Online Workshop: Improving Your Grammar and Punctuation – 6th November 2018

(PGT – Online) Top 10 Tips for Improving Your Grammar and Punctuation

  • 6th November @ 19:00-20:00EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

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 and punctuation leads your reader to stumble over your meaning, you have failed. Grammar is important.

In this online session, we will look at the most common problems faced by technical writers when it comes to grammar and punctuation. And, using a lot of examples we will learn how to avoid these problems.

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 book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

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Workshop: Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing – 30th October 2018

(PGT) Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing

  • 30th October 2018 @ 13:00-16:00Top view of young students in library

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.

This is an interactive workshop and discussions and questions by participants are warmly encouraged.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing – 11th October 2018

(PGT) Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing

  • Thursday 11th October 2018 @ 14:00-17:00Top view of young students in library

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.

This is an interactive workshop and discussions and questions by participants are warmly encouraged.

To book a place, please click 12here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Online Workshops: Pre-arrival: Writing at PGT Level

(PGT – Online) Pre-arrival: Writing at PGT Levelbook

  • Wednesday 22nd August 2018 @ 10:00-11:00 (Book here)
  • Tuesday 29th August 2018 @ 19:00-20:00 (Book here)

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

More Places Now Available: Writing Bootcamp for Taught Postgraduate Students (2 Day Workshop) – June 2018

(PGT) Writing Bootcamp for Taught Postgraduate Students (2 Day Workshop)

  • Friday 22nd June and Wednesday 27th June @ 08:45-17:00

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There are now more places available on this workshop, booking closes on Friday 15th June 2018. Places are going fast, so to book your place please click here

This is a 2-day workshop taking place on Friday 22nd and Wednesday 27th of June 2018. Please only book a place if you are available for both days. You will be asked to confirm your availability.

Are you a taught postgraduate student working on your dissertation? Or trying to write a publication?  Would you like an opportunity to be able to learn some writing techniques, and have space to practise them?

The Writing Bootcamp will give you a time and place for you to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, Twitter and everyday life. There will be over 8 hours of writing time across the two days of the Writing Bootcamp. Each day will be split into half-day sessions and begin with a short Bitesize workshop, discussing tips and techniques. These will be followed by writing blocks where you will be writing based on your preparation. There will also be time between day 1 and day 2 to work your writing project. Participants will be sent the schedule and preparation instructions in advance of the Writing Bootcamp.

To book your place please click here

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Dissertation Planning & Writing – 14th June 2018

Dissertation Planning & Writing

  • Thursday 14th June 2018 @ 13:30-16:30

This workshop is for suitable for all taught postgraduate (PGT) students who are thinking about starting or have started their dissertation.istock_000020658968small

A dissertation is a key part of a masters programme. It’s a chance for you to plan and undertake a significant body of your own research. This can be a very rewarding experience, but can present many challenges: What exactly is a dissertation and what does it look like? Where do I start? When do I stop? How do I do it?

This interactive workshop will focus on practical strategies for successfully completing your dissertation; from emphasizing the importance of good planning to actually getting started with writing. Themes of the workshop include:

  • Effective planning
  • Thinking about the examiner’s point of view
  • Critical reading and analysis of sources, and writing
  • Effective writing

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Writing Bootcamp for Taught Postgraduate Students (2 Day Workshop) – June 2018

(PGT) Writing Bootcamp for Taught Postgraduate Students (2 Day Workshop)

  • Friday 22nd June and Wednesday 27th June @ 08:45-17:00

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This is a 2-day workshop taking place on Friday 22nd and Wednesday 27th of June 2018. Please only book a place if you are available for both days. You will be asked to confirm your availability.

Are you a taught postgraduate student working on your dissertation? Or trying to write a publication?  Would you like an opportunity to be able to learn some writing techniques, and have space to practise them?

The Writing Bootcamp will give you a time and place for you to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, Twitter and everyday life. There will be over 8 hours of writing time across the two days of the Writing Bootcamp. Each day will be split into half-day sessions and begin with a short Bitesize workshop, discussing tips and techniques. These will be followed by writing blocks where you will be writing based on your preparation. There will also be time between day 1 and day 2 to work your writing project. Participants will be sent the schedule and preparation instructions in advance of the Writing Bootcamp.

Places are going fast, so to book your place please click here. Please note that due to popularity booking for this workshop will close on the 6th June.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Dissertation Planning & Writing – 31st May 2018

Dissertation Planning & Writing

  • Thursday 31st May 2018 @ 09:30-12:30

This workshop is for suitable for all taught postgraduate (PGT) students who are thinking about starting or have started their dissertation.istock_000020658968small

A dissertation is a key part of a masters programme. It’s a chance for you to plan and undertake a significant body of your own research. This can be a very rewarding experience, but can present many challenges: What exactly is a dissertation and what does it look like? Where do I start? When do I stop? How do I do it?

This interactive workshop will focus on practical strategies for successfully completing your dissertation; from emphasizing the importance of good planning to actually getting started with writing. Themes of the workshop include:

  • Effective planning
  • Thinking about the examiner’s point of view
  • Critical reading and analysis of sources, and writing
  • Effective writing

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Is My Writing Academic Enough? – 29th May 2018

(PGT) Is My Writing Academic Enough?

  • Tuesday 29th May 2018 @ 09:30 – 12:30 istock_000006051647xsmall

Does academic writing have to be dull or obscure, or can it be engaging and direct? This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. We will look at relevant linguistic and stylistic choices (active or passive? first or third person? plain English or jargon?) and consider academic conventions in terms of organisation and writing style. This is very much a ‘hands-on’ workshop with plenty of room for discussion.

Pre-Course Work:
Please bring a short piece of (your own) academic writing to this workshop.

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

Workshop: Writing a Literature Review – 26 April 2018

(PGT) Writing a Literature Review

  • Thursday 26th April 2018 @ 09:30-12:30EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

The literature review is a key component of a dissertation, because it motivates and contextualises key research issue.

Developing a review is a complex task which involves selecting, organising and evaluating source material; reading actively while taking effective notes; and shaping relevant information into a coherent piece of writing.

This workshop offers practical ways of making this process manageable and beginning to develop a review.

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