Academic skills workshops

Academic Skills workshops are primarily delivered within the curriculum as tailored workshops meeting the needs of the Academic programme or module. We occasionally offer workshops and drop-in sessions within the Main Library. These will be advertised here. Additionally, we are hosting a weekly drop-in session on a Wednesday afternoon (14:00-15:00). It's a great opportunity to get some quick advice on referencing, time management, planning an essay, using Endnote Online etc. Enrol on our canvas course to access the Zoom link.

Assessment support week

The Academic and Digital Skills centre are running a number of online workshops throughout assessment support week, which runs from 13-17 December 2021. See our timetable and book online to secure a place. If you would like a taster of previous sessions, please see the videos below.

Workshop videos

Learning at university

A really important aspect of studying at university is independent learning. This video gives a quick introduction to what it involves.

Returning to education

For mature students or those returning to education after some time. This video will help you to better understand what’s expected at university, explore strategies for studying alongside other commitments and get to grips with online learning. 

If you are a new student, you might find our short videos on academic writing, critical thinking and referencing useful.

Preparing for online assessments

This workshop shared strategies for approaching online assessment particularly open-book exams and canvas quizzes.

Online learning tools

This workshop introduced some of the digital tools that can aid with various aspects of study. Some of the tools covered include Office365, OneNote, Whiteboard and Focus Keeper.

Engaging with feedback

This workshop explored strategies for getting the most out of your feedback so that you can improve your next assignment.

Introduction to academic writing

This workshop covered some of the essential features of essay writing: introductions, arguments, paragraph structure and signposting.

Improve your academic writing

This workshop covered how to write clearly, concisely and critically, in addition to effectively editing your academic writing.

Critical thinking and writing

This workshop explored how to apply critical thinking skills to writing in order to achieve higher marks in assessment.

Dissertation writing

This workshop provided a useful starting point for students writing a dissertation. Offering advice on: structure and argument, literature reviews, introductions and conclusions, editing and proofreading.

Managing long documents in Word

This workshop covered how to use the automated features in Word to make creating and editing long documents easier and less frustrating. Includes demonstrations of using and editing styles, contents, headers, indexes etc.

Contact us

For Research postgraduate queries (MRes or PhD) please contact libraryresearchskills@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

For any Taught student queries (UG/MA/MSc) please contact asc@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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