Study Skills workshops

We have a great set of study skills webinar workshops to help you prepare for successful study at the University of Stirling. The webinars are informal and there will be opportunities to ask questions.

Select a month to see all the workshops:

Are these workshops for me?

These workshops are designed specifically for students at the University of Stirling who would like to get ahead and find out how to work more effectively and efficiently. We have indicated the intended audience for each workshop, but you are welcome to attend any sessions you think might be useful.

How long will the workshops last?

Workshops are scheduled for one hour but will usually last for 30 minutes with additional time for questions and informal discussion. All times shown are in UK (GMT) time.

Booking a workshop

You must book a place on your chosen workshop so that we can send you a link to join the webinar. All you need to do is fill in our simple booking form. You can book more than one workshop on the form. If you would like an alternative format booking form, please e-mail us at sls@stir.ac.uk.

Next steps

On the day of your chosen workshop, you will be sent an email with information about how to join the event. This will be sent to the e-mail address that you book with. Please join early just to check that everything is working.

If you have any questions, please contact Student Learning Services on sls@stir.ac.uk.

 

October study skill workshops
Each row is a different workshop. Column one shows the date, column two shows the time, column three shows the name, column four shows the details and column five shows who the workshop is for. The workshop booking link is below the table.

DateTime (UK)WorkshopDetailsAudience
Thursday 1 13.00 - 14.00 Essay writing - Understanding the task In this webinar we look at getting started on essay assignments.  We explore how to ‘deconstruct’ an assignment question so that you know exactly what you are being asked to do and how this helps with planning.  What a difference this makes, a webinar not to be missed.   All students
Thursday 1 13.00 - 14.00 Tech tips to help you learn (Part 1)

Could you use your computer or your mobile phone to make your studying easier?

This session is full of tips from time-management to organisation, academic reading to writing assignments, getting alternative formats or changing the way your screen looks. 

There are bits of technology that can help you with all of this – you just need to know where they are and how to use them. The session will cover:

  • Time management
  • Ergonomic exercises
  • Planning your work
  • ‘To do’ lists
  • Ways to listen to your work (rather than read it)
  • Ways to ‘speak’ your work, rather than write/type it
  • Mind-map your reading, essays or other work
  • ‘Snip’ items that you want to keep or re-use
  • A quick referencing tool
All students and staff 
Friday 2 12:00 - 13:00 Getting the most out of Office 365 for your studies

Every student at the University has access to Microsoft Office365. But what is it and how can it help you with your studies

  • Understanding Office365 – installed and cloud-based
  • What are all the apps and ideas for ways to use them:
    • One Drive
    • Word, PowerPoint, Excel
    • Outlook for Email
    • OneNote: for notes and organisation
    • Teams – for meetings and chat
    • Forms: for collecting information, surveys etc.
All students and staff 
Friday 2 15:00 - 16:00 Using the University blogging system

Have you ever wanted to set up your own WordPress blogging site?  This session will guide you through how to use CampusPress (the university WordPress system).

  • How to set up your own blog
  • Using a blog to help reflect on your learning
  • Setting up a blogging community with fellow students
  • Blogs for assessment

All students and staff

 
Monday 5 9.00 - 10.00 INTO – Academic Expectations at University of Stirling In this session we will look at what are the expectations on students, how to take an active role in your own learning and ways to enhance your academic experience. Postgraduate International
Monday 5 12.00 - 13.00 Essay writing – Introductions and conclusions  Getting a great start to an essay is so important as it sets the scene and gives the reader confidence in your work. The conclusion is equally  important, but is often neglected as an add-on just at the end.  This webinar will help you to write introductions and conclusions which are effective and enhance the whole essay.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions. All students
Monday 5 12:00 - 13:00 Getting the most out of Office 365 for your studies

Every student at the University has access to Microsoft Office365. But what is it and how can it help you with your studies

  • Understanding Office365 – installed and cloud-based
  • What are all the apps and ideas for ways to use them:
    • One Drive
    • Word, PowerPoint, Excel
    • Outlook for Email
    • OneNote: for notes and organisation
    • Teams – for meetings and chat
    • Forms: for collecting information, surveys etc. 
All students and staff 
Monday 5 15.00 - 16.00 Developing research  questions for your UG dissertation   Once you have a dissertation topic you now need to start getting some focused research questions. This webinar will consider how to formulate research questions and will demonstrate why carefully worded research questions are key to dissertation success. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.  4th year undergraduates 
Tuesday 6 11:00 - 12:00 Using the University blogging system

Have you ever wanted to set up your own WordPress blogging site?  This session will guide you through how to use CampusPress (the university WordPress system).

