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Graduate School Autumn Term Skills Workshops 2017

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This series of 4 workshops during the autumn term is designed and led by the Academic Support team at London College of Communication. All sessions will include activities and discussions aimed at providing postgraduate students with strategies to develop their creative thinking and academic skills within postgraduate study. The workshops are offered to cross-college students, allowing opportunities to meet other graduates at LCC. Lunch refreshments are included.

WORKSHOP 1: October 19th

POSTGRADUATE STUDY: GETTING STARTED

This session will focus on the nature and purpose of postgraduate study, focussing on what constitutes postgraduate study, learning approaches and how to get the most out of your course at LCC. It will be an opportunity to meet students from other disciplines and to exchange good practice in terms of time management and effective study skills. The workshop will include:

  • How to get the most out of your studies at LCC: lectures, seminars, tutorials, projects, libraries and wider resources within London
  • ‘Postgraduateness’
  • Recognising how you learn
  • Workload organisation & time management
  • Balancing practical & academic work

WORKSHOP 2: November 2nd

RESEARCH SKILLS

Research is the essential pathway to academic success and this practical, session will highlight the value of both library and archival research. Examples drawn from the archive at LCC will be used to introduce skills in object-based learning. Activities & discussion will focus on:

  • Object-based research & handling primary sources
  • Enriching the research process
  • Developing cultural & critical contexts
  • Evaluating your material

WORKSHOP 3: November 16th

CRITICAL THINKING

An important facet of academic education is developing skills in critical thinking and analysis; however, critical thinking is also a tool that can unlock well-worn assumptions, habits and normative approaches to every aspect of life. This workshop will establish the basic tenets of critical thinking, a vital part of any academic research process or exploration. Participants will be exposed to a set of images and encouraged to test out alternative readings and interpretations.

  • Understand the basic tenets of critical thinking
  • Recognise the value of thinking critically
  • Developing a more open-ended sense of enquiry

WORKSHOP 4: November 30th

FORMS OF WRITING

This workshop will examine the different forms and characteristics of academic writing, including critical creative writing, interdisciplinary forms, reflective reports, essays and dissertations. Practical examples will be used to highlight debates about academic language and style.

  • Forms and conventions of academic writing
  • Current debates about style, language & tone
  • Voice and originality.

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