Academic development workshops

Birkbeck offers academic development workshops for students. All workshops are free of charge unless stated otherwise.

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September 2017
Tue 26 SepCTPLTAcademic writing toolkit: writing coherent paragraphs
This workshop will help make your writing flow, by focusing on paragraph structure and signposting language.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing
18:00 to 20:00Malet Street, room MAL 417bookings closed
Thu 28 SepCTPLTAcademic writing toolkit: drafting, editing, proofreading
This workshop will focus on the editing and proofreading stage of the writing process.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing
18:00 to 20:00Malet Street, room MAL G163 places left
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Sat 30 SepCTPLTAcademic writing masterclass: Sentences, paragraphs, drafting and editing
This all-day academic writing workshop will cover a wide range of academic language and writing skills.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing
10:00 to 17:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR B0419 places left
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October 2017
Mon 02 OctCTPLTBreaking Barriers Kit: Hack your term - get and stay organised for your studies
Get your term off to a good start. Learn ways of managing your reading and deadlines using apps and software.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
14:00 to 16:30Malet Street, room MAL 457 (ITS)15 places left
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Mon 02 OctCTPLTNumerical Methods - Drop in help
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Maths skills
16:00 to 18:00Malet Street, room STUDENT SERVICES (Talk Room 10)No booking required
Tue 03 OctCTPLTStudy Clinic
Study Clinics are open to all Birkbeck students who need some timely support with their studies.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
16:00 to 17:00Malet Street, room MAL 536 (ITS)No booking required
Thu 05 OctCTPLTAcademic writing style: the rules and when to break them
Learn the academic conventions of formality, objective tone, cautious language and ways to avoid saying ‘I’ in your assignments.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
15:00 to 17:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0416 places left
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Thu 05 OctCTPLTBreaking Barriers Kit: Hack your term - get and stay organised for your studies
Get your term off to a good start. Learn ways of managing your reading and deadlines using apps and software.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
18:00 to 20:30University College London, room UCL GORDON STREET (25) 105 (IT)21 places left
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Thu 05 OctCTPLTCritical Reading for Postgraduates
This workshop considers different aspects of reading at postgraduate level. We will discuss how to manage your reading lists and research reading.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Critical thinking, Reading and note-taking skills
18:00 to 19:00Malet Street, room MAL B2916 places left
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Thu 05 OctCTPLTWriting for Postgraduates
This workshop considers different aspects of writing including planning for writing, research and reading, finding a structure, writing and editing.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Report writing, Research projects, Research skills, Study skills, Writing skills
19:00 to 20:00Malet Street, room MAL B2919 places left
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Thu 05 OctArtsStudy Tools: Successful Study in the School of Arts: What Lecturers Expect; Managing your Time, Managing your Information
What is expected from a student in a university? The first steps to academic success: manage your time; organise your information
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA38 places left
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Fri 06 OctCTPLTCritical Thinking I: What is Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is the cornerstone of studying at university. It is an academic skill that encompasses other academic skills.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Study skills
14:00 to 16:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR B0616 places left
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Fri 06 OctArtsStudy Tools: Successful Study in the School of Arts: What Lecturers Expect; Managing your Time, Managing your Information
What is expected from a student in a university? The first steps to academic success: manage your time; organise your information
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Critical thinking, Study skills, Time management
18:00 to 19:20Location TBA, room TBA37 places left
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Fri 06 OctArtsLanguage and Grammar Workshop: The Language of Academic English: The Elements of Formal Expression in Writing; How to Enhance your Performance (1)
We ponder basic questions: What is Academic English? What are the key features of the Academic Register? Why? How can I improve my use of the AR?