  • How to set up your own blog
  • Using a blog to help reflect on your learning
  • Setting up a blogging community with fellow students
  • Blogs for assessment
All students and staff
Tuesday 6 13.00 - 14.00 Essay writing - Powerful paragraphing  This webinar is about writing powerful paragraphs. These are paragraphs which structure your work, allow you to get your key points across and build an argument.  Paragraphs are crucial to your academic writing – you cannot do without them.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions. All students 
Tuesday 6 13:00 - 14:00 Writing long documents

If any of your University work involves writing more than a few pages, learning some good tips for helping you write and manage these potentially difficult files can be very useful.

  • How to use styles for headings (saves so much time!)
  • How to insert automatic index page
  • How to use Word for basic referencing and add automatic bibliography in chosen referencing style
  • Support for a first proof-read of your work
  • Writing without typing (use your voice instead)
  • Managing your versions and back-up 

All students and staff

 
Tuesday 6 13.00 - 14.00 Writing long documents

If any of your University work involves writing more than a few pages, learning some good tips for helping you write and manage these potentially difficult files can be very useful.

  • How to use styles for headings (saves so much time!)
  • How to insert an automatic index page
  • How to use Word for basic referencing and add automatic bibliography in chosen referencing style
  • Support for a first proof-read of your work
  • Writing without typing (use your voice instead)
  • Managing your versions and back-up
All students and staff  
Wednesday 7 9.00 - 10.00 INTO – Living in Stirling Stirling is a fantastic place to study and in this session we will explore life outside the campus focusing on practical issues such as travelling to and from the city, what to see and do, as well as eating out and shopping. Postgraduate International
Wednesday 7 11.00 - 12.00 Essay writing - Building an argument  Many students ask us, what is meant by ‘building an argument’. In this webinar we will explore what this means, and more importantly how you can do this in your writing.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions. All students 
Thursday 8 12.00 - 13.00 Reflective writing  Many students find reflective writing challenging. It is a very different form of writing and can be hard to get started. This webinar will consider what reflective writing is and how we can use ‘models’ to help us structure our work. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. All students
Friday 9 10.00 - 11.00 INTO – Scottish Culture In this session we will offer an introduction to Scottish culture, looking at  traditions, customs and learning some key words and expressions you will need to enjoy your time in Stirling. Postgraduate International
Friday 9 13:00 - 14:00 Tech tips to help you learn (Part 2)

Could you use your computer or your mobile phone to make your studying easier?

This session is full of tips from time-management to organisation, academic reading to writing assignments, getting alternative formats or changing the way your screen looks. 

There are bits of technology that can help you with all of this – you just need to know where they are and how to use them. The session will cover:

  • Removing ‘white’ from your screen to reduce glare
  • Magnifying
  • Working with two screens
  • Screens and sleep
  • Planning an assignment
  • Finding better words to use
  • Improving your typing
  • Saving work safely (don’t lose it!)
  • Correct mistakes automatically
  • Proof-reading your work
All students and staff 
Monday 12 10.00 - 11.00 INTO – Academic Expectations at University of Stirling In this session we will look at what are the expectations on students, how to take an active role in your own learning and ways to enhance your academic experience. Postgraduate International
Monday 12 13.00 - 14.00 Essay writing – Writing style  It can sometimes be hard to know what style of writing is expected at university. There are different styles, depending on the task we have been given. We will review different styles and talk about academic tone.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions. All students
Tuesday 13 14.00 - 15.00 Critical reading  As you progress through your course you will be expected to read and engage with academic resources in  a more critical questioning way.  This workshop considers how you can develop your current reading skills to get what you need from your texts and offers some practical advice and strategies to help you become a more active and analytical reader. All students 
Wednesday 14 10.00 - 11.00 INTO – Living in Stirling Stirling is a fantastic place to study and in this session we will explore life outside the campus focusing on practical issues such as travelling to and from the city, what to see and do, as well as eating out and shopping. Postgraduate International
Wednesday 14 15.00 - 16.00 Referencing and avoiding plagiarism R  This workshop will consider why referencing is so important in your academic work. We will also discuss the issues around plagiarism and how to avoid it.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions. This is a must for all new students.   All students
Thursday 15 10.00 - 11.00 Editing and proof reading to boost grades  Editing and proof reading your work can significantly boost your final grades. This webinar will dicuss some techniques and tips for editing and proof reading,  and will also mention some of the technologies available to help you.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions. All students 
Thursday 15 12:00 - 13:00 Presentations and Seminar Practice  A relaxed and informal session designed to improve oral skills as well as increase confidence to be able to speak in front of other students in academic situations.  Each session will focus on a different presentation or seminar skill. International students 
Friday 16 11.00 - 12.00 INTO – Scottish Culture In this session we will offer an introduction to Scottish culture, looking at  traditions, customs and learning some key words and expressions you will need to enjoy your time in Stirling. Postgraduate International
Monday 19 11.00 - 12.00 Essay writing - Understanding the task (Repeat) In this webinar we look at getting started on essay assignments.  We explore how to ‘deconstruct’ an assignment question so that you know exactly what you are being asked to do and how this helps with planning.  What a difference this makes, a webinar not to be missed.   All students 
Monday 19 13:00 - 14:00 Tech tips to help you learn (Part 1)

