Academic Skills Workshops run throughout the academic year and are designed to support you on your academic journey. To attend a workshop all you need to is use the link below to book your place - or read on to find out more information about the different workshops on offer.

Workshop Schedule

Day Date Time SESSION
Wednesday 27-09-2023




APA Referencing

OSCOLA Referencing

Harvard Referencing

How to Write an Annotated Bibliography

Fundamentals of Writing
Thursday 28-09-2023


Reversing the Outline: How to edit your existing work?

Advanced Library Searching

An Introduction to Critical Thinking
Friday 29-09-2023



Organising your references using Mendeley

Understanding Research
Saturday 30-09-2023
APA Referencing
Monday 02-10-2023

From Research Distress to Research Success

Arden’s Writers Retreat
Tuesday 03-10-2023
Level Up Your Tech Game and Learn to Use the Library Like a Pro
Wednesday 04-10-2023
Abraca-data! Become a Research Whizz
Thursday 05-10-2023

Improve your skills with Linkedin Learning

An Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint
Friday 06-10-2023

Let's Get Critical

Arden’s Writers Retreat
Saturday 07-10-2023
An Introduction to Microsoft Word
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A Guide to Synthesis

Synthesis is an important higher-level skill in academia. Good academic essays are often described as being more than the sum of their parts, and this is largely down to their use of synthesis. This workshop explores the fundamentals of synthesis and offers practical guidance on how to balance and combine sources to show deep understanding. It also provides a space for students to practise this skill in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Abraca-data! Become a Research Whizz

Statista makes finding a wide range of statistics easy! In this workshop we will use Statista to explore how the world is changing, and also demonstrate how Statista can be used to add valuable data to your assignments. 

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Active Listening

Mastering active listening skills will strengthen your academic study. These skills will help with note taking, understanding lectures and feedback from Tutors.

The aim of this workshop is to explain in detail the reasons why active listening can help you in your degree. There will be top tips and advice on listening skills. This session will help students to combine numerous skills and allow active listening to heighten their existing skills.

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An Introduction to Critical Thinking

The introduction to Critical Thinking workshops builds on the content covered by the introduction to Academic Writing session. It aims to provide students with a better understanding of how to progress from descriptive writing to a more critical discussion. The session looks at evaluating sources, argument construction and employing more critical language in your writing.

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An Introduction to IBIS World

IBIS World provides access to thousands of industry research reports, providing students with the same industry intelligence and tools used by companies around the world. Delivered by an IBIS World specialist they will explain how to get the best out of this database for those studying Business related subjects and Healthcare Management.

An Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint

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An Introduction to Microsoft Word

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An Introduction to the Library

The Introduction to the Library workshop is a basic introduction to one of the most important online platforms that you will be using during your time at Arden. It provides a basic walkthrough of how to access the library and carry out searches. We encourage students who have attended this workshop to then attend the Advanced Literature Searching workshop to improve their literature searching and building on the skills covered in the Introduction to the Library workshop.

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An Introduction to Westlaw

Westlaw is one of the major databases for case law, legislation and commentary. Delivered by a Westlaw specialist this session will give you an overview and show you how to search for essential legal information. For all students studying law and law related subjects.

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Approaching Assignments

The Approaching Assignments workshop provides you with an overview of how to prepare and submit your assignments. The workshop covers the importance of planning ahead to get your assignment completed on time, considers some of the challenges that you might face during your studies and how to overcome them.

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Developing your Academic Voice

Developing your academic voice workshop focuses on the use of proficient academic language essential for clearly articulating and communicating your thoughts in both your spoken and written assessments. This will enable you to express yourself with more confidence whilst noticing what makes a good example of an academic voice.

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Evaluating Resources

The evaluating resources workshop provides students with an overview of how to breakdown academic sources. The workshop covers the importance of using trustworthy and progressive research within academic writing and provides practical techniques for assessing and evaluating information from a range of sources. If you are struggling to understand research, find it tricky linking it to your assignments and remaining critical, or just want some hints and tips then this workshop is for you.

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Excel Drop-In

Have a quick question about Excel? Then this drop-in session is for you. An Academic Skills Tutor will be present in the session to answer all of your Excel questions! Stop by for five mins, or stay for the whole hour, it is completely up to you!

From Research Distress to Research Success

This workshop will give you the opportunity to find out more about researching using Google Scholar and Open Access Journals. An academic skills tutor will guide you through Google Scholar explaining

- the best methods of searching,

- how to find credible resources

- and how to link your wider internet searches back to Arden’s library collections using a tool called Libkey Nomad.

They will also explain more about Open Access journals.

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Fundamentals of Writing

In this workshop we will explore the ways that you can begin writing clear and effective sentences using a range of punctuation marks and sentence structures. By the end of this workshop you will have learnt about the rules for writing sentences, but most importantly you will know how to interpret those rules in order to improve the clarity of your writing and the message you want to communicate.

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Generating Ideas (Getting Started)

This workshop will guide you through techniques and approaches to creative and original thinking. You may have done the reading and be prepared to do the assignment but not know where to start . Together we will use techniques like mind-mapping, discussion, free-writing, and other reflective practices which you can use to unlock your ideas ready to put down in your assignments.

