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Study Advice webinars and workshops

Upcoming webinars to help develop your study skills

Introduction

The Masters Dissertation Fair comprises of a week of online webinars and face-to-face workshops, offering advice on all elements of dissertation planning and writing, from choosing a research methodology to writing a literature review. These friendly sessions are designed for you to get some tips from the experts and put your dissertation on track for success. 

For any online sessions you book you will receive a link by email on the morning of the workshop. If you haven’t received your invite link an hour before it is due to start, please email studyadvice@reading.ac.uk.

Masters Dissertation Fair 6-10 June 2022

Week Date Topic Detail Link to Book
8

Mon 6 June 11:00-12:00

Managing your dissertation project The dissertation is a big and complicated process. This session will help you start to figure out how to manage it all, from planning your time to organising your tasks and resources Book
8 Mon 6 June 14:00-15:00 Accessing information beyond UoR Library In this session we will cover the key sources of information available at the University of Reading Library, and provide some tips and guidance to sourcing information not available through the Library – including interlibrary loan, visiting other libraries, and open access resources. Book
8 Mon 6 June 15:00-16:00 Overcoming writer’s block  This is a joint session with the Life Tools programme. We will address why writer’s block occurs and offer some strategies to deal with it, ensuring you are more productive  Book
8 Tues 7 June 11:00-12:00 Matching methodologies to research questions In the session we assess advantages and disadvantages of different methodologies. Also, we will explore how to develop and apply a comprehensive research methodology to a specific research project. Book
8 Tues 7 June 13:00-15:00 Library: Referencing and reference management drop-In (Library G19/20) This in person drop-in is an opportunity to come and discuss specific questions about referencing or using reference management tools (EndNote/Mendeley). We can also help you get started with using these tools for your dissertation. You do not need to book a place just drop in during the afternoon to meet with an Academic Liaison Librarian.

Live session -  No booking required

Library G19/20

8 Wed 8 June 11:00-12:00 Being more critical in your reading and writing  This session is designed to give you tips and strategies for developing a critical approach to reading and structuring your writing. Book
8 Wed 8 June 13:00-16:00 Dissertation writing retreat This in person session offers you a space and place to progress your writing. Bring along what you’re working on, and we will run a structured writer’s retreat with help on hand, should you need it. 

Live session 

Book

8 Wed 8 June 14:00-15:00 Literature searching tips In this session we'll run through preparing to search for literature. We'll think about identifying where to look. Then we'll then move on to techniques for constructing a comprehensive search, selecting keywords, then applying search operators and truncation. Delivered by your Academic Liaison Librarians. Book
8 Thurs 9 June 11:00-12:00 Writing your literature review  This session will provide you with some tips and strategies on how to plan, structure and write up your literature review.  Book
8 Thurs 9 June 13:00-15:00 Finding information for your subject drop-in (Library Foyer) Join this in person session with your questions on finding information relevant to your subject and literature searching tips and help. You do not need to book a place just drop in during the afternoon to meet with an Academic Liaison Librarian.

Live session - No booking required

Library Foyer

8 Fri 10 June 11:00-12:00  Writing your discussion  This session will explore the key features of a discussion section and provide you with some tips for structuring and writing up your work. Book
8 Fri 10 June 14:00-15:00 Taking a systematic approach to your literature search Every dissertation will include a literature review, but what if your dissertation is entirely literature-based? You will need to take a systematic approach to your search and analysis of the literature, and might use a number of techniques usually employed for a systematic review. We will run through some of these to help you take a structured approach to your search.  Book
Presentation slides and other supporting links

Managing your dissertation project

Accessing information beyond UoR Library

Overcoming writers block

Matching methodologies to research questions

 Referencing and reference management

Being more critical in your reading and writing

Literature searching tips

Writing your literature review

Writing your discussion

Taking a systematic approach to your literature search

Masters Dissertation Fair Videos

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