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Study skills: Critical thinking - building and evaluating academic argument

Venue: Online

The ability to evaluate other peoples’ academic argument and to build your own academic arguments in your work is essential to success in your studies. This session will consider what is meant by academic argument; and how to critique other peoples’ positions in your reading and how to construct a sound academic argument in your writing/speaking. An engagement with academic argument is crucial to avoiding feedback such as ‘too descriptive, more analysis is needed’ or ‘some knowledge and understanding, but where is the analysis/argument’.  

This workshop is run in conjunction with the 'Critical thinking for university' workshop which can also booked on the events booking system. 

This online workshop will take place on a Blackboard Collaborate link within the Birkbeck Study Skills Moodle Module. It is intended for enrolled Birkbeck students only, and you will require your student login details to access the workshop.

If you encounter any problems booking events through My Birkbeck, please book via the Birkbeck Events webpage.

All our workshops are repeated numerous times throughout the academic year. The resources and a recording of this workshop will be available in the Study skills resources section of the Birkbeck Study Skills Moodle module (student login required).

The central study skills team offers a variety of study skills and writing skills workshops:

1. Time management and organising your studies
2. Procrastination, perfectionism and prioritisation
3. Reading for university
4. Note-making for university
5. Mindmapping for university
6. Critical thinking for university
7. Building and evaluating academic argument
8. Referencing and citation of academic sources
9. Summarising and paraphrasing effectively
10. Zotero academic referencing software - live demonstration
11. Exams and revision strategies
12. How to develop your concentration and focus
13. Introduction to Birkbeck IT Systems
15. Academic skills clinic (group tutorial Q&A)

If you don't see these workshops on the schedule, you can find recordings of past workshops in our Birkbeck Study Skills Moodle module.

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