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Communication Skills, Essay writing, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA23 places left
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Sat 07 OctCTPLTSentence and punctuation toolkit: taking control of your writing at the sentence level
Sentence and punctuation toolkit: learn how to take control of your writing at the sentence level for clearer expression.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
11:00 to 13:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0423 places left
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Sat 07 OctCTPLTBreaking Barriers Kit: Roadtesting new ways of taking notes
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
11:00 to 13:30Malet Street, room MAL 457 (ITS)21 places left
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Sat 07 OctCTPLTNote Making for Academic Purposes
Making effective notes from your reading and in lectures requires you to engage in several activities all at once.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Reading and note-taking skills, Research skills, Study skills, Writing skills
12:30 to 14:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR B1317 places left
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Mon 09 OctCTPLTBreaking Barriers Kit: Roadtesting new ways of taking notes
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
13:00 to 15:30Malet Street, room MAL 457 (ITS)20 places left
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Mon 09 OctCTPLTNumerical Methods - Drop in help
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Maths skills
16:00 to 18:00Malet Street, room STUDENT SERVICES (Talk Room 10)No booking required
Tue 10 OctCTPLTStudy Clinic
Study Clinics are open to all Birkbeck students who need some timely support with their studies.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
16:00 to 17:00Malet Street, room MAL 536 (ITS)No booking required
Wed 11 OctCTPLTWriting skills clinic
Writing Skills Clinic: a group tutorial focused on academic writing. Whatever you want to work on, we can show you how to improve.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Dissertations, Essay writing, Report writing, Writing skills
15:00 to 17:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR B0710 places left
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Wed 11 OctCTPLTUsing your reading in your essays
In this workshop we will examine two aspects of how to use your reading in your essays: paraphrasing and reporting your sources.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Dissertations, Essay writing, Reading and note-taking skills, Report writing, Research skills, Study skills, Writing skills
19:00 to 20:00Malet Street, room MAL B2920 places left
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Thu 12 OctCTPLTWriting with structure and focus: paragraphs, signposting and cohesion
This workshop will help make your writing flow, by focusing on paragraph structure, cohesion and signposting language.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
15:00 to 17:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0422 places left
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Thu 12 OctCTPLTTime Management
In this workshop you will assess how well you manage your time and learn how to organise your day more effectively in line with your chosen goals.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Exams and revision, Reading and note-taking skills, Research skills, Study skills
18:00 to 19:30Malet Street, room MAL B2924 places left
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Thu 12 OctCTPLTProcrastination, Perfectionism and Prioritisation
This workshop will help you to recognise the causes of procrastination and perfectionism, and provide help in overcoming them.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Dissertations, Essay writing, Exams and revision, Project Management, Reading and note-taking skills, Research skills, Study skills
19:30 to 21:00Malet Street, room MAL B2921 places left
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Thu 12 OctArtsStudy Tools: Reading the Arts and Humanities: Issues and Techniques
What is distinctive about the reading needed for study of the Arts and Humanities? We review different reading techniques, including a nifty short-cut
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Critical thinking, Reading and note-taking skills, Study skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA37 places left
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Fri 13 OctArtsStudy Tools: Reading the Arts and Humanities: Issues and Techniques
What is distinctive about the reading needed for study of the Arts and Humanities? We review different reading techniques, including a nifty short-cut
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Critical thinking, Reading and note-taking skills, Study skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA34 places left
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Sat 14 OctLibraryGetting Ready to Study
Introduction to information management, academic writing (BBK learning skills) & what the Library has to offer: MOODLE module and resources by subject
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Library skills, Moodle, Study skills
10:30 to 11:30Library, room LIBRARY SEMINAR 1fully booked
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Sat 14 OctCTPLTBreaking Barriers Kit: Hack your term - get and stay organised for your studies
Get your term off to a good start. Learn ways of managing your reading and deadlines using apps and software.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
11:00 to 13:30Malet Street, room MAL 457 (ITS)24 places left
Book now
Sat 14 OctCTPLTSentence mechanics masterclass: writing complex ideas with clarity and style
The sentence mechanics masterclass can help you polish your writing and express more complex ideas with clarity and style.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
11:00 to 13:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0422 places left
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Sat 14 OctLibraryGetting to grips with your reading list
Understand what you are being asked to read (book or book chapter, journal article, etc) and learn how to find it in the Library and eLibrary.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Library skills, Research skills, Study skills
12:00 to 13:00Library, room LIBRARY SEMINAR 1fully booked
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Sat 14 OctLibraryFinding information for your essays and assignments
Find books, articles, etc. on a particular topic. Learn to search the Library catalogue and our new Discover article search service by subject.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Library skills, Researching on the internet, Study skills
13:30 to 15:00Library, room LIBRARY SEMINAR 1fully booked
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Sat 14 OctLibraryGoogle Scholar vs Birkbeck Discover
Pick up tips on using Google Scholar and Birkbeck Discover. Essential functionality and features of both services. Learn how to effectively search.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Library skills, Research skills, Researching on the internet
15:30 to 17:00Library, room LIBRARY SEMINAR 1fully booked
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Mon 16 OctCTPLTUsing Evernote to Manage Your Research
Learn the basics of Evernote. Evernote is free software designed for note-taking and archiving of web pages, text, images and audio.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Computing and IT Skills, Presentation skills, Research skills, Researching on the internet, Social Media, Study skills, Technology enhanced learning
13:00 to 14:30Malet Street, room MAL 457 (ITS)20 places left
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Mon 16 OctCTPLTBreaking Barriers Kit: approaches for greater reading speed, stamina and comprehension
Make more efficient use of your reading time with strategies for better comprehension, focus & methods for making notes about what you read
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
14:00 to 17:00Malet Street, room MAL 458 (ITS)20 places left
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Mon 16 OctCTPLTMaking the Most of Technology for Collaborative Study Groups
Learn how to use blogs and Google docs for collaborative learning. Basic web browsing skills are required. Bring your ITS username and password.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Computing and IT Skills, Researching on the internet, Social Media, Technology enhanced learning
15:00 to 16:3043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0429 places left
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Mon 16 OctCTPLTNumerical Methods - Drop in help
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Maths skills
16:00 to 18:00Malet Street, room STUDENT SERVICES (Talk Room 10)No booking required
Mon 16 OctLawReading texts and listening to lectures: How to take effective notes
We'll learn different ways of reading texts, so you can get more out of them, and note-taking techniques to use in lectures and during your reading.
