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Thrive

Pick from a range of events and activities to create your own bespoke Thrive programme

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Welcome to the Thrive programme!

Thrive is an innovative programme designed to help you make the most of your life as a student – and particularly as a student at Girton. It will help you to make a successful transition from studying at school to studying and learning at university, as well developing other life/transferable skills. It will continue to support your effective studying and effective learning at all levels. By the end of your time at Girton, you will have built confidence and resilience, and be well-prepared for a successful transition to the next stage in your career.

Pick from a range of events and activities to create your own bespoke programme or follow one of these thematic strands.

Furthering academic skills
Furthering your career
Furthering resilience
Life beyond Girton
Recommended for 1st year undergraduates
Recommended for 2nd year undergraduates
Recommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduates
Recommended for postgraduates

Lent Term 2021 draft termcard

Thursday 21 January, 4pm-5pm (via Zoom): How to make the most of online lectures
Going to lectures in a virtual learning environment (VLE) calls attention to focused and purposeful listening, and to notetaking. The suggestions and reflections on taking lecture notes close in on the life cycle of lecture notes. Come and find out about the multiple uses and the usefulness of lecture notes for formative and summative assessment.
Find the Zoom link at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=145401&section=3
Furthering academic skillsRecommended for 1st year undergraduatesRecommended for 2nd year undergraduatesRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduates

Wednesday 27 January, 7pm-9pm (via Zoom): Career Accelerator session 1
https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=13200771
Furthering your careerRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduatesRecommended for postgraduates

Thursday 28 January, 4pm-5.30pm (via Zoom): Improve your academic thinking and writing
How to develop a coherent and consistent argument draws into focus the cognitive styles of the learner and ways of reasoning. The construction of questions, statements, and claims, and how they are substantiated is at the core of demonstrating that the subject knowledge has been assimilated. Remember, essays are not a “memory dump” but carefully crafted text in the writer’s own words.
Find the Zoom link at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=145401&section=3
Furthering academic skillsRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduatesRecommended for postgraduates

Tuesday 2 February, 6.30pm-8.00pm (via Zoom): Enterprise Tuesday - Inspiration - The journey from zero
Find the sign-up link at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=143901&section=5
Furthering your careerLife beyond GirtonRecommended for 1st year undergraduatesRecommended for 2nd year undergraduatesRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduatesRecommended for postgraduates

Wednesday 3 February, 7pm-9pm (via Zoom): Career Accelerator session 2
https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=13200771
Furthering your careerRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduatesRecommended for postgraduates

Thursday 4 February, 4pm-5pm (via Zoom): How to navigate a reading list
The instrumental use of reading lists is essential for setting up an essay plan, as well as for supporting the advanced argument. Unpacking an essay question goes hand in hand with unpacking the reading list. Understanding their interconnectedness is vital for referencing and demonstrating a pro-active engagement with the literature.
Find the Zoom link at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=145401&section=3
Furthering academic skillsRecommended for 1st year undergraduatesRecommended for 2nd year undergraduates

Thursday 4 February, 7pm-9pm (via Zoom): Mindfulness workshop on a theme of "stress"
Sign up at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=14169651
Furthering resilienceRecommended for 1st year undergraduatesRecommended for 2nd year undergraduatesRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduatesRecommended for postgraduates

Tuesday 9 February, 6.30pm-8.00pm (via Zoom): Enterprise Tuesday - Motivation - The journey from zero
Find the sign-up link at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=143901&section=5
Furthering your careerLife beyond GirtonRecommended for 1st year undergraduatesRecommended for 2nd year undergraduatesRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduatesRecommended for postgraduates

Wednesday 10 February, 7pm-9pm (via Zoom): Career Accelerator session 3
https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=13200771
Furthering your careerRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduatesRecommended for postgraduates

Thursday 11 February, 4pm-5.30pm (via Zoom): Academic reasoning and arguing
How well do you engage with controversy-ridden topics? What does the argumentation style say about the author? Is the argument informed, robust, stated clearly, and evidence-based? What are epistemological assumptions? Why clarifying and acknowledging different vantage points in the exposition and development of thoughts matter provides the intellectual turf of this session steeped in analytical thinking.
Find the Zoom link at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=145401&section=3
Furthering academic skillsRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduates

Friday 12 February, 1pm-2pm (via Zoom): Overcoming procrastination
Procrastination can sabotage our efforts to do our best work and it often occurs at times when we need it least.  This one-hour seminar will help you understand why you procrastinate and learn practical strategies for overcoming the tendency to procrastinate.  You will learn how to prioritise and motivate yourself to quell the temptation to procrastinate!
Sign up at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=14345382
Furthering resilienceRecommended for 1st year undergraduatesRecommended for 2nd year undergraduatesRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduatesRecommended for postgraduates

Tuesday 16 February, 6.30pm-8.00pm (via Zoom): Enterprise Tuesday - Realisation - The journey from zero
Find the sign-up link at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=143901&section=5
Furthering your careerLife beyond GirtonRecommended for 1st year undergraduatesRecommended for 2nd year undergraduatesRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduatesRecommended for postgraduates