Improve your skills with Linkedin Learning

Do you want to learn more about how to be an effective student online? Are there IT skills that you want to improve but don’t know how? This workshop will introduce two online resources that can help you to identify and develop specific skills for study. These are available to all Arden University students! By the end of the session you will be able to develop an action plan based on your priorities, and identify relevant resources via LinkedIn Learning and the Library to help you achieve those goals.

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Introduction to Academic Writing

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The Introduction to Academic Writing workshop is an introduction to the importance of certain practices within academic writing such as structuring, editing and proofreading your work. It highlights some of the conventions that are useful to adopt in your assignments and what to avoid. Introduction to Academic Writing is a good starting point for students hoping to improve their written work.

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Introduction to Turnitin

The Introduction to Turnitin workshop gives you an insight into how to use the software to your advantage. The workshop will take you through the basics of how to upload one of your assignments as well as walking you through, and breaking down, the Turnitin report.

IT Essentials for Students

This workshop covers the essential digital skills students need when joining Arden, including: Downloading Office software for free, using your student email, Zoom, saving work and navigating iLearn. 

Let's Get Critical

This workshops explores how to read critically and  progress from descriptive writing to a more critical discussion.

Level Up Your Tech Game and Learn to Use the Library Like a Pro

Explore how to use Libkey Nomad and Browzine to use the Library like a Pro! This workshop will help you to connect online with resources available via the Arden Library, access journals to support your research and show how you can personalise software to get the most out of it.

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New to University: What does it involve?

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The New to University session is an introduction to university life, focusing on distance and blended learning, and aims to orientate you to the nature of academic study.

It also provides an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have, and for us as to share our experiences of studying at university and to dispel common misconceptions and myths around what university and academic study is. This is an icebreaker session and aims to provide some practical guidance and advice.

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As a university student you will need to make notes about the texts you read and the lectures you attend. This workshop will demonstrate that by taking notes you can effectively kickstart your learning, initiating the process of understanding and memorising new concepts and information from a very early stage. We will explore a few different styles of note-taking so that you can find the one that suits you best.

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The Paraphrasing will help you master these essential skills, strengthen your academic voice and critical thinking, and will also help you avoid plagiarism. In this workshop, we will explore the fundamentals of these techniques, and provide clear guidance on how to use them. When used correctly, these skills allow you to demonstrate the depth of your subject understanding, and your ability to combine relevant material from many sources into a unified whole.

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Presentation Skills

Depending on your assignment you may be required to create a presentation as part of your studies. This interactive workshop will take you through the basics of using Microsoft PowerPoint within your work and will provide you with hints and tips for making the most out of the software. If you are new to using the software or need to brush up on your skills then this session is for you.

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The Proofreading workshop is designed to help you with the last stages of completing your assignments. Proofreading is an important part of the assignment writing process, if you find that you struggle with proofreading your work or are not sure of where to start then this workshop can help. It aims to walk you through the process of proofreading your own work and provide you with some hints and tips to improve your proofreading ability.

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Referencing Workshops

The Referencing workshops give an overview of some of the most common referencing styles, we run separate workshops for Harvard, APA and OSCOLA. Referencing correctly is key to good academic practice, therefore, these workshops focus on citations and how to construct some of the most common types of references. They will also highlight how to best make use of the referencing guides that are available and answer any referencing questions that you might be having difficulty with.

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Time Management

Always leaving your assignments to the last minute? Don t know how to effectively plan your assignments? This time Management workshop will provide you with the tools you need to stay on track and meet your deadlines.

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Understanding Plagiarism

The Understanding Plagiarism workshop starts a discussion about academic integrity and good academic practice. It will introduce you to some of the reasons why referencing will be such an important part of your academic journey and how best to maintain academic integrity so that you can avoid plagiarism. Understanding Plagiarism will introduce you to the basics of referencing but for a more in-depth look at referencing please also attend one of the referencing specific sessions.

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Understanding Research

As a university student you will need to read research papers to find evidence to support your arguments. To help you make effective use of research papers this workshop will support you in being able to understand how to recognise different forms of research, the different elements that research papers may include and factors that you will want to consider when evaluating studies.

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Understanding the Assignment

Understanding the Question is a key stage of any assignment. By developing an understanding of an assignment question, the issues you might research and the structure you might use to write about relevant issues often become clearer. In this workshop we will look at ways to break down assignment questions and take time to practise the skills you need to start drafting clear and original responses to assignment questions.

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Your Virtual Classroom: Zoom

Your Virtual Classroom introduces you to the virtual classroom where some of your teaching may take place, we offer this session on Zoom depending on whether you are a blended or distance learner. It provides you with some guidance on netiquette as well as giving you a chance to use some of the features provided to help you build your confidence and ask any questions you might have before jumping into your studies.


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Advanced Literature Searching

The Literature Searching workshop will introduce you to some of the more advanced features of the EBSCO Library and Ebook Central Library, the two main platforms that you will be using to find sources for your assignments. This workshop will cover topics such as key word selection, search strategies and using filters to refine your search results.

