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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.

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 particularly suitable for postgraduates but will also be useful for L6 students 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.

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

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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? 

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

This workshop looks at critical thinking in more detail, focusing particularly on the processes involved in critical reading and critical writing. The session is open to all students but is particularly suitable for those at L6 and above. 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 on dissertations will be particularly useful for final year undergraduates, but will also interest those at other levels looking ahead to Level 6. 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.

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

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. 

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

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 if required.

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

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? 

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

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, making effective slides and delivering with confidence.

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

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. 

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

This workshop is for students completing reflective writing assignments as part of their degree courses. You will learn how to combine your experiences and ideas with your wider subject knowledge to produce reflections that demonstrate your critical-thinking abilities. You will also be introduced to various models of reflection to help you to structure your writing. In order to get the most out of this workshop, you should complete the pre-session worksheet and watch the recommended video to maximise your learning. 

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

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.

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. 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. 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.

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

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!

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

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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