Webinars on Finding Research, Citing and Referencing, EndNote and more …

Skills Hub webinars will help you improve the skills you need to succeed in your courses and assignments at Heriot-Watt.


Topics for this semester include:

  • Finding Research – an introductory webinar on how to find academic research, suitable for students who are new to university research, or who would like a refresher.
  • Literature Searching – more advanced webinars aimed at students who are familiar with the basics of how to search, but want to learn more. These are aimed at students in the final years of their undergraduate degree or taught postgraduates.
  • EndNote X9 reference management software. EndNote X9 is very useful if you are working on a literature review or a project with a lot of references.
  • Citing and Referencing, with sessions on Harvard and IEEE (check your assignment guidelines to find out which style you should use)
  • And many more

Many of our September webinars were fully booked, but there are spaces available in October and November. Book your place at https://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/skillshub/

We’re also putting content online so that you can develop these skills independently, via the Skills Hub website at https://isguides.hw.ac.uk/skillshub . Topics already online include Harvard Citing and Referencing, IEEE Citing and Referencing and Finding Research for Assignments. We’ll be adding more to these pages throughout the semester.

Details of Information Services webinars for staff can be found at https://hw.ac.libcal.com/calendar/istraining/

Library and IT support for Remote Learning and Research

For information and support for remote learning and research, please check out the Remote learning guide

 

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A Guide to Library and IT support for Remote Learning and Research

The Guide to Library and IT support for Remote Learning and Research includes information for learning and accessing resources while off-campus.

There are some very useful video screencasts of how to to use Discovery for accessing ebooks, ejournals and databases.

You can also sign up for Power Hours webinars and contact Liaison Librarians for help and support

 

Congratulations to our quiz winner!

Congratulations to Ling Zhou who won the Library & IT quiz for the pre-sessional Passport students.   The Passport students spent the morning in group activities finding and using Library resources to support their assignments. The online quiz then tested the students’ knowledge of additional Library and IT services available to help.

Very well done to our quiz winner!

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Power Hours w/c 14 January 2019

The following workshops will be held w/cpowerhours
14th January

Citing & Referencing Harvard
Date: 14 January 2019
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Excel: Fundamentals
Date: 14 January 2019
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Library Teaching , Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

How to Succeed in Exams
Date: 14 January 2019
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Note Taking [Webinar]
Date: 15 January 2019
Time: 09:15-10:15
Location: Own Computer
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Making the Most of Your Lectures
Date: 15 January 2019
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome, most suited to UG and PGT students

Coping with Presentation Nerves 
Date: 15 January 2019
Time: 16:00-17:00
Location: Student Wellbeing Centre, Hugh Nisbet Building
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Citing & Referencing Harvard [Webinar]
Date: 17 January 2019
Time: 09:15-10:15
Location: Own Computer
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Endnote Online
Date: 17 January 2019
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Critical Thinking
Date: 17 January 2019
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours
See our website for further skills development opportunities

Exam Top Tip: Try the Pomodoro technique.

It is a simple but very effective method that can improve your focus and aid concentration. So to get started you just need a timer-it could be an electronic timer on your phone or lap-top. It doesn’t have to be the old-fashioned kitchen timer shaped like a tomato – but that is where the name originates. Pomodoro is the Italian for tomato. Set the timer for your next study session. Fifty minutes is ideal to start with. After fifty minutes give yourself a ten minute break. Time for a cup of tea or a walk in the fresh air. Then follow with another uninterrupted fifty minute study period. If this method works for you, then start allocating specific topics to revise for each concentrated Pomodoro session. You may be surprised how much revision you can cover using this method.

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Exam Top Tip: Take care of yourself.

Your academic work actually benefits if you build in rest, exercise and relaxation. Your brain needs a good night’s sleep and this is particularly important before the day of your exam.  Exercise will help you relax, keep a good appetite and give you that vital “switch off” time from study.  Remember to build some leisure and relaxation into your study schedule.  This is time to spend with friends or family, go for a walk or watch a TV show.  Finally, don’t forget to eat!  Just as the brain needs sleep it also needs nourishment. spiced_orange_and_honey_36705_16x9

Exam Top Tip: Mix it up!

Successful revision tests your understanding of content. So try recording your answer to a test question and critically listen back.  Is your explanation clear and precise?  Look at a test question and write an essay plan to show how you would answer the question.  If you are a visual learner draw a mind map to show how you would tackle the question.  Mind maps can help you see correlations and identify missing bits of the jigsaw.  All of these methods will help you identify gaps in your knowledge and show you where you need to concentrate most.

Exam Top Tip: Don’t fall into the procrastination trap!

You could use a timetable to mark out revision times for each subject and then stick to it.  Another great way to stop procrastinating and get started is to use the Pomodoro technique: this is as simple as setting a timer.  For example, set your timer for 50 minutes.  This should be concentrated study time – no distractions.  At the end of 50 minutes you have earned yourself a 10 minute break – time for a quick walk or a cup of tea.  Then go for another 50 minutes of concentrated study.  Remember to make your goals for each day realistic, and reward yourself for achieving them. You’ve earnt it!

Exam Top Tip: You don’t have to be anti-social to revise well

Form a study group or find yourself a “study buddy”.  Research shows that group study can be very effective – make use of past examination questions and test each other.  Everyone benefits-but the student whose turn it is to explain the problem, concept or theorem benefits most of all.  Because to explain something means you truly have to understand it. If you don’t have anyone on your course, explain it to a family member or friend.

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