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Alastair McClure
The University of Hong Kong Doing History 101:
Workshop for First Year History Students


14 Mar 2022 4:30-5:30 p.m.
11 Apr 2022 4:30-5:30 p.m.



The transition from studying in secondary school to university is often difficult, while for some of you our courses may be the first History classes you have taken. To help with the most common problems faced by students at this stage, two one-hour workshops will be offered this term to walk through the basic skills you will need for your assignments and essays. We hope this will also act as an opportunity for questions that you may have.


Each session will be run on zoom for one hour and has been organized at a time that does not overlap with other History classes. Though these are primarily targeted at first year students, the workshop is open to all.


Workshop One (14th March, 4:30-5:30pm)
This workshop will discuss the key differences between what is expected at school and university. We will start with the very basics, covering how to build a good bibliography, why referencing is important, and how to avoid plagiarism. We will also discuss the importance of good note-taking practices.


Workshop Two (11th April, 4:30-5:30pm)
This workshop will focus on the mechanics of essay writing. This will include how to plan your essay, how you might undertake research, and what it takes to build a convincing argument.


To register please sign up here.


If you have any further questions please send an email to