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The following resources are designed to help you assess and develop your students’ academic writing skills.

All our resources are available for free educational use under a Creative Commons licence. You are welcome to link to them, use them and adapt them if necessary for your students, but please acknowledge LearnHigher as authors.

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Groupwork role play

This workshop activity facilitates participants to practice their groupwork skills whilst negotiating a response to a given scenario. It provides the opportunity to plan and film responses to create more groupwork opportunities and discover new digital skills. The outputs of these could be edited into a more formal video should you wish to develop them into future teaching material, but consent would need to be gained from each participant for this.

There are 5 scenarios (one for each group of students) in the Group work skills MS Word document and one MS Word tutor guidance sheet.
Learning Outcomes

● To practice groupwork skills

● To understand common reasons why groupwork projects fail

● To develop employability competencies

● To learn filming and editing techniques

Activity time: 60 minutes

Types of media: Worksheet, Lesson Plan, Handout/s

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Reading in print and in digital: Strategies and choices

This material introduces students to basic strategies for reading in digital and print formats. It encourages them to consider the advantages and challenges of each one, and the different learning contexts for which they may be most appropriate.

There are 6 strategies:
• Copy and paste function
• Digital annotation tools
• Split screen and working with multiple documents
• Support reading with online tools
• Using a mixture of mediums
• Word search function

Each document is designed as a flip-card of a strategy. One side outlines what the strategy is, and then poses questions for the student/s to think about. The second side outlines the advantages and challenges in relation to shallow and deep learning. We hope this will encourage students to reflect upon the choices they make when reading, and make purposeful and informed choices.

Following this, there are 2 scenarios provided as a separate document. Students are asked to select from 3 given responses to the scenario and then reflect upon the advantages and limitations of the response/s. This should allow students to situate the strategies within a real-world scenario.

These materials could be used within a number of learning settings, including a workshop or a one-to-one appointment.

These resources were developed from an ALDinHE funded research project into how students read for their studies, focusing on digital and print mediums. The selection of strategies and guidance given is based upon focus groups conducted with students at Lancaster University.

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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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Referencing exercises

A set of four referencing exercises, complete with answers. Exercises cover:1) Is a Reference Needed? 2) Where Should the Citations Go? 3) “I Didn’t Reference the Source Because…” 4) Referencing Errors.

Activity time: 1 Hour

Types of media: Helpsheet, Word Document, Quiz

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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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‘Cards Against’ Feedback

This activity was designed for an academic and study skills workshop, 'Making the Most of Feedback'. This is a game based on the infamous card game 'Cards Against Humanity' (but without the extremely offensive content!). 20-30 mins activity. Split students into groups of 3-4 (ideally 4). There are 12 blue cards which should be cut up, shuffled, and placed face down in the centre of the table. Each blue card presents a situation related to receiving feedback on assessed work. There are 36 orange cards, which should be cut up, shuffled and dealt out to all students. Each orange card gives a response a student could have to each of the situations on the blue cards. Some are 'good' responses, some are 'bad' responses, and some are blank so they student can write their own response. Each student takes a turn at selecting a blue card from the centre of the table. They read out the situation from the card and ask the other students in their group for an appropriate response to the situation. For example, a blue card might read 'Your feedback is: You have not addressed the question/title. What is the best response?'. The other students around the table then select an orange card from their hand which they think best suits the feedback situation. For example, an orange card might read 'Re-write the assignment brief in simple / another language to check understanding', or 'PANIC!'. Once each student has selected an orange card, they play that card, face up, on the table. The student who selected the blue card then chooses which orange response card was the best, giving a reason why they think this is the best solution, and explaining how they might go about implementing the solution. The student who played the winning orange card take the blue situation card. Play continues with each student taking a turn at selecting the blue card and judging the best answer from the other students' responses. Play is finished when all blue cards have been drawn and won. The winning student is the one with the most blue cards in their possession at the end of the game. Online version(s):

1. Translate into a Kahoot quiz with the situation as the question, and 4 different response options the students can choose from. There can be multiple correct answers (e.g. for the situation 'Your feedback is: You have not addressed the question/title. What is the best response?', answers could include 'Re-write the assignment brief in simple / another language to check understanding', 'Highlight and define the instruction verb(s) in the assignment brief' and 'Analyse the assignment learning outcomes'. The proportion of votes will demonstrate which solution most students deem favourable, and discussion can follow as to why they selected this answer.

