Workshops

**To book on to a workshop, go to MetHub and search for the session in 'Events'**

Library Services are offering a number of workshops on various aspects of academic practice throughout the academic year 2019/20. The purpose of these workshops is to help you to develop your understanding in each of the topic areas covered. The sessions are open to students from across the University, both undergraduates and postgraduates, and will be held on both Llandaff and Cyncoed campuses.

 

Please note, although they are open to everyone, an emphasis will be placed on building awareness of key points relating to each topic. The content, therefore, will be particularly useful to new students, but also to any students looking to refresh their knowledge.

 

Each workshop will be led by either an Academic Skills Specialist or an Academic Librarian. Sessions will be interactive and discursive and there will be plenty of time to ask questions.

 

It should also be noted that the sessions on offer at the moment are essentially repeats of those offered last year. We will be adding new sessions as we move through the academic year.


Topics

In the autumn term, we will be looking at the following topics:


Learning at university

How does studying at university work? This session will explore expectations: what do your tutors require of you and what can you expect from your tutors? Practical advice will be given on how you can adapt to the academic environment at university.

 

Being critical

Success in academic work depends on a number of factors, but perhaps the most important is your ability to make effective use of academic sources. This workshop will look more closely at some of the skills involved, as well as providing you with some hints and tips on how you can communicate your ability to 'be critical' in your assessed work.

 

Academic writing

Writing in academic contexts can be a challenge for many students. In this workshop, we will explore the features of academic writing as well as its nature: what does academic writing do, and how can you be sure that your writing is appropriate to these academic contexts?

 

Introduction to research

Research is a core element of academic practice at university; without it, it is very difficult to engage properly with the content of your programme and its assessments. In this workshop, we will look at approaches to research, its nature and ways of designing searching strategies.

 

Referencing

Referencing causes much concern amongst students; in this workshop, we will look more closely at the importance of referencing in academic practice, when to reference, and how to format references for the most commonly used source types. (The referencing format we will be using is author-date / Harvard.)

 

Exam preparation

Revising effectively and efficiently for exams can be challenging, particularly if you have several exams to prepare for and other assessments to complete. This workshop will not only provide practical advice on how you make the most of your time when revising; it will offer guidance on how to engage more meaningfully with your revision notes so that you can deepen your knowledge and understanding swiftly in the limited time available.


Timetable

[Further workshops will be added over the next few weeks.]

*L2.04 (LLAN) and L1.07 (CYN) are located in the library.

To book a place, please visit MetHub.

​Learning at university
​Tues, 29 Oct; 10am
LLAN - L2.04
​Being critical
​Weds, 30 Oct; 11am
LLAN - L2.04
​Being critical
​Weds, 30 Oct; 12pm
CYN - L1.07
​Learning at university
​Weds, 30 Oct; 1pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Being critical
​Weds, 30 Oct; 2pm
CYN - L1.07
​Being critical
​Thurs, 31 Oct; 10am
LLAN - L2.04
​Being critical
​Thurs, 31 Oct; 12pm
CYN - L1.07
​Being critical
​Tues, 5 Nov; 11am
LLAN - L2.04
​Being critical
​Tues, 5 Nov; 2pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Being critical
​Weds, 6 Nov; 10am
LLAN - L2.04
​Academic writing
​Weds, 6 Nov; 11am
LLAN - L2.04
​Academic writing
​Thurs, 7 Nov; 10am
LLAN - L2.04
​Academic writing
​Thurs, 7 Nov; 1pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Academic writing
​Tues, 12 Nov; 12pm
CYN - L1.07
​Academic writing
​Tues, 12 Nov; 2pm
CYN - L1.07
​Academic writing
​Weds, 13 Nov; 12pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Introduction to research
​Weds, 13 Nov; 1pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Being critical
​Thurs, 14 Nov; 11am
LLAN - L2.04
​Academic writing
​Thurs, 14 Nov; 12pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Academic writing
​Thurs, 14 Nov; 12pm
CYN - L1.07
​Introduction to research
​Thurs, 14 Nov; 1pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Referencing
​Tues, 19 Nov; 12pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Referencing
​Weds, 20 Nov; 1pm
LLAN - L2.04
​FInding academic research with MetSearch
​Tues, 26 Nov; 12pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Referencing
​Tues, 26 Nov; 12pm
CYN - L1.07
​Referencing
​Tues, 26 Nov; 2pm
CYN - L1.07
​Referencing
​Thurs, 28 Nov; 12pm
CYN - L1.07
​Referencing
​Thurs, 28 Nov; 1pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Evaluating information sources: from academic works to the web
​Fri, 29 Nov; 12pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Preparing for exams
​Thurs, 5 Dec; 12pm
CYN - L1.07
​Preparing for exams
​Mon, 9 Dec; 10am
LLAN - L2.04
​Structured searching: making effective use of keywords to identify academic sources
​Weds, 12 Feb; 12.30pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Structured searching: making effective use of keywords to identify academic sources
​Weds, 14 Feb; 12.30pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Finding academic research with MetSearch
Mon, 17 Feb; 12.30pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Getting your writing right: recognising common errors in academic writing (and some grammar!)
​Weds, 19 Feb; 10am
LLAN - L2.04
​Structured searching: making effective use of keywords to identify academic sources
​Thurs, 20 Feb; 12.30pm
CYN - L1.07
​Getting your writing right: recognising common errors in academic writing (and some grammar!)​Fri, 21 Feb; 11am
LLAN - L2.04
​Finding academic research with MetSearch
​Fri, 21 Feb; 12.30pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Evaluating information sources: from academic works to the web
​Tues, 25 Feb; 12.30pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Finding academic research with MetSearch
​Tues, 25 Feb; 2pm
CYN - L1.07
​Getting your writing right: recognising common errors in academic writing (and some grammar!)​Weds, 26 Feb; 12pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Evaluating information sources: from academic works to the web
​Thurs, 27 Feb; 2pm
CYN - L1.07
​Evaluating information sources: from academic works to the web
​Thurs, 27 Feb; 5pm
CYN - L1.07
​Developing your academic voice in writing
​Fri, 28 Feb; 11.30am
LLAN - L2.04
​Evaluating information sources: from academic works to the web
​Fri, 28 Feb; 12.30pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Moving beyond your reading list: making use of academic databases
​Mon, 2 Mar; 2pm
CYN - L1.07
​Moving beyond your reading list: making use of academic databases
​Mon, 2 Mar; 5pm
CYN - L1.07
​Developing your academic voice in writing
​Tues, 3 Mar; 11am
LLAN - L2.04
​Moving beyond your reading list: making use of academic databases
​Tues, 3 Mar; 12.30pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Developing your academic voice in writing
​Fri, 6 Mar; 11.30am
LLAN - L2.04
​Moving beyond your reading list: making use of academic databases
​Fri, 6 Mar; 12.30pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Structure in academic writing: the mechanics of building an argument
​Tues, 10 Mar; 1pm
LLAN - L2.04
​Structure in academic writing: the mechanics of building an argument
​Mon, 16 Mar; 11am
LLAN - L2.04
​Structure in academic writing: the mechanics of building an argument
​Thurs, 19 Mar; 1pm
LLAN - L2.04


If there is a topic you'd like us to cover in a workshop in your School, please let us know by emailing the following address: academicskills@cardiffmet.ac.uk.