Skip to main content

Events and seminars – University of Reading

Show access keys

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 Spring term 2019

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.

23 January

Writing up your dissertation

You're in the last stages of your undergraduate dissertation - what do you need to think about? This session will seek to answer your questions about undergraduate dissertation writing, including managing your time for writing up.

30 January

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.

6 February

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

13 February

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

27 February

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

6 March

Polishing up your assignment

You've written your conclusion and you never want to see your assignment again. But wait - a little time spent polishing your work can make a big difference to your marks. This session will discuss:

- Making your proof-reading more effective

- Editing your work to sharpen up your discussion

- Common errors you need to watch out for

13 March

Revising for university exams

So much to revise - how do you know what to look at? Or what's the best way to revise?

This session will answer your questions about effective techniques to prepare for exams.

20 March

Writing for university exams

You've done the revision: now how can you make sure you turn it into good exam answers? And how can you get it done in the time?

This session will take a closer look at what you need to think about when you get into the exam room.



We use Javascript to improve your experience on, but it looks like yours is turned off. Everything will still work, but it is even more beautiful with Javascript in action. Find out more about why and how to turn it back on here.
We also use cookies to improve your time on the site, for more information please see our cookie policy.

Back to top