Skills for Academic Success

General Admission cohort leaving College 2012

To register for any of the sessions please email Gillian Sanders

Michaelmas Term 2017

Thursday 12 October, 6-7pm.  Roger Needham Room
Avoiding Plagiarism

Workshop run by Meg Westbury, Lee Library Librarian
This session will help you avoid plagiarism (intentional or unintentional) by covering the different types of plagiarism, the basics of citing, referencing and paraphrasing, and tips for effective note taking.

Thursday 19 October, 6-7pm. Two workshops, Roger Needham Room or Gatsby Room
1)  Beyond Google: Literature Searches
Workshop run by Laura Jeffrey, Information Skills Librarian
The University subscribes to hundreds of premium databases across all disciplines which contain scholarly articles, reports, news media and other information that cost money on the open web (e.g., Google). To do a thorough literature review, use of these databases is essential. This class will cover the best starting places for easily accessing these premium resources, as well as tips and tricks for downloading and managing what you find.

2)  Stress-Free Referencing with Zotero
Workshop run by Meg Westbury, Lee Library Librarian
In this session, you will learn the basics of how to use Zotero, a free tool for managing your research library and effortlessly creating citations and references according to your preferred reference style. We will walk through how to download and get started with Zotero, how to add and manage references within the Zotero database, and how to use Zotero to automatically create in-text citations and bibliographies in your essays and research papers.

Thursday 26 October, 6-7pm. Two workshops, Roger Needham Room or Gatsby Room
Beyond Google: Literature Searches or
Stress-Free Referencing with Zotero
Repeat of the workshops run by Laura Jeffrey and Meg Westbury on 19 October (see above)

Thursday 2 November, 6-7pm.  Gatsby Room
Matlab introduction

Workshop run by Dr Andrea Greve, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
MATLAB (MATrix LABoratory) is a powerful programming language that allows you to handle data and enables a variety of numerical computation. It can be used for a range of tasks, including data exploration, analysis, modelling, simulation or visualisation. The primary goal of this course is to help you become familiar with the software, the user interface and to get to know some basic functionality of MATLAB. The course is aimed at students and researchers who have no prior experience with programming (in MATLAB or other languages).

Thursday 9 November, 6-7:30pm.  Lee Hall (Wolfson students only)
Planning a Piece of Writing

Richard Berengarten, Study Skills Tutor
An interactive and innovative workshop for all students who need to write essays, dissertations or reports. Please bring along the title and any notes you have for a piece on which you are currently working on or are about to work.

Thursday 16 November, 6-7:30pm.  Lee Hall  (Wolfson students only)
Style and Language in Writing

Richard Berengarten, Study Skills Tutor
The workshop will focus on extending your practical writing skills by covering aspects of style, grammar, language use and presentation which you may feel uncertain about. By focusing on writing and study skills, the quality of your writing will improve and you will achieve fuller clarity, control, command and subtlety. The aim is pursuit of excellence. The session will have an open, non-restrictive and encouraging atmosphere. It is designed for all Wolfson students and is likely to be special value to students whose first language is not English.

Thursday 23 November, 6-7pm.  Gatsby Room
Time Management

Workshop run by Dr Jane McLarty, Senior Tutor, and Professor Alun Williams, Fellow, Vet School
How do you fit it all in?  Alun Williams and Jane McLarty will lead a session aimed at giving you a reality check as to what it is and is not possible to achieve in a week at Cambridge.  Come prepared to share what works (and what doesn’t) for you.

Thursday 30 November, 6-7pm. Roger Needham Room
Introduction to SPSS

Workshop run by Dr Andrea Greve, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
This course offers an introduction to the use of the statistical software package SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences). The primary goal is to familiarise you with the software and provide you with an overview of the basic functions. We will cover data entry, data transformation, variable creation and different statistical test choices including t-test, ANOVA and simple regression. This course is ideally suited to students and researchers with no or little experience with SPSS, although some basic knowledge of statistics might be advantageous.