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Work Smarter … with the WDC!

Our new workshops give you the time and space to:

  • Make progress on your assignments in a supportive, distraction-free environment
  • Experiment with new study strategies such as reading and revision techniques
  • Reflect on and discuss your approach with peers

‘… with the WDC’ workshops will take place in the Writing Development Centre (Level 2, Philip Robinson Library) and run throughout the academic year on a first-come, first-served basis. Further details of the sessions, including dates and times, can be found below.

Remember to bring some work along with you. Please note that the workshop venue is not a computer cluster so if you prefer to work on a laptop or tablet, please bring your fully charged device with you.

Kickstart Your Assignment … with the WDC!

This session is for everyone who’s ever been given an assignment title and thought: “Where do I start?!” So, yes: this session is for everyone!!

We’ll help to make this stage more manageable with a set of activities that will take you through:

  • Analysing the question/task to work out what markers are looking for
  • Narrowing the question down and finding ‘an angle’
  • Planning your reading: considering what to read and how much to read!

Bring your current question/task along and get ready to kickstart your assignment! This session will run on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 29th October: 10am-12pm
  • Thursday 7th November: 2pm-4pm
  • Tuesday 26th November: 10am-12pm
  • Thursday 6th December: 2pm-4pm

Strategic Reading and Notetaking … with the WDC!

Need to avoid getting swamped by your reading? Don’t fancy becoming a human photocopier? Want to read more critically? This is the session for you, with a set of activities that will take you through:

  • Identifying your purpose – what are you reading for? – and the strategy to achieve it
  • Experimenting with critical reading techniques
  • Reviewing your current notetaking strategy and experiment with new ones

Remember to bring some of the reading for your current assignment! This session will run on the following dates:


  • Thursday 31st October: 2pm-4pm
  • Tuesday 5th November: 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday 12th November: 10am-12pm
  • Thursday 28th November: 2pm-4pm

Editing Your Work … with the WDC!

Well done – you’ve drafted your assignment! Now it’s time to hone and polish it before handing it in to make sure your work is as good as it can be. Our editing session comprises a series of activities that will take you through:

  • Writing for a reader
  • Structuring paragraphs
  • Transition and cohesion
  • Ensuring relevance: need to know or just nice to know?!
  • Unpacking and developing your points

Bring your current assignment and get ready to spruce it up! This session will run on the following dates:

  • Thursday 14th November: 2pm-4pm
  • Tuesday 19th November: 10am-12pm
  • Thursday 21st November: 2pm-4pm

Refresh Your Revision Strategies … with the WDC!

How much am I expected to remember?! What are markers really looking for? Why isn’t it going in?! We’ve all been there. Take some of the stress out of exam season with our workshop, which features a set of activities that will take you through:

  • Establishing what exams are really testing
  • Selecting: what should be in your ‘Store Cupboard of Knowledge’?! (Don’t worry; we’ll explain!)
  • Memorising: evaluating your current approaches and considering new ones

Discussing and comparing revision strategies with peers

 Bring your current revision notes along with you! This session will run on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 9th December: 10am-12pm
  • Thursday 12th December: 2pm-4pm

January dates coming soon!


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