for the spring term is open

In addition to improving your academic language, our workshops for Master's students will help you understand the expectations of postgraduate work.

They are held in various venues on the South Kensington campus - the confirmation email for each session contains all relevant details. 

These workshops run in the autumn, spring and summer terms.

2019-20 Session dates
Wednesday 5 Feb 16:00 - 17:00  Writing a Literature Review (for Master's students)
Wednesday 12 Feb 16:00 - 17:00  Critical Writing
Wednesday 19 Feb 16:00 - 17:00  Presentations 
Summary of the table's contents

Description of workshops

Writing a Lab Report

The aim of this workshop is to clarify the format of a standard lab report and analyse examples of text and language so you can structure your writing and communicate your ideas more effectively .

You will therefore:  

  • understand the structure and purpose of a lab report   
  • know what information belongs in each section   
  • recognise the key language features of a lab report and be able to check your own text for accuracy  
  • be able to control a flexible, standard template for report writing  
  • understand the purpose, content and format of an abstract  

Postgraduate Listening Strategies

The aim of this workshop is to help you ‘tune in’ to the STEMM communication around you and identify techniques and useful practice for improving your listening.  Strategies for writing while listening are also explored.

 You will therefore: 

  • become  familiar with the various accents you might encounter in College 
  • develop  strategies for extending  listening concentration 
  • practise writing while listening  

Meeting, Greeting and Sending Emails

The aim of this workshop is to help you communicate appropriately with peers and colleagues around the College in person and by email .

You will therefore:

  • understand appropriate forms of address in speaking when you meet members of the College   
  • have a better understanding of email etiquette   
  • understand that the purpose of an email and who will receive it affect the formality and style of the message

Informality and Formality

The aim of this workshop is to make you aware that audience affects the level of formality of communication and to help you develop a suitably formal style for academic STEMM writing.

You will therefore: 

  • understand that audience affects the level of formality of our communication   
  • be able to recognise formal and informal texts  
  • begin to make a shift towards more formal academic style in writing  

Academic Reading Skills

The aim of this workshop is to help you assess your own reading speed, develop strategies to improve your reading speed and to manage reading loads effectively.

You will therefore: 

  • know how to work on improving your reading speed  
  • develop strategies  for tackling  large volumes of reading material  
  • know how to scan content and structure to obtain an overview of a text 

Critical Writing

The aim of this workshop is to clarify what being critical  actually means  and help you develop the language needed for writing that analyses and evaluates, rather than just describes .

You will therefore: 

  • improve your understanding of what it means to write critically in a university context  
  • have a better understanding of how to read critically 
  • be able express your own analytical thinking more effectively 

Essay Writing

Aim: to clarify the format and content of an essay on a STEMM subject and how an essay differs from a standard report.  The workshop explores how to structure an essay and the language needed for evaluation and comment .

You will therefore: 

  • understand the purpose of a STEMM essay  
  • understand how to structure an essay   
  • recognise that an essay is a selective response to a title and includes evaluative comment  


The aim of this workshop is to enhance your awareness of the importance of planning and structuring information in a presentation and how to present information appropriately to an audience.

You will therefore: 

  • improve your understanding of how to plan, structure and deliver a STEMM presentation   
  • be aware the audience and the need to present information appropriately using suitable visual aids   
  • be aware of useful vocabulary and phrases for presenting 

Writing a Literature Review

The aim of this workshop is to clarify the format and content of a literature review and analyse the language used to understand vocabulary and tense choices when reviewing the literature and the impact of these on the reader .

You will therefore: 

  • understand how to organise ideas from the literature into a coherent narrative 
  • understand how to synthesise and paraphrase key ideas from the literature 
  • recognise the importance of language choices when writing about the literature