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.

(Book to register your interest) UG Stepping up to Honours (2020/21)

Description

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

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.

These workshops will run starting just before Welcome Week through into Week 1 in September 2020.

EligibilityUG
Date Monday 31-Aug-2020, 12:00 - 12:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(UG - Online 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 14-Oct-2020, 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 - Online) 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 25-Nov-2020, 13:30 - 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 01-Dec-2020, 17:15 - 18:30
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG - Online) 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 24-Nov-2020, 17:15 - 18:30
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 02-Dec-2020, 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 - Online) 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 30-Sep-2020, 13:30 - 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 13-Oct-2020, 17:15 - 18:30
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG - Online) 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 28-Oct-2020, 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 - Online) 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 07-Oct-2020, 13:30 - 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-Oct-2020, 17:15 - 18:30
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG - Online) 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

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.

EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 16-Sep-2020, 13:30 - 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 22-Sep-2020, 17:15 - 18:30
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG - Online) 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 30-Sep-2020, 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 Tuesday 06-Oct-2020, 17:15 - 18:30
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG - Online) 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 Wednesday 23-Sep-2020, 13:30 - 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 29-Sep-2020, 17:15 - 18:30
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(UG - Online) 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 07-Oct-2020, 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 - Online) 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

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.

EligibilityUG
Date Wednesday 16-Sep-2020, 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 - Online) 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 23-Sep-2020, 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 14-Oct-2020, 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 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 Tuesday 24-Nov-2020, 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 - 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 09-Dec-2020, 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 - Online) 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 17-Nov-2020, 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, PGT and PGR - Online) 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 Thursday 15-Oct-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.
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT PGR students UG
Date Monday 16-Nov-2020, 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 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.

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 21-Oct-2020, 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, 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.

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 29-Oct-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.