All Study Skills workshops

At Birkbeck, we offer a range of workshops to help all students, develop your study skills and get the most out of your time with us.

Browse for workshops that interest you or focus on areas you want to develop. Click 'Book now' to book your free place.

Don't forget there is also a wealth of online resources available to you any time on the Birkbeck Study Skills module in Moodle.

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November 2017
Fri 24 NovStudy SkillsWriting a postgraduate literature review
This workshop introduces postgraduates to writing a literature review.
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
15:00 to 16:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR B136 places left
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Fri 24 NovArtsArts Essay Writing Workshop 2: Understanding the Question
Workshop 2 asks where the essay writing process actually begins: understanding the question is the key stage. We demystify the language of questions.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Study skills, Writing skills
18:00 to 19:2043 Gordon Square, room GOR G043 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 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G042 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 54128 places left
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Sat 25 NovStudy SkillsSentence 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 G04fully booked
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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 54135 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.253 places left
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Mon 27 NovStudy SkillsNumerical 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 28 NovStudy SkillsStudy 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 29 NovStudy SkillsWriting 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 B073 places left
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Wed 29 NovStratfordStratford One to One
For enrolled Stratford students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
16:00 to 18:00University Square Stratford, room US G.25No booking required
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 B29fully booked
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Thu 30 NovStudy SkillsWriting 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 G0412 places left
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Thu 30 NovStudy SkillsWriting 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
18:00 to 19:00Malet Street, room MAL B2932 places left
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Thu 30 NovStudy SkillsWriting 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 B2935 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 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G04fully booked
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December 2017
Fri 01 DecArtsArts Essay Writing Workshop 3: Planning and Structuring an Essay
Workshop 3 explores how to plan and structure an essay by using a Process Method of essay writing.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Study skills, Writing skills
18:00 to 19:2043 Gordon Square, room GOR G04fully booked
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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 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G04fully booked
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Sat 02 DecStudy Skills‘True writing is rewriting’ – Drafting, editing and proofreading your work
Develop strategies for drafting and redrafting, checking content, structure and cohesion, and learn tips for proofreading.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
11:00 to 13:00Malet Street, room MAL 53215 places left
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Sat 02 DecStudy SkillsTime 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
11:00 to 12:3043 Gordon Square, room GOR B1324 places left
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Sat 02 DecStudy SkillsProcrastination, 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
13:00 to 14:3043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0412 places left
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Mon 04 DecStudy SkillsPit-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
14:00 to 16:00Malet Street, room MAL 457 (ITS)18 places left
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Mon 04 DecStudy SkillsNumerical 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 05 DecStudy SkillsStudy 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 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 B29fully booked
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Wed 06 DecStratfordStratford One to One
For enrolled Stratford students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
16:00 to 18:00University Square Stratford, room US G.25No booking required
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 B29fully booked
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Thu 07 DecStudy Skills‘True writing is rewriting’ – Drafting, editing and proofreading your work
Develop strategies for drafting and redrafting, checking content, structure and cohesion, and learn tips for proofreading.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
15:00 to 17:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR B0423 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 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0418 places left
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Fri 08 DecArtsArts Essay Writing Workshop 4: How to Write Paragraphs
Workshop 4 reveals the rules for structuring and developing paragraphs.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Study skills, Writing skills
18:00 to 19:2043 Gordon Square, room GOR G04fully booked
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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 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G04fully booked
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Sat 09 DecBEIUsing the Scientific Calculator
We will learn the main functions of a scientific calculator for mathematical and statistical calculations. Bring your own calculator
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Maths skills
10:00 to 12:00Malet Street, room MAL B2918 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 15234 places left
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Sat 09 DecStudy SkillsBreaking 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
11:00 to 13:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0427 places left
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Sat 09 DecStudy SkillsBreaking through writer’s block 2: ‘Get your assignment started’ collective workspace
Tutor-led session to start to analyse your assignment task, begin brainstorming and mind-mapping, and get started on planning and writing.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
11:00 to 13:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR B1327 places left
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Sat 09 DecSSHPSSHP How to develop a strong academic argument
Learn how to develop a strong academic argument.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Dissertations, Essay writing, Writing skills
12:30 to 13:30Malet Street, room MAL 15215 places left
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Mon 11 DecStudy SkillsNumerical 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 12 DecStudy SkillsStudy 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 13 DecStudy SkillsWriting 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 B0726 places left
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Thu 14 DecStudy SkillsBreaking through writer’s block 2: ‘Get your assignment started’ collective workspace
Tutor-led session to start to analyse your assignment task, begin brainstorming and mind-mapping, and get started on planning and writing.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic Skills
15:00 to 17:00Russell Square, room RUS (30) 10128 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 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0425 places left
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Fri 15 DecArtsArts Essay Writing Workshop 5: How to Write Introductions and Conclusions
Workshop 5 considers functional differences between introductions and conclusions. We explore strategies for writing introductions and conclusions
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Study skills, Writing skills
18:00 to 19:2043 Gordon Square, room GOR G042 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 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G044 places left
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Sat 16 DecStudy SkillsWriting 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
11:00 to 13:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR B0723 places left
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January 2018
Thu 11 JanArtsArts Essay Writing Workshop 1: What IS Academic Writing?
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Study skills, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0430 places left
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Fri 12 JanArtsArts Essay Writing Workshop 1: What IS Academic Writing?
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Study skills, Writing skills
18:00 to 19:2043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0432 places left
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Thu 18 JanArtsArts Essay Writing Workshop 2: Understanding the Question
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Study skills, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0432 places left
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Fri 19 JanArtsArts Essay Writing Workshop 2: Understanding the Question
Workshop 2 asks where the essay writing process actually begins: understanding and answering the question. We decode the language of questions.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Study skills, Writing skills
18:00 to 19:2043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0433 places left
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Thu 25 JanArtsArts Essay Writing Workshop 3: Planning and Structuring an Essay
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Study skills, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0434 places left
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Fri 26 JanArtsArts Essay Writing Workshop 3: Planning and Structuring an Essay
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Study skills, Writing skills
18:00 to 19:2043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0430 places left
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February 2018
Thu 01 FebArtsArts Essay Writing Workshop 4: How to Write Paragraphs
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Study skills, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0434 places left
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Fri 02 FebArtsArts Essay Writing Workshop 4: How to Write Paragraphs
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Study skills, Writing skills
18:00 to 19:2043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0431 places left
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Thu 08 FebArtsArts Essay Writing Workshop 5: How to Write Introductions and Conclusions
Workshop 5 considers functional differences between introductions and conclusions. We explore strategies for writing introductions and conclusions.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Study skills, Writing skills
19:40 to 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0432 places left
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Fri 09 FebArtsArts Essay Writing Workshop 5: How to Write Introductions and Conclusions
Workshop 5 considers functional differences between introductions and conclusions. We explore strategies for writing introductions and conclusions.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Study skills, Writing skills
18:00 to 19:2043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0430 places left
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March 2018
Sat 17 MarSSHPSSHP Exam preparation for History and Politics
Develop strategies and techniques to help you achieve your full potential in your exams. This workshop will support your exam preparation.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Exams and revision
11:00 to 13:30Malet Street, room MAL 15234 places left
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Sat 24 MarSSHPSSHP Exam preparation for History and Politics
Develop strategies and techniques to help you achieve your full potential in your exams. This workshop will support your exam preparation.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Exams and revision
11:00 to 13:30Malet Street, room MAL 15246 places left
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