Learning RStudio and SPSS

The University of Edinburgh has a staff and student subscription to Lynda.com, a site with many video courses on how to use software more effectively and acquire new skills.  It’s well worth linking your EASE account and having a look around.

With dissertation deadlines drawing closer, there are many MSc students who are approaching software like RStudio or SPSS for the first time.   For these students, the following courses might be of interest. They cover program installation, data entry and manipulation, basic statistical analysis and chart production. Continue reading “Learning RStudio and SPSS”

Upcoming courses for international students

International students should have a look at the courses that English Language Education will be holding early next year.

Some of these are on topics of particular interest to PhD students, such as annual reports, literature reviews, and the actual writing up of your dissertation. There are others that would be suitable for both undergraduates and postgraduates. These are on topics such as seminar discussions, pronunciation, presentations, academic writing, and social speaking.

What other options are there?

Our tutors will help you work on your essay’s argumentation and organisation, but you may be in search of something else. If so, the University of Edinburgh provides a wide range of support options:

Do you want advice about the actual content of your essay? The best person to talk to is your teacher during his or her posted office hours.

Are you a non-native speaker of English? Take a look at the tuition, workshops and proofreading services offered by English Language Education, the Peer Proofreading Scheme run by EUSA, and the self-study material prepared by the Institute for Academic Development.

Do you have a documented disability? The Student Disability Service offers proofreading services as well.

And if you need more general help with study skills, the Institute for Academic Development offers a variety of resources and workshops designed to help you achieve your goals.

Please note that you are still welcome to use our services in addition to other help. It’s just that our help will be centered around the presentation of ideas rather than proofreading, for instance.

What does good student writing look like?

It can be hard to get a feel for what your teachers expect from you as you advance in your academic career. Your essays are clearly going to have to explore topics in greater detail than your earlier efforts did, but it can be quite daunting to compare what you write to published articles written by professional scholars.

If you’re a sociolinguistics student, that’s where Lifespans and Styles comes in. Edited by Lauren Hall-Lew, this journal is published by the University of Edinburgh in order to promote good undergraduate writing. There are some excellent essays (including one co-written by our very own Victoria Dickson back in 2015) that are well worth your time.

If you’re ready to move on to your dissertation, the Edinburgh Research Archive is for you. The PPLS dissertation collection might be be a good place to start. When you click on the sub-community that’s relevant to you, you’ll have access to a variety of collections. The only thing to watch out for is that not all students have made their dissertations available to the public. A black lock icon by the filename means that you’ll have to look for another piece of writing.