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.
Check the Calendar for time, place and in order to register.
Autumn 2019 Workshops
Finding Scientific Resources
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.
Reading Complex Academic Texts
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.
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.
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.
Writing Clear and Effective Sentences
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 to others.
How to Successfully Study at a Swedish University
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
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.
Managing References with Endnote Online or Zotero
Reference management programs help you collect, format and organise your sources. This workshop will start with a brief introduction to reference management programs, and then you get to choose whether you want to learn about Endnote Online or whether you want to learn about Zotero.
Writing a Research Plan
This workshop will help you write a clear, well-structured research plan for your Master's thesis.
Q&A about Writing the Master's Thesis (not offered autumn 2019)
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.
Writing an Abstract (not offered autumn 2019)
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.
Writing an Introduction (not offered autumn 2019)
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.
Writing a Discussion (not offered autumn 2019)
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.
Using Sources Effectively and Avoiding Plagiarism (not offered autumn 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 autumn 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.
Finding Scientific Resources for Your Master’s Thesis (not offered autumn 2019)
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.
How to Transform Your Master's Thesis into a Publishable Article (not offered autumn 2019)
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.
Writing Popular Science (not offered autumn 2019)
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.