Student Workshop

Notetaking for better learning and assessments

This workshop will introduce students to the under-estimated skill of note-creation. It will cover taking notes in a variety of situations: in lectures, seminars and support meetings and when reading for assignments. Developing an effective approach to taking, organising and revisiting your notes can improve your classwork, assignments and exam revision. This workshop will consider both traditional and digital approaches to note-taking.

Activity time: 1 - 2 Hours

Types of media: Slides, PowerPoint File

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Creative Learning Activity Cards

Creative Learning Activity Cards are an interactive teaching and learning resource for students of creative subjects at Foundation, BA or MA level to help scaffold student academic skills. This evidence-based resource consists of 50 activity cards divided into five sections of ten cards on: • Planning• Research• Thinking• Writing• Wild Card (includes tips for overcoming writer’s block, anxiety and procrastination, and building motivation) The cards can be used as materials in both online and face-to-face facilitated seminars or workshops, as the basis for teaching in lectures or as an independent study resource for students.To print you can use PowerPoint option of choosing number of slides per page, e.g. 4 slides per A4 and cut them out. You could also choose single page and print the desired ones to full A4 so they can be used as A4 handouts. Another option could be using photo paper, e.g. 10x15cm and print them individually (select 'fill whole page' option via printer setting).

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Types of media: Worksheet, Slides, PowerPoint File, Interactive Learning Object

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Reading Camp Resources

This reading camp provides a space where students work on enhancing their academic reading skills. It enables students to develop strategies for approaching academic reading through the use of structured reading activities. To fully benefit from the support available, students are required to bring two articles that they will read for their undergraduate dissertation or final year project. By the end of the camp, students will gain a better understanding of how to effectively approach and use their academic reading for their dissertation or final year project.

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Types of media: Worksheet, Lesson Plan, PowerPoint File

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Academic writing with free writing

Workshop activities on academic writing, including a powerpoint download outlining activities.

Activity time: Activities range from 1-10 minutes.

Types of media: PowerPoint File

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Getting started with writing

This resource includes ideas for initiating discussions about writing with students, and facilitates the opportunity to begin writing assignments during the activity.

Activity time: Varies

Types of media: Slides, PowerPoint File

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Draw to Learn

A workshop designed to show how drawing and visually representing objects or themes can help to support learning and increase creativity. Includes links to the theory behind creative/visual practices.

Activity time: 2-3 hours workshop, plus extra curricular feedback time.

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Free writing

A resource which would be particularly useful for staff teaching on a creative writing programme. Includes two structured writing exercises and information on free writing.

Activity time: Varies

Types of media: Webpage, Helpsheet, PowerPoint File

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Memory and exams

A series of PowerPoint slides on memory and revision techniques. It also includes suggestions for activities following on from the presentation.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage, Slides, PowerPoint File

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Six steps to success

A presentation outlining a whole new approach to successful study. The six steps are:

S = Study Techniques and practices
O = Overview
C = Creativity
C = Communicate effectively
E = Emotions
R = Review, review, review

Also includes a booklet for students' reference, and some suggested activities to follow the presentation.

Activity time: 40 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Slides, PowerPoint File, Word Document

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Using essay feedback workshop

This resource includes further resources detailing the importance of feedback and how students can make the most of any feedback received, in order to improve their work.

Activity time: 1 Hour

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet, Slides, PowerPoint File, Word Document

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