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Study Skills Saturday: Writing essays and assignments (in-person event)

Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, Malet Street

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*Please note this event has been moved from 1st October, and is now taking place on the following Saturday, 8th October*

This workshop will take place in person at Birkbeck on 8th October as part of Study Skills Saturday.

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

This workshop provides an overview of how to approach your essay or assignment. We will briefly consider:

·       how to analyse the question or brief

·       how to approach your research and reading

·       how to create an essay plan and structure for your assignment

·       how to tackle the first draft

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 Workshop Resources section.

This workshop will repeat on Tues 6th September, Weds 14th September, Thursday 29th September and Saturday 1st October (in person). 

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

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. Critical thinking skills
  7. Quoting, paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism
  8. Introduction to Birkbeck IT - an online live demonstration

Writing skills:

  1. Writing essays and assignments: an overview
  2. Essay and assignment writing using apps and software
  3. Writing Style: Academic writing conventions
  4. Writing Structure: paragraphs and signposting language
  5. Writing Grammar: Sentences and punctuation

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