Workshop: Effective Writing: Grammar and Punctuation – 09th October 2018

(PGT) Effective Writing: Grammar and Punctuation

  • Tuesday 09th October 2018 @ 10:00-13:00students 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 book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

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Workshop: Getting Started at Masters Level – 14th September 2018

(PGT) Getting Started at Masters Level 

  • Friday 14th September 2018 @ 13:00 – 15:00Welcome_PrimaryLogo_PG

A Masters course is an intensive and demanding period. You have to fit a lot of challenging work into one short year. This interactive workshop help you to hit the deck running by focussing on:

  • Differences between undergraduate and postgraduate learning environment
  • Academic expectations
  • Managing a Masters
  • Getting the most out of your course

Participants are encouraged to ask questions and raise issues they would like to discuss.

This on-campus workshop will cover some topics discussed in the online workshop ‘Getting Started with your studies’, please click here for further details. Students are advised to attend either one, or the other.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Just Write Session – 25th July 2018

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  • 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.

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 – 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

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