For all Law and Criminology students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Reading and note-taking skills
17:00 to 17:45Malet Street, room MAL B2932 places left
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Tue 17 OctCTPLTStudy Clinic
Study Clinics are open to all Birkbeck students who need some timely support with their studies.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
16:00 to 17:00Malet Street, room MAL 536 (ITS)No booking required
Wed 18 OctLawWhat is critical thinking and how to write ‘critically’
Being critical is central to study and success in university, but what does it mean and how do we demonstrate our critical thinking?
For all Law and Criminology students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing
17:00 to 17:45Malet Street, room MAL B2932 places left
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Thu 19 OctCTPLTImprove your academic English writing (second language speakers)
For second language speakers: Learn academic English writing conventions, analyse the common errors, and build a personal editing checklist.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
15:00 to 17:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0425 places left
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Thu 19 OctCTPLTIntroduction To Essay Writing
In this workshop we will look at how to approach your essay from the time you receive the assignment until the deadline.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Essay writing, Report writing, Research skills, Study skills, Writing skills
18:00 to 19:00Malet Street, room MAL B2922 places left
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Thu 19 OctCTPLTIntroduction to Citing, Reference Lists and Plagiarism
Many students find referencing one of the most baffling aspects of academic writing. This workshop provides a step-by-step guide to referencing.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Essay writing, Research skills, Researching on the internet, Study skills, Writing skills
19:00 to 20:00Malet Street, room MAL B2923 places left
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Thu 19 OctArtsStudy Tools: Taking Notes from PRIMARY Sources in the Arts and Humanities, WYSIHYT
What are PRIMARY sources in the Arts and Humanities? What is different about notes of these kinds? WYSIHYT
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Critical thinking, Reading and note-taking skills, Study skills, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA41 places left
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Fri 20 OctArtsStudy Tools: Taking Notes from PRIMARY Sources in the Arts and Humanities, WYSIHYT
What are PRIMARY sources in the Arts and Humanities? What is different about notes of these kinds? WYSIHYT
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Critical thinking, Reading and note-taking skills, Study skills, Writing skills
18:00 to 19:20Location TBA, room TBA40 places left
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Fri 20 OctArtsLanguage and Grammar Workshop: How to Improve your Academic Vocabulary; A Unique Academic Wordbook; The AWL and MAP
This workshop asks WHY and HOW you should develop your academic vocabulary. The power of naming: nouns and adjectives and what you can do with them
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Communication Skills, Essay writing, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA31 places left
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Sat 21 OctCTPLTBreaking Barriers Kit: approaches for greater reading speed, stamina and comprehension
Make more efficient use of your reading time with strategies for better comprehension, focus & methods for making notes about what you read
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
11:00 to 14:00Malet Street, room MAL 423 (ITS)24 places left
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Sat 21 OctCTPLTBreaking through writer’s block 1 – writing productivity techniques
Tips and tricks to help you produce and refine writing towards your essays and assignments.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
11:00 to 13:00Malet Street, room MAL 54023 places left
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Sat 21 OctCTPLTMindfulness and approaches to study
This workshop will explore the links between Mindfulness practice and the various academic skills (such as time management, reading and note making).
