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Get Ahead, Stay Ahead: Writing essays and assignments

Venue: Online

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. 

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

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 Workshop Resources section.

This workshop will repeat on Tuesday 5th September at 1pm, Saturday 16th September at 10am and Thursday 21st September at 6pm.

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 September 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-makingusing apps & software
  5. Developing your concentration & focus for study
  6. Writing & delivering effective presentations
  7. Critical thinking skills
  8. Quoting, paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism
  9. Introduction to Moodle - an online live demonstration
  10. Zotero for Postgraduates

Writing skills:

  1. Writing essays and assignments
  2. Assignment writing strategies using apps & software
  3. Writing Style: Academic writing conventions
  4. Writing Structure: Organising your assignment
  5. Writing Grammar: Sentence structure and punctuation

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