The Skills for Study learning portal is divided into 12 modules that have been designed to develop and improve study skills. The modules offer a comprehensive source of study responsibilities that students need to perform well in academic study and beyond.
The portal includes the following learning modules:
1) Getting ready for academic study
Getting ready for academic study helps students prepare practically and mentally for their first term at university, with guidance and techniques to help them learn effectively and understand what will be expected from them in Higher Education.
2) Time management
Time management gives students the techniques required to priorities and plan their time effectively, along with methods on how to break tasks down into manageable chunks, beat procrastination and build up their concentration.
3) Reading and note-making
Reading and note-making provides strategies to help students select relevant information through lectures, reading, discussion and their own research, as well as approaches for making effective notes that will prove useful later on.
4) Writing skills
Writing skills offers advice on writing in an academic style suitable for essays and assignments, and practical guidance on how to structure ideas and improve written work.
5) Critical thinking skills
Critical thinking skills explains what critical thinking really is and how it can be applied to learning in order to question assumptions, evaluate the reliability of sources and evidence and compare propositions.
6) Referencing and understanding plagiarism
Referencing and understanding plagiarism covers the importance of referencing, why it is used in academic work and helps build a deep understanding of what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
7) Exam skills
Exam skills covers how to prepare for exams with effective revision methods and strategies for answering different types of exam question, as well developing reflective skills so students can evaluate their performance in order to improve results.
8) Groupwork and presentations
Groupwork and presentations focuses on developing interpersonal skills that will help group projects to run smoothly, examining how to be an effective group member as well as how to plan and deliver a successful presentation.
9) Confidence with number
Confidence with numbers helps students overcome their obstacles and barriers in working with numbers and understand how to present and interpret numerical data.
10) Project, dissertations and reports
Projects, dissertations and reports gives detailed coverage of each format and develops the specific problem solving and research skills required to give students the confidence and resourcefulness for more independent study.
11) Research principles
Research principles presents practical guidance, which enables students to get to grips with managing and understanding academic information. It also outlines the different methods of researching a topic as part of academic study, depending on the subject discipline, level of study, source materials and the assignment.
12) Employability and personal development
Employability and personal development equip students to shape their ambitions and determine which careers will be best for them, as well as offering specific guidance on how to develop and the skills they will need to impress future employers, how to prove them during the application process and how to perform well in interviews.
Trial access to Skills for Study is open until the 30th of November 2023.