Soft-skills Seminar for the years 2015

The courses are shown in reverse order of time

Self- and Time Management | Tutor: Sabine Lerch | home 

February 4 and 5, 2015 Room: 0.01, Time: 09:00-17:00


Timeline do I deal with time

Analysis of my present situation

Different working styles 

Values and Goals

...what keeps me on track

Paradigms that influence my life
Positive outcomes and intrinsic motivation 


...first things first

Important or urgent?


Effective Time-Management to manage and use time

Long term and short term planning

Use of modern planning tools 

Project Management basics

...following the critical path

Project plan and Work Breakdown Estimations and resources
My PhD– a project! 

Catch the Time Thieves

...hunting for the “cookies”

Goodbye procrastination


Life Balancing

...dealing with stress and strain

The four human needs
Energy sources 

Optimizing Published Science Research Reading  | Mrs Marcy Scholz

July 13, 14, 2015, Room: AIfA III, R. 0.005 ground floor, Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Scientists contend not only with obtaining significant results, but also with communicating this information effectively and efficiently. Many question how to determine the author ́s intended message within these results and struggle to understand this information. What the reader often fails to understand, is that the reader begins reading a text with certain expectations. If these expectations are not fulfilled, sometimes problems of understanding can develop. 

In this workshop, participants will learn how to become an “active” reader of English academic texts. Participants will examine various strategies used by native-speaker scientific writers in order to define what the expected structure should contain. The various contained elements participants are then asked to identify using various texts. In addition, participants will examine the role of the reader within the writing process and why this aspect divides a good paper from an excellent one. During the two- day workshop, professional input from the trainer will alternate with practical reading and written exercises as well as discussions of relevant issues. 

Day 1: 

  • reflecting on the participant ́s reading strategies
  • examining structural relationships within and between sections of a paper
  • discovering strategic elements featured in native-speaker texts

Day 2: 

  • understanding the significance of the reader
  • locating, developing, and maintaining the reader ́s interest in the topic (“storytelling”)
  • recognizing and implementing strategies for reader understanding
  • practicing various reading strategies
  • optimizing reading habits

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