Wednesday 17 February, 7pm-9pm (via Zoom): Career Accelerator session 4
https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=13200771
Furthering your careerRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduatesRecommended for postgraduates

Thursday 18 February, 4pm-5pm (via Zoom): How to avoid the pitfalls of plagiarism
Becoming aware, and knowing what constitutes academic misconduct is a preliminary step in developing "good scholarship". Resistance to "doing the same" engenders developing robust avoidance mechanisms, such as taking lecture notes, making notes from readings, and summarising key sections and chapters in one's own words.
Find the Zoom link at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=145401&section=3
Furthering academic skillsRecommended for 1st year undergraduatesRecommended for 2nd year undergraduatesRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduatesRecommended for postgraduates

Thursday 18 February, 5pm-6pm (via Zoom): Fostering resilience and dealing with negative feedback
Resilience is a fundamental life skill that enables us not only to bounce back from difficult situations but, even more, to learn from them and develop.  This workshop will help you develop the skills of resilience, especially when facing disappointing or negative situations and feedback.  We will look at both practical strategies for resilience in daily life and the emotional and cognitive aspects of resilience.
Sign up at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=14345412
Furthering resilienceRecommended for 1st year undergraduatesRecommended for 2nd year undergraduatesRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduatesRecommended for postgraduates

Tuesday 23 February, 5pm-6pm (via Zoom): Managing stress
There is no such thing as a life without stress and, indeed, we need positive stress to motivate us to achieve.  What does it mean to be stress-hardy?  How can you make an ally of stress rather than letting stress undermine your best efforts?  Recent research on well-being gives us strategies for managing stress, drawing on ‘four pillars’ of well-being.  We will explore the four pillars and you will go away with some very practical strategies to build into your everyday life so that you feel confident about managing the stresses that occur.
Sign up at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=14345562
Furthering resilienceRecommended for 1st year undergraduatesRecommended for 2nd year undergraduatesRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduatesRecommended for postgraduates

Tuesday 23 February, 6.30pm-8.00pm (via Zoom): Enterprise Tuesday - Creating a category
Find the sign-up link at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=143901&section=5
Furthering your careerLife beyond GirtonRecommended for 1st year undergraduatesRecommended for 2nd year undergraduatesRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduatesRecommended for postgraduates

Wednesday 24 February, 7pm-9pm (via Zoom): Career Accelerator session 5
https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=13200771
Furthering your careerRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduatesRecommended for postgraduates

Thursday 25 January, 4pm-5.30pm (via Zoom): Academic outlining and writing
Writing an essay, a fieldwork project, or a dissertation begins with drafting an outline. Where to start? Charting a knowledge map is one way to begin the task. Explaining the material to others may get you going. Think of the outline as the grid that supports the written work. If the building blocks are disconnected, then the writer, as well as the reader, will stumble.
Find the Zoom link at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=145401&section=3
Furthering academic skillsRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduatesRecommended for postgraduates

Monday 1 March, 6pm-8pm (via Zoom): Experimenting with charcoal: drawing and collage workshop
Join former Girton artist-in-residence, Luke Burton, for a workshop designed to explore the medium of charcoal while practicing observational drawing and experimental collage with a variety of exercises.
Sign up at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=14489742
Furthering resilienceLife beyond GirtonRecommended for 1st year undergraduatesRecommended for 2nd year undergraduatesRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduatesRecommended for postgraduates

Wednesday 3 March, 7pm-9pm (via Zoom): Career Accelerator session 6
https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=13200771
Furthering your careerRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduatesRecommended for postgraduates

Thursday 4 March, 4pm-5pm (via Zoom): How to get good marks in an essay
Being aware of the marking criteria is essential not only in the run-up to the examination period, but also for writing essays submitted for formative assessment. Knowing the benchmarks is critical to enhance the overall performance. Marking the essays of others is one way of acquiring familiarity with the catalogue of assessment and evaluation criteria.
Find the Zoom link at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=145401&section=3
Furthering academic skillsRecommended for 1st year undergraduatesRecommended for 2nd year undergraduates

Thursday 11 March, 4pm-5pm (via Zoom): How to manage time in an exam
Sitting an exam in a large examination hall next to known and unknown students, or online, alone sitting in front of a screen, moves the multifacettedness of summative assessment into the foreground. Strategies on how to allocate time to the individual tasks is at the centre of this final session in the “How to?” series that concludes the 'Learning to learn' programme.
Find the Zoom link at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=145401&section=3
Furthering academic skillsRecommended for 1st year undergraduatesRecommended for 2nd year undergraduatesRecommended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduates

 

Recurring events

Every Tuesday in Full Term, 4pm-4.30pm (via Zoom): Drop-in study skills session
Find the Zoom link at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=145401&section=3

Every Wednesday beginning 27 January, 4pm-4.30pm (via Zoom): Library drop-in session
Find the Zoom link at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=143901&section=2

Regularly throughout term (via Zoom): Solidari-study sessions
Find the next session at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=143901&section=2

 

In agreement with DoS/Tutor

One-to-one study skills support sessions with Dr Birgit Buergi, Bye-Fellow for Study Skills

One-to-one library skills support sessions with Jenny Blackhurst, Librarian and Fellow for Life & Study Skills

 

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