Academic Success Workshop Calendar

The Academic Success Workshops (ASW) run each semester. September or January starters are welcome to attend any sessions, whether it’s for the first time or as a refresher. ASW are for all students and will develop your ability to succeed on your course. We will provide an in depth exploration of each topic and the chance to learn actively. Dissertation workshops run in Trimester B/C and on demand in Trimester A.


To ensure you get the maximum benefit from your time at GCU London, we recommend that you attend as many of the academic success workshops as possible. Attendance will be taken. Sessions can be repeated, based on student demand. Please email the session teacher with your request.


  • Wednesdays, 2-3.30 pm


  • Writing workshops: Room 2.4
  • Research workshops: Room 2.1

Schedule for Trimester A 2017/2018

September 2017

Date Session In this session, you will learn how to:  Taught by:

11 Oct

Writing 1: getting the most out of reading
  • Make sure that your reading is useful to you
  • Read in a critical and efficient way

18 Oct

Writing 2: organising your work
  • Create a clear structure to get your ideas across
  • Use a detailed plan to focus your writing

25 Oct

Writing 3: perfecting paragraphs
  • Use paragraphs to make your writing clearer
  • Follow the DISCO structure

1 Nov

Research 1: Finding academic resources
  • Construct keyword searches
  • Find appropriate resources to support your writing
  • Browse to identify current themes in your field

8 Nov

Writing 4: using sources
  • Put other people’s ideas into your own words
  • Work out where you need to include citations in your writing

15 Nov

Research 2: Refworks for citing
  • Locate the best database for your coursework
  • Search databases and practice saving citations in Refworks
  • Organise and create bibliographies

22 Nov

Writing 5: showing your critical skills
  • Let your own critical voice come through in your writing
  • Put different ideas together by synthesising sources

29 Nov

Research 3: Business databases
  • Mintel and Euromonitor (Passport) & IBISWorld
  • Find company information and strategies – PESTLE and SWOT analysis
  • Research potential employers

6 Dec

Writing 6: editing
  • Understand how to improve your writing
  • Make sure you are writing in the style required


Sessions are delivered by Jessica ( or Sara, lecturers in Academic Development, and will develop your abilities in academic reading and writing at Masters level. They are here to help all students, of any current level of ability, to improve their work: whether you want to achieve a distinction or pass a resit. Individual appointments can be booked online:


Sessions are delivered by Julie ( our qualified librarian, who can also assist you with drop in support at the library desk. These sessions are designed to help you fully utilise the library resources to develop your academic coursework.

English language development

Target English offer sessions to help students with English language skills development (see separate timetable) and will provide one-to-one support throughout the trimester.