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Essay writing

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Help with the mechanics of essay writing and build your skills in how to approach them

One to One sessions

In addition to our workshops below you can meet with specialist study skills tutors who can help you with all aspects of academic work. 

(Creative) Writing an Academic Essay

Transform creative writing into academic writing. You will use techniques from creative writing in order to develop approaches to writing your essays and coursework. Just bring a notebook and turn up!

Workshops will practise and develop approaches to:

  • writing structure
  • critical thinking
  • using theory
  • referencing
  • analysing essay questions

 

Format:
90 minute workshops

Dates:
2:00 PM on Thu, 16 November, Laurie Grove Baths, Council Room - 6 Laurie Grove
2:00 PM on Thu, 23 November, Laurie Grove Baths, Council Room - 6 Laurie Grove
2:00 PM on Thu, 30 November, Laurie Grove Baths, Council Room - 6 Laurie Grove
2:00 PM on Thu, 7 December, Laurie Grove Baths, Council Room - 6 Laurie Grove
2:00 PM on Thu, 14 December, Laurie Grove Baths, Council Room - 6 Laurie Grove

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Core - Essay planning and writing

An introductory workshop on advice and methods to make every stage of writing an essay easier

  • Interpreting essay questions
  • Planning methods and time management
  • Essay structure
  • Paragraph structure

Format:
90min workshop

Recommended for 1st year Undergraduates but open to all

Dates:
6:00 PM on Thu, 26 October, Prokofiev Room (Library) - Book here
2:00 PM on Mon, 6 November, Prokofiev Room (Library) - Book here
2:00 PM on Wed, 15 November, Prokofiev Room (Library) - Book here
2:00 PM on Fri, 24 November, Prokofiev Room (Library) - Book here

If you would like to know more please email: academicskills@gold.ac.uk

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Critical Thinking

A workshop to help students incorporate criticality into their academic writing.

  • Developing critical thinking & writing skills
  • Considering & analysing evidence to reach reasoned conclusions
  • Identifying the importance of asking questions

Format:
90 min workshop

Dates:
2:00 PM on Fri, 20 October, PSH 326 - Book here
2:00 PM on Wed, 29 November, RHB 274 - Book here

If you would like to know more please email: academicskills@gold.ac.uk

 

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Essay writing through Creative Practices

In this series of practical workshops, creative activities are used to develop academic skills in a positive atmosphere. Taught by an academic lecturer, each session will focus on a different skill, but you will benefit from coming to a single session if you cannot attend all of them.

Workshops will practice and develop different approaches to:

  • Reading and researching
  • Taking notes for your essay
  • Academic style
  • Writing your essay

Format:
90 minute workshops

Open to all students

Dates:
4:00 PM on Mon, 23 October, RHB 300a - Book here
4:00 PM on Mon, 30 October, The Library, Prokofiev Room - Book here
4:00 PM on Mon, 6 November, The Library, Prokofiev Room - Book here
4:00 PM on Mon, 13 November, The Library, Prokofiev Room - Book here
4:00 PM on Mon, 20 November, The Library, Prokofiev Room - Book here
4:00 PM on Mon, 27 November, The Library, Prokofiev Room - Book here
4:00 PM on Mon, 4 December, By appointment only.
4:00 PM on Mon, 11 December, By appointment only.

If you would like to know more please contact: academicskills@gold.ac.uk

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Referencing and Zotero

An introductory workshop to referencing, with a focus on Zotero, which is free, online referencing software

  • Creating an account with Zotero
  • How to create an online library of references with Zotero
  • Learning how to add citations and bibliographies in seconds with Zotero

Format:
45 min workshop (it is advised that you bring your laptop if possible in order to install Zotero)

Available to all students from all years

Dates:
11:00 AM on Fri, 24 November, Prokofiev Room (Library) - Book here
1:00 PM on Thu, 30 November, Prokofiev Room (Library) - Book here

Contact eve.jamieson (@gold.ac.uk) for more information

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Reflective Writing

A useful workshop for students with reflective writing assignments on professional or practice based learning experiences or those required to evaluate their study skills and learning.

  • Examines the writing conventions of reflective writing
  • Ways of connecting experience to academic theory and new knowledge

Format:
 90 min workshop

Students whose coursework includes any element of reflective writing. 

Dates:
2:00 PM on Thu, 9 November, RHB 304 - Book here
2:00 PM on Wed, 6 December, RHB 274 - Book here

If you  would like to know more please email: academicskills@gold.ac.uk

 

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Structured Writing Hour

These sessions offer a dedicated time to postgraduates and staff for writing. They are based on the writing retreats pioneered by Rowena Murray as well as on informal ‘Shut Up and Write’ sessions. Bring your notebook or laptop!

Each session will involve the following: 

  • Discussion of writing goal for the session
  • Writing for one hour
  • Reviewing & re/setting new writing goal

Format:
75 minute workshop

All Postgraduate students and Staff are welcome to attend.

Dates:
12:00 PM on Tue, 17 October, Prokofiev Room (Library, 2nd Floor)
12:00 PM on Tue, 24 October, Prokofiev Room (Library, 2nd Floor)
12:00 PM on Tue, 31 October, Prokofiev Room (Library, 2nd Floor)
12:00 PM on Tue, 7 November, Prokofiev Room (Library, 2nd Floor)
12:00 PM on Tue, 14 November, Prokofiev Room (Library, 2nd Floor)
12:00 PM on Tue, 21 November, Prokofiev Room (Library, 2nd Floor)
12:00 PM on Tue, 28 November, Prokofiev Room (Library, 2nd Floor)
12:00 PM on Tue, 5 December, Prokofiev Room (Library, 2nd Floor)
12:00 PM on Tue, 12 December, RIB Prokofiev Room (Library, Second Floor)

What do I bring? Whatever you need to write, any evidence you need.

Do I need to register? No, just turn up! 

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Using Linking Words and Phrase

Bite-size workshop

An interactive workshop which explains the different uses of linking words and demonstrates the importance of using them effectively in your academic writing 

  • Learn how to use linking words
  • Improve the flow of your writing

Format:
40 min workshop

Dates:
1:00 PM on Thu, 30 November, RHB 274 - Book here

If you would like to know more please email: academicskills@gold.ac.uk

 

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