Writing Skills workshops for undergraduate students

5 Mar 2021 from 2:00pm - 5 May 2021 until 5:30pm
Every weekday, until 5 May 2021

Writing skills - academic learning support

These free workshops will strengthen your writing and equip you with the skills to approach and complete your assignments with confidence. They are held daily (Monday to Thursday) from weeks 4 to 9, as well as in the second week of the Easter break. You can attend as many as you wish and are intended primarily for undergraduate and postgraduate by coursework students.

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Download the full schedule for this series

These workshops are run by the Academic Learning Support team.

Writing Skills workshops – Weeks 4 – 9

Date and time

Topic

Focus

Week 4

Monday, 15 March; 2 pm

Strategies for Note-making

Strategies for taking notes in class and making notes from reading; systems of organising notes; how to link themes and courses

Monday, 15 March; 4 – 5.30 pm

Planning your Assignments

The manageable steps of an assignment; clearly understanding the task and expectations; moving from a preliminary plan to an argument outline

Tuesday, 16 March; 10.30 am – midday

Planning your Assignments

The manageable steps of an assignment; clearly understanding the task and expectations; moving from a preliminary plan to an argument outline

Tuesday, 16 March; 2 pm

Referencing Basics

Formatting in-text citations and a reference list for a range of sources; different referencing styles; using a style guide

Tuesday, 16 March; 5 pm

Better Reading

Strategies and ideas for developing useful reading habits and improving comprehension

Wednesday, 17 March; 3 pm

How to Start my Essay

Breaking down the essay question and understand the marking rubric; how you how to plan out your response

Wednesday, 17 March; 4 – 5.30 pm

Critical Reading

Reading for and to a clear purpose; identifying relevant reading; critically evaluating, selecting and organising content for your assignment

Week 5

Monday, 22 March; 2 pm

How to Start my Essay

Breaking down the essay question and understand the marking rubric; how you how to plan out your response

Monday, 22 March; 4 – 5.30 pm

Critical Reading

Reading for and to a clear purpose; identifying relevant reading; critically evaluating, selecting and organising content for your assignment

Tuesday, 23 March; 10.30 am – midday

Critical Reading

Reading for and to a clear purpose; identifying relevant reading; critically evaluating, selecting and organising content for your assignment

Tuesday, 23 March; 5 pm

Top tips for Sentences

The basic technical aspects of what makes a sentence, and common errors to avoid.

Wednesday, 24 March; 11 am

Strategies for Note-making

Strategies for taking notes in class and making notes from reading; systems of organising notes; how to link themes and courses

Wednesday, 24 March; 2 pm

Referencing Basics

Formatting in-text citations and a reference list for a range of sources; different referencing styles; using a style guide

Wednesday, 24 March; 4 – 5.30 pm

Critical Writing

Moving from description to critical analysis; using evidence to take a position and sustain an argument

Thursday, 25 March; 10 am

Better Reading

Strategies and ideas for developing useful reading habits and improving comprehension

Week 6

Monday, 29 March; 2 pm

Introduction to Paragraphs

The basics of paragraph structure for achieving clarity and focus within a paragraph, and cohesion between paragraphs

Monday, 29 March; 4 – 5.30 pm

Critical Note-making

The critical end-point of reading: useful notes that paraphrase, process and synthesise ideas for completion of your assignment

Tuesday, 30 March; 10.30 am – midday

Critical Note-making

The critical end-point of reading: useful notes that paraphrase, process and synthesise ideas for completion of your assignment

Wednesday, 31 March; 4 – 5.30 pm

Planning your Assignments

The manageable steps of an assignment; clearly understanding the task and expectations; moving from a preliminary plan to an argument outline

Thursday, 1 April; 10 am

Top tips for Sentences

The basic technical aspects of what makes a sentence, and common errors to avoid.

Break

Monday, 12 April; 4 – 5.30 pm

Critical Writing

Moving from description to critical analysis; using evidence to take a position and sustain an argument

Tuesday, 13 April; 10.30 am – midday

Critical Writing

Moving from description to critical analysis; using evidence to take a position and sustain an argument

Tuesday, 13 April; 5 pm

Top tips for Sentences

The basic technical aspects of what makes a sentence, and common errors to avoid.

Wednesday, 14 April; 10 am

Referencing Basics

Formatting in-text citations and a reference list for a range of sources; different referencing styles; using a style guide

Wednesday, 14 April; 4 – 5.30 pm

Referencing Sources

Hands-on practice in referencing a range of sources correctly; navigating the style guide

Week 7

Monday, 19 April; 2 pm

How to Start my Essay

Breaking down the essay question and understand the marking rubric; how you how to plan out your response

Monday, 19 April; 4 – 5.30 pm

Referencing Sources

Hands-on practice in referencing a range of sources correctly; navigating the style guide

Tuesday, 20 April; 10.30 am – midday

Referencing Sources

Hands-on practice in referencing a range of sources correctly; navigating the style guide

Wednesday, 21 April ; 11 am

Introduction to Paragraphs

The basics of paragraph structure for achieving clarity and focus within a paragraph, and cohesion between paragraphs

Wednesday, 21 April ; 4 – 5.30 pm

Critical Reading

Reading for and to a clear purpose; identifying relevant reading; critically evaluating, selecting and organising content for your assignment

Week 8

Monday, 26 April; 4 – 5.30 pm

Reflective Writing

Writing about personal experience in a critical academic context; understanding learning journals, blogs, and reflective essays and reports

Tuesday, 27 April; 10.30 am – midday

Reflective Writing

Writing about personal experience in a critical academic context; understanding learning journals, blogs, and reflective essays and reports

Tuesday, 27 April; 5 pm

Exam Writing Strategies

Short answers; paragraphs; mapping an essay in exam conditions

Wednesday, 28 April; 4 – 5.30 pm

Critical Writing

Moving from description to critical analysis; using evidence to take a position and sustain an argument

Week 9

Monday 3 May; 2 pm

Exam Writing Strategies

Short answers; paragraphs; mapping an essay in exam conditions

Monday, 3 May; 4 – 5.30 pm

Effective Sentences

Use principles of sentence structure to achieve clarity and style

Tuesday, 4 May; 10.30 am – midday

Effective Sentences

Use principles of sentence structure to achieve clarity and style

Wednesday, 5 May; 4 – 5.30 pm

Reflective Writing

Writing about personal experience in a critical academic context; understanding learning journals, blogs, and reflective essays and reports

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