2. Use a programme like Padlet to create an online space for student collaboration. Write each situation in a comment/sticky note on the padlet, and ask students to use the comment thread to write in what their response would be in each situation. Ask students to use the 'like' or 'upvote' function to select another student response they think is good, and add a comment explaining why this is a good solution. This version encourages students to think up their own responses and reflect on previous behaviour in response to assignment feedback.* Please note that some of the orange response cards reflect the specific study skills workshops and provision at MMU, and you will need to change these to align with the provision at your institution.*

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Types of media: Word Document

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Freewriting

This resource encourages students to write on a given topic for a set amount of time. It is is designed to test information recall ability as well as help students improve their confidence in their writing ability.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

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

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Checklist: Editing & proofreading your assignment

The document is a checklist, which could complement a teaching session on editing and proofreading skills. It could be used as a study guide for independent learning, or it could also used in class for students to observe/revise/critique a piece of writing.

Activity time: 15 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet

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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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Critical thinking: an introduction

The material covers the basics of what critical thinking is, and how this abstract concept is realised in actual academic reading and writing. It was originally used for a generic 30-minute webinar on the topic, but it is recommended for a session of 45+ minutes to allow sufficient for students to engage in the interactive activities (e.g. analysing a text).

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Types of media: PowerPoint File, Word Document

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Excelling at critical analysis: a 3-stage method with an image

The aim of this activity is to clarify the difference between descriptive and analytical writing and emphasise the importance of research-based argument. Participants engage in an interactive 3-stage exercise that interrogates a (visual) text in order to generate a piece of academic writing.

Activity time: 1 hour

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

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Videos to develop dissertation writing

Discuss the requirements of each dissertation chapterApply the advice to your own dissertation

Activity time: Videos from 13-22 minutes each, but further time needed to complete activities

Types of media: PowerPoint File, Video

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Active note-making skills

Understand the value of keeping a record of information and insights - Understand how to differentiate between important and unimportant information - Understand how to apply recorded important information to help complete a task - Understand the importance of note-making at university

Activity time: 45-60 minutes

Types of media: Worksheet, Handout/s, Word Document, Interactive Learning Object, Quiz

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The CDE Presentation Model

A website hosting a number a number of staff and student resources to support the development of oral communication

Activity time: Variable

Types of media: Webpage

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Using an academic glossary

Academic glossary booklet, and slides and activity sheet

Activity time: 30 minutes

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

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The Three Domains of Critical Reading

The Three Domains of Critical Reading

Activity time: Depends - could be 10 mins to 1 hour

Types of media: PowerPoint File, Word Document

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Essays: Conclusion paragraphs

Identify common parts in conclusion paragraphs for essays.

Activity time: 2 minutes

Types of media: Video

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Employability Skills Assessment

To acknowledge the skill employers are looking for in new employees in the workplace. Learners will identify their personal employability skill level and critically reflect upon how they can provide evidence that they have gained employability skills from their life and learning experiences.

Activity time: 30 Minutes

Types of media: Worksheet

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Critical Thinking Card Game

• Identify what critical thinking is • Apply critical thinking • Recall questions to ask of source material to aid critical thinking, reading and writing • Interpret and analyse subject information

Activity time: 10 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Interactive Learning Object

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Critical Evaluation of Evidence

Question, discuss, and critique Assertive Discipline theory - Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the theory, and the contexts in which the strengths and weaknesses occur - Come to a reasoned conclusion about Assertive Discipline based on their evaluation

Activity time: 30-45 minutes

Types of media: Helpsheet, Slides, PowerPoint File

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Critical Thinking in Everyday Life

20-30 minutes

Activity time: 20-30 Minutes

Types of media: Lesson Plan, Slides, PowerPoint File

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Source Top Trumps

• Identify good academic sources
• Describe pros and cons of different reading materials
• Create improved reference lists / in-text citations

Activity time: 15 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Interactive Learning Object

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Feedback action planning sheet

To understand sources and types of feedback. To encourage engagement with assessment criteria. To reflect on student behaviours facilitating/impairing performance in assignments. To utilise feedback for action planning

Activity time: 45 minutes

Types of media: Worksheet, Handout/s, Word Document

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What are Digital Capabilities?

