May Program (including exam preparation workshops)

EXAM PREPARATION

Preparing for Exams (3 hours)
Wed 14 May 3-6pm (Course No. 4309)
OR Mon 26 May 9am-12noon (Course No. 4310)
OR Thur 29 May 3-6pm (Course No. 4311)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters coursework. Covers exam revision schedules and exam performance strategies, including managing time and dealing with exam anxiety.

Preparing for Multiple Choice Exams (3 hours)
Thur 22 May 3-6pm (Course No. 4312)
OR Wed 28 May 3-6pm (Course No. 4313)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters coursework. Bring: examples of past exam questions (if available). Examines formats, instructions and wording of multiple choice question exams, offers practical strategies.

Preparing for Essay Exams (3 hours)
Tue 20 May 2-5pm (Course No. 4314)
OR Mon 26 May 2-5pm (Course No. 4315)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters coursework. Bring: examples of past exam questions (if available). Analyses and classifies essay questions, practises outlining and writing essay answers under time pressure.

Preparing for Short Answer Exams (3 hours)
Thur 22 May 9am-12noon (Course No. 4316)
Room 323 Education Building A35
OR Tue 27 May 3-6pm (Course No. 4317)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters coursework. Bring: examples of past exam questions (if available). Analyses and classifies short answer questions, practises outlining and writing short answers under time pressure.

Procrastination and Managing Time (2 hours)
Thur 8 May 2-4pm (Course No. 4318)
OR Mon 26 May 12noon-2pm (Course No. 4319)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates. Examines current (mis)use of time and practises setting goals, prioritising tasks and planning at semester, weekly and daily levels. Presents strategies for enhancing concentration and dealing with procrastination.

ACADEMIC READING AND WRITING SKILLS

Essay Writing (12 hours)
Fri 9, 16, 23 and 30 May 2-5pm
(Course No. 4320)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all students/first year students. Covers characteristics of persuasive analytical essays for social science and humanities. Focuses on developing an analytical argument and incorporating evidence.

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SHORT ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOPS
These four courses cover the same areas
as the twelve hour essay writing workshop.

Introduction to Critical Writing in Essays
(3 hours)
Wed 7 May 12noon-3pm (Course No. 4321)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduate students and postgraduate students (coursework). Identifies the types of university assignments that
require a critical approach. Covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective within essays. Includes examples, language features and writing practice.

Analytical Writing (2 hours)
Thur 8 May 4-6pm (Course No. 4322)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, first year, Masters coursework. Looks at the differences between analytical and descriptive writing,
and the process involved in developing an
analytical approach to ideas and information.

Using Evidence in Essays (3 hours)
Tue 13 May 2-5pm (Course No. 4323)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates. Covers evaluating sources of evidence, using evidence critically and to support your argument, synthesising evidence to find patterns and develop your argument and paraphrasing skills.

Developing an Argument (3 hours)
Thur 15 May 2-5pm (Course No. 4324)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, first year, Masters coursework. Focuses on developing an argument by synthesising, evaluating and presenting evidence from relevant literature to substantiate a point of view.
Critical Reading of Research Articles (3 hours)
Mon 19 May 2-5pm (Course No. 4325)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: senior undergraduates (3rd year plus), Masters and doctoral students. Bring: journal article from field of study.
Covers interpreting and asking critical questions about a text and its subject matter.

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Foundations of Grammar (8 hours)
Fri 9, 16, 23 and 30 May 9-11am
(Course No. 4326)
Room 633 Education Building A35
This course looks at four basic areas of English grammar (sentence structure, verb groups, verb tenses and noun groups) from the point of view of the academic reader and writer. It will build your understanding of grammatical terminology and description. Please bring a sample of your course reading, and a sample of your writing.

Functional Grammar for Academic Writing
(10 hours)
Fri 9, 16, 23, 30 May and 6 June 9-11am
(Course No. 4327)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Builds on “Foundations of Grammar” and looks at the resources of the English clause for expressing meaning through grammatical choices. Suitable for students who have completed “Foundations of Grammar” or for those who can demonstrate a sound knowledge of the terminology and description of English grammar in a short diagnostic test (please contact the Learning Centre). Please bring a sample of your course reading, and a sample of your writing.