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An Introduction to Statistics

Are you daunted by statistics and would like to understand the step-by-step procedures involved in statistics? Then, this workshop is for you. There will be opportunity for hands-on practice on performing descriptive statistics manually and with Microsoft Excel.

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Critical Thinking & Writing

Your writing is too descriptive, you need to be more critical is a common piece of feedback students receive on their essays, but what does it actually mean? This workshop explores the focus, language, and approach required to produce clear critical writing. It demystifies the subject by giving practical examples of how we all use critical thinking and provides a framework for students to interact with academic texts critically and with confidence.

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How to Write an Argument

This workshop introduces students to the fundamentals of academic writing, and dispels some of the common misconceptions around the subject. Using practical examples, this workshop encourages students to find their own voice and to write in a way that makes the most of the available space. It explores fundamental concepts of structure of tone, gives guidance on comparison and acts as a primer to the conventions of academic writing.

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Identifying a Research Topic (Dissertation)

The Identifying a Research Topic workshop is for if you are starting to think about your final year research project. Dissertations are an essential part of your degree, it is your chance to work independently on something that you are passionate about. The workshop will help you generate ideas for research topics, assess whether the topic could realistically be carried out and get you started on the first stages of researching your topic.

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Paragraph Structure

In this workshop we will discuss how you can begin to express your ideas effectively by constructing coherent and cohesive paragraphs. We will explore the variety of ways you can compose a paragraph and provide you with time and space to practise constructing and linking paragraphs that convey your arguments clearly

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Reflective Writing

Reflection is a major part of any degree. As part of your assignments you may be asked to draw on your experiences and reflect on your learner journey so far. This interactive workshop will guide you through the process of how you can link reflective theorist to your practice and will provide practical tips for meaningful reflection.

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What is a Dissertation? (Dissertation Preparation)

What is a Dissertation will introduce you to the purpose and potential of an extended research project, as well as addressing key questions: ‘How do I find a topic? What academic skills are necessary for writing a dissertation? What can I write about? What is a literature review?’. Students often feel overwhelmed at the start of their dissertation project and this session is designed to give you the confidence to start researching a topic your passionate about.

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Writers Retreat

Sometimes we just need focused time away from distractions to finish our assignments. The aim of Arden’s Writer's Retreat sessions is to provide just that. Each online session lasts an hour, during which time you can focus on completing your current assignment, supported by an Academic Skills Tutor, Librarian or Student Coach. Though writing is a solitary activity, we encourage a sense of community by asking you to share the number of words you’ve written during each ‘sprint’ in the chat box, in order to inspire each other to reach our goals. Each hour-long session will be divided into two 25-minute writing sprints, and you are encouraged to attend all four sessions. Gift yourself that focused time and come and join fellow writers in reaching their goals.


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Advanced Statistics

Have you already attended An Introduction to Statistics? Are you ready for the next level? Then this workshop is for you. There will be opportunity for hands-on practice on performing advanced statistics manually and within Microsoft Excel.

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How to Format Your Dissertation

Writing a dissertation involves many skills, including the ability to present your work clearly. This workshop will help you to explore the basics of dissertation structure and will provide you with hints and tips for using Word effectively when writing your dissertation.

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How to Write an Annotated Bibliography

How to Write an Annotated Bibliography will equip you with the understanding, and necessary evaluative and analytical frameworks for writing a meaningful annotated bibliography. It will also help you to develop reflective thinking techniques in order to resituate your work within your broader research/subject.

Organising your references using Mendeley

This workshop will walk you through the basics of how to use Mendeley for storing and managing your literature. It will provide a practical demonstration of how to add your existing literature to Mendeley so that it is ready for use in your documents. After this session you may want to attend: Understanding Plagiarism, Harvard/APA/OSCOLA Referencing


LO1: To understand and download the different parts of Mendeley

LO2 To explore the software’s functionality

LO3 To plan to incorporate Mendeley into your workflow

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Reversing the Outline: How to edit your existing work?

In this session you will learn how to edit your draft starting from reversing its outline. Before joining this workshop you will need to choose an existing piece of work to edit, either a draft or a resubmission paper. Be prepared to break down the paper into paragraphs, carefully consider the key topic of each paragraph and its relevance to the question; identify problems; identify themes; cut unnecessary parts and rearrange the whole paper together in an improved form.

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Using Specialist Software (SPSS)

Are you carrying out statistical analysis as part of your research project? Or want to upskill in this area? The using specialist software session will take you through the basics of SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) within your data analysis and will ensure that you feel confident in using this versatile and responsive programme.

Using Specialist Software (SPSS) Part Two

Are you carrying out statistical analysis as part of your research project? Or want to upskill in this area? The “Using Specialist Software – SPSS (Part Two)” session will take you through using SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) for performing descriptive and inferential statistics and will ensure that you feel confident in using this versatile and responsive programme. Kindly download and install SPSS before the session via these links (SPSS Installation Guide for Windows ( or SPSS Installation Guide for Mac (

LO1: Perform inferential statistics in SPSS


LO2: Develop confidence in interpreting statistical outputs in SPSS