Workshop calendar

Our new range of exciting workshops can now be booked via your Surrey Self-service system (SiTS).

To find out how, see below.

All workshops are free and open to all students, and will take place in the Training area, library level 1 

To book go to the Surrey Self-Service system: https://studentselfserve.surrey.ac.uk/live/sits.urd/run/siw_lgn?stu. The workshops are located on the bottom right hand corner after you log in.

Each workshop will have an indication of the level of study it is best suited to.

 

April and May 2019

This interactive workshop is designed to help you perfect your revision and exam strategies so that you can nail your exam with the least pressure possible. In this workshop we will explore revision approaches to help you remember ‘stuff’, pointers on how to stay motivated and keep on top of your revision, and importantly, how to keep well during the exam period.

Exam period is between  Friday 24 May 2019 to 14 June 2019. 

Reflective Writing comes in many guises: reflective essays or case studies, PTY reports reflecting on your work experiences, reflective accounts of other practical experiences, such as group work, performances or simulations, as part of your modules.

This session  can be used as part of your employability award. It will provide you with some strategies for deepening your reflective ability and applying these to your written work.

By attending the session you will gain:

  • An understanding of what it means to be critically reflective
  • Suggestions of models and approaches that could help you structure your reflective writing
  • Tips on how to make your writing more reflective and less descriptive
  • Practice in writing a reflective piece

This interactive workshop is designed to help you perfect your revision and exam strategies so that you can nail your exam with the least pressure possible. In this workshop we will explore revision approaches to help you remember ‘stuff’, pointers on how to stay motivated and keep on top of your revision, and importantly, how to keep well during the exam period.

 

Exam period is between  Friday 24 May 2019 to 14 June 2019. 

This interactive workshop is designed to help you perfect your revision and exam strategies so that you can nail your exam with the least pressure possible. In this workshop we will explore revision approaches to help you remember ‘stuff’, pointers on how to stay motivated and keep on top of your revision, and importantly, how to keep well during the exam period.

Exam period is between  Friday 24 May 2019 to 14 June 2019. 

Masters Workshops

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This session is available to all Masters students to enhance engagement with the range of literature resources available in the Library. The session will allow you the opportunity to apply advice provided on search strategies for individual research projects.

 

This session is available to all Masters students to enhance engagement with the range of referencing software tools such as RefWorks available in the Library. The session will allow you the opportunity to apply advice provided on saving references and creating a bibliography.

 

February 2019

Check out our Semester 2 workshop programme:

Reflective Writing comes in many guises: reflective essays or case studies, PTY reports reflecting on your work experiences, reflective accounts of other practical experiences, such as group work, performances or simulations, as part of your modules.

This session will provide you with some strategies for deepening your reflective ability and applying these to your written work.

By attending the session you will gain:

  • An understanding of what it means to be critically reflective
  • Suggestions of models and approaches that could help you structure your reflective writing
  • Tips on how to make your writing more reflective and less descriptive
  • Practice in writing a reflective piece

In this session, we will explore how to make effective notes when in lectures and seminars.  Additionally, we will establish a process for making effective notes when reading resources such as journal articles.  

This workshop will help you to understand what makes a piece of writing "academic". It will give you the opportunity, through practical in-class activities, feedback and discussion, to learn strategies for improving your own writing.

The workshop will highlight the features of academic writing; will help students identify common mistakes in their own writing and how to avoid them in the future; and highlight strategies for improving their own writing to achieve a higher academic standard. 

This workshop will allow students to review their understanding of suitable sources and the ways in which they can be used in academic writing. It will also:

  • encourage you to start thinking about being ‘critical’ about the sources you are using
  • develop your understanding of plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • develop your ability to summarise, paraphrase and quote

IMPORTANT NOTE:  laptop required for this workshop. Please ensure you bring one with you to the session.

This workshop will help you to structure your undergraduate dissertation. In discussing the different chapters that may feature in your project, this workshop will increase your understanding of what each section of the dissertation might include but also how to make the smaller parts feed into the ‘whole’. In addition to this, the session will also provide some useful tips on writing and editing.

By attending this session, students will:

  1. Develop their understanding of the different components of a dissertation.
  2. Have a better understanding of what the dissertation chapters should include.
  3. Increase their awareness of how to ensure the project is ‘joined up’

Have you been told in your feedback that you need to be more critical and less descriptive? Do you want to explore how taking a critical approach in your research, reading and writing can improve your work? If so, this workshop is for you!

This session provides an introduction to what it means to be a critical learner using techniques which can be applied to all your work.