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Personal development, Reading and note-taking skills, Research skills, Study skills, Time management
11:00 to 12:3043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0428 places left
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Sat 21 OctCTPLTActive listening and speaking for academic purposes
Multiple sessions (1)
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing
13:00 to 14:3043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0424 places left
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Mon 23 OctCTPLTPit-stop software: improve your reading and researching using software
Prefer the idea of listening to your reading instead? Learn to use text-to-speech software
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Assistive Technology
14:00 to 16:00Malet Street, room MAL 458 (ITS)22 places left
Book now
Mon 23 OctCTPLTNumerical Methods - Drop in help
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Maths skills
16:00 to 18:00Malet Street, room STUDENT SERVICES (Talk Room 10)No booking required
Tue 24 OctCTPLTStudy Clinic
Study Clinics are open to all Birkbeck students who need some timely support with their studies.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
16:00 to 17:00Malet Street, room MAL 536 (ITS)No booking required
Tue 24 OctLawHow to avoid plagiarism
We explain plagiarism through examples, clarify how to avoid it and when to reference. Please note: we do not discuss a particular referencing system.
For all Law and Criminology students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Plagiarism
17:00 to 17:45Malet Street, room MAL B2932 places left
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Tue 24 OctStratfordAcademic resources for assignments: what they are and how to use them
You will learn about the various types of information sources available for library research and how to select the right one for your assignment.
For enrolled Stratford students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Library skills, Research skills
18:30 to 20:00University Square Stratford, room US G.259 places left
Book now
Wed 25 OctCTPLTWriting skills clinic
Writing Skills Clinic: a group tutorial focused on academic writing. Whatever you want to work on, we can show you how to improve.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Dissertations, Essay writing, Report writing, Writing skills
15:00 to 17:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR B0713 places left
Book now
Wed 25 OctCTPLTCritical Thinking I: What is Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is the cornerstone of studying at university. It is an academic skill that encompasses other academic skills.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Study skills
19:30 to 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR B1329 places left
Book now
Thu 26 OctCTPLTSentence and punctuation toolkit: taking control of your writing at the sentence level
Sentence and punctuation toolkit: learn how to take control of your writing at the sentence level for clearer expression.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
15:00 to 17:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR B0329 places left
Book now
Thu 26 OctLawReferencing using OSCOLA - for LLB and LLM students
In this workshops we will explain how to reference your sources using the OSCOLA referencing system.
For all Law and Criminology students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Plagiarism
17:00 to 17:45Malet Street, room MAL B2932 places left
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Thu 26 OctCTPLTWhat Is Academic English?
This workshop considers what it means to use English appropriately for university study.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Dissertations, Essay writing, Report writing, Study skills, Writing skills
18:00 to 19:00Malet Street, room MAL B2927 places left
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Thu 26 OctCTPLTWriting style and developing a writing voice
This workshop discusses what writing style is and what you need to consider when writing essays at university.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Essay writing, Report writing, Study skills, Writing skills
19:00 to 20:00Malet Street, room MAL B2926 places left
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Thu 26 OctArtsStudy Tools: Taking Notes from SECONDARY Sources in the Arts and Humanities; WYSIHYT Revisited
What is different about taking notes from SECONDARY sources in the Arts and Humanities? Why do I need them? WYSIHYT revisited
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Critical thinking, Reading and note-taking skills, Study skills, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA43 places left
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Fri 27 OctCTPLTCritical thinking 3: Building an academic argument
The focus of this workshop will be on advanced critical writing and critical reading skills.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Reading and note-taking skills, Report writing, Study skills, Writing skills
14:00 to 16:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR B0623 places left
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Fri 27 OctArtsStudy Tools: Taking Notes from SECONDARY Sources in the Arts and Humanities; WYSIHYT Revisited
What is different about taking notes from SECONDARY sources in the Arts and Humanities? Why do I need them? WYSIHYT revisited
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Critical thinking, Reading and note-taking skills, Study skills, Writing skills
18:00 to 19:20Location TBA, room TBA42 places left
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Fri 27 OctArtsLanguage and Grammar Workshop: 'Not a complete sentence' (Part 1): Verbs in Formal Academic Expression: 'Danglers' and Fragments
This workshop asks these questions: what is a verb? When do we need verbs? What do verbs do? Affixes and the status of '-ing' words as verbs, or not
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Communication Skills, Essay writing, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA30 places left
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Sat 28 OctSSHPSSHP Effective Academic Reading
This workshop will help you develop your academic reading and note taking.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Essay writing, Reading and note-taking skills, Study skills, Writing skills
11:00 to 12:00Malet Street, room MAL 53241 places left
Book now
Sat 28 OctCTPLTAcademic writing style: the rules and when to break them
Learn the academic conventions of formality, objective tone, cautious language and ways to avoid saying ‘I’ in your assignments.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
11:00 to 13:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0430 places left
Book now
Sat 28 OctSSHPSSHP Managing your time
Learn the keys to effective and efficient time management.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Time management
12:30 to 13:30Malet Street, room MAL 53242 places left
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Sat 28 OctStratfordAcademic resources for assignments: what they are and how to use them
You will learn about the various types of information sources available for library research and how to select the right one for your assignment.
