Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Undergraduate study skills workshops

Booking: these events generally open for booking three 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 which relate directly to places reserved.

How to cancel: you can cancel your booking via MyEd. Go to MyEd > News and Events > Training and event booking > 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.

(UG and PGT) Effective Referencing - and how to do it

Description

This workshops is for students who are unfamiliar with, or would like a reminder about, referencing.

Most students know that they need to ‘reference’ in their academic work using a particular style. Different subjects use different style, and you may even have to use different systems for different courses and assignment.

But what is it? How do you do it? And when do you do it? This workshop will cover:

  • What referencing is
  • When to do it
  • How to do it in Harvard style
  • Resources for referencing

This session is informal, friendly and 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
  • Style or item specific advice
  • English Language advice
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years UG PGT
Date Wednesday 02-Feb-2022, 12:10 - 13:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(UG and PGT) Managing Your Exams: Effective Revision Techniques

Description

When it comes to effective revision, what works and what doesn’t? This online workshop will focus on revision techniques that have been demonstrated to be effective and how you can use and adapt your current habits to incorporate them.  

This session is informal, friendly and includes discussion in a supportive atmosphere.  You are encouraged to ask questions and raise issues.

This workshop will not cover:

  • Subject or discipline-specific examination formats
  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice
  • Referencing
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT UG
Date Monday 14-Mar-2022, 13:10 - 14:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT UG
Date Wednesday 06-Apr-2022, 14:10 - 15:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG and PGT) Managing Your Exams: Strategies and Tips

Description

This online workshop will be an hour session focusing on how to manage your exams by improving your exam technique.

The session will focus on issues raised by participants and so could cover, for example, exam preparation and participation; i.e. how to cope with stress, practicing your exam technique and a review of exam strategies.

This session is suitable for any taught student who wants to improve their exam technique.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years UG
Date Wednesday 20-Apr-2022, 16:10 - 17:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years UG
Date Wednesday 27-Apr-2022, 14:10 - 15:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG and PGT) Starting Thinking About Dissertations and Projects

Description

Moving from essays and assignments to larger based project work such as dissertations can often feel like a step into the unknown. This workshop will help to clarify dissertation/project expectations and provide practical strategies that you can use to optimise your dissertation experience. Specifically it will cover:

What does a dissertation/project look like?

How do I choose a topic?

How do I write a literature review?

How do I bring everything together into a coherent thesis?

This session will not cover:

Subject or discipline-specific advice

English Language advice

EligibilityPGT UG
Date Tuesday 18-Jan-2022, 17:15 - 18:45
Venue Off Campus
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .

(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 and friendly. You are encouraged to ask questions and raise issues in a supportive atmosphere. It will include some practical activities. 

This workshop will not cover:

  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice
  • Referencing
EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 27-Apr-2022, 15:30 - 17:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG) Getting to Grips with Essay Writing

Description

This workshop is for students who are relatively new to academic writing or for students who would like to go back to basics and rethink their approach to essay writing assignments. It aims to help you understand what’s expected of you, build confidence in your approach to academic writing and help you begin to tackle essays more effectively.

This workshop will focus on:

  • what an essay is and what’s expected
  • what’s involved in doing essay writing assignments
  • analysing essay titles
  • techniques for planning and structuring

There is some overlap of content between this workshop and other essay writing workshops we run.

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
EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 26-Jan-2022, 15:30 - 17:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 02-Feb-2022, 13:30 - 15:00
Venue Room 4.3, Lister Building, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(UG) How to Read and Write Critically

Description

Do you want to take a more analytical approach? This workshop will introduce methods and tools to help you read and write critically and draw conclusions. This workshop will focus on:

  • What is meant by ‘an argument’;
  • Assumptions and the need to consider other possibilities;
  • The need to question, contrast and compare sources and viewpoints;
  • Strategies you can use to reach conclusions.

This session for undergraduates is informal and friendly. You are encouraged to ask questions and raise issues in a supportive atmosphere. It will include some practical activities.

This workshop will not cover:

  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice
  • Referencing
EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 02-Feb-2022, 15:30 - 17:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 09-Feb-2022, 13:30 - 15:00
Venue Lecture Theatre C, 40 George Square Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG) Managing and Writing Projects and Dissertations

Description

Do you have a longer written assignment to manage? A long essay or a dissertation to plan? Are you struggling to choose your topic?

This workshop for UG students will discuss strategies for meeting the challenges of planning, organising and writing dissertations.  We will also look at methods and tools you can use to help you make a successful submission.

This 90-minute session for undergraduates aims to be informal, friendly and will include discussion in a supportive atmosphere. It will include some practical activities.

This workshop will not cover:

  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice
  • Referencing
EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 26-Jan-2022, 13:30 - 15:00
Venue Central Area
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .
EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 09-Feb-2022, 15:30 - 17:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

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

Description

This session is open to all UG, PGT, PGR and Online Students who would like to get help or advice for using Endnote 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 EndNote (or any bibliographic manager)
  • Getting started
  • Adding records to EndNote
    • Manually
    • Exporting from literature databases
    • Creating citations in Word from EndNote
      • 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

EndNote is installed on all on-campus open access computers (like the Library) but you can get your own copy of EndNote desktop version via the UoE Licence https://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/computing/desktop-personal/software/main-software-deals/endnote    Comparison chart of EndNote and other bibliographic management software options http://www.docs.is.ed.ac.uk/mvm/BiblioManagersTable.pdf

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT PGR students UG
Date Wednesday 16-Feb-2022, 11:10 - 12:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG, PGT and PGR) Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Mendeley

Description

This session is intended for all UG, PGT, PGR and Online Students who would like to get help or advice for using Mendeley 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 Mendeley? (or any bibliographic manager)
  • Getting started
    • Overview: web and desktop components
    • Registration & downloading Mendeley desktop
    • Intalling plugins
  • Adding records to Mendeley
    • Manually
    • Importing pdfs and using watched folders
    • Exporting from literature databases
  • Creating citations in Word from Mendeley
    • 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
    • Folders and Groups
    • Finding & merging duplicate records
    • Mendeley’s File Organiser
  • Mendeley: comparative strengths & weaknesses

 *Before* the workshop, you should

1.Sign up for a Mendeley account and download the desktop client: http://www.mendeley.com/

2.Follow these video tutorials for getting started: http://www.mendeley.com/videos-tutorials/

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

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers UG
Date Monday 21-Feb-2022, 14:10 - 15:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers UG
Date Thursday 19-May-2022, 10:00 - 10:50
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

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

Description

This session is intended for all UG, PGT, PGR and Online Students 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.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers UG
Date Wednesday 02-Mar-2022, 10:00 - 10:50
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers UG
Date Thursday 26-May-2022, 10:00 - 10:50
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.