Workshop topics

See below for a summary of the workshops and writing forums that we offer, and use our what’s on guide to see which workshops and forums are coming up in the next couple of weeks. You can also contact us to request a workshop on a specific theme if you don’t see it in the calendar.

Workshop Title Summary
Introduction to
Academic Writing
Learn about academic style, referring to research, and effective structure and signposting.
Planning and Structuring Assignments Identify strategies for getting started, and learn the essentials of planning and structuring assignments
Time management and planning This session will help you manage your studies, with techniques for planning and organising your time effectively.
Exam and Revision Strategy Develop effective revision techniques and discuss strategies to help you succeed in exams.
Being Critical An introduction to the key aspects of being critical and explains how to transform descriptive writing into critical essays.
Advanced Critical Writing: Analysis and Evaluation Learn how to develop your critical argument by analysing, evaluating, and framing evidence in your paragraphs. This advanced workshop is particularly useful for students at Level 5 and above.
Literature Reviews What does a literature review involve?  This session offers a practical guide to planning and writing your literature review.
Making the Most
of Lectures
Develop effective strategies for notetaking and consider how to use your lecture notes effectively in your studies
Academic Reading Strategies Learn how to read more effectively and maximise your use of information sources, with practical strategies for evaluating sources, notetaking while reading, and integrating evidence into writing.
Planning your Research An introduction to the essential stages in planning research, including research questions, methodologies and ethics and your research proposal.
Writing up your Research A step-by-step guide to deciding on the structure of your dissertation or extended project report, planning each section and understanding expectations for dissertation writing.
Reflective Writing An introduction to the key principles of reflective writing and using a framework to develop an effective reflective approach.
Presentation Skills This workshop will help you learn how to plan, structure an effective presentation and present presentations with confidence.
Getting started with APA referencing  A bite-size workshop (30 minutes) which introduces APA referencing, with interactive activities to let you practise your referencing and a chance to ask questions about APA.
Getting started with ProQuest Refworks  An introduction to ProQuest RefWorks, a web based tool that helps you organise your references and format citations and references in your writing.
Reading and synthesis for your doctorate
Techniques for synthesising large volumes of literature, strategies for reading motivation, as well as identifying what to extract from your reading at doctoral level.
Critical writing for your doctorate
Learn how to demonstrate criticality in your writing at doctoral level, exploring stylistic choices, and how to develop different argument structures.
Editing techniques for your doctorate
Explore a range of editing techniques, focusing on three key priorities for doctoral writing – clarity, word count, and narrative coherence.
Levelling up to Undergraduate Study
Explains what is expected from undergraduate level writing if you are new to this level of study, and provides useful tips and guidance on how to meet these expectations.
Levelling up to your Second Year Undergraduate Studies
Explains what is expected from academic writing in the second year of undergraduate study, and provides useful tips and guidance on how to meet these expectations.
Levelling Up to your Final Year Undergraduate Studies Explains what is expected from academic writing in the final year of undergraduate study, and provides useful tips and guidance on how to meet these expectations.

 

Writing Forums

Forum Title Summary
Writing Forum Want to apply academic skills to your own work with an advisor? In this small group of up to four students you will be able to share and discuss your work and develop new strategies.
Assignment Planning Forum Not sure how to get moving with your assignment? You can share and discuss the assignment criteria with up to four students and a learning adviser and develop strategies for planning assignments.

The Assistive Technology Service also run workshops on using tools to support your study including text-to-speech and mind mapping software.