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Information for new students: What's On

Key information and links for new students

Explore the Library - a self-guided tour

Explore the Library with this quick online guide with maps and images - you can always revisit this before your first visit to the Library building.

Take the pain out of referencing using EndNote or Mendeley

We offer help and training on the EndNote and Mendeley reference management systems to manage and create references. See the boxes below for details of our workshops and other guides you can use to learn how to make the most of these tools.

Our reference management workshops count towards your Red Award.

Reference management workshop times

Select from the following times. Just click on the title to book your place. All workshops take place in the Library.

Alternative ways to get started with Desktop EndNote

Upcoming workshop times are displayed on the left. If you are unable to attend the workshops the following options will help get you started.

Alternative ways to get started with Mendeley Reference Manager

Upcoming workshop times are displayed on the left. If you are unable to attend the workshops the following options will help get you started.

Introduction

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The Study Advice team will be running webinars throughout the academic year to support you with all aspects of your study. From revising for your exams to preparing for your dissertations, these friendly webinars are designed for you to get some tips from the experts and put your studies on track for success.

After attending a webinar, you may also want to book a 1-2-1 session with a Study Adviser to discuss a particular assessment or issue in more depth. Appointments can be booked by completing this simple online form

For those that prefer online resources, we have a suite of video tutorials and study guides covering all aspects of study on our Study Advice pages.

The links below can also help you with studying at home

Autumn Term Webinars

 

Please ensure you are logged in to your student account before booking

For booking issues please email: studyadvice@reading.ac.uk

Our webinars are 1 hour with an extra 30 minutes at the end set aside for questions.

Week Date Topic Details Link to book
1

Wednesday, 28 September 

14:00 - 15:00

Stepping up: Moving up to second and third year  This webinar is designed to help second- and third-year students take the next step in their degrees. What new challenges will you face this year? How will you overcome them? What have you learned so far that will help you continue progressing? Book
2

Wednesday, 5 October 

14:00 - 15:00

New to university? Preparing for success  This webinar will provide tips and advice on how to get ready for University life, including how to manage your time and get the most out of your study. Book
3

Wednesday, 12 October

14:00 - 15:00

Planning your assignment: From introduction to conclusion In this webinar, we will consider how you can improve the way you plan your assignments, including identifying your argument or position; refining your structure; and selecting your evidence.    Book
4

Wednesday, 19 October 

14:00 - 15:00

Managing your reading and note-making This webinar focuses on tips for active reading and note making , so that you can keep track of your sources, use evidence effectively, and make the most of your own ideas; these strategies will help you prepare for the writing stage of your assignments.  Book
5

Wednesday, 26 October 

14:00 - 15:00

Developing your academic writing  This webinar explores how to develop ideas into well-formed paragraphs, including how to support your arguments with appropriate use of evidence and references in academic writing. We will break down the key features of a good paragraph, which you can then use to structure and improve your own writing.  Book
7

Wednesday, 9 November 

14:00 - 15:00 

Writing at Masters and postgraduate level This webinar focuses on the requirements of writing at masters and postgraduate level. In particular, how to develop your critical writing and construct your argument. Book
8

Wednesday, 16 November 

14:00 - 15:00

Principles of report writing  This webinar aims to help you approach with confidence your report assignments. We will examine the key features of report structure and writing style, key differences from the ‘traditional’ essay, and how report elements may differ among various disciplines. Book
9

Wednesday, 23 November 

14:00 - 15:00

Academic integrity and avoiding unintentional plagiarism  This webinar will review the key principles of academic integrity and some common mistakes that may lead to poor academic practice. We will then explore strategies you can use to improve the academic integrity of your work and avoid unintentional plagiarism.  Book
10

Wednesday, 30 November 

14:00 - 15:00

What is critical thinking?

CANCELLED DUE TO STRIKE ACTION

Critical thinking is an important skill at university. This webinar will explain the notion of critical thinking and provide strategies for becoming a critical thinker.

 
11

Wednesday, 7 December 

14:00 - 15:00

Take back control of your studies So you’re a term in and perhaps your studies haven’t quite gone as planned. This webinar will give you the space to consider what you want to improve and offer you some tips to get back on track in preparation for the term ahead. Book