The Academic Skills Centre (ASC) helps students to develop their academic and digital skills. For students in Dubai, we have designed a programme of support for the Autumn term 2022/23 that will cover some of the key skills needed to excel in your academic studies. There are videos and Canvas courses to complete as well as online workshops to attend. Booking is essential. Sessions and resources are suitable for UG and PGT students.
During Welcome Week
Watch the following videos to learn about the support on offer at the Academic Skills Centre and to get started with library resources.
You might also want to attend the ASC’s workshops that are running during Welcome week. These are suitable for all taught students, whether based in Edgbaston or Dubai. These include Learning at university, Introduction to library resources, Introduction to core digital tools and Preparing for second year. Booking is essential.
Tuesday 11 October 17:00-18:00 (UAE): Learning at University
This workshop will help you gain confidence with some essential learning skills, including time management, independent learning, and notetaking. It will help you to reflect on your own approaches to study, ensuring that you feel prepared for the year to come. Book a place online.
Wednesday 26 October 17:00-18:00 (UAE): Finding, using and evaluating information
This workshop will enable you to access and use key resources for your discipline, including journals, databases and other relevant sources of information. It will also cover how to plan and implement an effective literature search. Book a place online.
Thursday 10 November 17:00-18:00 (UAE): Critiquing an academic article
This workshop will help you improve your reading skills and understand what is involved in critiquing an academic article. It will help you identify, summarise and evaluate the information presented. Book a place online.
Tuesday 22 November 17:00-1800 (UAE): Introduction to Academic Writing
This workshop will cover some of the essential features of essay writing: planning, introductions, arguments, paragraph structure and signposting. Book a place online.
You can also enrol on the Canvas course which looks at the content in more detail.
During week commencing 5 December 2022
Work through the critical thinking and writing Canvas course. This resource will build on the writing support helping you to identify, construct and evaluate arguments and their components. It will also explore how to write critically so that an argument is clearly conveyed.