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 2020 Workshops
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 vital to your project. During this session, you will learn principles and techniques for searching databases efficiently in order to find the articles you need. We will demonstrate PubMed as well as other useful databases.
Managing and Organising your References with Endnote Online or Zotero
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 sources. During this workshop, you will learn how to use either Endnote Online or Zotero.
Q&A about Writing a 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 workshop you will have the opportunity to ask questions of and exchange tips and best practices with your fellow students, a KI Academic Writing Support instructor (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.
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 two sample introductions, and you will also have the opportunity to work on your own text. This workshop is also offered as a webinar.
Writing about Your Research for Non-Expert Readers
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 interested members of the general public. Text written about science aimed at non-experts readers is called popular science. Writing a popular science summary may be a requirement for completion of your Master’s thesis. During this workshop, you will receive both advice and practice in how to adapt content, structure and style to your audience, in order to not just engage but also keep the attention of non-expert readers. You will have the opportunity to work on your own popular science writing during the workshop.
In order to communicate your research to others, your writing needs to be clear and well-structured. This applies not just to the overall structure of your text; it also applies to your sentences. 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. You will have the opportunity to work on your own text during the workshop. This workshop is also offered as a webinar.
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 this workshop, we will analyse and discuss two sample discussions. You will also have the opportunity to work on your own text. This workshop is also offered as a webinar.
Writing an Abstract
The abstract is a short but central part of any scientific text, including the Master’s thesis. During this workshop, you will receive hands-on tips, techniques, practice and feedback, all of which will help you write a concise, effective, but also comprehensive abstract.
Effective Peer Review
As part of the examination for your Master’s thesis, you are asked to give feedback on one (or more) of your fellow students’ theses. 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.
How to Transform Your Master’s Thesis into a Publishable Article
Once you have completed your Master’s thesis, you may want to turn it into a research article and submit 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 KI librarian on how to select the most appropriate journal for your research.
Reading Complex Academic Texts (not offered spring 2020)
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.
Using Sources Effectively and Avoiding Plagiarism (not offered spring 2020)
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.
Critical Thinking (not offered spring 2020)
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.
Academic Writing (not offered spring 2020)
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.
How to Successfully Study at a Swedish University (not offered spring 2020)
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.
Giving Oral Presentations (not offered spring 2020)
Giving oral presentations is an important part of scholarly exchange. During this workshop, you will learn how to plan, prepare for, structure and deliver an effective oral presentation. We will also discuss how to avoid being nervous.
Writing a Research Plan (not offered spring 2020)
This workshop will help you write a clear, well-structured research plan for your Master's thesis.
Finding Scientific Resources (not offered spring 2020)
As a Master’s student, you are expected to find, integrate and correctly cite scientific sources in your own writing. The KI library allows you to access thousands of scientific journals and a variety of comprehensive databases. During this workshop, you will learn how to use these resources effectively in order to find the articles you need.