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.

(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 22-Nov-2017, 13:30 - 15:00
Venue Room LG.08 David Hume Tower Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
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Date Tuesday 28-Nov-2017, 17:15 - 18:30
Venue Room LG.10 David Hume Tower 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.

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Date Tuesday 21-Nov-2017, 17:15 - 18:30
Venue Room LG.11, David Hume Tower Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
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Date Wednesday 29-Nov-2017, 13:30 - 15:00
Venue Room LG.08 David Hume Tower Central Area
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

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-Oct-2017, 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 .

(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?

These workshops (on-campus and online) 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 may help students to identify areas that they wish to concentrate on in the future e.g. critical thinking, dissertation planning etc.

To register your interest for these workshops and receive notification of when booking opens on 31st August, please book a place.

These workshops will run starting just before Welcome Week through into Week 1 in September 2017.

BookingsThere are currently no events scheduled for this course. Please check back later.