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ONLINE: Engaging with Academic Texts (REPEAT)


About this workshop

Reading for research and research for reading is an integral part of the research journey.  Being able to successfully engage with academic texts requires knowledge of strategies and steps in reading for purpose. This online workshop aims to enable how to work with sources providing methods, techniques, and strategies for strategic reading.  The workshop includes ways in which to ethically integrate credible sources when reading for research, as well as what and why of referencing.


What previous attendees have said about this workshop:

  • "Everything that I learnt is valuable to me. All the aspects aid in to making me a better writer and reader."
  • "I loved everything about the workshop."


About the presenter

Ms. Isabella Sinn, Writing Consultant, UCT Writing Centre, CHED

Isabella is a senior Writing Consultant at UCT Writing Centre and has extensive experience in facilitating academic writing and research workshops for all levels of study, this includes facilitating the MMUF Writing Circles and Writing to Post Graduate Completion Seminars.  Isabella completed her MA in Historical Studies, focussing on divorce and the family in the nineteenth-century Cape Colony, and is currently working on further research and publication.


What level of study is the workshop aimed at?

Postgraduate Diploma








Postdoctoral Fellow


Junior Research Fellow



Which faculty/faculties is the workshop aimed at?



Commerce (including GSB)








Health Sciences





While the workshop is aimed at certain levels of study and faculties, anyone is welcome to join, as long as any stipulated requirements are met, such as participation and/or preparation.



Preparation for the workshop

Students should have at least 3 to 4 readings / journal articles relevant to their topic for this online workshop

Level of participation at the workshop

Online individual activities and whole group discussions are expected.  Students should further expect to engage in some reading and analysis activities employing strategies and methods being covered in the session.

MS Teams

  • It is recommended that you install the MS Teams software onto the device that you will be using to join the workshop, so that you have full functionality of the software features.
  • If you require any technical assistance with this task or require guidance in using the software, please contact the ICTS helpdesk at icts-helpdesk@uct.ac.za or on +27 21 650 4500.
  • When registering for this workshop, you will be prompted to input your UCT credentials, including UCT e-mail address, for security reasons.  A confirmation e-mail will then be sent to the UCT e-mail address with which you registered and will contain the MS Teams link to join the workshop on the day.
  • To join the online workshop on the day, log into MS Teams via the profile linked to the e-mail address with which you registered and not a personal or company profile, to avoid access issues.
Tuesday, May 21, 2024
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ms. Isabella Sinn, Writing Consultant, UCT Writing Centre, CHED
OPGS workshops

Registration is required. There are 87 seats available.

Event Organizer

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Amanda Bessick



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University of Cape Town

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