Workshops

  • At the Centre for Academic Development, we offer a wide range of online workshops to help you reach your full potential. 

    If you are a new student planning to start in January, you may be interested to know that we will be offering sessions before you arrive to prepare you for university life, which are detailed below. There is no need to book these; just visit this page on the day of the session and click on the Zoom link for the session you wish to attend.

    Once you have started at Brookes and have a student number, you can then book a place on any of the other workshops in this series using the buttons below.

    All the workshops in this series run for an hour, with an optional extra half hour at the end in which you can raise any questions you may have.


  • January

  • Getting Started: This session will help you make the most of your university experience, with information on mature student support, and activities exploring learning technology, reading strategies, and building your confidence. By the end of the session, you will have met some interesting new people and developed some great ideas about how to make the most of your first few months at Brookes.Workshops is designed to run for about an hour with time for questions at the end.

    • Friday 21 January 11:00 - 12:30
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    Going to university in the UK is an exciting opportunity for international students and also brings new challenges. This session will highlight differences between the UK university system and elsewhere and suggest key study skills for students who are studying in the UK for the first time.Workshop is designed to run for about an hour with time for questions at the end.

    • Friday 21 January 13.00 - 14.30
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  • February

  • 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.

    • Tuesday 1 February 12.00-1.30

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    A key skill you will learn at university is how to take control of your independent reading. It is quite common to feel unsure about whether you are finding the right sources, or if you are making the best use of your reading time. This workshop will look at some key skills for deciding which texts will and won’t be useful for you, and getting what you need from them as efficiently as possible.

    • Tuesday 1 February 4.00-5.30

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    Why do we take notes and how can we ensure the notes that we take are useful? This workshop focuses on the importance of effective note-taking when reading and will help you improve your practice and confidence.

    • Tuesday 1 February 4.00-5.30

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    When you’re focusing 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.

    • Tuesday 8 February 12.00-1.30

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    Knowing how paragraphs work is essential in ensuring that your ideas are effectively expressed in your writing. Poor paragraphing can result in really important arguments being hidden among minor details, and can also leave your writing feeling disorganised and not well-focused on the topic. This workshop will help you reach your paragraphing potential!

    • Tuesday 8 February 4.00-5.30

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    Have you been given an assignment that you’re not sure how to approach? Perhaps you’ve struggled in the past to understand exactly what you need to write? This session will show you how to use your task instructions and other resources to get a clearer idea of what your lecturers are hoping to see. Perfect for undergraduates or anyone who wants more confidence in this area, this session will last one hour and be followed by a chance for you to ask questions and discuss your specific assignments.

    • Tuesday 10 February 12.00-1.30

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    Being an effective student involves developing the skills and qualities you already have and acquiring new ones. This workshop will provide you with the tools to analyse how you can reach your full potential at university and make the most of the developmental opportunities that are available to you. If you are looking for springboard for change, this could be it!

    • Monday 14 February 4.00-5.30

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    A key skill you will learn at university is how to take control of your independent reading. It is quite common to feel unsure about whether you are finding the right sources, or if you are making the best use of your reading time. This workshop will look at some key skills for deciding which texts will and won’t be useful for you, and getting what you need from them as efficiently as possible.

    • Tuesday 15 February 12.00-1.30

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    Why do we take notes and how can we ensure the notes that we take are useful? This workshop focuses on the importance of effective note-taking when reading and will help you improve your practice and confidence.

    • Wednesday 16 February 4.00-5.30

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    Students are often told that their writing should be more critical, but how do you do this? This workshop explores the value of questions in moving from being descriptive to more critical, and where your own ideas fit in the research process.

    • Tuesday 22 February 4.00-5.30

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    Using sources in your writing is an important part of academic study. This workshop will introduce and practice the most common ways of incorporating references in your writing and will highlight good habits that will help you avoid plagiarism.

    • Wednesday 23 February 12.00-1.30

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    Are you struggling to get your Harvard referencing conventions right? Perhaps you’ve had feedback about your referencing and you’re not sure what you need to fix. This interactive session will focus on the content, formatting and punctuation of referencing, so you know what to include and how. The session will be one hour, followed by an optional 30 minutes for you to ask questions and discuss those tricky sources you’re not sure about. It’s perfect if you’re new to Harvard referencing, or just want to build your confidence.

    • Wednesday 23 February 4.00-5.30

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    Reading and research is an important part of the writing process. At university, your job is not just to repeat what other people have said, but to reach your own conclusions and present your own arguments based on what you have researched. This session explores how good notes can be used to help you find your writing ‘voice.’

    • Thursday 24 February 12.00-1.30

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    Essay tasks come in many different forms, and it may be hard to decide what to include and how to structure your main body. Making a plan based on your instructions will help you to get started, stay on task, and feel more confident that your finished assignment is clear and focussed. This session is suitable for undergraduates and any student lacking confidence in their essay planning. It will show you both how to make a plan, and how to use it! The workshop will be one hour, followed by a chance for you to ask questions and start planning your own assignment.

    • Friday 25 February 12.00-1.30

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