We offer central workshops that are open to all students registered on UEA courses. This programme of workshops will help you develop many of the skills needed for academic study, from time management to critical thinking, presentation skills to revision technique.
There is no need to book, please just come along on the day.
The Autumn 2017 workshops have now finished. The programme of Spring workshops will begin on Tuesday 23 January. Please click here for the Spring 2018 workshop timetable.
Learning effectively at university
Tuesday 10 October 2017
Thursday 12 October 2017 (repeat)
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
Tuesday 17 October 2017
Thursday 19 October 2017 (repeat)
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.
Speaking with confidence in academic situations
Tuesday 24 October 2017
Thursday 26 October 2017 (repeat)
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
Thursday 2 November 2017
‘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
Tuesday 14 November 2017
Thursday 16 November 2017
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 2016 pdf [797 KB]
Making useful notes
Tuesday 21 November 2017
Thursday 23 November 2017 (repeat)
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]
Tuesday 28 November 2017
Thursday 30 November 2017 (repeat)
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
Tuesday 5 December 2017
Thursday 7 December 2017 (repeat)
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
Referencing your work
Tuesday 12 December 2017
Thursday 14 December 2017 (repeat)
Referencing your sources effectively is an essential part of good academic practice, and learning how to do this will help you to avoid plagiarism. This workshop will outline the ‘what', ‘why' and ‘how' of referencing, give you some practice, and the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
Workshop slides pdf [557 KB]