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Skills Enrichment: Semester 2

A range of academic skills sessions throughout Semester 2 to help you get the most out of your studies.

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Academic skills sessions: Semester 2

We want to help you develop the right skills so you get the most out of your academic studies and achieve the best grades possible.

Our Skills Enrichment courses and one-off sessions have been carefully planned to support you at each stage of your academic journey, from getting started on your first assignment to preparing for assessments.

Further details about the sessions during Semester 2, Academic Year 2021-22 are provided below.

Courses

The Discussion and Presentation Skills courses will be delivered in-person on campus.

Discussion Skills

This course is for all students who use English as a second language. It is designed to enhance your English language discussion skills and build your confidence with spoken communication. You will develop your vocabulary and grammar and your speaking, listening and pronunciation skills.

Visiting and Exchange students can obtain three credits taking this course.

Course length Day Dates Time Booking
10 weeks Tues 15 Feb to 3 May (excluding 12 & 19 Apr) 18:15-19:45 Book here
10 weeks Weds 16 Feb to 4 May (excluding 13 & 20 Apr) 18:15-19:45 Book here

Presentation Skills

Giving presentations is a vital skill that you will need in your studies and in your future work. This course will help you to plan, practise and increase your confidence in delivering presentations, whether face-to-face, online or in a group.

You will learn the skills that make effective presenters and presentations and have the opportunity to record and receive constructive feedback and advice on a short presentation. Suitable for all students at all stages of their studies.

Course length Day Dates Time Booking
2 weeks Weds 16 Feb - 23 Feb 12:15-14:05 Book here
2 weeks Weds 9 Mar - 16 Mar 12:15-14:05 Book here
2 weeks Weds 30 Mar - 6 Apr 12:15-14:05 Book here

One-off sessions

These 50-minute sessions are suitable for all students at all stages of their studies. Choose the sessions in the areas you want to develop.

The following sessions are all delivered live online.

Week Day Date Time Session name Booking
20 Mon 14 Feb 18:15 Planning & Organising your Assignment Book here
Tues 15 Feb 18:15 Paragraph Construction Book here
Thurs 17 Feb 18:15 Making your Writing Flow Book here
21 Mon 21 Feb 18:15 Writing Critically Book here
Tues 22 Feb 18:15 Summarising & Paraphrasing Sources Book here
Thurs 24 Feb 18:15 Scientific Style Book here
22 Mon 28 Feb 18:15 Proofreading & Editing Book here
Tues 1 Mar 18:15 Academic Integrity Book here
Thurs 3 Mar 18:15 Planning & Organising your Assignment Book here
23 Mon 7 Mar 18:15 Paragraph Construction Book here
Tues 8 Mar 18:15 Making your Writing Flow Book here
Thurs 10 Mar 18:15 Writing Critically Book here
24 Mon 14 Mar 18:15 Summarising & Paraphrasing Sources Book here
Tues 15 Mar 18:15 Scientific Style Book here
Thurs 17 Mar 18:15 Proofreading & Editing Book here
25 Mon 21 Mar 18:15 Academic Integrity Book here
Tues 22 Mar 18:15 Planning & Organising your Assignment Book here
Thurs 24 Mar 18:15 Paragraph Construction Book here
26 Mon 28 Mar 18:15 Making your Writing Flow Book here
Tues 29 Mar 18:15 Writing Critically Book here
Thurs 31 Mar 18:15 Summarising & Paraphrasing Sources Book here
27 Mon 4 Apr 18:15 Scientific Style Book here
Tues 5 Apr 18:15 Proofreading & Editing Book here
Thurs 7 Apr 18:15 Exam Skills: Revision Book here
30 Mon 25 Apr 18:15 Exam Skills: Revision Book here
Tues 26 Apr 18:15 Exam Skills: Planning & Writing Book here
Thurs 28 Apr 18:15 Exam Skills: Reviewing & Style Book here
31 Tues 3 May 18:15 Exam Skills: Reviewing & Style Book here
Thurs 5 May 18:15 Exam Skills: Planning & Writing Book here

Before signing up for a session, please make sure that the day and time do not clash with your academic timetable by checking MyTimetable.

Session descriptions

  • Planning & Organising your Assignment: In this session you will develop your planning and organisation skills to bring clarity to your writing.
  • Paragraph Construction: In this session you will improve the structure of paragraphs to support your ideas and arguments.
  • Making your Writing Flow: In this session you will learn how to tie your ideas together and guide the reader through your writing.
  • Writing Critically: In this session you will develop your writing skills to show how you interpret evidence, demonstrate your understanding and your stance.
  • Summarising & Paraphrasing Sources: In this session you will develop your summarising and paraphrasing skills to increase understanding and give credibility and authority to your writing.
  • Scientific Style: In this session you will consider how to write scientific reports effectively.
  • Proofreading & Editing: In this session you will build the skills required at the last stage of the editing process to remove surface errors such as grammar and spelling. This will avoid lowering the quality of your work in the eyes of the marker.
  • Academic Integrity: In this session you will review how to cite and reference sources appropriately in your academic writing to help you build an effective argument.
  • Exam Skills: Revision: In this session you will discuss and share best practice on how to prepare for your University exams and how to plan and manage your revision techniques to get the best from the exam experience.
  • Exam Skills: Planning & Writing: In this session you will review different exam formats such as open-book exams and consider how to approach exam questions, make use of resources and manage the exam writing experience.
  • Exam Skills: Reviewing & Style: In this session you will discuss and practise some of the essential academic writing techniques needed to ensure that your written response to exam questions has an impact and maintains appropriate academic style.

Self-access academic skills resources

A range of short online skills development modules is also available on academic writing, study skills and other topics for you to access in your own time.

Academic & Employability Skills blog

You can also find a wealth of useful tips and hints on how to get the most out of your studies in the Academic & Employability Skills blog.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Skills Enrichment sessions, please get in touch!