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:

May

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.

February 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
Tuesday 16 10:00 - 11:00 Blogs for assessment

Have you been asked to create a blog for an assessment? This short webinar will demonstrate some of the key features of using blogs for assessment, including accessing from your Canvas module, different permissions granted to students within blogs, some key features in the blog, how to submit your blog on canvas, and where to look for feedback from students and staff.

All students and staff
Tuesday 16 11:00 - 12:00 Literature reviewing Most dissertations require a review of previous work. In this workshop we will focus on what a literature review is for, different types of literature reviewing, managing your reading and structuring the final review. All students
Tuesday 16 14:00 - 15:00 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 
Wednesday 17 15:00 - 16:00 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 18 11:00 - 12:00 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 18 13:00 - 14:00 Presentations and Seminar Practice 2 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 22 14:00 - 16:30 Bumper Essay Writing workshop – all essay materials combined Understanding the question, introductions & conclusions, powerful paragraphing, building an argument All students
Tuesday 23 10:00 - 11:00 Developing your blog

Using the University’s CampusPress software (based on WordPress), this session will look at how you can add content:

  • Making posts
  • Adding pages
  • Adding media
  • Your publishing options
  • How to use categories and tags
All students and staff 
Tuesday 23 13:00 - 14:00 Reading at university 1: Introduction to reading at university (Repeat) It is hard to get by at university without doing plenty of reading. This webinar will consider why reading is so important, what you are expected to read and how to manage some of the practicalities. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.  All students 
Wednesday 24 14:00 - 15:00 Reading at university 2: 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
Thursday 25 13:00 - 14:00 Presentations and Seminar Practice 3 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

 

March 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 4 13.00 - 14.00 Presentations and Seminar Practice 4 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 5 10:00 - 11:00 Writing your dissertation This workshop is an opportunity to think about how you might approach writing up your final dissertation. We will consider the overall structure, effective writing and what makes a great final dissertation. 4th year undergraduates
Thursday 11 13:00 - 14:00 Presentations and Seminar Practice 5 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

Tuesday 16 11:00 - 12:00 RefWorks Session (Repeat) RefWorks is an online reference management tool designed to help you easily gather, manage and store references, as well as generate citations and reference lists.  Join the session to learn how to import and edit references in RefWorks and create a reference list. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

All students

Tuesday 16 13:00 - 14:00 Getting the most out of your first/second year (Repeat) This is aimed at 1st/2nd year students who want to improve their grades. The workshop is about reflecting on the progress you have already made, understanding what things make a difference and planning how to improve your academic performance. We will also consider what makes a difference when it comes to successful studying in your final two years.  1st/2nd years
Thursday 18 13:00 - 14:00 Presentations and Seminar Practice 6 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 18 14:00 - 15:00 Getting the most out of your 3rd year (Repeat) This is aimed at 3rd year students who to want to improve their grades.  The workshop is about reflecting on the progress you have already made, understanding what things make a difference and planning how to improve your performance.

3rd years

Tuesday 23 11:00 - 12:00 Finding resources (Repeat) In this session you will learn how to find specific resources (e.g. ebooks, ejournal articles) and how to find information on a topic. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. All students
Tuesday 23 12:00 - 13:00 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 25 14:00 - 15:00 Confident class participation (Repeat) Participating in class can help students learn and also feel part of the class community.  However, participating in discussion boards, chat or speaking can feel very daunting for some students. This workshop will explore some of the challenges and then will focus on some strategies for gradually building confidence.  All students
Tuesday 30 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

Wednesday 31 10:00 - 11:00 Master your Dissertation 1: What is a dissertation and defining your research questions  This session will briefly reflect on ‘what is a dissertation’ and what is expected of you. We will then consider why defining your research questions is so crucial in terms of dissertation preparation and planning. You will see how the research questions you adopt can help you to structure the research process, focus your literature review and align your final thesis.   We will also briefly consider how defining key concepts can help you to keep your dissertation manageable.

Masters

 

April 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
Friday 2 11.00 - 12.00 Master your Dissertation 2: Structure and writing This session will reflect on what a ‘typical’ dissertation might look like and explore a generic template you could adapt. We will then consider how this can help you plan your writing and make the task look more manageable. Masters
Friday 9 11:00 - 12:00 Confident class participation (Repeat) Participating in class can help students learn and also feel part of the class community.  However, participating in discussion boards, chat or speaking can feel very daunting for some students. This workshop will explore some of the challenges and then will focus on some strategies for gradually building confidence.  All students
Tuesday 13 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
Wednesday 21 10:00 - 11:00 Master your Dissertation 3: Literature reviewing Most Masters dissertations require a review of previous work. In this workshop, we will focus on what a literature review is for, different types of literature reviewing, managing your reading and structuring the final review. Masters
Tuesday 27 11:00 - 12:00 Finding resources (Repeat) In this session you will learn how to find specific resources (e.g. ebooks, ejournal articles) and how to find information on a topic. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. All students
Wednesday 28 11:00 - 12:00 Master your Dissertations 4: Reminder about referencing This workshop will focus on why we need to reference, when we need to reference and how to reference. We will focus on the Harvard Stirling style, but the workshop will be relevant to anybody who wants a reminder. Masters

