Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Undergraduate study skills workshops

Booking: these courses generally open for booking one month 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.

(UG - On Campus) Dealing with Volume

Description

Feeling stretched?  Studying in your own time is an important part of being a successful student but it can be challenging coping with a high volume of work.  This workshop will focus on:

  • What research tells us works and what doesn’t;
  • The power of self-testing;
  • Effective and practical ways to use your notes and lecture slides;
  • The effectiveness of different study patterns;
  • Strategies you can use to enhance understanding and for revision.

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 09-Oct-2019, 15:30 - 17:00
Venue TBC Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(UG - On Campus) 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
EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 20-Nov-2019, 13:30 - 15:00
Venue TBC Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityUG
Date Tuesday 26-Nov-2019, 17:15 - 18:30
Venue TBC Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG - On Campus) 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
EligibilityUG
Date Tuesday 19-Nov-2019, 17:15 - 18:30
Venue TBC Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 27-Nov-2019, 13:30 - 15:00
Venue TBC Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG - On Campus) Getting started with essay writing

Description

This workshop is a general introduction to essay writing at university. It is for students who are new to university or who would like to rethink their approach to essay assignments. This workshop will focus on:

  • What an essay is and what’s involved in essay assignments;
  • Ways to approach essay writing including analysing titles;
  • Techniques for planning and structuring.

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 25-Sep-2019, 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 Tuesday 08-Oct-2019, 17:15 - 18:30
Venue TBC Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(UG - On Campus) 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 23-Oct-2019, 13:30 - 15:00
Venue TBC Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG - On Campus) 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, 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 02-Oct-2019, 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 Tuesday 15-Oct-2019, 17:15 - 18:30
Venue TBC Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG - On Campus) How to Succeed at University

Description

Starting your undergraduate studies at university can be both exciting and challenging. Often, students look back at their first year and think “if only I had known that then!” We asked new students what they wish they had known about sooner and they said they wondered about:  

  • What is university study like?
  • How will I get everything done?
  • Where do I go if I am stuck?
  • How can I achieve the best marks possible?

This workshop will give you effective study and development strategies that you can use to build your best possible first year.

This is a general workshop designed specifically for new undergraduate students. It will offer students a range of study skills and personal development strategies but will not be an in-depth workshop on any particular topic(s). The workshop will however help students to identify areas that they wish to concentrate on in the future e.g. critical thinking, note making etc. and details of these workshops can be found here.  

This workshop will not cover:

  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice
  • Referencing
  • Exams
BookingsThere are currently no events scheduled for this course. Please check back later.

(UG - On Campus) Making Notes from Reading

Description

Swamped by reading?  Making useful notes from texts is an important part of being a successful student but it can be challenging coping with a high volume of reading material.  This workshop will focus on:

  • What’s different about reading for study;
  • What kind of notes you really need;
  • The need to question, skim and scan when using books, articles and other texts;
  • Strategies you can use to make notes efficiently for understanding and revision purposes.

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 25-Sep-2019, 15:30 - 17:00
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning & Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityUG
Date Tuesday 01-Oct-2019, 17:15 - 18:30
Venue TBC Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(UG - On Campus) Making notes in lectures

Description

Do you want to get the most out of attending lectures?  Making notes is an important part of being a successful student but it can be challenging to make notes and have time to listen and watch.  This workshop will suggest strategies you can use to make your own notes in lectures that keep you involved, develop your understanding and are useful for revision.

This session for undergraduates is informal, friendly and includes 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 Tuesday 24-Sep-2019, 17:15 - 18:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning & Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(UG - On Campus) Referencing and how to do it

Description

Most students know that they need to ‘reference’ in their academic work using a particular style. You may even have to use different systems for different courses. But what is it? How do you do it? And when do you do it?

This workshops is for students who are unfamiliar or would like a reminder about referencing. We will look at:

  • What referencing is
  • When to do it
  • How to do it
  • Resources for referencing

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
EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 02-Oct-2019, 15:30 - 17:00
Venue TBC Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(UG - On Campus) Time management

Description

Do you sometimes wonder where the time went?  Using your time more effectively can help you to get more of the things you need to do done on time.  This workshop will help you identify your own ‘time sponges’, look at how you can prioritise tasks and suggest practical ways you can schedule what you need to do. 

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 09-Oct-2019, 13:30 - 15:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(UG and PGT - On Campus) 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 12-Nov-2019, 17:15 - 18:45
Venue TBC Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG and PGT - Online) 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

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.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years UG
Date Wednesday 13-Nov-2019, 12:00 - 13:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG and PGT - Online) 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 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.

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

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years UG
Date Tuesday 03-Dec-2019, 12:00 - 13:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

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

Description

This session is open to all UG, PGT, PGR and Online 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
    • 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 PGT PGR students UG
Date Thursday 10-Oct-2019, 12:10 - 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 UG
Date Monday 11-Nov-2019, 12:10 - 13:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

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

Description

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

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.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers UG
Date Wednesday 16-Oct-2019, 12:10 - 13:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

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

Description

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

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers UG
Date Thursday 24-Oct-2019, 09:00 - 09:50
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.