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) Effective Exams

Description

Do you find sitting exams challenging? Are you prepared for your exams?  This trouble-shooting session will help you develop strategies to perform more confidently in your exams.  

This workshop will focus on:

  • Essential preparation for exams;
  • Practical strategies to use in exams.

This is a general workshop about sitting 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 22-Apr-2020, 13:30 - 15:00
Venue Room 1.20 Dugald Stewart Building Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(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 01-Apr-2020, 13:30 - 15:00
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU 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 Wednesday 22-Apr-2020, 15:30 - 17:00
Venue Room 1.20 Dugald Stewart Building Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(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
BookingsThere are currently no events scheduled for this course. 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 Monday 09-Mar-2020, 13:10 - 14:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(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 Wednesday 15-Apr-2020, 16:10 - 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 - Online) Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Endnote

Description

This session is open to all UG, PGT, PGR and Online Learners 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 06-May-2020, 09:00 - 09:50
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG, PGT and PGR - 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 Thursday 14-May-2020, 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 - 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 21-May-2020, 10:00 - 10:50
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.