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

Venue: Online

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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. This will include ‘text-to-speech’ software, where you can listen to your reading to aid comprehension.

This online workshop will take place on a link found within the Birkbeck Study Skills Moodle Module

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 run multiple times. Please consult the timetable to find out when it is repeated.

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.     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

Contact name:

  • Mr Rob Martin -

    Learning Development Tutor (Inclusive Technology), 
    Birkbeck Study Skills