Online workshops

  • In Semester 2, we are running a series of online workshops to help you navigate the challenges of studying. All sessions are free and led by experienced tutors. Further sessions will be added throughout the semester so check back regularly.

    Essay writing: Introductions and Conclusions

    It seems logical to write the introduction to an essay first, but in fact it can be easier to perfect this part later on, once you know what the essay is really trying to say. Whenever the time comes, it is useful to know the typical features of introductions and conclusions, so you can write them with confidence and efficiency. This session will outline the most common “moves” that these key sections include, and the language to make them clear and effective.

    • Date: Wednesday 3 March
    • Time: 12.00-1.00pm

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    Structuring a Literature Review

    A Literature Review can seem like a daunting task, but like most text types it has a specific purpose and structure, which this session will outline. We will discuss the organisation and language of literature reviews, with 30 minutes at the end of the session for you to ask any questions you may have and workshop your own Literature Review in a supportive environment.

    • Date: Friday 5 March
    • Time: 12.00-1.00pm

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    Editing and Proofreading

    This workshop aims to help you submit your work with more confidence. We’ll consider what you need to check, and how. You’ll also have the chance to try out some strategies that might help you see your work as you’ve never seen it before.

    • Date: Tuesday 9 March
    • Time: 12.00-1.00pm

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    Making progress with your dissertation

    Feeling overwhelmed by your dissertation? This session will look at how to manage these final stages of your project. We will discuss planning your time, keeping motivated, fitting in other commitments, and keeping going until the hand in date. This session is aimed at final year undergraduate students currently writing their dissertation or final project. It will start with a 60 min workshop followed by a 30 min Q and A session.

    • Date: Thursday 11 March
    • Time: 12.00-1.30pm

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    Presenting Visual Information in Your Writing

    Visual information, such as graphs, charts and photographs, is a common feature of text types like reports and portfolios. This session will offer some useful tips and strategies to present visual information in a clear, professional way for your reader to use. Aimed at anyone new to this aspect of academic writing, or wishing to improve, the workshop will be one hour, followed by an optional 30-minute Q&A.

    • Date: Friday 12 March
    • Time: 12.00-1.00pm

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    Grammar Workshop: When is a sentence not a sentence?

    • Date: Tuesday 16 March
    • Time: 12.00-1.00pm

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    Writing Clearly: Making it easy for the reader to see how good your ideas are

    When you’re focussing on what you want to say, it can be easy to forget that your reader needs to easily follow and understand your ideas. This one-hour session will show you some simple ways to keep your reader engaged and clear about the points you want to make, allowing your good ideas to stand out and be noticed. The session will be one hour, with an extra 30 minutes at the end for discussion and feedback.

    • Date: Wednesday 17 March
    • Time: 12.00-1.00pm

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    Preparing for exams

    Not sure how to start your revision? Haven’t written an exam for a while? Come to this workshop on getting ready for exams. We will look at effective revision strategies and how to feel prepared for your exams, as well as how to adapt to the online exam process for this semester. This workshop is aimed at undergraduate and masters students.

    • Date: Thursday 25 March
    • Time: 12.00-1.30pm

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