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

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EUSA Peer Proofreading Scheme – Open for submissions now – Closing date 2nd December 2016

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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 2nd December. You can submit work up until 5pm on this date. After this date the Peer Proofreading Scheme will be closed until January 2017.

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.

The University of Edinburgh -Postgraduate Open Day 2016 – 16 November 2016

The University of Edinburgh -Postgraduate Open Day 2016

  • Wednesday 16th November 2016 from 09:30am
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Ultimately, there is no better way to discover the best fit for you than by visiting the universities that you are interested in. If you are considering furthering your studies here at Edinburgh, then our Postgraduate Open Day is as much for you as it is for those who are new to the University – although you are already studying here, the postgraduate environment may be significantly different from what you are used to during your current studies, or you may be applying to study at a different School entirely.

This is the ideal opportunity to put your questions about postgraduate study to academic staff members directly, and speaking further with current postgraduates.

To book a place, and for more information, please visit: www.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate-open-day

 

 

 

Workshops: Critical Reading, Essay Planning and Writing – 1 November 2016

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 foEDINBURGH UNIVERSITYcus 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

Online Workshops – Zotero Bibliographic Tools – 28 October 2016

Zotero Online (Bibliographic Tool) Tutorial for Distance Learners

  • Friday 28th October 2016 at 12:00 – 13:00zotero

This session is intended for any online distance learner who would like get help or advice for using Zotero to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work.

*Before* the workshop, you should

1. Sign up for a Zotero account https://www.zotero.org/user/register/

2. Download both the Firefox plugin and the standalone client: https://www.zotero.org/download/

3. Follow these video tutorials for getting started https://www.zotero.org/support/screencast_tutorials

4. Try to use Zotero before the tutorial – you’ll get more out of the tutorial if you do.

 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.

 

Workshops:Postgrad Launchpad – Part I: Thinking about a PhD? And Part II: What it’s like to be a PhD student – 26 October 2016 and 2 November 2016

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(PGT) Postgrad Launchpad – Part I: Thinking about a PhD?

  • Wednesday 26th October 2016 @ 13:00 – 14:30

This information session will bring together expertise from across the University to provide guidance on the scope and purpose of a PhD, as well as researching your PhD options and looking for funding. Current PhD students will also share their experiences of research study.

(PGT) Postgrad Launchpad – Part II: Thinking about a PhD?

  • Wednesday 2nd November 2016 @ 13:00 – 14:30

Following on from Part I: Thinking about a PhD?

This workshop will allow you to explore the nature of PhD study and the skills you will require for success at doctoral level.

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:Speed Reading – 26 October 2016

(PGT) Speed Reading

  • Wednesday 26th October 2016 @ 13:30 – 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.EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

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 the following link:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Workshop: Conference Poster Design – 25 October 2016

(PGT) Conference Poster Design

  • Tuesday 25th October 2016 @ 09:30 – 12:30

How to Design a Conference Poster

In research, we are often called upon to present our work in the forWoman and laptopm 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 Workshops – Mendeley Bibliographic Tools – 19 October 2016

Mendeley Online (Bibliographic Tool) Tutorial for Distance Learners

  • Wednesday 19th October at 12:00 – 13:00

This session is intended for any online distance learner who would like get help or ad7603612464_fee805cd5a_ovice for using Mendeley to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work.

*Before* the workshop, you should

1.Sign up for a Mendeley account and download the desktop client: http://www.mendeley.com/

2.Follow these video tutorials for getting started: http://www.mendeley.com/videos-tutorials/

3. Try to use Mendeley before the tutorial – you’ll get more out of the tutorial if you do.

 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, Essay Planning and Writing – October 2016

(PGT) Critical Reading, Essay Planning and Writing

  • Thursday 13th October 2016 @ 14:00 – 17:00
  • Monday 17th October 2016 @ 09:30 – 12:30

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.EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

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