths about writing, identify common errors and offer a range of techniques for spotting them. Proof correction marks are introduced and put into practice in a peer feedback session.

*Please note that this workshop does require pre-course work

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:

Workshop: Critical Reading, Essay Planning and Writing – 4 February 2016

calendar(PGT) Critical Reading, Essay Planning and Writing

  • Thursday 4 February 2016 at 13:30-16:30

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.

To find out more and to book a place, please follow the following link:

Study skills workshop for PGT students in essay writing and planning


This workshop is designed to introduce you to the postgraduate learning environment and provide an opportunity to think about postgraduate studies and other skills needed for essays. This session is interactive and provides lots of opportunities to ask questions and to be involved in discussions with your peers.

This workshop will cover:

  • Critical reading of sources
  • Analysis of essay questions and essay planning
  • Practical advice for effective writing

This event is open to all Taught Masters students at the University of Edinburgh. To find out more and to book a place, please click here.

12 links to learning resources

The Institute for Academic Development provides links to a number of resources which can support Masters students, including:

  1. Developing your English
  2. Literature searching
  3. Managing reading workloads
  4. Writing at postgrad level
  5. Assignments: planning and drafting
  6. Meeting academic standards
  7. Critical thinking
  8. Presentations and posters
  9. Using digital media
  10. Books
  11. Study tips videos
  12. Guides and codes

You can access the above links from