Could you use your computer or your mobile phone to make your studying easier?

This session is full of tips from time-management to organisation, academic reading to writing assignments, getting alternative formats or changing the way your screen looks. 

There are bits of technology that can help you with all of this – you just need to know where they are and how to use them. The session will cover:

  • Time management
  • Ergonomic exercises
  • Planning your work
  • ‘To do’ lists
  • Ways to listen to your work (rather than read it)
  • Ways to ‘speak’ your work, rather than write/type it
  • Mind-map your reading, essays or other work
  • ‘Snip’ items that you want to keep or re-use
  • A quick referencing tool
All students and staff
Tuesday 20 12.00 - 13.00 Essay writing – Introductions and conclusions (Repeat)  Getting a great start to an essay is so important as it sets the scene and gives the reader confidence in your work. The conclusion is equally  important, but is often neglected as an add on just at the end.  This webinar will help you to write introductions and conclusions which are effective and enhance the whole essay.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions All students 
Wednesday 21 13.00 - 14.00 Essay writing - Powerful paragraphing  (Repeat) This webinar is about writing powerful paragraphs. These are paragraphs which structure your work, allow you to get your key points across and build an argument.  Paragraphs are  crucial to your academic writing – you cannot do without them.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions All students
Thursday 22 14.00 - 15.00 Essay writing - Building an argument (Repeat) Many students ask us,  what is meant by ‘building an argument’. In this webinar we will explore what this means, and more importantly how you can do this in your writing.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions. There will be an opportunity to ask questions All students
Thursday 22 16.00 - 17.00 Presentations At some point in your course you will probably be expected to give a talk.  This webinar  will consider how  to structure an excellent presentation, choose appropriate visual aids and keep to time. We will also consider strategies for overcoming nerves. All students
Thursday 22 12:00 - 13:00 Presentations and Seminar Practice  A relaxed and informal session designed to improve oral skills as well as increase confidence to be able to speak in front of other students in academic situations.  Each session will focus on a different presentation or seminar skill. International students 
Thursday 22 14:00 - 15:00 Writing long documents

If any of your University work involves writing more than a few pages, learning some good tips for helping you write and manage these potentially difficult files can be very useful.

  • How to use styles for headings (saves so much time!)
  • How to insert an automatic index page
  • How to use Word for basic referencing and add automatic bibliography in chosen referencing style
  • Support for a first proof-read of your work
  • Writing without typing (use your voice instead)
  • Managing your versions and back-up
All students and staff
Thursday 22 15.00 - 16.00 Being a successful Masters student (Repeat) What does it take to be a successful Masters student. This webinar will consider what being a Masters student means, and what is expected of your work at this level. There will be some handy hints and tips to get your studying started.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions. Masters induction
Friday 23 13:00 - 14:00 Tech tips to help you learn (Part 2)

Could you use your computer or your mobile phone to make your studying easier?

This session is full of tips from time-management to organisation, academic reading to writing assignments, getting alternative formats or changing the way your screen looks. 

