ASK: Workshops and Classes

ASK provides a wide variety of learning development workshops that can be booked individually or as part of a series. To book a workshop or a series of workshops for your course, simply get in touch.  All our sessions are developed specifically to fit in with course requirements but the list below gives some idea of the sort of topics we cover - if you need something else, just ask! 

Workshop content is flexible to suit the requirements of the students and the course. A workshop could include one or more of the topics listed below. Ideally, the workshops are for groups of 10-20 but they can also be delivered to larger groups and in some cases can be delivered as lectures.

Writing the First Essay

This element encourages students to reflect on their abilities and experience as a writer and to consider their approach to their first written assignments. This will include consideration of time management, organisation and planning, using sources and note taking.

Planning and Organising Writing

This element encourages students to reflect on their own writing habits and preferences for planning and to develop techniques for effective working. It considers time management and organisation, note taking and using sources as well as developing and working with a writing plan.

Critical Reading and Effective Notemaking

This element involves practising note taking from texts, emphasising the importance of using own words and of correctly identifying quotations from the original and planning to use these in written work. This element covers: different types of reading; ensuring that reading is active; reading for relevance; different approaches to note-making; and building on notes.

Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism

This element involves practising referencing and layout: using different sources, quoting, providing citation and a reference for the bibliography / list of references. It follows the referencing protocols that are prescribed for the programme. This topic can also be extended to discuss plagiarism: what constitutes unfair use of others’ material and how to avoid this by using citation.

Paragraphs and Sentences  

This session explains topic sentences and demonstrates the effect of overloaded sentences. Students look at texts where points were poorly expressed and/or paragraphs hard to read as well as how to structure paragraphs in order to develop their argument. This is a practical session on improving writing which (for a small group) can incorporate students’ own work.

Argument and Structure

This element investigates the possibilities for structuring an essay within the conventions and expectations of the students’ course. This will include the importance of planning and revising work, considering clarity for the reader and introductions and conclusions.

Critical, Reflective Writing

This workshop aims to equip students with the skills to record their research journey, from the studio to the dissertation, effectively in text using research journals and other forms of documentation. It places reflective writing, as a qualitative research method, within an historical and inter-disciplinary context and considers reflective writing within the genre of creative non-fiction. 

Writing for Science

This workshop provides an overview of the principles of academic writing for science subjects. The workshop covers understanding of an assessment brief and the assessment criteria; exercises on appropriate academic style and terminology, accuracy and clarity. This topic can also be extended to discuss plagiarism and referencing: what constitutes unfair use of others’ material and how to avoid this by using citation.  

Writing up a Scientific Report

This workshop offers students studying science subjects the opportunity to consider their approach to their first scientific report. This involves investigation and practical work identifying and discussing the elements of a scientific report.

Writing a Literature Review

Students will explore what a literature review is, why they are undertaken and how to do them. The workshop also covers: managing your reading for research; notemaking and organising notes; and critical analysis.

Presentation Skills

The workshop focuses on research, working in groups, ordering the content, time keeping, non-verbal language and rehearsals.

Poster Presentations

The session will focus on making an effective poster and will look at content, style and layout and producing a poster using the computer or as a handwritten piece.

Time Management

The workshop focuses on the most effective ways of working in order to keep to deadlines. Students will look at evaluating, structuring and prioritising their time. They will be shown how to break down their work into manageable ‘chunks’.

Organising Time for the Dissertation

Students will look at how to break down their dissertation into mini deadlines, plan to complete elements on a weekly/termly basis and to prioritise work alongside other deadlines.

Revising for Exams

This workshop is suitable for all year groups. Depending on need, the session can include time planning; writing good notes; use of learning styles to identify effective ways for revising; answering exam questions; and dealing with stress and anxiety.

Exam Strategies

This workshop is suitable for all year groups. The session will focus on: understanding exam questions; choosing your questions; organising your thoughts; developing your statements/arguments; organising your time in the exam; and marking criteria.