PGT Newsletter (June 2018)

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

The newsletter provides further information about:

  • What does the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) do?
  • All workshops available in June 2018
  • PGT Newsletter_10_June_2018Events and courses information
  • Study Skills Consultation information
  • Managing Your Digital Footprint
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

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Workshop “Effective Writing: Grammar” 21 May 2018

(PGT) Effective Writing: Grammar

  • 21 May 201822

This course aims to show how a well-crafted sentence is put together and to give an understanding of the underlying grammatical rules.

No prior knowledge of grammar is required.

We will be dealing with such problems as tense, sentence length, sentence structure, joining sentences and punctuation, with a view to producing clear, unambiguous and readable academic writing.

This course will not cover writing for specific purposes, such as these, dissertations or abstracts.

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

PGT Newsletter (May 2018)

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

The newsletter provides further information about:

  • What does the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) do?
  • All workshops available in May 2018
  • Events and courses informationPGT Newsletter_9_May_2018
  • Study Skills Consultation information
  • Managing Your Digital Footprint
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

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

Exam Tips – Past Exam Papers

Past exam papers are available for students of the University of Edinburgh and they may be used as a study aid for exam revision.

Exam Papers Online is a service hosted by the University library, to provide accestudents at UoEss for staff and students to the collected degree examination papers of the University from 1996 onwards. Students can access the Exam Papers Online on and off-campus but will be prompted for your EASE username and password.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/library-museum-gallery/exam-papers

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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

PGT Newsletter (April 2018)

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

The newsletter provides further information about:

  • What does the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) do?
  • All workshops available in April 2018
  • Events and courses informationPGT Newsletter_8_Apr_2018
  • Study Skills Consultation information
  • Managing Your Digital Footprint
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

Workshop: Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions – 5th April 2018

(PGT) Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions

  • Thursday 5th April 2018 @ 09:30-12:30Top 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: Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking) – 3rd April 2018

Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking)

  • Tuesday 3rd April 2018 @ 09:30-12:30iStock_000003160236XSmall_leaves

‘Critical’ is a word that is frequently used in academic discourse. Students are advised to think, read and write ‘critically’. But what does ‘critical’ actually mean in an academic context? In this workshop we identify qualities that are core to a critical engagement with academic work, and we explore through examples how you can apply critical values to your reading, writing and academic practice.

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