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Academic Skills Workshops

In autumn term, City’s Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD) team are offering a series of lunchtime study skills workshops to help you prepare for your course.

  • There’s no need to book; just come along.
  • The sessions are free and most are open to all City students, so you can choose the sessions that best address your needs.
  • Some sessions will be repeated as webinars that you can join online. The link is in the same box as the workshop, together with the date and time of the webinar.






9th October

Critical thinking

1.00 - 1.50pm

Room B103

[Webinar - 12th Oct. 11.00am: Link]

This session covers:

What is critical thinking and writing?

Constructive ways of being critical of the evidence and literature you are looking at

10th October

Referencing and plagiarism

1.00 - 1.50pm

Room C303

[Webinar - 12th Oct. 10.00am: Link]

This session covers:

Why you need to reference

What is considered plagiarism and how to avoid it

11th October


1.00 - 1.50pm

Room B103

This session covers:

Strategies for taking notes in lectures

Using the Cornell lecture notetaking method

Creative techniques to combine lecture notes and reading

12th October

Multi-sensory learning

1.00 - 1.50pm

Room C303

This session covers:

What is multi-sensory learning?

How can I use it in my studies?

[Webinar - 13th Oct. 3.00pm: Link]

13th October

Digital literacy

1.00 - 1.50pm

Room R201

This session covers:

Digital tools and tips for note taking

Apps for Learning e.g. revision

Tools to support group work for projects

Managing and promoting your online identity for employment

16th October

Reflective writing

1.00 - 1.50pm

Room C303

Reflective writing webinar

[Webinar - 19th Oct. 11.00am: Link]

This session covers:

What is reflective writing and how does it differ from more standard modes of academic writing?

Some reflective thinking models

Analysis of examples of reflective writing

17th October

Understanding your marking criteria and planning your essay

1.00 - 1.50pm

Cass students - C312
SHS students - ELG10
SASS students - A130

[Webinar - 18th Oct. 10.00am: SASS link]

[Webinar - 18th Oct. 4.00pm: Cass link]

This session covers:

How to understand assignment questions and marking criteria

How to construct an appropriate essay structure


19th October

Assistive technology overview

1.00 - 1.50pm

Room C304

This session covers:

What types of software are available

Where you can access/download free versions

What study strategies you can use with them

20th October

Writing your assignment

1.00 - 1.50pm

Room B104

[Webinar - 24th Oct. 10.00am: Link]

This session covers:

The process of writing

Academic style of writing

Strategies to overcome writer's block

23rd October

Writing a technical report

1.00 - 1.50pm

Room C307

This session covers:

The structure and conventions of report writing in science and engineering subjects

An overview of the IEEE referencing system

24th October

Dissertation skills for SASS students

1.00 - 1.50pm

Room BLG07

[Webinar - 25th Oct. 10.00am: SASS link]

This session covers:

Developing an overall critical argument in a dissertation

Outlines the different parts of a dissertation

Strategies to plan your time effectively

25th October

Dissertation skills

1.00 - 1.50pm

Cass students - R204

SHS students - A110

This session covers:

Developing an overall critical argument in a dissertation

The functions and characteristics of different parts of a dissertation

How to plan your time to write a cohesive dissertation

[Webinar - 26th Oct. 4.00pm: Cass link]


30th October

Research terminology

1.00 - 1.50pm

Room: BLG07

This session covers:

Some of the key concepts of research practice

Some of the key language used in describing and critiquing research methodologies


1st November

Essay writing

1.00 - 1.50pm

Cass students - R105
SHS students - DLG05
SASS students - AG07b

[Webinar - 2nd Nov. 10.00am: SASS link]

[Webinar - 2nd Nov. 4.00pm: Cass link]

This session covers:

How to move from an essay structure to a finished essay

Critical writing strategies for essays

How to critically reflect on your feedback


3rd November

Graphical representations of data

1.00 - 1.50pm

Room AG07b

[Webinar - 8th Nov. 10.00am: Link]

This session covers:

Choosing the best way to represent your data

Brief introduction to using Excel to produce graphs


27th November

Revision methods

1.00 - 1.50pm

Room AG07b

This session covers:

Identifying and discussing strategic revision techniques

Discussing and using creative, active reviewing strategies

28th November

Exam techniques

1.00 - 1.50pm

Room B103

[Webinar - 30th Nov. 4.00pm: Link]

This session covers:

How to complete the different types of exam tasks

How to deal with anxiety in the exam

29th November

From anxiety to calm in your revision

1.00 - 1.50pm

Room BLG07

[Webinar - 1st Dec. 2.00pm: Link]

This session covers:

What is stress and how to recognise it

How to reduce stress and better time management

30th November

Mind mapping software

1.00 - 2.00pm - demonstration

2.00 - 2.50pm - practice time

Room A217

This session covers:

What mind mapping is and how you can use it

Follow along demonstration of Xmind (free software)

Practice with floating support


If you miss a session, you will find the learning materials on the Learning Success Moodle page.

If you have a question about any of the workshops, please phone 020 7040 0246 or email

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