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Skills for success workshops

** Please note the Skills for Success workshops run from October-June each year. Check back in September to view events being offered for the 2017-18 academic year.

 

WebCat and DelphiS

(30 minutes )

This ‘hands on’ session will introduce you to the basics of the library catalogue, WebCat, and the discovery search tool, DelphiS.

You will find out how to search for books and journals in both and learn which it is best to use, when. After the taught part of the session there will be a chance to ask questions and try some of your own searches with library staff on hand to help.

Dissertations: Getting started - How to find information

(40 minutes)

 

Move away from Google and identify relevant scholarly resources such as journal articles, books, conference proceedings and reports using subject databases and other resources.

You will also learn about evaluating web pages, the basics of referencing, and how to access resources from our collections and beyond.

Referencing - don't plagiarise, acknowledge your sources

 (50 minutes)

In academic writing it is essential that you acknowledge the sources of your information and ideas, both in your text through in-text citations and in a bibliography or reference list at the end of your work. This session covers the basics of referencing:

...what it is, why you should do it and which style you should be using.  Examples given use a variety of styles including the Harvard style but you will be directed to the style used for your subject where appropriate.There will be time to practice what you have learnt via some short activities within the session. There will also be time for questions.

Proofreading - bitesize

(30 minutes)

 

This session explains the differences between editing and proofreading. It will focus on giving practical tips for proofreading your written work to pick up errors in spelling, formatting, punctuation etc. You will have time at the end of the session to practice some of the techniques you have learnt about.

Critical thinking - bitesize

(30 minutes)

 A brief introduction to the idea of critical thinking – what it is, why you need to do it and how to go about it. This session will introduce you to the main concepts and suggest resources to help you improve your skills. There will be time to practice what you have learnt via some short activities within the session.

Academic writing – bitesize

(45 minutes)

Bite-sized workshops begin with some freewriting about academic concerns, then move on to discussions as a group. After a brief chat, resources are shared to help resolve these concerns. Each student should leave the workshop with an idea of how to improve their texts through writing practice. 

Dissertation writing

(90 minutes)

As in the bite-sized workshops, these sessions begin with writing and discussion of concerns before searching out resources and practicing exercises. With a full 90 minutes, there is much more time for collaboration and conversation about projects. Expect to write and share with others about your Dissertation and leave with a clearer focus.  

 

Academic writing

(90 minutes)

As in the bite-sized workshops, these sessions begin with writing and discussion of concerns before searching out resources and practicing exercises. With a full 90 minutes, there is much more time for collaboration and conversation about projects. Expect to write and share with others about your work. Since this is a generalist workshop, the focus is less about requirements specific to your assignments. Instead, the session will go over strategies for improving the writing process and the concept of academic writing. 

Workshops and events provided by other support services

Enabling Services

Careers

Include DSA clinics, mindfulness sessions and workshops on assignment planning, exam preparation and revision, and memory techniques among others. The Enabling Services News and Events page has the full list.

Advice and workshops on CVs, covering letters, graduate applications, interview techniques, assessment centres, psychometric tests and more. Log in to MyCareer to see the full list and book a place.



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