There are bits of technology that can help you with all of this – you just need to know where they are and how to use them. The session will cover:

  • Removing ‘white’ from your screen to reduce glare
  • Magnifying
  • Working with two screens
  • Screens and sleep
  • Planning an assignment
  • Finding better words to use
  • Improving your typing
  • Saving work safely (don’t lose it!)
  • Correct mistakes automatically
  • Proof-reading your work
All students and staff
Monday 26 10.00 - 11.00 Essay writing – Writing style  (Repeat) It can sometimes hard to know what style of writing is expected at university. There are different styles, depending on the task we have been given. We will review different styles and talk about academic tone.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions. All students
Tuesday 27 11.00 - 12.00 Critical reading (Repeat) As you progress through your course you will be expected to read and engage with academic resources in  a more critical questioning way.  This workshop considers how you can develop your current reading skills to get what you need from your texts and offers some practical advice and strategies to help you become a more active and analytical reader. All students
Wednesday 28 12.00 - 13.00 Referencing and avoiding plagiarism (Repeat) This workshop will consider why referencing is so important in your academic work. We will also discuss the issues around plagiarism and how to avoid it.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions. This is a must for all new students.   All students
Thursday 29 13.00 - 14.00 Editing and proof reading to boost grades (Repeat) Editing and proof reading your work can significantly boost your final grades. This webinar will dicuss some techniques and tips for editing and proof reading,  and will also mention some of the technologies available to help you.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions. All students
Thursday 29 12:00 - 13:00 Presentations and Seminar Practice  A relaxed and informal session designed to improve oral skills as well as increase confidence to be able to speak in front of other students in academic situations.  Each session will focus on a different presentation or seminar skill. International students 

 

November study skill workshops
Each row is a different workshop. Column one shows the date, column two shows the time, column three shows the name, column four shows the details and column five shows who the workshop is for. The workshop booking link is below the table.

DateTime (UK)WorkshopDetailsAudience
Monday 2 14.00 - 15.00 Managing your time and getting organised (Repeat) Good time management and organisation are critical to academic success.  With a bit of planning you can pace the workload, ensure your assignments are handed in on time and minimise the last-minute panics.  This workshop will explore issues around time management and discuss some practical solutions for the times when things get busy. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. All students
Tuesday 3 15.00 - 16.00 Preventing procrastination and getting organised  (Repeat) With so many electronic devices around and so many other things to do, it is very easy to get distracted and put off studying until another day.  This webinar will exlore some of the reasons for procrastination and will give some practical hints and tips to help keep you on track and focussed. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. All students
Wednesday 4 10.00 - 11.00 Reflective writing  (Repeat) Many students find reflective writing challenging. It is a very different form of writing and can be hard to get started. This webinar will consider what reflective writing is and how we can use ‘models’ to help us structure our work. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. All students
Thursday 5 11.00 - 12.00 Why is ‘Learning to Learn’ so important (Repeat) It is rare that we actually think about how we learn and reflect on how we study.  This webinar explores what we mean by ‘learning to learn’ and how we can actively use this process to recognise and strengthen the skills you already have and enhance your performance.   All students
Thursday 5 12:00 - 13:00 Presentations and Seminar Practice  A relaxed and informal session designed to improve oral skills as well as increase confidence to be able to speak in front of other students in academic situations.  Each session will focus on a different presentation or seminar skill. International students 
Thursday 12 12:00 - 13:00 Presentations and Seminar Practice  A relaxed and informal session designed to improve oral skills as well as increase confidence to be able to speak in front of other students in academic situations.  Each session will focus on a different presentation or seminar skill. International students
Thursday 19 12:00 - 13:00 Presentations and Seminar Practice  A relaxed and informal session designed to improve oral skills as well as increase confidence to be able to speak in front of other students in academic situations.  Each session will focus on a different presentation or seminar skill. International students
Wednesday 25 11.00 - 12.00 Getting ready for exams Being successful in examinations is often about thorough preparation. This workshop looks at effective and efficient ways to tackle revision.  All students
Thursday 26 12:00 - 13:00 Presentations and Seminar Practice  A relaxed and informal session designed to improve oral skills as well as increase confidence to be able to speak in front of other students in academic situations.  Each session will focus on a different presentation or seminar skill. International students
Monday 30 11.00 - 12.00 Exam strategies and techniques This webinar discusses some of the issues on the day of the exam and considers techniques that will help you maximize your exam performance.  All students

 

December study skill workshops
Each row is a different workshop. Column one shows the date, column two shows the time, column three shows the name, column four shows the details and column five shows who the workshop is for. The workshop booking link is below the table.

DateTime (UK)WorkshopDetailsAudience
Thursday 3 12:00 - 13:00 Presentations and Seminar Practice  A relaxed and informal session designed to improve oral skills as well as increase confidence to be able to speak in front of other students in academic situations.  Each session will focus on a different presentation or seminar skill. International students
Thursday 10 12:00 - 13:00 Presentations and Seminar Practice  A relaxed and informal session designed to improve oral skills as well as increase confidence to be able to speak in front of other students in academic situations.  Each session will focus on a different presentation or seminar skill. International students

 

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