By attending the session you will gain:

  • An understanding of what it means to be critical
  • An awareness of how to apply critical thinking to your learning
  • Suggestions on how to critically evaluate resources
  • Strategies for critically reading and note making
  • Tips on how to make your writing more critical and less descriptive

In this session, we will explore various strategies for writing an effective literature review. This includes reading and writing strategies and how you might structure your review. This session will not address a particular kind of literature review (such as systematic) but will be broad enough to encompass different subject areas and general good practices.

In this session, we will explore how to produce essays and reports for your course, including:

  • Highlighting the purposes of essays and reports
  • How to plan for essays and reports
  • How to structure essays and reports

Are you due to go on placement or are you applying for graduate jobs? Presentation and Public speaking skills are important core competancies for employment hence this workshop will provide you with a safe space to practice and develop these skills. There will be a panel of SPLASH staff and your peers (no more than 12 people) and you will receive feedback on your presentation style and content.  You can give a presentation on a subject of your choice (something of interest or a piece of coursework).  You will also be able to observe other presentations and provide your own feedback, another important transferable skill. As is the case for all learning, practice is key, the more you practice, the easier it gets and the better you get so come along and 'give it a go'.

From this interactive workshop, through practise, we hope that you will achieve the following learning benefits: -  1. Knowledge about formulating dynamic and engaging presentation content. -  2. Skills in delivering a presentation confidently in ways to engage your audience. 3. More confidence in public speaking 4. Evidence on how you have developed these core skills as part of your job applications. 5. Better understanding of how to provide effective peer feedback. 

Learning Outcomes:

Come along to a FUN and interactive learning activity which will involve solving puzzles in order to ‘Escape the BOX’ . Each puzzle has been designed to explore what Graduate attributes employers are looking for and how you can best articulate them on your CV or Job application.

 

Statistical data is often found online e.g. from the Office for National Statistics or in research articles but sometimes it is difficult to know whether the data is relevant to include in your work or how to use this information effectively.  This session will look at how to find credible statistics online, how to interpret data to present this as evidence in your work and how to reference your source.

By attending the session you will gain:

  • An understanding of how to find statistics
  • An awareness of how to interpret the data
  • Options for presenting the analysis in your work
  • Guidance on how to reference data, graphs or tables in your work

Please note: this session relates to using data from information sources rather than data you have gathered for your research

March 2019

Are you struggling to cope? Is this impacting on your ability to learn, adapt and change? Would you like to find out about some strategies to develop more appropriate 'grit', staying power and self-awareness? When we are not resilient we can feel overwhelmed, anxious, tempted to quit. We can 'fall over' emotionally, or work so hard we burn out. Although there are no quick fixes, this session will share strategies and tips to help you see a difference. 

What you will get from attending:

  1. Carry out some self analysis.
  2. Gain an improved self-awareness.
  3. To set some specific goals for you to work towards.
  4. Have a better understanding of how to manage.
  5. To learn from your own and others' experiences.

Workshop open to all

This is an active workshop which will give you the opportunity to analyse different ways to integrate evidence in your work.  We will look at paragraph structure, using evidence effectively and being critical in your writing.  During the session, you can also create an academic paragraph with staff on hand to guide you and provide feedback. 

By attending the session you will gain:

  • An understanding of why, where and how to use evidence in your work
  • An awareness of how to build an effective argument using evidence
  • Tips on how to make your writing more critical and less descriptive

 

It would be useful to bring along something you are working on e.g. written assignment with any literature you have found for this.

This workshop will explore the concepts of ‘identity’ and ‘voice’ in writing and what it means to write in your own voice whilst drawing on other people’s work. More specifically, it will address the following areas: how to take a nuanced stance in writing, how to sound convincing and how to express your opinion without using ‘I’.

By attending this session, the students will:

- develop their awareness of their identity as an academic writer;

- have a better understanding of what it means to write ‘in your own voice’.

Work on your own project in a supportive space with librarians available to help you develop your literature searching skills. Come for the whole session, or just drop-in for a little while: it's up to you. Bring your literature searching project to work on, and lunch!

Learning in this event is self-directed so there are no specific learning outcomes. Attendees will have the opportunity to work on the literature search in a dedicated space with the support of librarians.

This workshop will help you to structure your undergraduate dissertation. In discussing the different chapters that may feature in your project, this workshop will increase your understanding of what each section of the dissertation might include but also how to make the smaller parts feed into the ‘whole’. In addition to this, the session will also provide some useful tips on writing and editing.

By attending this session, students will:

  1. Develop their understanding of the different components of a dissertation.
  2. Have a better understanding of what the dissertation chapters should include.
  3. Increase their awareness of how to ensure the project is ‘joined up’

Come along to the Referencing Café where staff will be available to advise on guidance on Harvard,OSCOLA, APA and IEEE referencing styles