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 SkillsCritical 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 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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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 G0420 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 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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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
Thu 02 NovStudy SkillsNote 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 B295 places left
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Thu 02 NovStudy SkillsMindmapping
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 B29fully booked
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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 G0414 places left
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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 1fully booked
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Sat 04 NovStudy SkillsCritical 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 B031 place left
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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 1fully booked
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Sat 04 NovStudy SkillsCritical 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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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 1fully booked
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Wed 08 NovStudy SkillsCritical 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 NovStudy SkillsUsing 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) B30fully 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 G041 place left
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Thu 09 NovStudy SkillsCritical 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 6339 places left
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Thu 09 NovStudy SkillsNote 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 B2922 places left
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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 G04fully 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 NovStudy SkillsMindmapping
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 B2912 places left
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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 NovBEISolving Equations
In this workshop we will go through how to solve same basic equations.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Maths skills, Study skills
10:00 to 12:00Malet Street, room MAL 541fully booked
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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' itĚ? 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 G044 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 G045 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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