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
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 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0413 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 19:2043 Gordon Square, room GOR G046 places left
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Thu 26 OctArtsStudy Tools: Taking Notes from Critical Analyses, Sometimes Called 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 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G0423 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 OctArtsStudy Tools: Taking Notes from Critical Analyses, Sometimes Called 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 19:2043 Gordon Square, room GOR G048 places left
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November 2017
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 G0413 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 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 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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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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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 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 G04fully booked
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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 G048 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 15217 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' it¯? 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 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G048 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 G046 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 G0411 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 G04fully 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 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 G047 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 15238 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 G0413 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 G043 places left
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