Resources

Workshops, Writing Camps, and Advanced Writing Group

The GRAD Centre has an exciting line-up of activities throughout the academic year. Please join us for expert advice on writing, oral communication, or statistical analysis skills. Please note that places are limited for the GRAD Centre activities. Registration is based on a first-come-first-served basis.





Registration opens on 1 August 2017. Part-time consultants / lecturers who specialise in academic communications will facilitate workshops on topics such as preparing graduate students for conference presentation, thesis research proposal writing, and training on statistical analysis.

Places are limited, so please register early when the workshops become available.Registration opens on 1 August 2017.

Register at the Events Page


Event Date & Time Venue Facilitator(s)
Communicating key ideas in your research 15 Aug 3-5 pm NIE7-02-08 Visiting Academic from Uni of Oxford Prof Anne Edwards. A GRAD Centre & LST Collaboration
Introduction to basic statistics and statistical reporting in social science research 16 Aug 4-5.30pm NIE2-02-10 A/P Doris Choy
Writing for Publication 17 Aug 3.30-5.00 pm NIE7-02-08 Visiting Academic from Uni of Oxford Prof Anne Edwards. A GRAD Centre & LST Collaboration
Practical tips for conference and journal abstract writing 28 Aug 10.30-12.30pm
NIE7-01-TR715
Visiting Academic from CUHK- Dr. Yvonne Loong
Thesis Writing for HD students Part1 28 Aug 3-6pm
NIE7-02-08
Visiting Academic from CUHK- Dr. Yvonne Loong
Writing success: Term papers for full-time HD students 29 Aug 10.30am-12.30pm
NIE7-02-08
Visiting Academic from CUHK- Dr. Yvonne Loong
Thesis Writing for HD students Part2 29 Aug 3-6pm
NIE7-02-08
Visiting Academic from CUHK- Dr. Yvonne Loong
Teaching students to write good papers (for NIE Faculty & Research Scientists) 30 Aug 10.30-12.30pm
NIE7-02-08
Visiting Academic from CUHK- Dr. Yvonne Loong
Writing success: Term papers for part-time HD students 30 Aug 4-6pm
NIE7-01-TR715
Visiting Academic from CUHK- Dr. Yvonne Loong
Research Methods and Research Designs Part 1 31 Aug 10.30am-1.30pm
NIE7-02-08
Visiting Academic from CUHK- Dr. Yvonne Loong
Research Methods and Research Designs Part 2 31 Aug 3-6pm
NIE7-02-08
Visiting Academic from CUHK- Dr. Yvonne Loong
Using Visual Methods in Literacy Research 18 Sep 3.30pm -5.00pm NIE2-B1-14 Visiting Academic from Uni of South Australia A/P Sue Nichols. A GRAD Centre & ELL Collaboration
Oral presentation for academic purposes 18 Sep 3.00-5.00pm
NIE7-02-08
Dr. Arlene Bastion
Factor Analysis for Survey Research:From Exploratory to Confirmatory
(Part 1)
19 Sep 4-5.30pm
NIE2-02-03
Dr. Melvin Chan
Research Proposal Workshop
22 Sep 3.00-5.00pm
NIE7-02-08
Dr. Arlene Bastion
Writing the thesis research proposal
25 Sep 4.00-6.00pm
NIE7-02-08
Dr. Anneliese Kramer-Dahl
Factor Analysis for Survey Research:From Exploratory to Confirmatory
(Part 2)
26 Sep 4-5.30pm
NIE2-02-03
Dr. Melvin Chan
Language and Literacies as Mobile and Placed Resources 27 Sep 10.30-12.30pm NIE7-02-08 Visiting Academic from Uni of South Australia A/P Sue Nichols. A GRAD Centre & ELL Collaboration
Quantitative content analysis 11 Oct 2-4pm NIE2-02-10 A/P Chen Wenli
Advanced quantitative data analysis: Application of Rasch Measurement in Educational and Language Assessment 24 Oct 3.30-5.30pm NIE2-02-03 Ast/P Vahid Aryadoust
Linking Student Wellness to Academic Success - The mind and body are not seperate. What affects one, affects the other 25 Oct 4-5.40pm NIE7-01-TR715 Dr. Kristina Burgetova

Join us for a morning brunch where graduate students come together to discuss effective ways of writing. The writing camp will last for 5 days. On Days 1-3, graduate students will gather and work on their own writing (e.g., confirmation documents, dissertations, and research papers) for up to 6 hours per day. Days 4 and 5 will be interactive practical sessions, in which a consultant will give feedback as well as teach and guide the process of peer reviews and collaborative learning among the students. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring and share their actual writing, so that we can offer concrete suggestions to help you improve the quality of your work.

