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Events and seminars

The Study Advice team offer regular small group teaching events during term time on a variety of study practices. Sessions are free of charge and open to students from all departments. Many sessions are equally useful for undergraduate and postgraduate students. You are welcome to attend as many or as few sessions as you like.

Follow us on Twitter @unirdg_study to get regular updates on our events programme and more.

student with laptopStudy Advice seminars

Our seminars offer a chance for you to ask the questions you have about key practices for successful study that you might feel a bit awkward about asking your tutor. You can come along to as few or as many sessions as you like.

Attending our seminars can count towards the training component for the RED Award. Please bring your sheet along to be signed: we cannot guarantee that it will be signed retrospectively.

Seminars for Autumn term 2018

Our Wednesday seminars will take place this year in Edith Morley G25 on Wednesday afternoons from 2.00 - 3.00. All welcome - no need to book.

10 Oct

Get a head start: preparing for success

You've resolved to get organised and get good marks - come to this friendly session to find out how to make this happen.

Discover how to:

- Make study timetables you can stick to

- Stop procrastinating and avoid the all-nighter

- Use your time effectively to get the marks you deserve

17 Oct

How to think, read and write critically

If you are mystified by the phrase 'critical thinking' - come along to this friendly seminar and explore what it means to:

- think critically

- read analytically

- write in a more critical/less descriptive way

24 Oct

Getting through your reading

Is the sheer quantity of reading at university starting to overwhelm you? Come to this friendly session and find out how to get through it for greater success and less stress.

We will look at:

- how to be selective in your reading

- active reading for more effective processing

- critical note-making

31 Oct

Writing an excellent essay

Essay writing is a complex activity. If you have ever wished it was a little simpler, come along to this friendly seminar. We will look at how to break the writing process down into more manageable stages.

14 Nov

Writing a great report

Report writing is an important skill for both university and the work place. Find out how to produce well-structured reports with clearly communicated findings at this friendly seminar.

21 Nov

Finding, evaluating and using sources

So many items on your reading list - but how can you best use them to support your discussion in your assignments? This session will suggest some helpful approaches.

We will discuss:

- Finding items on your reading list and beyond

- Deciding on the best sources to use

- Building references into your writing

28 Nov

Presenting with confidence

Even experienced presenters feel nervous - come to this friendly session and learn some simple techniques to turn your nerves into an engaging performance.

We will explore how to:

- Speak calmly and with confidence

- Create visually engaging slides or posters

- Respond to audience questions and cope with the unexpected

5 Dec

Reflective thinking and writing

The ability to be reflective is a skill increasingly called for at university but what does it mean? Come to this friendly session and discover how to evidence reflection in your assignments.

We will:

- Discuss what it means to be reflective

- Explore tools to support reflective thinking

- Examine features of excellent reflective writing



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