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The Skills@Cumbria team offers webinars for University of Cumbria students in a number of topics. This is additional to any workshops that may be offered to your subject group, online support and appointments with the Skills@Cumbria team.

To book click on a link in the table or open the relevant section below where you will also find more details for each webinar and related videos.

On the day of the webinar, an invitation with a link to join will be sent to your University email.  Booking will close 24 hours before the webinar start time. 

New dates for January to March 2024

 JanuaryFebruaryMarch  
Academic writing  

Wednesday 7th
12:00-13:00

Tuesday 12th
16:00-17:00 

Referencing  

Thursday 8th
16:00-17:00

 
Searching Monday 22nd
12:00-13:00
Wednesday 28th
16:00-17:00
 
Being critical at Level 6&7 Thursday 25th
12:30-14:00 
  Friday 22nd
12:00-13:30

Hints and Tips at Level 6

Wednesday 24th
12:30-13:00
   
Refworks Wednesday 24th
13:00-14:00 
Thursday 22nd
16:00-17:00
Wednesday 20th
16:00-17:00 
Time management   Tuesday 6th
16:00-17:00
 

Managing academic stress

Tuesday 23rd
13:00-14:30
  Tuesday 19th
12:00-13:30

Techniques for Figuring Out Briefs
and Planning

Tuesday 23rd
16:30-17:15
  Monday 18th March
13:30-14:15

Strategies for Research, the Reading
Process and Organising Notes

Wednesday 24th
16:30-17:15
  Tuesday 19th 
13:30-14:15

Creating Effective Paragraphs

Thursday 25th 
16:30-17:15
  Thursday 21st
13:00-13:45

Write Now: Writing Retreat

Friday 26th
11:00-13:30
  Wednesday 20th
9:30-12:00

 

These webinars are designed for students studying at the University of Cumbria. Students from partner colleges are encouraged to contact their own institutions for academic skills advice and guidance. If you are a Robert Kennedy College student please access your resource page for your courses and contact Robert Kennedy College Student Care for support with academic writing and referencing. 

In addition to our webinars you may also like to try out our Head Start online study skills tutorials.

Technical requirements

Webinars are currently being offered via Blackboard Collaborate. See the section below Blackboard Collaborate: Webinars to get started. Additional information is available from our Blackboard Collaborate page.

 

  • Getting started with academic writing

    This webinar will cover:

    • Structuring your work
    • What should be in a paragraph
    • Using literature in your work
    • Academic writing style
    • Before you submit

    Please note these webinars are designed for students studying at the University of Cumbria. Students from partner colleges are encouraged to contact their own institutions for academic skills advice and guidance. If you are a Robert Kennedy College student please access your resource page for your courses and contact Robert Kennedy College Student Care for support with academic writing and referencing. 

    Please click on the date below  to book a place on this webinar. 

    Academic writing: Tuesday 12th March 16:00-17:00 

    A link to the webinar room will be sent to your University of Cumbria email address within 24 hours of the start time. 

    To watch a recording of the key points of this webinar, click here.

    You can also access our Writing at University page for further support and view our videos about writing at your level:

    Working at Level 4 (video) Working at Level 5 (video) Working at Level 6 (Video) Working at Level 7 (Video) 
  • Being critical at levels 6 and 7

    This webinar will cover: 

    • Being a critical thinker 
    • Critically engaging with reading at university 
    • Critical writing in assignments 
    • Being a critically reflective practitioner 

    Please note these webinars are designed for students studying at the University of Cumbria. Students from partner colleges are encouraged to contact their own institutions for academic skills advice and guidance. If you are a Robert Kennedy College student please access your resource page for your courses and contact Robert Kennedy College Student Care for support with academic writing and referencing.  

    Please click on the date below to book a place on this webinar.

    Being Critical: Thursday 25th January. 12:30-14:00

      Being Critical: Friday 22nd March. 12:00-13:30 

    A link to the webinar will be sent to your University of Cumbria email address within 24 hours of the start time. 

    Further advice and tips are available to visit at any time on our Being Critical page. Access our Head Start page for information about Head Start Plus for students working at level six and Head Start to Postgraduate Study for those working at level 7.  

  • Hints and Tips for Level 6

    This webinar will cover:

    • A quick overview of key writing and editing tips for students working at level 6
    • A reminder of key online Library resources and tools
    • Tips to help refine and polish your work 

    These webinars are designed for students studying at the University of Cumbria. Students from partner colleges are encouraged to contact their own institutions for academic skills advice and guidance. If you are a Robert Kennedy College student please access your resource page for your courses.

    Please click on the date below to book a place on this webinar.

