PGT Newsletter (January 2018)

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (January 2018) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about:PGT Newsletter_5_Jan_2018

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

Resources

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Happy New Year to All Postgraduate Students!

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We wish you a very happy festive season and a peaceful and prosperous 2018.

To prepare for the coming year, 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 to support Masters students and they are listed below.

  • 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

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

Online Workshop – Getting started with your dissertation – 11 December 2017

(PGT – Online) Getting Started with Your Dissertation

  • Monday 11th December 2017@ 12:00-13:00 (GMT Time)

A Woman and laptopdissertation is a serious investment of time and energy. It is the defining feature of a Masters so it is worth thinking about what it is you really want to do with it and what you really want to get out of it.

This online interactive session will give you strategies to start thinking about the subject and focus of your dissertation as well as practical tips for project managing it. Participants are encourage 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.

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.

 

Workshop – Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies – 25th October 2017

(PGT) Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies

  • Wednesday 25th October 2017 @ 09:00 – 12:30

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 practice in literature searching.UNI 11

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/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

PGT Newsletter (October 2017)

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

The newsletter provides further information about:PGT Newsletter_2_Oct_2017

  • What does the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) do?
  • All workshops available in October 2017
  • Festival of Creative Learning 2018 – Run an event
  • Postgrad Launchpad Events – Thinking about a PhD?
  • Events and courses information
  • Study Skills Consultation information
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

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

Online Workshop – Pre-arrival Getting started with the library – 22 August and 7 September 2017

(PGT – Online) Pre-arrival: Getting started with the Library

  • Tuesday 22nd August 2017 @ 12:00 – 13:00
  • Thursday 7th September 2017 @ 10:00-11:00

In this session, we will cover the essential things you need to get the best from the

Library at the University of Edinburgh for your studies, whether you’re in Edinburgh or studying online. Please bring plenty of questions, and in this friendly and welcoming introduction and discussion, you’ll get a head start in preparation for your course.

Learning outcomes – as a result of this session, you will…

  • Know about the types of materials available in the Library collections
  • Know how to find physical Library locations
  • Understand how to access online Library resources (like ebooks, ejournals, etc.)EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY
  • Know how to use the Library’s DiscoverEd catalogue to find resources you need
  • Know what to do if the Library doesn’t (yet) have what you need
  • Know how to get help when you need it

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/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Online Workshop – Pre-arrival Writing at PGT Level – 17 and 22 August 2017

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  • Thursday 17th August 2017 @ 10:00-11:00
  • Tuesday 22nd August 2017 @ 14:00-15:00

To support you with your Masters studies for the year ahead, Institute for Academic Development (IAD) offer study skills workshops throughout the year. IAD will be offering a set of online ‘pre-arrival’ workshops to support you with your studies and skills, this will include writing at PGT level.

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/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops