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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October 2017
Wed 25 OctStudy 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 B07fully booked
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Thu 26 OctStudy SkillsIntroduction 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: Essay writing
18:00 to 19:00Russell Square, room RUS (30) 10141 places left
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Thu 26 OctStudy 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 20:00Russell Square, room RUS (30) 10126 places left
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Fri 27 OctStudy SkillsCritical 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 G042 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 5326 places left
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November 2017
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 G042 places left
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Mon 06 NovStudy SkillsBreaking 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)fully booked
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Thu 09 NovStudy SkillsUsing 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 G042 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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Sat 11 NovStudy SkillsCritical 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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Sat 11 NovStudy SkillsSummarising, 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 G041 place left
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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 NovStudy SkillsUsing 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 G0411 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 NovStudy SkillsIntroduction 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 B2916 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 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 G049 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 15217 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 G045 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 54135 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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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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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 G045 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 G045 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 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 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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