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Skills for Learning

Skills for Learning Workshops

Overview

Skills for Learning workshops are interactive group sessions that can help you improve your academic communication, statistical analysis, IT, referencing and study skills. Each workshop develops a specific area of your academic skills. You can expect a mixture of activities, peer learning and expert advice from Academic Skills Tutors. Come along, take part in the activities, share your ideas and develop your academic skills in the process.

Workshops run throughout the academic year. All workshops are free of charge and all Leeds Beckett students are welcome.

Workshop descriptions are available below. Timetables and bookings can be accessed below and on MyHub.

You will receive a recording of any workshop you register for, so please do sign up even if you are unavailable when the session runs. You can also request recordings of previous workshops from Skills.for.Learning@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Workshop descriptions and bookings

This is a drop-in session for students with any short academic skills-related queries. An Academic Skills Tutor will be on hand throughout to answer general questions about how to approach university assignments.

See the timetable and book on to this workshop via MyHub.

This workshop is suitable for third year students and postgraduates who are looking to take their academic writing skills to the next level. The session will focus on striking a balance between complexity and clarity in your academic writing, looking in detail at the planning, drafting and editing stages of the writing process, as well as how to incorporate critical thinking into your work.

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Remember that one-to-one appointments are also available to help with particularly specific or complex queries.

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The session considers forms of time management, including strategies for organising your time and aligning it with specific tasks to support your learning. Through a series of short exercises and discussions, we will build a study model for the week, considering what free time you have, when you perform specific tasks well, ringfencing time, and establishing a clear focus for each session.

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The session considers what multitasking is and how it potentially impacts your studies, developing strategies to help you focus that can be applied to your university studies. Initially, we will define what multitasking and consider how we use it. Then, we will go through and apply a strategy to support concentration during study sessions, using a series of exercises and discussions to see how environmental factors contribute towards our experience of multitasking.

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This interactive workshop examines the differences between descriptive writing and critical writing, and offers students an opportunity to practise writing critically. You will also learn practical techniques for planning and structuring assessments where critical thinking is required.

Before the session, you might like to think about:

  • What does ‘critical thinking’ mean?
  • Why is critical thinking important?
  • What techniques do you know for incorporating critical thinking into your writing?

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This workshop looks at critical thinking in more detail, focusing on the processes involved in critical reading and critical writing. The session is open to all students but is particularly suitable for final-year students and postgraduates. Before attending this workshop, you should attend the ‘Critical Thinking I’ workshop.

Before the session, you might like to think about:

  • What aspects of critical thinking do you find difficult?
  • What techniques might you use to help you to read with a critical eye?
  • What do the terms ‘analysis’ and ‘evaluation’ mean in relation to academic writing?’

See the timetable and book on to this workshop via MyHub.

This workshop will be particularly useful for final-year undergraduates, but will also interest those at other levels looking ahead to their dissertation or major independent study. The session, which includes practical activities and peer learning, will focus on the function, structure, language and style of dissertations. In particular, it will encourage you to think deeply about your own dissertation project and reflect on the processes of writing and research. Come prepared to talk about your own project and discuss your thoughts with others.

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This is a drop-in session for students with any short Academic English questions. An English Language specialist will be available to answer any questions. This could include developing your skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) or knowledge (pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and discourse).

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In this interactive workshop, you will gain an insight into what makes a successful essay. You will learn how to break down an essay question, how to develop an argument and how to present your argument clearly in your writing.

Before the session, you might like to think about:

  • What aspect of essay writing do you find most challenging? (e.g. research, essay planning, writing?)
  • What do you feel are your strengths within essay writing? You may want to consider previous feedback you have received.

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This session will help you find the high quality academic and professional information you need to get good marks in your assignments.

It includes a briefing on key search tools available from the University, and how best to use them alongside standard search engines like Google. There’s also an opportunity to look for information for your assignments, with expert assistance on hand.

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If you are an international student, life in the UK and at Leeds Beckett University is likely to be full of new experiences. This workshop will explore these experiences from three perspectives: culture, language and academic life. It will focus on strategies and resources to improve your use of English language at university. It will also signpost you to relevant support throughout LBU, which will enable you to achieve better marks in your assessments and get the best out of your experience.

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This interactive workshop will help you understand the role of the literature review in academic writing. Discover strategies for collating your research and planning the structure of your work. Guidance will also be offered on how to read and write critically for your literature review.

