Part 1 of Dr Allison Kirsop interview touched on why she turned her writing workshops into e-training; how graduate and international students can fit these training into their already full course schedule; and when is the best time to enrol in her training courses.
Part 2 of Dr Allison Kirsop go into detail of the type of e-training she’s offering and what skills you will gain from each type of e-training courses she offers.
You offer 3 levels of training – Bronze, Silver and Gold workshops. Can you tell the readers what the difference is between these workshops?
Each level can be taken as a stand-alone workshop. Students can use the Bronze level if they want to learn how to improve their writing but without submitting practical work, or they can go straight to the Silver level for a more intense writing experience, with professional feedback every step of the way.
Bronze for new MSc and PhD students
The Bronze level is a short online workshop suited to new Masters or Ph.D. students. They have access to a range of materials that will help them develop better academic writing skills and includes some short exercises to put concepts into practice.
Students have access to the online material forever, so for anyone who does this training before they start their Masters or Ph.D., they will be able to use it throughout their degree.
Silver includes personal coaching
The Silver level provides an opportunity to work with me on a 1-2-1 basis so that students can receive direct feedback on any work they submit.
In my professional capacity as a writing skills trainer and with editorial experience in an internationally renowned medical journal, I have some unique publishing knowledge which I incorporate into my training.
This is beneficial for students looking to publishing their work and can help them gain insights into what is required for a manuscript to be accepted.
Gold for industry training
The Gold level is more suited to students who are finishing up a Ph.D. or Masters degree. It is for those who DO NOT wish to stay in academia but need specific training in how to improve their communication skills to develop a new career.
This is subject to an individual’s specific requirements of course, so the content of this workshop varies according to what someone needs to learn. Working with me at this level involves some students being paid for articles they contribute to my science blog, but this is subject to ability and whether someone wishes to develop this line of work.
With this workshop, students can earn the fee for the workshop back in very little time if they have the ability to write for the web which is a great incentive.
Currently, ScienceSkills.net offers two writing skills workshops – “a general guide to scientific writing” and “how to write a scientific literature review”. Why these two?
These two particular workshops were developed when a colleague indicated that the standard of scientific writing from international students appeared to be declining in recent years.
I focused on these particular key areas after studying the curriculum for a science Masters degree in the UK. For a taught Masters there is a requirement for a written assignment, for instance, writing a summary report of a published article and also writing a literature review of course. Both of these assignments will usually form part of the overall thesis, and training in each part is essential to be able to do this well.
You need to understand how to use concise and clear scientific language, as well as how to efficiently source data and how to prepare confidently for the task in hand.
As always, if you have any questions, or require more information, you can contact me by email or through the websites. I’m always at the end of an email to help!
email: [email protected]
online material: http://learn.scienceskills.net