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Workshops Descriptors

This page provides the learning outcomes and the intended audience for all SLD workshops & webinars.

Assessment Workshops

Title Description Audience
Dissertation/Final Year Projects – Getting started This workshop will provide tips and resources to help you plan and get started on your dissertation or project - which will be a much larger, independent piece of work than other assignments.
Workshop Objectives:
  • Identify the initial steps needed to complete the dissertation or project and establish a timeline
  • Understand the processes and stages involved in writing a dissertation or project
  • Explore strategies for getting started.
UG/PG
Essays in exams This workshop will provide tips on taking essay-type exams to improve performance.
Workshop Objectives:
  • Understand the academic conventions and processes involved in essay type exams
  • Identify strategies to improve time-management and maximise exam performance
  • Discuss techniques to enhance writing strategies and improve essay writing exam skills.
UG/PG
Exam preparation and revision This workshop will cover ways to plan revision study time and active revision strategies.
Workshop Objectives:
  • Explore how to prioritise study for exams
  • Look at scheduling tips and tools
  • Identify strategies to maximise retention, motivation and energy levels prior to exams.
UG/PG
Exam taking skills This workshop will provide strategies for doing well in your exams.
Workshop Objectives:
  • Discuss exam success factors
  • Review exam strategies to improve performance
  • Consider ways to practice exam answers
  • Manage your mental preparation.
UG/PG
Group Work This workshop will provide tips for effective group working to complete a task in a timely manner.
Workshop Objectives:
  • Review the importance of early planning
  • Learn tips on managing the group and the task
  • Discuss strategies for dealing with potential group conflict.
UG/PG
Open book exams This workshop will explain open-book exams and discuss strategies for revision and implementation. Workshop Objectives:
  • Understand what open book exams are and expectations
  • Learn how to prepare for this type of exam
  • Discuss strategies for on the day
  • Point out additional resources
UG/PG
Presentations Skills This workshop will introduce the steps in creating an effective presentation. It will provide tips and resources to help deliver good presentations.
Workshop Objectives:
  • Explain presentation planning strategies
  • Understand keys to good preparation and practice
  • Describe effective delivery techniques
UG/PG
Presentation skills for research This workshop will introduce the steps in creating an effective presentation. It will provide tips and resources to help deliver good presentations.
Workshop Objectives:
  • Explain presentation planning strategies
  • Understand keys to good preparation and practice
  • Describe effective delivery techniques
PG
Viva & Oral Defence Preparation This workshop will look at the viva and confirmation interview process and provide tips and strategies on how to prepare and defend.
Workshop Objectives:
  • View the viva/ confirmation as a performance event – an oral examination
  • Understand the principles of viva/confirmation interview
  • Explore ways to prepare for this type of exam
  • Practise writing and answering questions.
PG

Academic Writing Workshops

Title Description Audience
Developing critical writing skills This workshop will introduce you to ways to make your writing more critical and considers the importance of argument in your writing.
Workshop Objectives:
  • Identify components of arguments
  • Consider aspects of critical, analytical writing
  • Look at the structure, signposts and direction of argument
  • Review writing samples
  • Relate ideas of developing critical arguments to your own writing
PG
Essay Writing This workshop looks at writing as a process and the various steps involved in writing an essay: planning, structuring and drafting.
Workshop Objectives:
  • Identify tasks and timeframes involved in writing academic assignments
  • Understand the different stages in the writing process
  • Understand how to structure an essay, link ideas and enhance understanding of how to answer a question.
UG/PG
Introduction to Academic Writing This workshop will introduce you to key features and characteristics of academic writing.
Workshop Objectives:
  • Explain common features of academic writing
  • Understand the purpose of these features and their impact.
UG/PG
Introduction to Literature Reviews This workshop will introduce you to the basics of producing a literature review.
Workshop Objectives:
  • Explore purposes of literature reviews
  • Examine steps to conducting a literature review
  • Point to further resources
PG
Reflective Writing This workshop will introduce reflection and provide tips on reflective writing for assignments.
Workshop Objectives:
  • Explore what is reflective thinking and writing and its purpose
  • Look at ways to write reflectively
  • Explore language use in reflective writing
  • Review some examples
UG/PG
Science writing (incl. reports) This workshop will cover the attributes of good scientific writing and look at science-specific writing tasks.
Workshop Objectives:
  • Explain function(s) of writing
  • Look at the attributes of good writing
  • Consider style/register of writing
  • Look at specific scientific writing tasks such as reports
  • Explore how to improve
UG/PG
Thesis Writing Process This workshop will look at the thesis writing process and provides tips and strategies for getting started and improving your writing.
Workshop Objectives:
  • Focus on writing practices and processes
  • Explore strategies for starting and maintaining writing
  • Identify self-management strategies that aid the writing process
  • Consider structuring and outlining strategies for a thesis
  • Share strategies and experiences
PG

Self Management Workshops

Title Description Audience
Concentration and Procrastination This workshop will provide some tips to help you to improve your focus and overcome procrastination.
Workshop Objectives:
  • Identify emotional, physical and psychological barriers to concentration.
  • Identify behaviours linked to procrastination.
  • Explore strategies to improve quality and time periods of concentration.
  • Identify strategies to tackle procrastination and improve productivity.
UG/PG
Managing Stress This workshop will provide an overview of stress
Workshop Objectives:
  • Explore a framework for understanding stress
  • Recognise signs, symptoms and inducers of stress
  • Look at ways to manage stress levels
  • Monitor your progress & practise techniques
  • Suggest sources of support and further resources
UG/PG
Organisation & Time Management This workshop will provide some tips to help you manage yourself, your time and your workload.
Workshop Objectives:
  • Understand barriers and strategies for managing time.
  • Learn how to prioritise tasks and maximise time usage
  • Identify strategies to improve organisation skills.
UG/PG

Effective Study Workshops

Title Description Audience
Effective study for Academic Success This workshop will introduce you to evidence-based study strategies that help you remember and understand material.
Workshop Objectives:
  • Understand how the brain learns and processes information
  • Learn active, deep processing strategies to help you remember and understand information
  • Explore how to apply this understanding to your study.
UG/PG
Learning to Learn Online This workshop will look at some of the challenges of remote, online learning and point you to further resources. It will include a Q&A session.
Workshop Objectives:
  • Learning from recordings and webinars
  • Develop effective ways of working and studying in an online environment
  • Netiquette
UG/PG
Participating Online This workshop will introduce you to ways to collaborate online and stay connected.
Workshop Objectives:
  • Explore strategies for communicating effectively and connecting with your peers online
  • Introduce useful tools
  • Point to further resources
UG/PG