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Canterbury Workshop Programme - Spring Term 2018-2019

The Student Learning Advisory Service’s programme of FREE study skills workshops is suitable for undergraduates, taught postgraduates and research postgraduates. 

Writing Well Programme Schedule

The Writing Well workshops offer students at Kent the opportunity to follow a programme of activities designed to develop their practical writing skills. The creative and interactive ethos of the sessions will help students engage successfully with academic written work at university level.

Beginning in week 14, Writing Well comprises 8 unique workshops. The fact that each session has a different focus and content means that students do not need to commit to attending every week. This offers the flexibility to dip in and out of the programme whilst still being able to develop a wide range of skills. Additionally, those students who attend at least 6 of the 8 sessions will receive a certificate in acknowledgement of their progress and commitment to study.

Booking is essential for all sessions via SLAS CONNECT

Week 14

 

Writing Well – Introductory Session–Session 1

Mon 21 January: 13:00 – 14:00

The Writing Well workshops are aimed primarily at HOME students who would like to develop their academic writing skills. However, ALL students are welcome.  Why not join us for this practical workshop?
Of interest to: all students who wish to improve their academic writing skills - book via SLAS CONNECT

UELT Seminar Room

Week 15

 

Writing Well – Develop your written expression: connecting and linking ideas – Session 2

Mon 28 January: 13:00 – 14:00

Clarity is one of the central features of academic writing. This workshop offers you the chance to practise some key strategies to improve your written expression.
Of interest to: all students who wish to improve their academic writing skills - book via SLAS CONNECT

UELT Seminar Room

Week 16

 

Writing Well – How to avoid a terrible argument – Session 3

Mon 4 February: 13:00 - 14:00

This session will help you develop and practise some essential techniques to improve the structure of your writing.
Of interest to: all students who wish to improve their academic writing skills – book via SLAS CONNECT

UELT Seminar Room

Week 17

 

Writing Well – Being descriptive/analytical/critical – Session 4

Mon 11 February: 13:00 - 14:00

Seminar leaders often ask their students to write less descriptively and more analytically, but what exactly does this mean? Come along to this workshop and get some ideas about how you can develop a more analytical and critical approach to your writing.

Of interest to: all students who wish to improve their academic writing skills – book via SLAS CONNECT

UELT Seminar Room

Week 17

General Essay Writing

Wed 13 February: 13:00 - 14:00

Looking at exploring the essay title, researching, planning, drafting, editing, references/citations and bibliographies, includes a discussion on academic integrity and plagiarism.
Of interest to: all students – book via SLAS CONNECT   

Grimond Lecture Theatre 3

Week 18

 

Writing Well – Paying attention to detail – Session 5

Mon 18 February: 13:00 - 14:00

It can be difficult to decide exactly which details to note down from your sources and how to structure these into your writing. This workshop offers practical advice on how to identify and paraphrase the key information in a text.
Of interest to: all students who wish to improve their academic writing skills – book via SLAS CONNECT

UELT Seminar Room

Week 18

Referencing your Sources/Avoiding Plagiarism – Brief introduction to Turnitin

Wed 20 February: 13:00 – 14:00

Why you need to reference, how to reference and how to make the best use of your sources.  Including a demonstration of Turnitin.
Of interest to: all students – book via SLAS CONNECT

Grimond Lecture Theatre 3

Week 19

 

Writing Well – Developing an academic style – Session 6

Mon 25 February:  13:00 - 14:00

By developing an academic style, you can cultivate a neutral voice whilst still including your own opinions.
Of interest to: all students who wish to improve their academic writing skills – book via SLAS CONNECT

UELT Seminar Room

Week 20

 

Writing Well – Making a good impression – how fluent is your writing? – Session 7

Mon 4 March: 13:00 - 14:00

Developing a writing style that is unambiguous, contains all the relevant information and is easy to read can be a challenge. This workshop will help you to avoid common grammatical and stylistic errors. 
Of interest to: all students who wish to improve their academic writing skills – book via SLAS CONNECT

UELT Seminar Room

Week 20

Planning a Dissertation

Mon 4 March: 16.00 – 17.00

From topic choice and making an effective proposal, to planning, time management and structure.
Of interest to: Stage 3 and postgraduate students, but all welcome –
book via SLAS CONNECT

