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Undergraduate Handbook: CAPOD Academic Skills Project – Semester 1 2018/19

The Academic Skills Project aims to give undergraduate students the kind of skills that are not always covered in classes but which will help you to maximise your potential. While these workshops are not obligatory, past students have found them really useful to attend in their first years at university.

Week 3: Researching effectively - Honours Dissertations [With Brigid Lynch] - Honours level

One slot only: Monday 1st October 4-5pm. Venue: Quad 31.

This SoML Academic Skills Project workshop is for Honours students who are undertaking (or plan to undertake) a long or short dissertation in their final year. This interactive workshop will help you hit the ground running by providing you with advice and tips for working on a major research project. Run by a recent postgraduate from the School of Modern Languages, this session will give you the opportunity to ask questions and troubleshoot any difficulties you have already encountered. Please sign up by emailing .

Week 3: Preparing and Giving Seminar Presentations [With Giulia Borrini]

Available times: Wed 3rd October 4-5pm or 5-6pm. Venue: Quad 31.

It is likely that throughout your course of study, you will be asked to present work, formally or informally, to your peers. This workshop will cover the basics of preparing and giving presentations to seminar groups, including more confident public speaking and creating engaging content. Useful for both new and returning students.

Week 4: Essay writing [With Brigid Lynch]

Available times: Mon 8th October, 11am-12pm, 4-5pm or 5-6pm. Venue: Arts Seminar Room 6.

If you are a new or returning student who wants to level-up their essay writing, then this workshop is for you. Particularly useful for those who struggle to get started or those who are new to university-level essay writing.

Week 5: Preparing for seminars and tutorials [With Giulia Borrini]

Available times: Wed 17th October 4-5pm or 5-6pm. Venue: Buchanan 305.

This study skills workshop provides tips and guidance on how to get the most out of your tutorials and seminars through targeted and effective preparation. Includes both language and literature-type tutorials. Target audience: new students.

Week 7: Dont Panic! Using (critical) feedback [With Kirsty Boardman]

Available times: Wed 31st October 4-5pm or 5-6pm. Venue: Buchanan 305.

Receiving critical or negative feedback on your work can be demoralising, but it is an essential part of honing your academic skills. The aim of this workshop is to help participants 1) identify useful feedback in essay comments, 2) decipher marking grids and general comments and 3) come up with strategies to apply these practically in their future work.

Week 10: Managing your own language study [With Giulia Borrini]


Week 11: Exam preparation [With Giulia Borrini]

Available times: Mon 26th November 4-5pm or 5-6pm, Venue: Arts Seminar Room 6. Wed 28 November 4-5pm. Venue: Buchanan 216.

As the Semester 1 Exam diet approaches, this workshop will provide you with strategies to create and manage your revision timetable, tips for how to prepare for different types of exam, and the opportunity to ask questions and troubleshoot problems. Suitable for both new and returning students.

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