    Hints and Tips at Level 6: Wednesday 24th January. 12:30-13:00

    A link to the webinar will be sent to your University of Cumbria email address within 24 hours of the start time.

  • Searching for quality sources

    This webinar will cover:

    • Beginning your research
    • Search strategies
    • OneSearch and advanced searching
    • Finding subject specific resources

    These webinars are designed for students studying at the University of Cumbria. Students from partner colleges are encouraged to contact their own institutions for academic skills advice and guidance. If you are a Robert Kennedy College student please access your resource page for your courses. 

    Please click on the date below to book a place on this webinar.

    Searching: Monday 22nd January. 12:00-13:00 

    Searching: Wednesday 7th February 16:00-17:00

    A link to the webinar will be sent to your University of Cumbria email address within 24 hours of the start time. 

    To view a recording of the key points of this webinar click here.
     
    You may also like to explore the following guides and videos
     
    Finding information Useful webpage detailing books, journals and websites and getting the best from these sources 
    Finding and exploring ebooks Video introduction to the key features of ebooks
    OneSearch - finding articles Video introduction to journal articles
    OneSearch - advanced search Video introduction to advanced searching and using filters
    Literature searching form Plan your search using our template
    Library Subject pages video List of subjects
    Troubleshooting Check here for advice and guidance accessing resources 
     
     
  • Referencing with Cite them right

    This webinar will cover:

    • Why do we reference at university?
    • Creating in-text citations
    • Writing your reference list
    • Using the Cite Them Right ebook and Quick Guide to referencing

    These webinars are designed for students studying at the University of Cumbria. Students from partner colleges are encouraged to contact their own institutions for academic skills advice and guidance. If you are a Robert Kennedy College student please access your resource page for your courses and contact Robert Kennedy College Student Care for support with academic writing and referencing. 

    Please click on the date below to book a place on this webinar.

    Referencing: Thursday 8th February. 16:00-17:00 

    A link to the webinar will be sent to your University of Cumbria email address within 24 hours of the start time. 

    To view a recording of the key points of this webinar click here.
     
    Further advice and tips are available to visit at any time on our Referencing page, along with our handy Quick Guide to Referencing.
  • Live Well Learn Well: Managing Academic Stress

    Delivered by the Skills@Cumbria and Wellbeing Team this webinar will cover:

    • Understanding academic stress
    • Strategies to manage stress
    • Tips to stay on top of your studies

    Rest assured, our webinars take place within the Live Well Learn Well community, ensuring a supportive, anonymous and constructive environment for everyone involved.  

    Please note these webinars are designed for students studying at the University of Cumbria. Students from partner colleges are encouraged to contact their own institutions for academic skills advice and guidance. If you are a Robert Kennedy College student please access your resource page for your courses and contact Robert Kennedy College Student Care for support with academic writing and referencing. 

    Please click on the date below to book a place on this webinar.

    Managing Academic Stress: Tuesday 23rd January. 13:00-14:30

    Managing Academic Stress: Tuesday 19th March. 12:00-13:30

    A link to the webinar will be sent to your University of Cumbria email address within 24 hours of the start time. 

  • Refworks

    RefWorks is a reference management tool similar to Endnote.  This webinar will cover:

    • What RefWorks does
    • Creating an account
    • Importing references
    • Creating a reference list

    You can find out more about Refworks and access an introductory guide and videos by visiting our RefWorks page.

    These webinars are designed for students studying at the University of Cumbria. Students from partner colleges are encouraged to contact their own institutions for academic skills advice and guidance. If you are a Robert Kennedy College student please access your resource page for your courses and contact Robert Kennedy College Student Care for support with academic writing and referencing. 

    Please click on the date below to book a place on this webinar.

    Refworks: Wednesday 24th January. 13:00-14:00

    Refworks: Thursday 22nd February. 16:00-17:00

    Refworks: Wednesday 20th March. 12:00-13:00

    A link to the webinar will be sent to your University of Cumbria email address within 24 hours of the start time. 

  • Time Management for study

    This webinar will cover:

    • Time management tips and strategies
    • Avoiding procrastination
    • Being productive
    • Maintaining wellbeing

    Before you join the webinar, you can also access our studying at home page for further support. Watch the organising your study video and access the Learn Well at Cumbria page for related information. 

    These webinars are designed for students studying at the University of Cumbria. Students from partner colleges are encouraged to contact their own institutions for academic skills advice and guidance. If you are a Robert Kennedy College student please access your resource page for your courses and contact Robert Kennedy College Student Care for support with academic writing and referencing. 

    Please click on the date below to book a place on this webinar.