Grimond Lecture Theatre 2

Week 21

 

Writing Well – Express yourself: strategies, tips and resources – Session 8

Mon 11 March: 13:00 - 14:00

This final Writing Well workshop of the term uses a variety of source materials and explores a range of strategies for collating and expressing your ideas.
Of interest to: all students who wish to improve their academic writing skills – book via SLAS CONNECT

UELT Seminar Room

Week 22

 

Effective Revision

Wed 20 March:  13:00 – 14:00

Planning, effective use of memory, concentration and motivation: revision tactics that work for all courses and levels of study. 
Of interest to: all students - book via SLAS CONNECT

Grimond Lecture Theatre 3

Week 22

 

Exam Techniques - Essays

Wed 20 March: 14:00 – 15:00

Useful tactics for writing essays quickly under exam conditions. 
Of interest to: all students – book via SLAS CONNECT

Grimond Lecture Theatre 3

Week 23

 

Exam Techniques – Multiple choice, short answers and exercises

Wed 27 March: 13:00 - 14:00

Keep calm, improve your confidence, and maximise your exam performance.  This workshop looks at techniques for non-essay based exams (multiple choice, short answers and exercises).
Of interest to: all students book via SLAS CONNECT

Eliot Lecture Theatre 2

Week 23

 

Effective Revision

Wed 27 March: 14:00 - 15:00

Planning, effective use of memory, concentration and motivation: revision tactics that work for all courses and levels of study. 
Of interest to: all students book via SLAS CONNECT

Repeat of Wednesday 20 March

Eliot Lecture Theatre 2

Spring Vacation

Creative Language Development (CLD) – Using reflection to plan direction

Wed 1 May: 11:00 - 15:00

The Creative Language Development (CLD) workshops are for students whose first language is not English.  The workshops use a variety of media such as music, plays, short stories, news articles and poetry, as well as outdoor activities, which offer a range of opportunities to develop English language skills at all levels. Specific details of each unique session can be found on Moodle.
Of interest to:  all students wishing to develop their communicative language skills – book via SLAS CONNECT

This workshop accommodates 16 students; booking is available 28 days in advance.

Details of the venue will be confirmed nearer the time.

Week 28

Programme for International Postgraduates (PIP) Researching and managing a dissertation/research project

Wed 29 May: 10:00 – 13:00

This workshop focuses on key issues relating to your independent research project and dissertation. Topics covered will include:
•Defining a research topic and question
•Project planning your research and writing
•Structuring an extended piece of writing

Of interest to: Taught Master’s students – book via SLAS CONNECT

This workshop accommodates 25 students; booking is available 14 days in advance.

UELT Seminar Room

Summer Vacation

Creative Language Development (CLD) – Natural inspiration

Wed 19 June: 11:00 - 15:00

The Creative Language Development (CLD) workshops are for students whose first language is not English.  The workshops use a variety of media such as music, plays, short stories, news articles and poetry, as well as outdoor activities, which offer a range of opportunities to develop English language skills at all levels. Specific details of each unique session can be found on Moodle.

Of interest to:  all students wishing to develop their communicative language skills – book via SLAS CONNECT

This workshop accommodates 16 students; booking is available 28 days in advance.

Details of the venue will be confirmed nearer the time.

 

Further information and contact details
Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS), UELT
Canterbury campus (next to Santander Bank)
Open: Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00
Email: learning@kent.ac.uk
Tel: 01227 824016
Web: www.kent.ac.uk/learning

IT Training, Information Services                                             Templeman Library, Information Services
Cornwallis South                                                                         Help & Enquiry Desk, Level 1 West, Templeman Library
Email: it-training@kent.ac.uk                                                      Email: helpdesk@kent.ac.uk
Tel: 01227 824666                                                                      Tel: 01227 824999
Web: www.kent.ac.uk/student/skills                                             Web: www.kent.ac.uk/is/library

 

 Access

All workshop venues are wheelchair accessible, with nearby reserved parking. If we can help you to participate more fully by providing advance materials, or in any other way, please contact us at www.kent.ac.uk/learning

 

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Last Updated: 17/12/2018