For enrolled Stratford students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Library skills, Research skills
15:00 to 16:30University Square Stratford, room US G.254 places left
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Mon 30 OctCTPLTBreaking Barriers Kit: one strategy for becoming a better learner
Broaden your skillset for tackling your studies by using 'problem-setting' techniques
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
14:00 to 16:00Malet Street, room MAL B0429 places left
Book now
Mon 30 OctCTPLTNumerical Methods - Drop in help
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Maths skills
16:00 to 18:00Malet Street, room STUDENT SERVICES (Talk Room 10)No booking required
Tue 31 OctCTPLTStudy Clinic
Study Clinics are open to all Birkbeck students who need some timely support with their studies.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
16:00 to 17:00Malet Street, room MAL 536 (ITS)No booking required
Tue 31 OctStratfordAn introduction to Birkbeck’s eLibrary and Library catalogue
You will learn how to make effective use of the Library catalogue, the primary tool for finding information, and explore Birkbeck’s eLibrary
For enrolled Stratford students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Library skills, Research skills
18:30 to 20:00University Square Stratford, room US G.258 places left
Book now
November 2017
Wed 01 NovLawReading texts and listening to lectures: How to take effective notes
We'll learn different ways of reading texts, so you can get more out of them, and note-taking techniques to use in lectures and during your reading.
For all Law and Criminology students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Reading and note-taking skills
17:00 to 17:45Malet Street, room MAL B2932 places left
Book now
Thu 02 NovCTPLTSentence mechanics masterclass: writing complex ideas with clarity and style
The sentence mechanics masterclass can help you polish your writing and express more complex ideas with clarity and style.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
15:00 to 17:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR B0630 places left
Book now
Thu 02 NovCTPLTNote Making for Academic Purposes
Making effective notes from your reading and in lectures requires you to engage in several activities all at once.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Reading and note-taking skills, Research skills, Study skills, Writing skills
18:00 to 19:30Malet Street, room MAL B2924 places left
Book now
Thu 02 NovCTPLTMindmapping
Mindmapping is a technique to make better use of our brainpower. It is a powerful thinking tool and useful for all areas of our life.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Communication Skills, Exams and revision, Mind mapping, Personal development, Presentation skills, Reading and note-taking skills, Study skills
19:30 to 21:00Malet Street, room MAL B2922 places left
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Thu 02 NovArtsStudy Tools: How to Tackle Commentaries (or Close Readings) in the Arts and Humanities: READING for Commentaries on Texts, or Images
Take the mystery out of writing a commentary. Know where to begin: how to READ a passage, image, or film clip to identify material for your commentary
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Reading and note-taking skills, Study skills, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA43 places left
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Fri 03 NovArtsStudy Tools: How to Tackle Commentaries (or Close Readings) in the Arts and Humanities: READING for Commentaries on Texts, or Images
Take the mystery out of writing a commentary. Know where to begin: how to READ a passage, image, or film clip to identify material for your commentary
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Reading and note-taking skills, Study skills, Writing skills
18:00 to 19:20Location TBA, room TBA42 places left
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Fri 03 NovArtsLanguage and Grammar Workshop: 'Not a complete sentence' (Part 2): Phrases, Clauses, Agreement in Sentences
This workshop extends our attention to sentences by delving further into the behaviour of phrases and clauses in formal, academic expression
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Communication Skills, Essay writing, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA32 places left
Book now
Sat 04 NovLibraryGetting Ready to Study
Introduction to information management, academic writing (BBK learning skills) & what the Library has to offer: MOODLE module and resources by subject
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Library skills, Moodle, Study skills
10:30 to 11:30Library, room LIBRARY SEMINAR 132 places left
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Sat 04 NovCTPLTCritical Thinking I: What is Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is the cornerstone of studying at university. It is an academic skill that encompasses other academic skills.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Study skills
11:00 to 13:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR B0325 places left
Book now
Sat 04 NovCTPLTImprove your academic English writing (second language speakers)
For second language speakers: Learn academic English writing conventions, analyse the common errors, and build a personal editing checklist.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
11:00 to 13:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0430 places left
Book now
Sat 04 NovCTPLTPit-stop software: improve your reading and researching using software
Prefer the idea of listening to your reading instead? Learn to use text-to-speech software
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Assistive Technology
11:00 to 13:00Malet Street, room MAL 413 (ITS)25 places left
Book now
Sat 04 NovLibraryGetting to grips with your reading list
Understand what you are being asked to read (book or book chapter, journal article, etc) and learn how to find it in the Library and eLibrary.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Library skills, Research skills, Study skills
12:00 to 13:00Library, room LIBRARY SEMINAR 132 places left
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Sat 04 NovCTPLTCritical Thinking 2: Evaluating Academic Argument
This workshop will extend and build upon the critical thinking skills covered in Critical Thinking I.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Communication Skills, Critical thinking, Research skills, Study skills, Writing skills
13:00 to 15:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR B0624 places left
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Sat 04 NovLibraryFinding information for your essays and assignments
