Exam Tips – Writing and Thinking Critically

The Institute for Academic Development offers advice and resources to support students with writing effectively at postgraduate level.

The eWriting HeeHaw/Edinburgh Uni/05.02.08online course (open-access) is specifically developed for postgraduate students, it covers many aspects of writing successfully at University. It is a self-study course, and you can complete it at any time.

Writing at postgraduate level is a step up in your thinking and writing. You are expected to make accurate attribution of ideas from others, written pieces to be logically structured with fluid expression of thought, and with deeper and more critical engagement with the subjects and ideas you are reading and learning about.

Critical thinking can be applied to:

  • Bring together different sources of information to serve an argument or idea you are constructing.
  • Make logical connections between the different sources that help you shape and support your ideas.
  • Comprehend the key points, assumptions, arguments and evidence presented.
  • Transfer the understanding you have gained from your critical evaluation and use in response to questions, assignments and projects.
  • Develop arguments, draw conclusions, make inferences and identify implications. (The Open University, 2009)

For more tips and ideas on critical thinking, please visit:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources/critical

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Online Workshop – Improving Your Grammar and Punctuation – 7 November 2017

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

  • Tuesday 7th 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.

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 – Being Critical – October/November 2017

(PGT) Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing

  • Tuesday 31st October 2017 @13:30 – 16:30EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

(PGT – Online) Being Critical for Assignments

  • Thursday 2nd November 2017 @19:00 -20:00

Being critical is a crucial element for Masters level study and it is essential for assignments!

These two interactive workshops offer an opportunity to develop your critical thinking for your assignments and try out practical tips and strategies.

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

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

  • 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

PGT Newsletter – August 2017

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

The newsletter provides further information about:PGT Newsletter_12_Aug_2017

  • Online Pre-Arrival Summer School
    Workshops—August 2017
    Please note bookings will open from Monday 7th August 2017.
    Due to the popularity of these workshops, bookings may close early.
  • The University of Edinburgh—Student Welcome Events– September 2017
    Please note some of these events may require advance booking.
  • Events and courses information
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy

Resources

Workshop – Dissertation Planning and Writing – 15 June 2017

(PGT) Dissertation Planning & Writing

  • Thursday 15th June 2017 @ 13:30-16:30istock_000020658968small

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

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 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 – (PGT) Writing Bootcamp for Taught Postgraduate Students (2 Day Workshop) – June 2017

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

  • Thursday 22nd June and Tuesday 27th June @ 09:00-17:00

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Thinking ahead to writing your dissertation?

The Writing Bootcamp will give you a time and place for you to focus on writing without the distractions of emails, Facebook, Twitter and everyday life.

By the end of the Writing Bootcamp we will have discussed and practised some writing strategies, considered the key aspects of the writing process (including proof-reading and editing), and have a personalised writing plan to take your writing forward.

Places are going fast, so 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 – Dissertation Planning and Writing – 1 June 2017

(PGT) Dissertation Planning & Writing

  • Thursday 1st June 2017 @ 09:30-12:30EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

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

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 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 – Is My Writing Academic Enough? – 26th May 2017

(PGT) Is My Writing Academic Enough?

  • Friday 26th May 2017 @ 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 Bootcamp for Taught Postgraduate Students – 22nd and 27th June 2017

(PGT) Writing Bootcamp for Taught Postgraduate Students

  • Thursday 22nd June and Tuesday 27th June @ 09:00-17:00
  • Please note: You can only book onto Day 1 of the Writing Bootcamp (22/6/17). Once you have confirmed your place, we will book you onto Day 2 of the Writing Bootcamp by the 15th June 2017.

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?students studying

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.

 

Between writing blocks there will be short breaks and refreshments available. There will be an hour break for lunch, but please note that lunch will not be provided (there are several cafes and shops nearby, or feel free to bring your own).

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know.

  • There will be over 8 hours of writing, split into 10 blocks over the two days.
  • You will get most out of the time by doing the preparatory work, following the instructions in the “Information for Participants”.
  • If you wish to write using a laptop, please bring your own with you. There will be plenty of power sockets.

By the end of the Writing Bootcamp we will have discussed and practised some writing strategies, considered the key aspects of the writing process (including proof-reading and editing), and have a personalised writing plan to take your writing forward, and, most importantly, done some writing!

Places are limited please only book a place if you are able to attend both days, 22nd and 27th June, in full.

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