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In this year's NSS Survey you told us you wanted "more academic support with assessments" and "improved access to Library resources" so that you could direct and plan your own "personal and academic development".

In response to this feedback, the Library have created a series of academic skills workshops so that students of all abilities can fulfil their potential.

We run voluntary lunchtime workshops for all undergraduates across both semesters at Lancaster and Fueshill St campuses. These sessions are for all undergraduate students who want to improve their academic skills: critical writing, reflective writing, dissertation preparation, dissertation writing, literature reviews, referencing and reading and note taking.

The workshops are interactive and personalised, not lecture based. You are encouraged to bring a laptop to the sessions (which can be booked out of the library or Learning Gateway) so that you can apply the workshop tasks to your current assessments.

Student feedback (first year nursing student 2016):

I have just received my first grade since attending a one to one meeting with you and also attending the lunchtime workshops provided by LISS.

I cannot thank you all enough for your help and support. I have increased my marks by an entire grade. There is, of course, still room for improvement, but I feel I would not have achieved this without help from all of you. I have recommended the workshops to fellow students and also encourage the one to one appointments. The service you provide is excellent and I will continue to use your services in the future. Thank you, thank you, thank you!” 

Places are limited and you will have to book your place via the Online Booking Calendar. See below for workshop descriptions.

  • Workshop Wednesdays

    Combined Lunch and Learn workshops

     

     

     

    Who? Everyone

    What? See below for all Lunch and Learn session types

    These sessions focus on your own learning / assignments needs. Any aspect of the individual Lunch and Learn workshops can be covered.

    Requirements:

    You must bring your questions/module guide so that we can set the agenda based on your own needs.

    A laptop can also be useful for working on your own specific needs / assignments.

    Learning Outcomes: 

    • There are a range of learning outcomes based on the type of support that you require. See below for details. 

     

  • Diss and chips

    Getting ready for your final year undergraduate dissertation

    Who? Final year undergraduates

    What? Dissertation planning

    This session focuses on planning, preparing and managing the different processes involved in a conducting a research project.

    Requirements:

    You must bring your questions/module guide so that we can set the agenda based on your own needs.

    A laptop is also useful for working on your own dissertation planning.

    Learning Outcomes: 

    • Choose a research topic.
    • Understand key research terminology.
    • Create a planning tool or plan.
    • Think about how to use time effectively especially over the summer. 
  • Fudge together

    Writing your final year undergraduate dissertation/research projects.

    Who? Final year undergraduates

    What? Dissertation writing

    The session is relevant to students who have already collected their data. You should be ready to focus on using academic skills in extended writing.

    Requirements:

    You must bring your questions/module guide so that we can set the agenda based on your own needs.

    A laptop is also useful for working on your own dissertation writing.

    Learning Outcomes: 

    • Structure a dissertation.
    • How to pull all the different sections together to create a cogent academic piece of writing.
    • Proof read, and edit your writing.
    • Remember to be critical.

     

  • Choc-lit review

    Writing a Literature Review

    Who? All undergraduate students

    What? Literature Review

    This session will cover the essentials of writing a literature review. It will focus on different approaches in the search and how to critically analyse the results.

    Requirements:

    You must bring your questions/module guide so that we can set the agenda based on your own needs.

    A laptop is also useful for working on your own literature review(s).

    Learning Outcomes: 

    • Understand the purpose of the literature review.
    • Create awareness of the different approaches used in reviewing literature.
    • Consider questions that could contribute to the critical analysis of the literature.
    • Compare and contrast the differences and similarities of different literature reviews.

     

  • Read it and eat

    Critical Reading and note taking skills

    Who? All undergraduate students

    What? Reading and note taking

    Students will be encouraged to ty out different reading techniques: Skimming, scanning, SQ4R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Relate, and Review).

    Students will have the opportunity to learn different note taking strategies from different mediums: Cornell note taking, Skeleton Prose, signs and symbols and mind maps.

    Requirements:

    You must bring your questions/module guide so that we can set the agenda based on your own needs.

    A laptop is also useful for working on your own assignment(s).

    Learning Outcomes: 

    • Read actively.
    • Use different reading strategies.
    • Question their existing approaches to reading and note taking.
    • Use different note taking strategies.

     

  • Know your onions

    Academic Writing: Referencing in your writing.

    Who? All undergraduate students

    What? Referencing

    You will have the opportunity to learn how to reference different sources within your academic writing as well as in the reference list/bibliography.

    You will become familiar with endnote, ref-works and other referencing tools.

    Requirements:

    You must bring your questions/module guide so that we can set the agenda based on your own needs.

    A laptop is also useful for working on your own assignment(s).

    Learning Outcomes: 

    • Understand the importance of referencing.
    • Consolidate their existing knowledge and application of different referencing systems.
    • Become familiar with how to use cite them right.
    • Use referencing tools.

     

  • A can of criticola

    Critical reading and Writing skills for Undergraduate Students 

    Who? All undergraduate students

    What? Critical reading and writing

    You will be reminded about the importance of reading critically. Different reading and writing strategies will be discussed and modelled.

    You will be encouraged to question your existing approaches to reading and writing, focusing on trying different reading and writing techniques.

    You will have the opportunity to learn different critical reading and writing strategies.

    Requirements:

    You must bring your questions/module guide so that we can set the agenda based on your own needs.

    A laptop is also useful for working on your own assignment(s).

    Learning Outcomes: 

    • To understand the terms, critical writing, critical reading and critical thinking.
    • To learn different styles/ways of writing critically.
    • To know how to structure critical sentences and paragraphs.
    • To understand the difference between descriptive and critical.

     

  • Pensive Pudding

    Reflective Writing Skills for Undergraduate Students.

    Who? All undergraduate students

    What? Reflective Writing

    You will be reminded about the importance of answering the question or questions posed by your assessment. During this session different strategies and reflective models will be discussed and modelled.

    You will be encouraged to question your existing approaches to reflective writing. This session focuses on reflective writing and its application.

    This is a workshop format and not a lecture based session.

    Requirements:

    You must bring your own questions/module guide so that we can set the agenda based on your needs.

    A laptop is also useful for working on your own assignment(s).

    Learning Outcomes: 

    • To develop your own reflective style
    • To contribute your questions and concerns to the agenda.
    • To reflect on reflective writing from previous assignments.
    • To become familiar with different reflective models.
    • To become familiar with reflective terms and phrases in academic writing.

     

  • Quizzy Drinks

    Exam techniques and strategies

    Who? All undergraduate students

    What? Exams

    You will set the agenda based on your own needs. This session will discuss suitable and effective exam revision techniques. It will discuss coping strategies and stress management.

    It will give practical solutions to exam preparation and discuss typical exam revision don'ts!

    You will be working from your own specific course details.

    This is an active workshop based session and not a lecture based session. 

    Requirements:

    So that participants get the most out of this session please could you bring your assignment titles and module guides to this workshop.

    A laptop is also useful for working on your own skills development.

    Learning Outcomes: 

    • Time management techniques.
    • Understand your own style.
    • Some effective Meta cognition memory and learning techniques.
    • Share effective techniques with peers.

     

  • Lunch and Learn Calendar Booking System

    Choose the Lunch and Learn workshop, location and date using our Online Booking Calendar.

    You will receive an email confirmation of your booking.

     

    NB: Although the workshops are named after food and run over lunchtime, lunch is not provided. However, you are welcome to bring your own lunch to eat during the session.

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