Academic development workshops

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

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October 2017
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 B29fully booked
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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 41621 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 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G04fully booked
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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 G041 place left
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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 B29fully booked
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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 B074 places left
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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 B13fully booked
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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 B29fully booked
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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 20:00Russell Square, room RUS (30) 10125 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 B06fully booked
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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 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G04fully booked
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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 5327 places left
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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 B29fully booked
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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 B2910 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 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR 10420 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 19:2043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0416 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 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G04fully booked
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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 12 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 B03fully booked
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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 B06fully booked
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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 B29fully booked
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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 G047 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 B2917 places left
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Thu 09 NovLawHow to interpret an essay question and plan an essay
We explain how to analyse an essay question, draw up a reading list, and plan the first draft of an essay.
For all Law and Criminology students

Theme tags: Academic writing, Essay writing
18:00 to 19:00Malet Street, room MAL 402fully booked
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Thu 09 NovLawWriting essays in university
Essays are highly structured. In this workshop we identify the different parts of an essay and their functions, and explain how to structure an essay.
For all Law and Criminology students

Theme tags: Academic Skills, Academic writing, Essay writing
19:00 to 20:00Malet Street, room MAL 402fully booked
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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 63312 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 B2923 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 B06fully booked
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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 B29fully booked
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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 G0412 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 B29fully booked
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Thu 16 NovCTPLTIntroduction 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 B2919 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 21:0043 Gordon Square, room TBA26 places left
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Fri 17 NovArtsArts Essay Writing Workshop 1: What IS Academic Writing?
Workshop 1 explores the key characteristics of British academic writing, particularly in relation to producing essays. We clarify misunderstandings.
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 G046 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 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0410 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 15219 places left
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Sat 18 NovSSHPSSHP 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 15219 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 G049 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 G04fully booked
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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 54136 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 B29fully booked
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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 G0412 places left
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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 G044 places left
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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 G041 place 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 B29fully booked
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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 B29fully booked
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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 G0419 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 G0411 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 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G047 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 15244 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 15239 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 G0414 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 G048 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 G048 places left
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