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Helping students develop the skills they need to succeed through interactive taught sessions

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Throughout the year, we host workshops and events for students on various aspects of academic skills. Workshops take place online via Blackboard Collaborate 

Why go to a workshop? 

  • Learn new skills 
  • Follow up academic skills you are curious about 
  • Practice academic skills in an interactive environment 
  • Get feedback from peers and tutors 

Coming up

Reach! University Transition Workshops 2021

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Studying at university is quite different from school. Reach! will equip you with the tips and skills you’ll need to succeed with your studies. You’ll learn about UK academic culture, effective study techniques, essay writing, data visualisation, how to recognise disinformation and more. Reach! workshops are organised by the Queen Mary Academic Skills team.

The series starts in Welcome Week to Reading Week and are free to all QMUL students.

We'll cover...

  • Introduction: How to Reach! your academic goals
  • University teaching and learning
  • Effective reading and note-making
  • Academic culture and integrity
  • Reflection and feedback
  • Academic writing and referencing
  • Group work and presentations
  • Critical thinking

You can now reserve a place your place on our next workshop: 

Reach! Workshop - Reflection & Feedback - Wednesday 20th October 2021 - 1pm  and 4pm

This session will take place in-person and online. Enrol now!

Future sessions

More workshops and resources will be announced on this page in the new year.

If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact us at


Reach! University Transition Workshops, Autumn 2020-21

In the first term of the 2020-21 academic year, we developed and delivered a series of workshops to support new students making the transition to university. Across eight interactive sessions, we covered topics including Academic Culture and Integrity, Reflection and Feedback, and Critical Thinking.

The sessions were well-attended by students from a broad range of academic backgrounds and received positive feedback.

We also delivered an adapted version of the series to our first-year students based at Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) in Xi'an, China.

Our Reach! workshop series in figures

378students attended one or more session

25representing twenty-five schools and departments across the University

170attended dedicated sessions for NPU in China

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