Language Strategies for Referring to Evidence (2 hours)
Wed 14 May 1-3pm (Course No. 4328)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all students/first year students. Focuses on the range of grammatical structures, reporting verbs and tenses that are available, and presents guidelines for choosing appropriately.

Quoting, Summarising and Paraphrasing Evidence (3 hours)
Wed 21 May 2-5pm (Course No. 4329)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all students/first year students. Helps you to identify the differences between quoting and reporting, and gives practice in language strategies to help avoid plagiarism.

Writing in an Academic Style (2 hours)
English speaking background students
Tue 6 May 12noon-2pm (Course No. 4330)
OR Tue 20 May 10am-12noon (Course No. 4331)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters coursework. Bring: draft of current writing. Focuses on some of the characteristics of successful academic writing across all disciplines, e.g. formality, objectivity, conciseness and impersonality.

Clearer Writing (3 hours)
English speaking background students
Mon 19 May 9am-12noon (Course No. 4332)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all students. Aims to make explicit the linking structures in English which make writing clear and logical.

Writing a Critical Review on a Single Text or Object (3 hours)
Wed 14 May 10am-1pm (Course No. 4333)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduate students and postgraduate students (coursework/research). Bring (if possible): the text to be critically reviewed. Covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective in a critical review of a single text (e.g. a journal article, artwork, film, lesson, policy, experiment, website). Includes examples, language features and writing practice.

Writing a Critical Review on a Topic Area
(3 hours)
Wed 21 May 10am-1pm (Course No. 4334)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: senior (3rd year plus) undergraduate students, postgraduate students (coursework/research). Covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective in a more complex critical review of a debate, methodology, theory, topic area, etc. Includes examples, language features and writing practice.

POSTGRADUATE SKILLS

Preparing a Thesis Proposal (3 hours)
Mon 12 May 9am-12noon (Course No. 4339)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: Masters by research, doctoral students. Bring: sample proposal from your department (if available). Provides an overview of the proposal with particular emphasis on the introductory stage and the expression of aims, research questions and hypotheses.

Writing a Literature Review (6 hours)
Sat 17 May 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
(Course No. 4340)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: Masters by research, doctoral students. Bring: 4-5 research articles relevant to topic, literature review from own field. Examines purpose of review as well as structuring, synthesising and evaluating the literature.

Writing Coursework Assignments (3 hours)
Tue 6 May 2-5pm (Course No. 4341)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all Masters Coursework students. Bring: a draft of a current assignment. This workshop looks at possible structures of coursework assignments, the component parts and the links between them.

Managing Literature for Coursework Assignments (3 hours)
Wed 7 May 3-6pm (Course No. 4342)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all Masters Coursework students. Bring: 2 articles for a current coursework assignment. This workshop discusses how literature from your field can be used to support argument in your coursework assignment, and looks at strategies for organising your references.

Oral Presentation Skills - Postgraduate
(6 hours)
English speaking background students
Mon 5, 12 and 19 May 12noon-2pm
(Course No. 4343)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Bring: Your notes/visuals for presentation. This workshop aims to develop your public speaking skills for tutorial and seminar presentations and includes the opportunity to schedule individual sessions with the lecturer to practise your presentation.

WORKSHOPS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LEARNING
(for non English speaking background students)

Introduction to Critical Reading (3 hours)
non English speaking background students
Wed 7 May 9am-12noon (Course No. 4335)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates. Bring: example of course reading. Introduces process of critical thinking and reading, practises strategies for evaluating and asking critical questions about readings.

Reading Strategies (3 hours)
non English speaking background students
Mon 5 May 9am-12noon (Course No. 4336)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates. Practises basic strategies of skimming and scanning.

Oral Presentation Skills - Undergraduate
(8 hours)
non English speaking background students
Thur 8, 15, 22 and 29 May 9-11am
(Course No. 4337)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Bring: Your notes/visuals for presentation. This workshop aims to develop your public speaking skills for tutorial and seminar presentations and includes the opportunity to schedule individual sessions with the lecturer to practise your presentation.

Oral Presentation Skills - Postgraduate
(8 hours)
non English speaking background students
Thur 8, 15, 22 and 29 May 11am-1pm
(Course No. 4338)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Bring: Your notes/visuals for presentation. These workshops aim to develop your public speaking skills for tutorial/seminar and conference presentation, and include short practice sessions using video feedback.