Workshops for Master's students
Academic Writing Support and the KI University Library offer an open workshop series designed to help students enrolled in international Master’s programs get the most out of their studies at KI. The series includes a number of topics related to academic communication. Several workshops are offered both on campus and as webinars. You may choose to attend all sessions or just a few, but you need to register for each session you want to attend.
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Spring 2019 Workshops
- Q&A about Writing the Master's Thesis
Do you have questions about how to plan, complete and successfully write your Master's thesis? Then this workshop is for you! During this session you will have the opportunity to ask questions of and exchange tips and best practices with your fellow students, KI Academic Writing Support instructors (who have guided numerous students through the process), a KI University Librarian and a former KI Master's student – now in proud possession of a Master's degree.
In this workshop, you will learn hands-on tips and techniques for writing the kind of clear, concise and well-structured English-language sentences that will help you both succeed in your studies and effectively communicate your research.
Writing a Discussion
This workshop will focus on the function and structure of the discussion section of your thesis, on the relationship between the discussion and other parts of the thesis, and on how to make this section of your text nuanced, clear and effective. During the session, we will analyse and discuss two sample discussions. You will also have the opportunity to work on your own text.
Writing Popular Science
When you write about your research, you need to be able to adjust your writing to your intended readers – whether they are life scientists in another field, members of a research-funding agency, or an interested member of the general public.
Writing an Introduction
This workshop will focus on the function and structure of the introduction, on how to synthesise sources, prepare the reader for the aim, and create cohesion throughout the text. We will discuss and analyse sample introductions, and you will have the opportunity to work on your own text.
Finding Scientific Resources for Your Master’s Thesis
When you write your Master’s thesis, you are expected to use trustworthy scientific sources. It is consequently vital that you know how to find the ones most relevant to your project. During this session, you will learn principles and techniques for searching databases efficiently and finding the articles you need. We will demonstrate how to use Pubmed as well as other relevant databases.
Writing an Abstract
The abstract is a short but central part of any scientific text, including the Master´s thesis. During this session, you will learn what to include in the abstract, what to exclude, and how to ensure your abstract is comprehensive yet concise and effective. We will analyze and discuss two sample abstracts. You will also have the opportunity to work on your own text.
Effective Peer Review
During this workshop, you will receive advice on how to give precise and helpful feedback to your peers, and you will have the chance to practice doing so.
Managing and Organising your References with Endnote Online
Keeping track of your sources and formatting them correctly are central aspects of writing your Master’s thesis. Reference management programs can help you collect, format and organise your references. During this session, you will learn the basics of one of the most commonly used reference management programs at KI: Endnote Online.
How to Transform Your Master's Thesis into a Publishable Article
Once you have completed your Master's thesis, you may consider turning it into a research article and submitting it to a scientific journal. What do you need to think about as you do so? In what ways does a Master's thesis differ from a publishable article? During this workshop, you will receive hands-on tips for effectively transforming your thesis into a publishable research article. You will also receive advice from a KIB librarian on how to select the most appropriate journal for your research.
Improve your Academic English: Reading Complex Academic Texts (not offered spring 2019)
As a Master's student, you are expected to read and comprehend complex academic texts. During this workshop, you will learn techniques and strategies for doing so. In addition, we will practice reading strategically, that is, reading to improve critical thinking, to build vocabulary, and to improve academic writing skills.
Critical Thinking (not offered spring 2019)
At university, you are expected to not just absorb and reproduce what you read, but to assess information critically, evaluate arguments and successfully integrate different and sometimes conflicting sources into your writing. During this workshop, you will learn strategies and practice techniques that will help you convey your critical thinking skills in your writing.
Giving an Oral Presentation (not offered spring 2019)
Giving oral presentations is an essential part of scholarly exchange. During this workshop, we will discuss how to plan, prepare for, structure and deliver an effective oral presentation. We will also discuss how to avoid being nervous.
How to Successfully Study at a Swedish University (not offered spring 2019)
Studying at a Swedish university can feel disorienting and confusing, and your professors may have expectations of you that are different from those found in your home country. This short workshop will introduce you to the conventions of university study in Sweden, allow you to ask questions and provide you with tools and concrete tips that will help you succeed in your studies at KI.
Academic Writing (not offered spring 2019)
In order to communicate your research to others (and pass your courses), you need to understand and master the conventions of academic writing. This workshop will introduce you to those conventions and provide you with strategies for writing clear and well-structured academic texts. The workshop will include hands-on writing activities.
Using Sources Effectively and Avoiding Plagiarism (not offered spring 2019)
As a Master's student, you are expected to find, integrate and correctly cite scientific sources in your writing. How well you use the sources you have found will determine, at least in part, how both your writing and your research are received. Yet proper source use is not transparent; it differs between cultures as well as disciplines. During this workshop, you will learn strategies for using sources effectively and avoiding plagiarism, as the latter is defined at KI.
Giving Feedback on Other Students' Texts (not offered spring 2019)
As part of the examination for your Master’s thesis, you will be asked to give feedback on one (or more) of your fellow students’ theses. What is the purpose of this? What do you need to keep in mind? And how can you best help your fellow student(s)? During this workshop, you will receive advice on how to give precise and helpful feedback to your peers, and you will have the chance to practice doing so.
Writing a Research Plan (not offered spring 2019)
This workshop will help you write a clear, well-structured research plan for your Master's thesis.