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Natural Sciences Tripos: Study Skills

Developing your study skills

How to Get the Most From Your Lectures (online course)

This online course helps get first year sciences students off to a good start with advice on how to survive lectures, taking effective notes, structuring your first essay, and lots of other helpful resources to support you throughout your first year.

While aimed at Part IA students, this course is open to anyone who wishes to use it so if you need to refresh your skills after some time away from university, enjoy!

Getting started with critical reading in Biological Sciences (live session)

Being able to critically evaluate the science that you are reading about as part of your studies is a key skill to develop, and this live introductory session will help get you started. You can find out more information about the session and booking your place on the University Training Booking System (UTBS).

Finding and managing your references with Zotero (live session)

Finding and managing any reading that you need to do is another useful skill to develop. In our live introductory session we will introduce you to reference management tools, with a focused look at Zotero, to get you off to a good start. You can find further information on UTBS.

Many of our libraries offer specialised training in managing your references, such as the Psychology Library's online guide to APA Citations

Literature Searching for Your Dissertation or Project (online and live sessions)

Our online course introduces those working on final year dissertations or projects to the fundamentals of building up your search strategy, searching effectively using a range of different methods and resources, managing what you find, as well as advice on how to critically evaluate what you find and its relevance to your work. 

Participants can take our self-guided course through Moodle before taking advantage of follow-up live sessions with a member of the Biological Sciences Libraries Team, or through booking a 1-2-1 to discuss any needs in more detail.  

These sessions are aimed at final year biological sciences undergraduates but resources and support are open to anyone who needs them, including first year postgraduate researchers.

Engaging critically with your literature: reading, writing and referencing productively at Part II (live course)

This live session is designed to help students moving up to their third year to start building skills in reading and assessing research articles for Part II studies in biological sciences. We cover how to approach reading for different purposes such as lectures versus project work, how apply different reading strategies, and critically evaluate articles. We also look at techniques for managing what you’ve read (or not yet read) as well as writing your literature review, plus how to select items to include and reference them properly. 

All live sessions will be delivered via Zoom during Michaelmas Term 2021. 

If you require any help before any of our live sessions, such as accessibility support, please email George Cronin, Library Manager for Biological Sciences. 

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