    Time Management for study: Tuesday 6th February. 16:00-17:00 

    A link to the webinar will be sent to your University of Cumbria email address within 24 hours of the start time. 

     

  • Write Now: Writing Retreat

    Join the Skills@Cumbria Team for a focused student writing retreat. This is a great opportunity to make progress on your own writing goals before submission. Open to all students but especially useful for those working towards dissertation or independent research. The workshop will use the pomodoro Technique to guide independent writing but offer the support of a study group.

    • Set a SMART goal for your study
    • Guided use of the Pomodoro Technique to make progress on your own work
    • Regular breaks to support successful study 
    • Study as part of a community online
    • Reflect on progress made

    These webinars are designed for students studying at the University of Cumbria. Students from partner colleges are encouraged to contact their own institutions for academic skills advice and guidance. If you are a Robert Kennedy College student please access your resource page for your courses.

    Please click on the date below to book a place on this webinar.

    Write Now: Writing Retreat: Friday 26th January. 11:00-13:30

    Write Now: Writing Retreat: Wednesday 20th March. 9:30-12:00

    A link to the webinar will be sent to your University of Cumbria email address within 24 hours of the start time.

  • Techniques for Figuring Out Assignment Briefs and Planning

    This webinar will cover:

    • Techniques to fully understand assignment tasks
    • Creating your assignment lay out
    • Building a plan for your research/reading


    These webinars are designed for students studying at the University of Cumbria. Students from partner colleges are encouraged to contact their own institutions for academic skills advice and guidance. If you are a Robert Kennedy College student please access your resource page for your courses.

    Please click on the date below to book a place on this webinar.

    Techniques for Figuring Out Assignment Briefs and Planning: Tuesday 23rd January. 16:30-17:15

    Techniques for Figuring Out Assignment Briefs and Planning: Monday 18th March. 13:30-14:15

    A link to the webinar will be sent to your University of Cumbria email address within 24 hours of the start time.

     

    Please note that this session would be understood better, if students could also sign up for the Strategies for Research, the Reading Process and Organising Notes webinar and the Creating Effective Paragraphs, Using Evidence, Paraphrasing and Referencing webinar.  However, you may not be available to sign up for all three, so register for the ones that you can make, and we will do our best to review the key points of the sessions that have been given previously.

  • Strategies for Research, The Reading Process and Organising Notes

    The content of this webinar will be:

    • Short review of the key points surrounding using briefs to structure the assignment and research
    • Techniques for saving time when locating and reading relevant texts
    • Strategies to aid effective and efficient notetaking

    These webinars are designed for students studying at the University of Cumbria. Students from partner colleges are encouraged to contact their own institutions for academic skills advice and guidance. If you are a Robert Kennedy College student please access your resource page for your courses.

    Please click on the date below to book a place on this webinar.

    Strategies for Research, The Reading Process and Organising Notes: Wednesday 24th January. 16:30-17:15   
    Strategies for Research, The Reading Process and Organising Notes: Tuesday 19th March. 13:30-14:15

    A link to the webinar will be sent to your University of Cumbria email address within 24 hours of the start time.

    Please note that this session would be understood better, if students could also sign up for the Techniques for Figuring Out Assignment Briefs and Planning webinar and the Creating Effective Paragraphs, Using Evidence, Paraphrasing and Referencing webinar.  However, you may not be available to sign up for all three, so register for the ones that you can make, and we will do our best to review the key points of the sessions that have been given previously.

  • Creating Effective Paragraphs, Using Evidence, Paraphrasing and Referencing

    The content of this webinar will be:

    • Identifying key principles of effective paragraph writing
    • Clarifying the difference between types of evidence, their rules and how to use them correctly in your writing
    • Demystifying and simplifying referencing

    These webinars are designed for students studying at the University of Cumbria. Students from partner colleges are encouraged to contact their own institutions for academic skills advice and guidance. If you are a Robert Kennedy College student please access your resource page for your courses.

    Please click on the date below to book a place on this webinar.

    Creating Effective Paragraphs, Using Evidence, Paraphrasing and Referencing: Thursday 25th January. 16:30-17:15
    Creating Effective Paragraphs, Using Evidence, Paraphrasing and Referencing: Thursday 21st March . 13:00-13:45

    A link to the webinar will be sent to your University of Cumbria email address within 24 hours of the start time.

    Please note that this session would be understood better, if students could also sign up for the Techniques for Figuring Out Assignment Briefs and Planning webinar and the Strategies for Research, the Reading Process and Organising Notes webinar.  However, you may not be available to sign up for all three, so register for the ones that you can make, and we will do our best to review the key points of the sessions that have been given previously.

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