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Get Ahead, Stay Ahead: Academic reading & notemaking using apps & software

Venue: Online

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Get Ahead, Stay Ahead is a series of online study and writing skills workshops running throughout September, designed to help you prepare for university before the start of the academic year.

In this workshop, we will take a look at what we mean by reading speed and reading comprehension, revisit key strategies for academic reading, and then focus on technology to support these strategies. Multisensory learning has been shown to improve concentration and comprehension. We will explore strategies for making your reading multisensory, using some simple technology that can be accessed on any laptop or computer.

This online workshop will take place on Microsoft Teams.

The resources and recordings will be found after the workshops on the Birkbeck Study Skills Moodle module (student login required) in the Get Ahead, Stay Ahead section.

This workshop will repeat on Monday 4th September, Saturday 9th September and Monday 18th September.

Birkbeck Study Skills also run study and writing skills workshops throughout the academic year.

Please note these workshops are intended for current or prospective Birkbeck College students only.

This year’s full series of pre-sessional workshops is as follows:

Study skills:

1.     Time management and organising your studies

2.     Apps and software for study and organisation

3.     Academic reading, lectures and note-making techniques

4.     Academic reading and note-making using apps and software

5.     Developing your concentration & focus for study

6.     Writing and delivering effective presentations

7.     Critical thinking skills

8.     Quoting, paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism

9.     Introduction to Birkbeck IT - an online live demonstration

10.   Zotero for postgraduates

Writing skills:

1.     Writing essays and assignments: an overview

2.     Assignment writing strategies using apps & software

3.     Writing Style: Academic writing conventions

4.     Writing Structure: Organising your assignment

5. Writing Grammar: Sentences and punctuation

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