Find books, articles, etc. on a particular topic. Learn to search the Library catalogue and our new Discover article search service by subject.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Library skills, Researching on the internet, Study skills
13:30 to 15:00Library, room LIBRARY SEMINAR 128 places left
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Sat 04 NovLibraryGoogle Scholar vs Birkbeck Discover
Pick up tips on using Google Scholar and Birkbeck Discover. Essential functionality and features of both services. Learn how to effectively search.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Library skills, Research skills, Researching on the internet
15:30 to 17:00Library, room LIBRARY SEMINAR 130 places left
Book now
Sat 04 NovStratfordAn introduction to Birkbeck’s eLibrary and Library catalogue
You will learn how to make effective use of the Library catalogue, the primary tool for finding information, and explore Birkbeck’s eLibrary
For enrolled Stratford students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Library skills, Research skills
18:30 to 20:00University Square Stratford, room US G.258 places left
Book now
Mon 06 NovCTPLTBreaking Barriers Kit: a five-step approach to writing better essays
No process for your essay writing? Learn to demystify your essay-writing process using technology
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Essay writing
14:00 to 17:00Malet Street, room MAL 457 (ITS)25 places left
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Mon 06 NovCTPLTNumerical Methods - Drop in help
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Maths skills
16:00 to 17:00Malet Street, room STUDENT SERVICES (Talk Room 10)No booking required
Tue 07 NovCTPLTStudy Clinic
Study Clinics are open to all Birkbeck students who need some timely support with their studies.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
16:00 to 17:00Malet Street, room MAL 536 (ITS)No booking required
Tue 07 NovStratfordSearching electronic resources: finding ebooks and journal articles for your assignment
In this workshop you will learn how to make effective use of electronic books and journals in Birkbeck’s eLibrary.
For enrolled Stratford students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Library skills, Research skills
18:30 to 20:00University Square Stratford, room US G.258 places left
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Wed 08 NovCTPLTCritical Thinking 2: Evaluating Academic Argument
This workshop will extend and build upon the critical thinking skills covered in Critical Thinking I.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Communication Skills, Critical thinking, Research skills, Study skills, Writing skills
19:30 to 21:00Malet Street, room MAL B2924 places left
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Thu 09 NovCTPLTUsing Evernote to Manage Your Research
Learn the basics of Evernote. Evernote is free software designed for note-taking and archiving of web pages, text, images and audio.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Computing and IT Skills, Presentation skills, Research skills, Researching on the internet, Social Media, Study skills, Technology enhanced learning
13:00 to 14:30Russell Square, room RUS (26) B3030 places left
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Thu 09 NovCTPLTBreaking through writer’s block 1 – writing productivity techniques
Tips and tricks to help you produce and refine writing towards your essays and assignments.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
15:00 to 17:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR B1325 places left
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Thu 09 NovCTPLTUsing Zotero for managing your referencing and citations
Zotero is a free, online tool for storing and organising resources.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Computing and IT Skills, Essay writing, Report writing, Research skills, Researching on the internet, Study skills
15:00 to 16:3043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0430 places left
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Thu 09 NovCTPLTActive listening and speaking for academic purposes
Multiple sessions (1)
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing
18:00 to 19:30Malet Street, room MAL B2930 places left
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Thu 09 NovCTPLTCritical Thinking 2: Evaluating Academic Argument
This workshop will extend and build upon the critical thinking skills covered in Critical Thinking I.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Communication Skills, Critical thinking, Research skills, Study skills, Writing skills
19:30 to 21:00Malet Street, room MAL 63330 places left
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Thu 09 NovCTPLTNote Making for Academic Purposes
Making effective notes from your reading and in lectures requires you to engage in several activities all at once.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Reading and note-taking skills, Research skills, Study skills, Writing skills
19:30 to 21:00Malet Street, room MAL B2930 places left
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Fri 10 NovCTPLTReading for academic purposes
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Reading and note-taking skills
14:00 to 15:3043 Gordon Square, room GOR B0730 places left
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Sat 11 NovCTPLTWriting with structure and focus: paragraphs, signposting and cohesion
This workshop will help make your writing flow, by focusing on paragraph structure, cohesion and signposting language.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
11:00 to 13:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0450 places left
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Sat 11 NovCTPLTCritical thinking 3: Building an academic argument
The focus of this workshop will be on advanced critical writing and critical reading skills.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Reading and note-taking skills, Report writing, Study skills, Writing skills
11:00 to 13:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR B0629 places left
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Sat 11 NovCTPLTSummarising, paraphrasing and quoting for academic purposes
This workshop helps you to build the skills of summarising and paraphrasing so that you can use your reading materials effectively
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Essay writing, Report writing, Study skills, Writing skills
13:30 to 15:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0430 places left
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Sat 11 NovStratfordSearching electronic resources: finding ebooks and journal articles for your assignment
In this workshop you will learn how to make effective use of electronic books and journals in Birkbeck’s eLibrary.
