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One-on-one Sessions


Academic Writing Sessions

Duration: 20 min

Delivery: one-on-one

Email: academicwriting@dbs.ie


Description:

The academic writing sessions are a consultation service providing one-to-one tuition on all aspects of writing for academic purposes. Whether you are a beginner looking for a way to get started on an assignment or a more experienced writer looking for guidance on a particular writing issue, our sessions offer assistance from an experienced tutor.

The content of sessions will be determined by the needs of the individual students who attend, but can include any of the following:

  • Understanding assignments and questions

  • Assignment planning

  • Basic research

  • Essay form and argument structure

  • Writing analytically

  • Technical aspects of writing: grammar, syntax, paragraphing

Book in for a twenty minute session and, if necessary, you can come back for follow up consultations.


IMPORTANT:

The sessions will work best if you submit a sample of your writing in advance, such as a draft of an assignment you are currently working on or a marked assignment that has been returned to you and where you need help to interpret the feedback. However, you can also come for general advice on the early stages of assignment work.

The academic writing sessions are not a proofreading, test-marking, or assignment fixing service. You will be helped to understand issues and given advice as to how to proceed with your work.  

Please note that you can book only one session per week.


 

Dissertation Support Sessions

Dissertation Support Sessions include: 'Literature Review Support' and 'Research Methodology Support'. The content of these two session is very different in nature, so it is recommended that you read the description before booking.



Literature Review Support

Duration: 45 min

Delivery: one-on-one

Email: joan.colvin@dbs.ie


Description:

Literature Review Support is aimed at helping you on aspects of your postgraduate dissertation such as:

  • Showing you how to search effectively for library resources, both the online and physical collections.

  • Providing you with guidance on referencing if required.

  • Providing guidance on preparing and writing a literature review if required.

  • Demonstrating how to search and use eSource, DBS's institutional repository.

  • Guiding you in Information Skills.


IMPORTANT:

Please bring along what you have done so far. If you would like something specific to be covered in the session you have booked, please let the librarian know in advance by email.

If possible, it is advisable to email the research question and objective in advance.

Editing services are not provided.




Research Methodology Support

Duration: 45 min

Delivery: one-on-one

Email: debora.zorzi@dbs.ie


Description:

Research Methodology Support is aimed at helping you on aspects of your postgraduate dissertation such as:

  • Refining the research question and objectives.

  • Choosing the correct methodological approach.

  • Designing your questionnaire/interview.

If you need more information on these sessions, please let the librarian know in advance by email.


IMPORTANT:

Please bring along what you have done so far. If you would like something specific to be covered in the session you have booked, please let the librarian know in advance by email.

Editing services are not provided.


Library Skills Sessions

Duration: 1 Hr

Delivery: one-on-one

Email: trevor.haugh@dbs.ie


Description:

Tuition and support with the retrieval and handling of information. What I can help you with if you require it is how to use information for your academic work namely:

  • Evaluating Information - How to decide if the information found freely on the web is an academic source or not.

  • Finding Information - How to search and retrieve information from the databases that the college subscribes to.

  • Applying Information - How to incorporate the information found into assignments via direct quotes, summarising and paraphrasing.

  • Acknowledging Information - How to reference the information used in assignments and how to avoid plagiarism.


IMPORTANT:

Please bring along what you have done so far. If you would like something specific to be covered in the session you have booked, please let the librarian know in advance by email.

Editing services are not provided.



Group Sessions


Academic Writing Sessions- Group

Duration: 1hr

Delivery: group

Email: academicwriting@dbs.ie


The academic writing sessions provide tuition on all aspects of writing for academic purposes. Whether you are a beginner looking for a way to get started on an assignment or a more experienced writer looking for guidance on a particular writing issue, our sessions offer assistance from an experienced tutor.

The content of sessions  can include any of the following:

  • Understanding assignments and questions

  • Assignment planning

  • Basic research

  • Essay form and argument structure

  • Writing analytically

  • Technical aspects of writing: grammar, syntax, paragraphing 

Please note that these are GROUP sessions.




 

Digital Skills Workshops

Duration: 1 hr

Delivery: group

Email: digitalskills@dbs.ie


Description:

A range of classes covering  essential Microsoft applications skills.

  • Microsoft Word

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Microsoft Access

These sessions will be based around the students requirements. 


IMPORTANT:

If you would like something specific to be covered in the session you have booked, please email the topics that you would like covered so that suitable practice/practical exercises are available


 

Library Classes

Duration: 45 min-1 Hr

Delivery: group

Email: trevor.haugh@dbs.ie


Description:

A range of classes covering  essential academic skills.

  • Evaluating Information - How to decide if the information found freely on the web is an academic source or not.

  • Finding Information - How to search and retrieve information from the databases that the college subscribes to.

  • Applying Information - How to incorporate the information found into assignments via direct quotes, summarising and paraphrasing.

  • Acknowledging Information - How to reference the information used in assignments and how to avoid plagiarism.

 


IMPORTANT:

If you are unable to attend the class, please cancel your booking via the link provided in the email.


Numerical Skills Workshops

Duration: 1 hr

Delivery: group

Email: numericalskills@dbs.ie


Description:

Numerical skills is aimed at helping you with any quantitative modules that are included in your course specifically the following:

  • Statistics, particularly inferential statistics that may be needed as part of a dissertation.

  • Probability and hypothesis testing

  • Indexes and financial maths

  • Algebra/calculus 


IMPORTANT:

Please bring a calculator to class.