The 2018 ‘How to’ series

The 2018 ‘How to’ workshop series at IADT is designed to help students maximise their learning experience and outcomes. From September to December, over a series of ten workshops , you will learn the basics of learning skills for higher education. The workshops are for undergraduate and postgraduate students, but short-term registered students may also find some of the workshops useful.

Each workshop runs twice, usually the Tuesday and Thursday of the same week, at 1 pm in the library. The dates will be given beside the workshop titles below, but please note that there may be occasional changes, depending on campus events. Students who register for a particular workshop will be given advanced notice of changes.

Basic Study Skills

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • how to spot the crucial information in a lecture without missing anything;
  • how to organise your notes after classes and lectures for easy exam preparation;
  • how to take notes from books, essays, etc.

In this workshop, you will learn:       

  • how to work towards achievable goals;
  • how to manage your time in relation to your study;
  • how to balance college life with college learning.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • how to communicate your ideas effectively;
  • what to avoid in presentations;
  • how to work to your natural strengths with presentations.

Please note that this workshop is not an instructional session on Microsoft PowerPoint or any other programs.

Essay writing and research

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • how to come up with a title;
  • how to create a structure;
  • how to use paragraphs to develop your ideas.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • how ‘active reading’ leads to better learning;
  • what are the best ways to integrate sources into your essay;
  • how to avoid plagiarism.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • how to draft essays through distinct stages;
  • how to copy edit your work (and work out your own editing system);
  • how to produce a final proof (your finished essay).

Exam preparation and tactics

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • how to create a study plan for your examination;
  • revision strategies for more effective learning and recall;
  • how to go through notes and sources efficiently.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • how to make a quick plan after seeing your question;
  • how to time manage in the exam;
  • what to do if you are running out of time in the exam.

Workshops will be led by tutors from the  Learning Support Service in the library at 1pm

Workshops will run for forty-five minutes and will feature short, interactive tasks. There will be time for questions throughout the workshop and at the end of the session. To book a place on a workshop, please email the Learning Support Service: learningsupport@iadt.ie