WolfWorks Workshop


What is WolfWorks?

Need tips for managing your time? Struggling to read everything? Want to keep your notes in order? Then WolfWorks is for you!

WolfWorks Workshop

"It provided a good overview - in an easy-to-follow yet comprehensive manner, whilst providing enough detail and instruction that I could go away and trial the techniques to see which worked best for me. I only wish I had taken the course earlier!" 
Student feedback from a Wolfson Academic Skills workshop delivered in 2018-19

WolfWorks is a programme of skills development workshops run throughout the academic year. There are two strands: one for new undergraduates and another for advanced undergraduates (2nd, 3rd and 4th years), MPhils and PhD students. We cover topics such as note making, critical thinking, speed reading and time management as well as researcher-specific skills of data management, metrics and getting published.

In addition, there was a day-long event on Saturday 18 January for all students to engage with aspects of writing relevant to their research and studies. There was something for everyone: essay writing for arts, humanities and social scientist undergraduates, writing in the sciences, creative writing, writing notes for dissertations, writing grant applications, writing bibliographies, plus a 'Shut up and Write' session for those who wanted get stuck into work again after the vacation. Thank you to all those who attended; we very much hope to offer another day of workshops in the future. 

Distance Learning students are always welcome to contact the college to find how we can support your skills development. We offer bespoke 1-2-1 sessions with the Academic Skills Librarian when you are in Cambridge, can Zoom/Teams or respond by email and provide a range of online materials on the Wolfson College LibGuide


WolfWorks in Michaelmas Term

All workshops will be held online. You will be able to book online shortly and you will receive a link to the session in the confirmation email.

WolfWorks for new undergraduates

Thursdays 20:00-21:00

Date Topic
22 October Getting started on a piece of work - time management and setting objectives
29 October Communicating in the online environment - lectures, supervisions and email
5 November Selecting resources - critical evaluation, reading lists and online resources
12 November Scanning and skimming- effective reading
19 November Making succinct and useful notes from lectures and readings
26 November Making the most of feedback

WolfWorks Plus

Wednesdays 20:00-21:00

Date Topic
21 October Managing your time to increase productivity
28 October Finding the knowns and unknowns: Literature searching
4 November Stress-free referencing and managing your bibliography
11 November No session
18 November Effective academic reading
25 November Note making for theses and dissertations

Until the workshops begin, take a look at the Wolfson College LibGuide for Academic Skills tips, tools and videos. Get in touch if you have any questions as we're always happy to chat online 1-2-1.




What's on

President Jane Clarke with a coffee

Coffee and update with President Jane Clarke followed by virtual College tour

26/09/2020 at 10.00

Join Jane and members of our alumni community for an update as Wolfson prepares to welcome students at the start of term, followed by a virtual tour of the Wolfson College grounds - and accompanying historical insight - by Alumni Officer Rob Grayston.

Wolfson College University Challenge Team

Alumni Reunion Quiz

26/09/2020 at 13.00

We would like to invite the Wolfson Community to a quiz hosted and penned by Wolfson College's very own quizmaster, Eric Monkman (Economics, 2015)! 

President Jane Clarke with drink

Alumni Toast with President Jane Clarke and music from Jake Werth

26/09/2020 at 18.30

Raise a glass to Wolfson and its alumni around the world with a toast by President Jane Clarke.  The celebrations will continue with a performance by Wolfson student and Royal Academy of Music graduate Jake Werth from Wolfson's Lee Hall.

Wolfson flowers

Q&A with Oscar Holgate, Wolfson gardener extraordinaire

27/09/2020 at 11.00

Wolfson's acting Head Gardener, Oscar Holgate will be on hand to answer your questions about the College (and perhaps some of your own!) gardens.  We know the gardens are a highlight for many of our alumni; sign up to welcome a little bit of their beauty into your home.