Managing your studies

Workshop topics

Learn how to manage your workload and studies effectively.

Getting Started with Revision

This workshop will consider the importance of preparation and organization to the revision process.

This workshop is recommended for all students who have to sit examinations. 

Format:
This is a 90-minute workshop.

This workshop will consider the significance of preparation and organization to the revision process. It will also look at how best to utilise different learning styles to make them more effective for revision purposes.

To get the most from this workshop, students are advised to consult their department office to discover where past exam papers are kept and to bring some past questions along. Alternatively, students should refer to their course area on Learn.gold (VLE) and bring along some relevant essay questions.

Dates:
1:00 PM on Thu, 21 March, MMB 224 - Book here
2:00 PM on Tue, 24 March, MMB 109 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills.

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Introduction to Referencing

Understand the principles of referencing and gain confidence before your next assignment.

Suitable for all students.

Format:
This is a 60-minute workshop.

You will be introduced to the basics of referencing and shown some simple tools to make the process easier.
By the end of this session students should be able to:

  • Understand why and when to reference others in academic work
  • Understand when to use in-text citations or footnotes and how this relates to the reference list
  • Find online tools to make referencing simpler

Dates:
1:00 PM on Wed, 4 March, Prokofiev Room, RUTHB - Book here

For further information please email Academic Skills

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Practise Presentation Skills

This workshop aims to help you improve your presentation skills.

Suitable for all students

Format:
This is a 2-hour workshop.

  • You will practise preparing and delivering presentations to help you present information clearly and effectively. 
  • Discover the dos and don'ts of delivering effective presentations.

Dates:
2:00 PM on Tue, 17 March, MMB 109 - Book here

For further information please email Academic Skills

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Scrivener for Dissertation/Thesis Writing: Advanced

Learn to use software that will help you to structure and progress your research writing.

This session is suitable for all students undertaking long-form writing projects like dissertations and theses, who are interested in exploring alternatives to MS Word and Google Docs for their word processing and research writing.

Format:
This a 90-minute workshop.

Scrivener* is a word processing application used primarily by novelists and scriptwriters. The application has also been widely championed as an excellent tool for long form academic writing due to its powerful features that allow use of a modular file structure.

In this final advanced session for Scrivener we will build upon the previous two sessions and work on, discuss and troubleshoot any issues users are having. This session will be more informal, adapting to the needs of the participants and collectively discussing approaches to writing in Scrivener.

It is expected that attendees of this session will have attended the Introduction and Intermediate sessions already, or be an advanced user of the software.

*Please note: Scrivener is a paid for application. Goldsmiths does not provide you with, or officially support, this application. This is an opportunity to see, try and discuss this software to see if it might work for you as an alternative to MS Word or Google Docs. Students who attend this session will be expected to have downloaded and installed the 30 day free trial of Scrivener 3 so they can try some of the features in the session. You can download the free trial here. Should you wish to purchase this following the session the educational price is a one off payment of £39.95.

Dates:
2:00 PM on Tue, 18 February, RHB 140 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills

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Zotero for Managing Your References (Part 1)

Learn to use this free tool to help manage your references.

Suitable for all students.

Format:
These are 90-minute workshops.

This beginners workshop will introduce you to the freely available reference management software called Zotero. Zotero can help you collect and manage your references as you find them and then quickly add them to your written work using automated in-text citations and an automatically generated reference list. 

You are strongly advised to bring your own laptop if you have one and make sure that you have installed Zotero in advance of the session. This video guide can help you. 

You will also be able to use Zotero on the computers provided if you do not have your own laptop.

By the end of this session students should be able to:

  • Check their Zotero is correctly set up and synced to their account
  • Understand the basic layout and benefits of Zotero
  • Use simple methods to add references to their Zotero library and make edits
  • Use the Zotero word processor plugin
  • Produce a reference list in a style of your choice

Zotero is recommended for all students and researchers who want to use to a tool to manage their references. Zotero is particularly useful for longer projects, dissertations, or research.

Dates:
3:00 PM on Tue, 25 February, RUTHB 008 - Book here
3:00 PM on Thu, 5 March, RUTHB 008 - Book here

For further information please email Academic Skills

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Zotero for Managing Your References (Part 2)

Improve your efficiency with Zotero and use advanced features.

Suitable for all students.

Format:
These are 90-minute workshops.

This second Zotero session is aimed at students and researchers already familiar with Zotero who want to know more about its advanced functionality and added features. You should have already attended the beginners session first unless you are experienced using Zotero for managing your references.

You are strongly advised to bring your own laptop if you have one, and are expected to have already installed Zotero and used the basic features for adding references. You will also be able to use Zotero on the computers provided if you do not have your own laptop.

By the end of this session students should be able to:

  • Use advanced methods to add references to your Zotero library, including exporting multiple references at once and creating chapter references
  • Check and remove duplicate references
  • Utilise advanced functions in Zotero to manage research and note taking
  • Use groups to share references

Dates:
3:00 PM on Tue, 3 March, RUTHB 008 - Book here
3:00 PM on Wed, 11 March, RUTHB 008 - Book here

For further information please email Academic Skills

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