Academic Study Help Desk: Autumn Semester Academic Study Help Desk: Autumn Semester

The Academic Study Helpdesk is open to all students registered on UEA courses. It will give you the chance to develop different aspects of academic study such as: time management, critical thinking, delivering presentations and revision techniques.

There is no need to book, please just come along on the day.

Timetable of Autumn Workshops Timetable of Autumn Workshops

All Academic Writing Helpdesks have now finished for the Autumn semester 2019. 


Topic Date
Learning effectively at university

Tuesday 8 October

Thursday 10 October

Reading academic texts

Tuesday 15 October

Thursday 17 October

Speaking with confidence

Tuesday 22 October

Thursday 24 October

An introduction to academic writing

Tuesday 29 October

Thursday 31 October

Getting started with your writing

Tuesday 5 November

Thursday 7 November

Making useful notes

Tuesday 12 November

Thursday 14 November

Thinking critically

Tuesday 19 November

Thursday 21 November

Improving your academic writing

Tuesday 26 November

Thursday 28 November

Referencing helpdesk

Assignment helpdesk

Tuesday 3 December

Thursday 5 December

Assignment helpdesk

Referencing helpdesk

Tuesday 10 December

Thursday 12 December


Below you will find materials from Autumn 2018.


Learning effectively at university

This workshop will provide a supportive environment for exploring any questions you may have about studying at university. For instance, what might be different about studying at university? What skills and attributes might you need to develop? How can you manage your workload and time effectively? It will also provide an opportunity to identify the support and resources available to help you make most of your studies at UEA.

Workshop slides from 2017  [597 KB]

Learning Journal [188 KB]


Reading academic texts

This workshop aims to help you develop techniques for reading academic texts effectively. You will consider how to select different reading techniques according to your purpose for reading. The techniques which will be discussed include:

  • Deciding what to read- you can't read everything on your reading list!
  • Using your reading to focus on the topic you're investigating
  • How to increase your reading speed

Please bring a key academic text from your course to the workshop.

Workshop slides from 2017

Materials for reading


Speaking with confidence in academic situations

Would you like to feel more confident when speaking in seminars? Share tips for dealing with nerves by participating in this friendly, relaxed workshop run by Learning Enhancement tutors from the Student Support Service.


An introduction to academic writing

‘Academic writing' is often misunderstood, and different subjects have different conventions. This workshop will explore some of the principles of good academic writing that can be applied in various contexts, both in terms of organisational structure and linguistic style. The emphasis throughout will be on helping you make informed choices about how you could express yourself, not telling you how you should do it.

Workshop slides from 2017 [729 KB]

Exercise pdf [54 KB]

Exercise sources pdf [48 KB]


Getting started with your writing

This workshop aims to help you produce assignments which provide the kind of answer your lecturers are looking for. You will be introduced to a number of techniques to help you interpret assignment descriptions and meet the necessary criteria. These techniques include:

  • looking at instruction words used in assignment titles
  • considering how to organise your ideas into a coherent structure
  • "signposting" your reader to the structure of your work.

Please bring some examples of assignment details and criteria with you to this session.

Workshop slides from 2017

Workshop slides from 2016  pdf [797 KB]


Making useful notes

Would you like to create meaningful notes which help you with your coursework and revision? Share tips for how to make your notes work for you in this hands-on workshop.

To get the most out of the workshop please bring with you any of the following:

  • a current piece of work
  • previous work, including feedback
  • questions about the workshop topic.

Workshop slides from 2015 [825KB]


Thinking Critically

This workshop aims to help you develop your ability to engage critically with the scholarship related to your discipline and so arrive at a deeper understanding of the issues and debates you are dealing with. Areas that will be explored will include:

  • identifying and evaluating arguments and reasoning
  • identifying unstated assumptions, values and implications
  • evaluating evidence and authorities
  • identifying the stance of an author towards what s/he is discussing

Workshop slides pdf [250 KB]

Handout pdf [80 KB]


Improving your Academic Writing

This workshop aims to help you manage the final stages of your written work by suggesting strategies and techniques to enable you to:

  • bring together the sections of your work
  • express your ideas simply, directly and concisely
  • put distance between yourself and your writing so you can look at it critically
  • proofread effectively

Workshop slides

Playing cards for editing

Proofreading for language problems


Referencing helpdesk 

Questions about referencing? Our friendly tutors are available to help you find the answers. 

Workshop slides pdf [557 KB]


Assignment helpdesk

Preparing to submit your assignments? Still unsure of something? Our friendly tutors are available for quick questions.