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Skills for Academic Success

The Skills for Academic Success programme is a fantastic opportunity for you to develop skills that will support your academic endeavours.

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About the Programme

It is a diverse and engaging set of workshops led by Fellows, College Research Associates and University staff and is open to all students regardless of discipline. Naturally, some are tailored to those embarking on their studies such as literature searching and reference management software, whilst others will appeal to researchers nearing completion who may want to think about measuring the impact of their research or modes of publication. However, generic sessions on time management, speed reading and memory skills will appeal to students at all stages of their academic journey.

This term we are offering the following classes. If you have any ideas for other sessions that you would like to attend, please contact the Postgraduate Administrator.

Michaelmas 2018

Thursday 1 November, 18.00-19.00, Roger Needham Room Avoiding Plagiarism
Thursday 8 November, 18.00-19.30, Lee Hall (Wolfson students only) Planning a Piece of Writing
Thursday 15 November, 18.00-19.30, Lee Hall (Wolfson students only) Style and Language in Writing
Saturday 17 November, 10.30-12.30, Roger Needham Room Speed Reading
Thursday 22 November, 18.00-19.00,  Roger Needham Room A Fast Introduction to Probability II (Part I was offered on 25 October)
Thursday 29 November, 17.00-19.00,  Roger Needham Room Speed Reading (note earlier start time)

What's on

Skills for Academic Success: A Fast Introduction to Probability II

22/11/2018 at 18.00
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This class is intended to review some basic definitions and results in Probability, which can be useful to understand some applications of Probability in social sciences, engineering and physics, such as statistics or random process (e.g. Brownian motions) among others. The aim of the course is to give a fast account of the elementary mathematical theory of probability for a general audience, on the basis of the book "Probability, An Introduction", by G Gimmett and D Welsh. If time allows we could discuss some relevant examples and exercises. The class is divided into two parts:

Skills for Academic Success: Speed Reading

29/11/2018 at 17.00
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Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of reading you have to do? Take this practical workshop to learn how to deal with huge amounts of information quickly and effectively. The hands-on session will explore the idea of speed reading - a technique that’s not just about reading fast, but also includes methods to reduce the number of resources that you need to read in detail.  Please note that this is a repeat of the workshop taking place on Saturday 17 November.