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Need tips for managing your time? Struggling to read everything? Want to keep your notes in order? Then WolfWorks is for you!

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"It provided a good overview - in an easy-to-follow yet comprehensive manner, whilst providing enough detail and instruction that I could go away and trial the techniques to see which worked best for me. I only wish I had taken the course earlier!" 
Student feedback from a Wolfson Academic Skills workshop delivered in 2018-19

WolfWorks is a programme of skills development workshops run throughout the academic year. There are two strands: one for new undergraduates and another for advanced undergraduates (2nd, 3rd and 4th years), MPhils and PhD students.

In addition, there was a day-long event on Saturday 18 January for all students to engage with aspects of writing relevant to their research and studies. There was something for everyone: essay writing for arts, humanities and social scientist undergraduates, writing in the sciences, creative writing, writing notes for dissertations, writing grant applications, writing bibliographies, plus a 'Shut up and Write' session for those who wanted get stuck into work again after the vacation. Thank you to all those who attended; we very much hope to offer another day of workshops in the future. 

Distance Learning students are always welcome to contact the college to find how we can support your skills development. We offer bespoke 1-2-1 sessions with the Academic Skills Librarian when you are in Cambridge, can Skype or respond by email and provide a range of online materials on the Wolfson College LibGuide. The Special Study Week in July is a particularly good time to make use of all that the college has to offer.

 

WolfWorks in Easter Term

In place of our physical workshops on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, we are bringing the content to you with videos, step-by-step guides and downloadable worksheets. In addition, we are offering the opportunity to join an online meeting to talk about the topics as a group, or we can chat with you 121, if you prefer. Resources will be grouped under two main topics: Remote working and Finishing off a thesis or dissertation. Topics include: time management, digital wellbeing, building an online profile; Stress free referencing, editing a long document, and finishing off a long document in Word.

Use these shortcuts to jump to relevant material:

Remote Working: Time Management

Resources:

  • Video (links to YouTube)- 15 minute slideshow with voice over describing some of the key principles behind time management including setting SMART objectives.
  1.  Introduction (00:00-1:00)
  2. SMART objectives (1:01-1:43)
  3. Obstacles to Managing Time (1:44-3:05)
  4. ‘What?’ and ‘How?’ of Time Management (3:06-5:24)
  5. ‘When?’ of Time Management (5:25-6:46)
  6. Planners (6:47-08:06)
  7. ‘Where?’ of Time Management (08:07-10:46)
  8. Tools for Managing Your Time (10:47-13:22)
  9. Contact Details (13:23-14:03)

BOOK PLACES for the online chat to ask questions and share experiences.

Remote Working: Digital Distractions

Resources:

  • Video (links to YouTube) - 15 minute slideshow with voice over describing approaches and tools to help you avoid digital distractions
  1. Introduction (00:00-01:05)
  2. Online Pluses (01:05-02:05)
  3. Mindful Technology (02:05-03:23)
  4. Identity conflicts? (03:23-05:46)
  5. Agency (05:46-06:55)
  6. Digital Detox (06:55-08:41)
  7. Tips to help you turn off (8:41-12:30)
  8. Practice-mapping template (12:30-14:05)
  9. Contact details (14:05-14:37)

References: 

Remote working: Creating an Online Profile

Resources: 

Video - Creating a profile on LinkedIn 

  1. Introduction 00:00-00:41    
  2. LinkedIn 00:41-02:29    
  3. Purpose 02:29-03:09    
  4. Privacy Settings 3:09-04:09    
  5. Header 04:09-05:47    
  6. Summary 05:47- 06:40    
  7. Experience  07:28--08:24    
  8. Education and Certification 08:24-09:21    
  9. Skills, Endorsements and Recommendations 09:21-10:55    
  10. Making Connections 11:11-12:07    
  11. Research 12:07-12:54    
  12. Academic Profiles 12:54- 14:39    
  13. Contact 14:39- 15:15    

Video - Using Twitter

  1. Introduction
  2. What does it do?
  3. Why use it?
  4. Video Tour of Twitter
  5. Tips for using Twitter
  6. Contact

Related Guides

  1. Writing a blog for research (pdf)
  2. Managing a digital footprint (web guide)

Web pages

  1. e-professionalism - advice from the University of Edinburgh

BOOK PLACES for the online chat to ask questions and share experiences.

 

Editing a dissertation or thesis: stress-free reference management

Resources:

Video - general

Videos- Zotero

Videos - Mendeley

Guides

BOOK PLACES for the online chat Thursday 21st to ask questions and share experiences.

Editing a dissertation or thesis: Finishing a long document in Word

Resources:

Videos

Transcripts

BOOK PLACES for the online chat Thursday 28th to ask questions and share experiences.

Editing a dissertation or thesis: reducing your word count

This week we focus on reducing your word count. 

So - Your deadline is looming and you’re hundreds of words over your word count. What do you do? First of all, do not panic! It is always possible to reduce your word count, even when you think there is nothing more that could be eliminated.

There is no video this week. Instead we encourage you to look at this guide, reflect on your writing, and come along to the meeting next Thursday to ask questions and discuss what works for you.

BOOK PLACES for the online chat Thursday 4th June.

 

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