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. Please note that our drop in online service will resume from 12 October 2022, however our appointment service is available year round.

Welcome week 2022

The Academic & Digital Skills Centre ran a number of online workshops and drop-ins throughout welcome week on academic writing, digital skills, finding library resources and preparing for your second year. You can access recordings of the sessions below. There are also some useful videos under our 'general workshop videos' section further down this page. 

Digital skills welcome session

This workshop introduced the core digital tools of the University such as Canvas, Microsoft 365 and LinkedIn Learning. This video contains a recording of the online session for this workshop

Introduction to library resources

This workshop introduced some key Library resources that will help you with your study. This video contains a recording of the online workshop.

Preparing for your second year

This workshop showed how to reflect on your first year so that you feel confident and prepared for your second year. The session thought about how you can consolidate and develop skills you will have picked up in your first year. This video contains a link to a recording of the online session. 

Learning at University

This workshop showed students how to gain confidence with some essential learning skills, including time management, independent learning, and notetaking.

This video shows a recording of the online session for this workshop

General workshops

The following videos and online resources are taken from recordings of our open programme workshops for Assessment Support Week in December 2021. 

Preparing for online assessments

This workshop shared strategies for approaching online assessment particularly exam and revision skills.

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.

Advanced essay writing

This workshop covered what good academic writing involves, top tips for essay writing, and an in-depth look at essay writing examples. 

Critical analysis and writing

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

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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