Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Undergraduate study skills workshops

Booking: these courses generally open for booking two weeks in advance of the shown date. If you do not see a live booking link please check back nearer the course date.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at your earliest opportunity and at least 3 days before the event. Someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them. Also, although you are not charged for an event, there are costs we incur (e.g. photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

How to cancel: you can cancel your booking via the MyEd Event Booking Channel. Go to MyEd and then the Event Booking Channel. Click on "My Bookings" - here you will have the option to cancel your place.

We maintain attendance registers; unexpected absences will be noted. If you consistently fail to attend, or repeatedly cancel with very short notice, you may be prevented from booking future IAD events.

(PGT, PGR and UG - Online) Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Endnote Web

Description

This session is open to all UG, PGT, PGR and Online Distance Learners who would like to get help or advice for using the web-based version of Endnote to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work. Please note that this session is focussed on the web-based version of EndNote and will not cover the desktop version.

Learning outcomes are tailored to fit your aims and queries submitted when you register, but sessions in the past have covered:

  • Why use EndNote web? (or any bibliographic manager)
  • Getting started
  • Why use EndNote web? (or any bibliographic manager)
  • Getting started
    • Registration
    • Downloading plugins
  • Adding records to EndNote web
    • Manually
    • Exporting from literature databases
  • Creating citations in Word from EndNote web
    • Inserting citations and reference lists
    • Changing the formats of citations and reference lists
  • Added value – managing your literature sources
    • Attachments to records
    • Adding your research notes
  • Alternatives to EndNote web

 *Before* the workshop, you should

1. register for the web version of EndNote using your UoE identity, so you get additional server space and referencing styles: http://www.docs.is.ed.ac.uk/mvm/EndNote_Web_registration.pdf

2. follow this online tutorial for getting started with the web-based version of Endnote: https://www.wiki.ed.ac.uk/display/HowTowiki/Using+EndNote+Online+to+Manage+your+References

3. Try to use EndNote web before the tutorial – you’ll get more out of the tutorial if you do.

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.

 Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working days before the event.  Someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them. Also, although you are not charged for an event, there are costs we incur which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years UG PGR students
Date Wednesday 09-May-2018, 09:00 - 10:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT, PGR and UG - Online) Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Zotero

Description

This session is intended for all UG, PGT, PGR and Online Distance Learners who would like to get help or advice for using Zotero to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work.

Learning outcomes are tailored to fit your aims and queries submitted when you register, but sessions in the past have covered:

  • Why use Zotero? (or any bibliographic manager)
  • Getting started
    • Overview: browser, web and standalone options
    • Registration & installation
    • Intalling plugins
  • Adding records
    • Manually
    • Importing pdfs and using watched folders
    • Exporting from literature databases
  • Creating citations in Word
    • Inserting citations and reference lists into Word
    • Changing the formats of citations and reference lists
  • Added value
    • Searching records & attached files
    • Adding your research notes
    • Organising into collections, sharing with groups, using tags
  • Zotero: comparative strengths & weaknesses

 *Before* the workshop, you should

1. Sign up for a Zotero account https://www.zotero.org/user/register/

2. Download both the Firefox plugin and the standalone client: https://www.zotero.org/download/

 3. Follow these video tutorials for getting started https://www.zotero.org/support/screencast_tutorials

 4. Try to use Zotero before the tutorial – you’ll get more out of the tutorial if you do.

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.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working days before the event.  Someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them. Also, although you are not charged for an event, there are costs we incur which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers UG
Date Wednesday 28-Feb-2018, 12:00 - 13:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers UG
Date Thursday 24-May-2018, 10:00 - 11:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG) Effective Revision

Description

Do you find revising challenging? Are you prepared for your exams?  This trouble-shooting session will help you develop strategies to take charge of your revision and perform more confidently in your exams.  

This workshop will focus on:

  • What works and what doesn’t;
  • Planning your revision schedule and using your time;
  • The power of self testing;
  • Practical ways to use your notes and lecture slides;
  • Strategies you can use to enhance understanding.

This is a general workshop about revising for exams.  This session for undergraduates is informal, friendly and includes discussion in a supportive atmosphere.  You are encouraged to ask questions and raise issues. It will include some practical activities.

This workshop will not cover:

  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice
  • Referencing

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working days before the event.  Someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them. Also, although you are not charged for an event, there are costs we incur (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

To Cancel: Go to MyEd and then the Event Booking Channel and click on “My Bookings” where there is the option to cancel your booking.

EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 04-Apr-2018, 13:30 - 15:00
Venue Room LG.10 David Hume Tower Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 25-Apr-2018, 13:30 - 15:30
Venue Room S37, 7 George Square Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG) Essays in Exams

Description

Do you want to improve your writing under pressure?  Are you prepared for your exams?  This trouble-shooting session will help you develop strategies to write more effective long answers in your exams.

 

This workshop will focus on:

  • Strategies to practise during revision and to use in exams;
  • Writing under pressure;
  • Ways to break down questions;
  • Answer planning techniques.

This session for undergraduates is informal, friendly and includes discussion in a supportive atmosphere.  You are encouraged to ask questions and raise issues.  This is a general workshop about writing essays in exams.  It will include some practical activities.

This workshop will not cover:

  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice
  • Referencing

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working days before the event.  Someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them. Also, although you are not charged for an event, there are costs we incur (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

To Cancel: Go to MyEd and then the Event Booking Channel and click on “My Bookings” where there is the option to cancel your booking.

EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 25-Apr-2018, 15:30 - 17:00
Venue Room S37, 7 George Square Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.