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Education: Skills and Workshops

A collection of information resources and guidance for Education students

Academic skills and literature review books for Education students

Cover art for Your Education Research Project Handbook
Cover art for Critical Thinking Skills For Education Students
Cover art for Good Writing Guide For Education Students

Literature Searching

Searching for literature, particularly if you have a literature review to do, is an advanced skill and can be tricky. Take a look at the Databases page for ideas of where to search.

The following two documents will give you some tips and tricks, plus a grid you can fill in to help you plan your search. If you would like to book a 1-2-1 appointment, please send me an email.

Reference management

If you are dealing with lots of references, it can be useful to use a reference manager. Tools which we would recommend include:

  • Refworks (CCCU and Kent both have subscriptions to this tool).
  • Endnote Web
  • Mendeley

Others are available, but these ones work well with the referencing styles in use at the Universities at Medway. If you would like to book a 1-2-1 appointment to start using these tools, send me an email

Remember - it takes time to learn to use referencing tools, and you do need to have a good understanding of reference concepts to use them effectively. 

Drill Hall Library workshops

Workshops in the Drill Hall

The Drill Hall Library runs workshops and also hosts workshops run by each of the 3 Universities at Medway. They are open to students from all 3 universities.

Note: We are currently unable to offer face-to-face workshops in the library. They will return in future.

Materials from our workshops

Slides used in our drop-in workshop sessions will be posted here:

Help with Academic Skills

The Drill Hall Librarians cannot help you with academic skills queries such as how to structure your essay or improve your writing, but we do know people who can! 

The Royal Literary Fellow (RLF) for Medway is available online on Mondays and Tuesdays, open to all students, and can help to make your writing more expressive and impactful.

You will need to book an appointment as the service is very popular - contact clare.chambers@rlfeducation.org.uk to book.

RLF logo - "Help Write Now! For Canterbury Christ Church, University of Greenwich and University of Kent students"

Your home institution will run workshops and drop-in sessions as well. Click the links to see what's on offer!  Greenwich | Kent | CCCU 

Greenwich Academic Skills Hub logo - a lightbulb with 'idea' written inside, surrounded by pencils, words, doodles.

A great place to start is the Academic Skills Hub. This resource was created by the University of Greenwich, but is open and free for anyone to use!

Also, new for 2020, is Canterbury Christ Church University's Learning Skills Hub. Also open for anyone to use.

 

Evaluating quality

In the era of information overload and fake news, it can be really tricky to know if the stuff you're reading is true and worth including in your essays! Remember, "quality information" will have a different meaning in your essays and reports compared to things we read in other contexts (like the general news, or social media!). 

There are loads of different ways to evaluate quality, but we think the CRAAP test is thorough and particularly memorable... Watch the video for more details!