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) 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 Tuesday 22-Nov-2022, 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 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 07-Dec-2022, 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 and PGT) Starting to Think 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 01-Nov-2022, 17:15 - 18:45
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG) Dealing with Volume

Description

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

  • What research tells us about studying effectively 
  • Effective and practical ways to use your notes and lecture slides; 
  • Reading effectively and critically; 
  • Managing your time and 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 does not include:

  • Subject or discipline-specific advice 
  • English Language advice 
  • Referencing 
EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 12-Oct-2022, 13:30 - 15:00
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
EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 23-Nov-2022, 13:30 - 15:00
Venue TBC TBC
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 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 23-Nov-2022, 17:15 - 18:45
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG) 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 does not include:

  • Subject or discipline-specific advice 

  • English Language advice 

  • Referencing 

EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 28-Sep-2022, 13:30 - 15:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 12-Oct-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) 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 05-Oct-2022, 15:30 - 17:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityUG
Date Tuesday 18-Oct-2022, 17:15 - 18:45
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG) 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:  

  • How does university work and how do I know if I’m doing ok?
  • How will I get everything done?
  • Where do I go if I am stuck?
  • How can I achieve the best marks possible?

This online 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
EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 14-Sep-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.
EligibilityUG
Date Tuesday 20-Sep-2022, 17:15 - 18:45
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG) 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;
  • Reading academic texts on screen;
  • Strategies you can use to make notes efficiently for understanding and revision purposes.

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 28-Sep-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.
EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 05-Oct-2022, 13:30 - 15:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG) Making Notes in Lectures

Description

Do you want to get the most out of lectures and class recordings?  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 class that keep you involved, develop your understanding and are useful for revision.  

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 21-Sep-2022, 13:30 - 15:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityUG
Date Tuesday 27-Sep-2022, 17:15 - 18:45
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG) 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 workshop is for students who are unfamiliar with or would like a reminder about referencing. We will look at:

  • What referencing is
  • When to do it
  • How to do it (with reference to Harvard, and possibly Chicago, style)
  • 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
  • Training in reference manager software
  • OSCALA system
EligibilityUG
Date Tuesday 04-Oct-2022, 17:15 - 18:45
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG) Stepping up to Honours

Description

Honours level work is a major shift in gear that students often find challenging. Students going into, or already in Honours commonly wonder:

  • How do I manage my workload?
  • How can I take a more in-depth approach to my subject?
  • How do I find/develop my academic voice?
  • How can I improve my marks?

This interactive workshop will introduce you to Honours level study and help you to prepare for and manage the new challenges that Honours will bring. It will provide you with effective strategies and tools that you can use to take a proactive approach and build your best possible Honours experience.

This is a general workshop designed specifically for Honours (both third and fourth year) students. It will offer students a range of 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, dissertation planning etc. and details of these workshops can be found here. 

This workshop will not cover:

  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice
  • Referencing
EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 14-Sep-2022, 15:30 - 16:30
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG) 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 21-Sep-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.
EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 12-Oct-2022, 17:15 - 18:45
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG, PGT and PGR) Using social media - managing your online identity

Description

This short information session will focus on the importance of managing your digital footprint (online identity), including keeping safe online and creating an effective online identity for employability, meeting others, impact, or research purposes. The session will also provide some hints and tips on using different social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and others. We encourage you to come along with questions!

Further information about Digital Footprints can be found www.ed.ac.uk/iad/digitalfootprint

Or the Digital Footprint MOOC which runs every 4 weeks (3 week free online course) http://coursera.org/learn/digital-footprint/

EligibilityPGR students UG MScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Tuesday 01-Nov-2022, 15:00 - 16:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.