Register at the Events Page

Event Date & Time Venue Facilitator(s)
Writing Camp Writing Camp: 19-21 Jun (Mon-Wed) , 9 am - 5pm
Feedback on written work: 22 Jun (Thurs) 2-5pm
Feedback on written work: 23 Jun (Fri) 2-5pm
GPL Meeting Room
(NIE 7-3-118G)
Asst/P Cheung Yin Ling
Dr Arlene Bastion

Registration opens on 1 August 2017. Learn to provide constructive and effective feedback to your fellow students in academic writing. Peer-to-peer review is a collaborative practice in education, where students give ideas and constructive feedback to each other as they hone their writing skills. Our experienced trainer has researched in the area of peer-assisted learning, with emphasis on ways to enhance the training of writing tutors.

If you would like to volunteer your time and expertise and be part of the peer-to-peer learning initiative, please email us at GRADCentre@nie.edu.sg. We welcome participation by all NIE HD students and faculty members. Your contributions will be recognized as service to NIE.

Register at the Events Page

Event Date & Time Venue Facilitator(s)
Peer-to-peer feedback training session 19 Aug 2017 (Sat)
9 am - noon & 1-3 pm
Tutorial Room
(NIE 7-01-TR715)
Dr Arlene Bastion

Registration opens on 1 August 2017. This writing group will meet with the GRAD Centre consultant. Each session will offer 1 hour of writing skills instruction and approximately 1 hour of writing practice on the participants' own writing projects (eg. Critical Inquiry paper, term paper, research proposal etc)

Facilitators

Dr Arlene Bastion, Grad Centre Consultant

Register at the Events Page

Event Date & Time Venue Facilitator(s)
August - Writing Abstract and Introduction 18 Aug 2017 (Friday)
3.00-5.00 pm
Seminar Room
(NIE 7-02-08)
Dr Arlene Bastion
August - Writing Literature Review 21 Aug 2017 (Monday)
3.00-5.00 pm
Seminar Room
(NIE 7-02-08)
Dr Arlene Bastion
September - Writing Methodology and Results 4 Sep 2017 (Monday)
3.00-5.00 pm
Seminar Room
(NIE 7-02-08)
Dr Arlene Bastion
September - Writing Discussion and Conclusion 11 Sep 2017 (Monday)
3.00-5.00 pm
Seminar Room
(NIE 7-02-08)
Dr Arlene Bastion


Online & Academic Resources

Link & Description University/Institute
Purdue Online Writing Lab Purdue University
Centre for Writers - Resources University of Alberta
Learning Resources - Academic Writing Auckland University of Technology
Advice on Academic Writing University of Toronoto
Repository of Handouts Carnegie Mellon University
Academic Writing Resources Arizona State University
The Writer's Handbook The University of Wisconsin-Madison
Centre for the Study and Teaching of Writing - Handouts The Ohio State University
The Navigating the PhD Workshop Series Michigan State University
Pamphlets on Common Writing Situations Indiana University Bloomington
The Writing Centre - Handouts The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Link & Description University/Institute
Catalogue of Books on Writing

  1. Books on the Process of Reading & Writing
  2. All-Purpose Handbooks
  3. Books on Writing in Specific Disciplines
  4. Books on Business & Technical Writing
  5. Books on Writing for Graduate Students
  6. Books on Style, Language Use & Grammer
  7. Books and Software for Learning English as a Second Language
  8. Handbooks on Documenting Sources
  9. Books on Study Skills
University of Toronto
Other useful books on academic writing

  1. Williams, J. M., & Bizup, J. (2013). Style: Lessons in clarity and grace (11th ed.). New York: Longman *
  2. Creswell, J. W. (2005). Educational research:Planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.*
  3. Field, A. P. (2009). Discovering statistics using SPSS. London, England: SAGE Publications.*
  4. Salkind, N. J. (2014). Statistics for people who (think they) hate statistics. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.*
  5. Sword, H. (2012). Stylish academic writing. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. *
* Available at NIE Library
Link & Description University/Institute
NIE Libris Online Video Resources
  • The Good Presentation
  • The Good Doctorate
  • The Good Supervision
National Institute of Education, NTU
Paraphrasing videos
  • What does my instructor want?
  • How do good writers get started?
  • How do I cite my sources correctly
Carnegie Mellon University
Podcast Archive
  • Citations
  • Thesis Statements
  • Primary Sources
  • Grammer as a Higher Order Concern
Michigan State University

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