Workshop – Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing – 15 February 2018

(PGT) Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing

  • Thursday 15th February 2018 @ 13:30-16:30Top 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 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

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Workshop-Developing Your Research Question – 12 February 2018

(PGT) Developing Your Research Question

  • Monday 12th February 2018 @ 09:30-12:30book

Research is about answering questions. These may arise in our day-to-day work, our studies or unexpectedly, apparently out of the blue. But, there is a difference between an idle thought and a meaningful research question. This workshop is about this difference and takes participants through those important first steps in the research process, helping them develop their own research questions and to begin thinking like a researcher.

After the workshop each participant will:

  •  be familiar with the history of the research process
  • understand the range of different types of questions and be able to identify those that may be defined as research questions
  • be familiar with examples of good and bad research questions
  • understand the importance of an hypothesis
  • have a working strategy for developing their own research question.

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

Good Luck with Your Exams and Assignments!

Many PGT students will be taking their first exams or handing in their course assignments this month. The IAD would like to wish you all the best with your exams and assignments.Cropped_PGTStudents

For guides and tips for exams:-

http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources/exams

http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources/writing

http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/learning-resources/standards

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

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