Workshop timetable

 The Academic and Digital Skills Centre have put together some workshops to help Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught students who will be undertaking assessments in 2021. To book the workshop sessions you wish to attend, click on the date within each category you wish to attend, which will take you straight through to the booking link. To book onto the drop-in sessions, please click on the Canvas enrolment link which will take you to the relevant page. 

Improve your academic writing

This workshop will help you to improve your writing style. We’ll look at how to write clearly, concisely and critically, and how to edit your own work effectively.

Date of session: Monday 10 May, 14:00-15:00

Critical thinking and writing

In this workshop we’ll explore how to apply critical thinking skills to your writing in order to achieve higher marks in your assessment.

Date of session: Tuesday 11 May, 11:00-12:00

Top tips for sitting an online exam

In this quick session, we’ll offer our top tips for preparing and sitting online exams such as MCQs or short answer questions.

Date of session: Wednesday 12 May, 11:00-11:30

Online learning tools

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

Date of session: Wednesday 12 May, 14:00-15:00

Preparing for online assessment workshop

This workshop will explore strategies for approaching online assessment particularly take home/ open book exams and online exams (including MCQs and short answer questions)

Date of session: Thursday 13 May, 11:00-12:00

Preparing for online assessment Q&A session

In addition to the online assessment workshop, this Q&A is an opportunity to ask advice on preparing for online assessments. Topics could include revision strategies, writing critically, managing your study time etc.

Date of session: Monday 17 May, 10:00-11:00

Top tips for sitting a take home/open book exam

In addition to the online assessments workshop, this quick session will offer our top tips for preparing and sitting a take home/open book exam.

Date of session: Tuesday 18 May, 11:00-11:30

Study/Revise together 

Would you like to get some independent studying or revision done, in a productive, supportive, remote environment? Join us for this informal afternoon of studying and revising together online. We’ll avoid procrastination by setting ourselves goals at the start, and using breaks effectively. There will also be the opportunity to try some artistic activities to refresh your brain in the breaks! Join us for the whole afternoon, or just part of it. Please note, there will be an optional short mindful drawing exercise included, so anyone wishing to take part should bring along a piece of paper or notebook and something to draw with.

Date of session: Tuesday 18 May, 14:00-17:00

Using MS Word for Long docs   

This workshop will cover 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.

Date of session: Wednesday 19  May, 10:00-11:00

Dissertation Writing

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

Date of session: Thursday 20 May, 14:00-15:00

Skills drop in sessions (no booking required)

For quick and easy support on questions relating to academic skills then please join this online drop in session. It’s a great opportunity to ask quick questions about referencing, managing your study time, revision strategies etc. To join the session, enrol onto our Canvas course and click on the Zoom tab

Dates of sessions: Friday 14 and 21 May, 11:00-12:00

All sessions are suitable for Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught students. 

Please note Research based students (MRes and PhD) are not eligible to attend these workshops. For assistance at your level of study please contact libraryresearchskills@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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