Before the session, you might like to think about:

  • What are the requirements of your literature review? Does it stand alone or is it part of a longer report/dissertation? (Tip: check your module handbook/marking criteria.)
  • Have you written a literature review before? If so, what went well? What would you like to improve in future? If not, what concerns/questions do you have about the process?
  • When reading secondary sources such as journal articles, pay attention to the opening ‘literature review’ or ‘background information’ section. What role do they play for the reader? What is the author trying to achieve?

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Many students are required to deliver a presentation at some point during their studies - whether it's as part of a group or individually, assessed or unassessed. In this workshop, we will look at examples of presentations and discuss what works. We will also cover: preparing for the presentation, planning content, creating effective slides and delivering with confidence.

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In this short workshop, you will learn how to cite and reference using Leeds Beckett's version of Harvard for books, articles, websites and other sources you might use in your assignments.

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This interactive workshop is for students completing reflective writing assignments as part of their degree courses. Learn how to combine your experiences and ideas with your wider subject knowledge to produce reflections that demonstrate critical thinking skills. You will be introduced to various models of reflection to help you to structure your writing. You will also have the opportunity to practise academic reflective writing during the workshop.

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A report is a piece of academic writing that presents research or information on a specific topic. Reports are common in subject areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Healthcare and Social Sciences. If you are studying one of these subjects, it’s likely you will have already seen this type of writing in academic journal articles.

This interactive workshop focuses on the skills you will use to write reports at university. The workshop will cover the following key areas: purpose, structure, language and critical analysis. Detailed guidance will be provided on the information required to complete a report. In addition, interactive activities will enable you to apply your learning.

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This mini-workshop is part of a series of short introductory academic skills sessions aimed at new students and those seeking to refresh their knowledge. If you’re just not sure where to start with your studies, come along for some expert advice and tips! The workshop will begin with a 5-10 min introduction to the topic. The remainder of the workshop will take a Q&A format, where skills tutors will be on hand to answer your questions on the topic. Finally, you will receive information about how to access further academic skills support after the workshop.

See the timetable and book on to this workshop via MyHub.

This mini-workshop is part of a series of short introductory academic skills sessions aimed at new students and those seeking to refresh their knowledge. Discover new tips and strategies for taking notes from your academic reading. The workshop will begin with a 5-10 min introduction to the topic. The remainder of the workshop will take a Q&A format, where skills tutors will be on hand to answer your questions on the topic. Finally, you will receive information about how to access further academic skills support after the workshop.

See the timetable and book on to this workshop via MyHub.

This mini-workshop is part of a series of short introductory academic skills sessions aimed at new students and those seeking to refresh their knowledge. If you need some advice on how to approach the reading for your course, this is the session for you! The workshop will begin with a 5-10 min introduction to the topic. The remainder of the workshop will take a Q&A format, where skills tutors will be on hand to answer your questions on the topic. Finally, you will receive information about how to access further academic skills support after the workshop.

See the timetable and book on to this workshop via MyHub.

These sessions use a flipped-learning approach to help maximise your learning. Before you attend the session, you must work through the videos, noting down any questions or challenges you come across along the way. Please attend the drop-in with a specific assignment or issue in mind.

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The Study Café is a chance for you to focus on your own work in a friendly environment. You will come together with peers, experiencing a supportive atmosphere in the virtual classroom. An Academic Skills Tutor will be on hand throughout to guide the session. You will be led through a series of 25-minute work periods, with opportunities in between to chat and share study tips with one another. All are welcome!

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In this webinar, you will be introduced to practical strategies for learning online. Learn how to make the most out of online classes, discover a range of apps to support your learning, and try out new methods for maximising your productivity.
Before the session, you might like to think about:

  • What challenges you have faced working online so far this term?
  • How are you managing your time this term?
  • What do you feel are your learning preferences (e.g. when, where, how do you like to work)?

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This interactive workshop provides guidance on effective writing at university level. Learn how to improve your formality and style, develop methods for thinking objectively, and understand how to structure your work.

Before the session, you might like to think about:

  • Which aspects of academic writing are you good at?
  • What challenges do you face with academic writing?
  • What strategies have you used or might you use to improve your academic writing abilities?

See the timetable and book on to this workshop via MyHub.

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