 

 

May 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
Tuesday 25 11:00 - 12:00 What next? Preparing to get the most out of next year What next?  As you get towards the end of this academic year, it is a good time to reflect on how things have gone for you, and to start thinking about your ambitions and goals for when you return to university in September.  This informal workshop will introduce you to a number of tools to help you assess your skills and reflect on progress so far.  We will also be discussing different ways to enhance your studies and get better grades next time around. This is your chance to prepare for a successful year at university in 2021-2022.  1st, 2nd & 3rd year UG students

 

Master Classes
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 18 February 14.00 – 15.00 Master class: Staying well and doing well at home Studying online from home is different for everyone: some people really enjoy it whilst for others it can be challenging. No matter what your experiences are, it’s important to stay physically and mentally well during this period of online learning. This workshop will include some tips on productivity and how to avoid online fatigue during these challenging times. Many of these tips will apply whether your classes are in-person or not. Masters
Friday 26 February 11.00 – 12.00 Master class: Pro tips for conquering academic expectations Academic expectations of students undertaking a Master’s level programme at a UK university can be very different from those for undergraduate study or from other cultures and countries. This workshop helps to unpack some of these expectations and give some pro tips on how to meet them and how to make the most of your Master’s studies and fulfil your potential. Masters
Thursday 04 March 10.00 – 11.00 Master class: Managing and organising your time Studying online can be very different to studying in-person, especially if there are other commitments such as work (part-time or full-time work) or caring responsibilities. Things can easily start to feel a bit overwhelming for anyone. Give your studies a boost this semester by attending this workshop, which includes some practical advice on cracking how to manage and organise your time. This workshop is for you no matter your current programme of study, mode of study, or past educational experiences. Masters
Friday 12 March 15.00 – 16.00  Master class: Effective independent learning  Studying at Master’s level can be very different to studying at undergraduate level as you’re often expected to undertake significant independent research and self-led study. Come along to this workshop to explore what it means to be an independent learner and how you can become a more effective independent learner. Masters
Thursday 25 March 11:00 - 12:00 Master class: Digital note taking when studying online Studying online can be very different to studying in-person, so different techniques can help to produce quality notes which will be helpful in assignments and for revision. Come along to this workshop to explore the different technologies available to produce digital notes and to learn some tips and trick to enhance your notes in real time so that they’re both flexible and effective. Masters
Friday 9 April 13:00 - 14:00 Master class: Mastering your assignments by planning for success Completing assignments at Master’s level can be very different to those at undergraduate level, as they often require critical thinking along with incorporation of significant independent research. This workshop will demonstrate some of the ways you can plan an assignment, from the moment you decide which question to answer through to the layout of your initial draft. Masters
Friday 16 April 11:00 - 12:00 Master class: Improve your reading comprehension by developing metacognition The use of metacognitive skills in reading, via the use of reading comprehension strategies, is one way of improving your reading comprehension. This workshop will explain the link between metacognition and reading. It will help you identify the reading strategies you currently use/don’t use when reading before introducing you to a reading strategy to help you become a more active and analytical reader. Masters
Thursday 22 April 14:00 - 15:00 Master class: Paraphrasing and summarising for academic writing Critical engagement and incorporation of academic research into your assignments is often a crucial component at Master’s level. This requires carefully crafted paraphrasing and summarising to ensure that your academic voice isn’t drowned out by other publications and moreover that you are correctly acknowledging their contributions to, and influences on, your assignment. This workshop will offer practical advice on how to approach these in a way that best suits your writing style whilst avoiding accidental plagiarism. Masters
Friday 7 May 12:00 - 13:00 Master class: Drafting and proofreading your assignments like a pro The drafting and proofreading stages of academic writing can be confusing, difficult, and time consuming but they are central pillars to well-crafted and polished pieces of writing, whether they be a short assignment or a dissertation. Come along to this workshop to gain some insights and ideas on how to approach these tasks in a way that will boost both your writing quality and your confidence. Masters
Thursday 20 May 15:00 - 16:00 Master class: Working effectively with others during group work Group work can be central at Master’s level study and in the workplace. How we approach it can vary dramatically depending on the group’s purpose, for example: a collaborative assignment, a task during a seminar, or an informal study session with friends. Different cultural expectations and personal characteristics can also impact on how effective a team works together. If you would like to explore these factors and how to best navigate them to ensure successful and productive group work then come along to this workshop. Masters

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