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Library training and events: New students

This guide includes details of all workshops and events run by your Library team.

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.

Our reference management workshops count towards your Red Award.

For alternative ways to learn about these useful tools see our Managing references guide:

Reference management workshop times

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

Academic skills training

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The Study Advice team run webinar 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.

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
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Wednesday, 11 October 

12:00 - 13:00

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
3

Wednesday, 11 October 

14:00 - 15:00

New to university? Preparing for success  This webinar will provide advice and practical tips on how to get ready for University life, including how to manage your time, participate actively and get the most out of your course.  Book
4

Wednesday, 18 October

12:00 - 13:00

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
4

Wednesday, 18 October 

14:00 - 15:00

Planning your assignment 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
5

Wednesday, 25 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 in academic writing. We will break down the key features of good paragraphing, which you can then use to structure and improve your own writing. Book
5

Wednesday, 25 October 

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, we will think about how to develop your critical writing and construct convincing arguments. Book
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Wednesday, 8 November 

12:00 - 13:00

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
7

Wednesday, 8 November 

14:00 - 15:00

Working with AI  Artificial Intelligence is a rapidly evolving technology that is becoming increasingly commonplace in work and study. Whilst it can be a helpful tool, there can also be significant ethical implications, as well as other potential pitfalls related to its use. In this webinar we will discuss the underlying technology of chat AI, its potential shortcomings, as well as how to use AI ethically and safely.  Book
8

Wednesday, 15 November 

12:00 - 13:00

Reflective practice and writing

Reflection is a key skill for success at university and beyond. In this webinar, we will examine what it means to be reflective: how to analyse and evaluate our work and use feedback from a range of sources, and how to translate reflective practice to reflective writing.   

Book
8

Wednesday, 15 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, 22 November 

14:00 - 15:00

What is critical thinking? Critical thinking is an important element of university study. In this webinar, we will explore the notion of critical thinking and identify key strategies for becoming a critical thinker. Book
10

Wednesday, 29 November 

14:00 - 15:00

Preparing for your dissertation In this webinar, we will look at how you can begin your dissertation project. This will include identifying the core theme and question of your dissertation, building a general dissertation structure and turning this into an organised plan/timeline. Book
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Wednesday, 6 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