Upgrade workshops

  • Upgrade works closely with colleagues in other departments to produce events and workshops that help you make the most of your time at university, with development opportunities in study skills, job searching, physical and mental health and much more. 

    You can find information on the whole range of what is happening by visiting the student development events and workshops page. Below are some of the main events in the study skills workshop calendar. 

    How to be a student

    Date of session: Thursday 20th September

    Time: 1.00-2.00

    Venue: JHBB 207

    Content: How to study effectively is not obvious. This session provides you with a road map for navigating your way through the challenges of university study. 


    Mature student support

    Date of session: Friday 21st September

    Time: 11.00-12.30

    Venue: JHBB 205

    Content: Full details can be found on the Support for Mature Students web page.


    The App-etizer

    Date of session: Wednesday 9th October

    Time: 11.00-2.00

    Venue: The Forum, JHBB

    Content: Join us for a chance to discover how technology can enhance your university experience. Experience apps that help you organise your life, turn your notes into pictures, find the perfect job, enhance your referencing, make the most of the library and much more.


    How to read 10 things at once and reference them properly

    Date of session: Monday 22nd October

    Time: 12.00-1.30

    Venue: JHBB G02 - Library Training Room

    Content: Kevin Watson from Upgrade and Isabel Virgo from the Library join forces to help you make the most of what you read.


    Getting the most from your lectures

    Date of session: Thursday 25th October

    Time: 11.00-12.00

    Venue: JHBB G02 - Library Training Room

    Content: What should you do in a lecture if there’s something you don’t understand? Should you make notes in a lecture or not and what can you do after the event to ensure that the experience was useful? This session will equip you with strategies to ensure that you can make sense of your learning.


    How to think critically

    Date of session: Monday 29th October

    Time: 12.00-1.00

    Venue: JHBB G02 - Library Training Room

    Content: How to think and write critically is one of the biggest challenges of studying at university according to many of our students. This session explores how to do it well, and whilst it may not have all the answers, it will definitely provide some really useful questions.


    The Assignment Writing Process

    Date of session: Thursday 8th November

    Time: 12.00-1.00

    Venue: JHBB G02 - Library Training Room

    Content: How do you write a university assignment and how might the process be different to what you have done before? How might technology help you re-invent your way of working and find your voice? This sessions unravels the mysteries of writing in Higher Education.


    Getting it done

    Date of session: Wednesday 14th November

    Time: 9.00-10.30

    Venue: JHBB 207

    Content: "Tomorrow - a mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation and achievement is stored." Are you good at putting off what you need to do? Are you procrastinating instead of writing, drawing, designing or planning?


    Working effectively in groups at university

    Date of session: Wednesday 14th November

    Time: 1.00-2.00

    Venue: TBC

    Content: Understand group dynamics better so that you feel more confident and competent in expressing your opinions, listening to others, and/or negotiating decisions on group projects.


    Exams and Exam Preparation

    Date of session: Tuesday 20th November

    Time: 11.00-12.00

    Venue: JHBB G02 - Library Training Room

    Content: How do you take the stress out of exams? Learn techniques for planning and strategising the use of your time before and during exams. Discover methods to help with memory and recall and how to bring all of this together for a thoroughly enjoyable exam experience!