For enrolled Stratford students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Library skills, Research skills
15:00 to 16:30University Square Stratford, room US G.254 places left
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Mon 13 NovCTPLTPit-stop software: learn mindmapping software for planning your ideas and writing
Mindmapping software takes the pain out of organising ideas. Learn how to use mindmapping software for planning any piece of written work.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
13:30 to 15:30Malet Street, room MAL 457 (ITS)29 places left
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Mon 13 NovCTPLTNumerical Methods - Drop in help
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Maths skills
16:00 to 18:00Malet Street, room STUDENT SERVICES (Talk Room 10)No booking required
Mon 13 NovLawHow to construct an argument
We explain what is argument in academic writing and how to write arguments using appropriate evidence.
For all Law and Criminology students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Essay writing
17:00 to 17:45Malet Street, room MAL B2932 places left
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Tue 14 NovCTPLTUsing Zotero for managing your referencing and citations
Zotero is a free, online tool for storing and organising resources.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Computing and IT Skills, Essay writing, Report writing, Research skills, Researching on the internet, Study skills
13:00 to 14:3043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0430 places left
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Tue 14 NovCTPLTMaking the Most of Technology for Collaborative Study Groups
Learn how to use blogs and Google docs for collaborative learning. Basic web browsing skills are required. Bring your ITS username and password.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Computing and IT Skills, Researching on the internet, Social Media, Technology enhanced learning
15:00 to 16:3043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0430 places left
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Tue 14 NovCTPLTStudy Clinic
Study Clinics are open to all Birkbeck students who need some timely support with their studies.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
16:00 to 17:00Malet Street, room MAL 536 (ITS)No booking required
Tue 14 NovStratfordHow to search for internet resources, including images, for assignments
In this workshop you will learn how to make effective use of the internet to find reliable information online.
For enrolled Stratford students

Theme tags: Research skills
18:30 to 20:00University Square Stratford, room US G.257 places left
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Wed 15 NovLawWhat is critical thinking and how to write ‘critically’
Being critical is central to study and success in university, but what does it mean and how do we demonstrate our critical thinking?
For all Law and Criminology students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing
17:00 to 17:45Malet Street, room MAL B2932 places left
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Wed 15 NovCTPLTMindmapping
Mindmapping is a technique to make better use of our brainpower. It is a powerful thinking tool and useful for all areas of our life.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Communication Skills, Exams and revision, Mind mapping, Personal development, Presentation skills, Reading and note-taking skills, Study skills
19:30 to 21:00Malet Street, room MAL B2930 places left
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Thu 16 NovArtsStudy Tools:How to Tackle Commentaries in the Arts and Humanities (Stage 2): How to WRITE Commentaries on Texts, or Images
Take the mystery out of writing a commentary: understand the task; know where to begin; how to plan; then write
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Study skills, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA45 places left
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Fri 17 NovArtsStudy Tools: How to Tackle Commentaries in the Arts and Humanitites (Stage 2): How to WRITE Commentaries on Texts, or Images
Take the mystery out of writing a commentary: understand the task; know where to begin; how to plan; then write
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Study skills, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA41 places left
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Sat 18 NovSSHPSSHP How to avoid Plagiarism
Learn how to avoid plagiarism through the use of comprehensive referencing.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Bibliography and referencing, Essay writing, Writing skills
11:00 to 12:00Malet Street, room MAL 15241 places left
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Sat 18 NovStratfordHow to search for internet resources, including images, for assignments
In this workshop you will learn how to make effective use of the internet to find reliable information online.
For enrolled Stratford students

Theme tags: Research skills
15:00 to 16:30University Square Stratford, room US G.258 places left
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Tue 21 NovStratfordImproving your research strategy for assignments
In this workshop you will learn how to improve the way you plan your research and search for information.
For enrolled Stratford students

Theme tags: Research skills
18:30 to 20:00University Square Stratford, room US G.256 places left
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Thu 23 NovArtsStudy Tools: Developing Critical Thinking in the Arts and Humanities: Your Informed Voice (Part 1)
What is distinctive about critical thinking in the Arts and Humanities? How do you 'do' itť? What is an unacceptable source? Why?
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Reading and note-taking skills, Study skills, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA36 places left
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Fri 24 NovArtsLanguage and Grammar Workshop: Using Tenses in Academic Writing
This workshop ponders such questions as: which tenses should I use? Which tenses are required when referencing the work of others? What is 'hedging'?
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Communication Skills, Essay writing, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA31 places left
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Sat 25 NovSSHPSSHP Effective Academic Reading
This workshop will help you develop your academic reading and note taking.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Essay writing, Writing skills
11:00 to 12:00Malet Street, room MAL 54146 places left
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Sat 25 NovSSHPSSHP Time management
Learn the keys to effective and efficient time management.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Time management
12:30 to 13:30Malet Street, room MAL 54148 places left
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Sat 25 NovStratfordImproving your research strategy for assignments
In this workshop you will learn how to improve the way you plan your research and search for information.
For enrolled Stratford students

Theme tags: Research skills
15:00 to 16:30University Square Stratford, room US G.255 places left
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Wed 29 NovLawHow to avoid plagiarism
We explain plagiarism through examples, clarify how to avoid it and when to reference. Please note: we do not discuss a particular referencing system.
For all Law and Criminology students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Plagiarism
17:00 to 17:45Malet Street, room MAL B2932 places left
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Thu 30 NovArtsStudy Tools: PRACTISING Critical Thinking in the Arts and Humanities (Part 2): FINDING your Informed Voice
We review and build on what we discovered in previous workshops. We experiment with FINDING a critical voice: we APPLY the skills of critical thinking
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Reading and note-taking skills, Study skills, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA37 places left
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December 2017
Fri 01 DecArtsLanguage and Grammar Workshop: Sentences Revisited: How to Discipline Unruly Sentences: Clarity in Academic Writing
This workshop builds on our attention to sentences to consider matters of 'style' and flair in the avoidance of meandering sentences
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Communication Skills, Essay writing, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA33 places left
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Tue 05 DecLawReferencing using OSCOLA - for LLB and LLM students
In this workshops we will explain how to reference your sources using the OSCOLA referencing system.
For all Law and Criminology students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Plagiarism
17:00 to 17:45Malet Street, room MAL B2932 places left
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Wed 06 DecLawReferencing using the HARVARD system - for Criminology students
In this workshops we will explain how to reference your sources using the Harvard referencing system.
For all Law and Criminology students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Plagiarism
17:00 to 17:45Malet Street, room MAL B2932 places left
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Thu 07 DecArtsStudy Tools: Reject Plagiarism: Learn to Love your Referencing System (Part 1): WHAT ARE Plagiarism and Collusion?
This workshop gets down to basics to discuss the issues and to allow you to ask all those awkward questions which have bothered you through the term
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Plagiarism, Reading and note-taking skills, Research skills, Study skills, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA40 places left
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Fri 08 DecArtsLanguage and Grammar Workshop: The Language of Academic English: Punctuation: Is It important?
This workshop tackles the troublesome issue of punctuation. Does punctuation really make a difference to meaning? We test the results.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Communication Skills, Essay writing, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA37 places left
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Sat 09 DecSSHPSSHP How to avoid Plagiarism
Learn how to avoid plagiarism through the use of comprehensive referencing.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Bibliography and referencing, Essay writing, Plagiarism
11:00 to 12:00Malet Street, room MAL 15249 places left
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Thu 14 DecArtsStudy Tools: Reject Plagiarism: Learn to Love your Referencing System (Part 2): How to USE your Referencing System in your Essays
This workshop tackles the nitty gritty of when and how to apply a referencing system, or stylesheet, to your writing. We go back to basics
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Bibliography and referencing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Plagiarism, Research skills, Study skills, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA40 places left
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Fri 15 DecArtsLanguage and Grammar Workshop: The Language of Referencing; Reporting Expressions; Reporting Verbs; Author- or Content-Focused Attributions
This workshop reviews the expressions and conventions for introducing material from other sources safely into your text
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Communication Skills, Essay writing, Plagiarism, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:00Location TBA, room TBA39 places left
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