To reflect upon the digital capabilities which are important to you

Activity time: 3 mins

Types of media: Video

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Feedforward check sheet

Students will be able to:Explain the different writing features of different writing examples (and their own work if applicable)Compare and contrast the effect of different ways of writing an assessmentUse their analysis of different assessment examples to produce specific actions for their own writing

Activity time: 20-60 minutes, depending on length of the assessments which are being examined

Types of media: Worksheet

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Learn Hacks

The animations are all based around the themes of productivity, curation, discovery, collaboration, impact and transferable skills. It is to highlight the many ways students can engage with technology to improve their learning experience.

Activity time: 3 minutes

Types of media: Video

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Microsoft Excel – Creating a Chart

To be able to create a chart in Microsoft Excel 2010

Activity time: 10 Minutes

Types of media: Worksheet, Handout/s, Helpsheet

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Evaluating a source

To be able to critically evaluate sources.

Activity time: 10 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet

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CVs, Covering Letters and Personal Statements Proofreading Checklist for SPAG

To increase awareness of common spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) errors that are made in CVs, covering letters and personal statements.

Activity time: 10 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet

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LearnHigher now on Twitter!

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Reference Properly-Part Two: Reference List

1 hour 30 minutes- 2 hours

Activity time: 1 hour 30 minutes - 2 hours

Types of media: PowerPoint File, Word Document

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Reference Properly-Part One: Citations

To learn what information should be included in a citation.To understand the importance of referencing as a tool to avoid plagiarism.

Activity time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

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

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Easy Proofreading Wins with Microsoft Word

By completing these learning resources, students will be able to: Appreciate the limits and uses of Microsoft Word in aiding proofreading beyond built-in spelling and grammar checks. Use A-Z sort, Find, and Find and Replace to eliminate common proofreading errors efficiently. Find further free sources of developmental support for proofreading skills.

Activity time: 30 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet, Word Document, Quiz

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Academic Reading: Handbook for students

Brief student-facing guide to academic reading. Covers a variety of areas and gives useful tips on selecting reading materials, active reading strategies, useful techniques and more...

Activity time: 45 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Word Document

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Referencing: staff development session

These resources are designed to generate discussion among teaching and learning development staff in staff development sessions. The resources cover issues relating to why reference, referencing styles, when to reference, and on issues relating to plagiarism.

Activity time: 60-90 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, Word Document

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Referencing exercises

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Referencing exercises

A set of four referencing exercises, complete with answers. Exercises cover:
1) Is a Reference Needed?
2) Where Should the Citations Go?
3) “I Didn’t Reference the Source Because…”
4) Referencing Errors.

Activity time: 1 Hour

Types of media: Helpsheet, Word Document, Quiz

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Advanced referencing exercises

Set of 3 short exercises, complete with answers and tutor comments. Provides a set of scenarios and challenges students to give the correct referencing protocol in each situation.

Activity time: 20 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, Word Document, Quiz

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References and bibliographies booklet

This 71-page booklet explains when to reference, how to reference (using the Harvard style), gives examples of different forms of referencing, including some of the less common sources, and includes two assignments to demonstrate referencing in action.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Handout/s

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What’s the point of referencing?

Student essay in response to a 2009 LearnHigher competition on 'What is the point of referencing?’. Together with a tutor commentary, the essay sets out and explores three for referencing: to construct, structure, support and communicate arguments; to link work to the existing
body of knowledge; and how referencing can add credibility to academic work.

Activity time: 30 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s

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Resource Pack Supporting Student Community Projects

This pack contains resources to support student projects in the local community. It includes guidance for students about project queries
list of resources available to students to support their project work, fundraising ideas, oral history references and a contract template.

Activity time: 1 Hour

Types of media: Helpsheet, Word Document

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Learning Contract

This resource includes guidance notes for developing a learning contract for self-directed study, together with a template for a Learning Contract. The resource is tailored for adult students and is designed to be worked through on a one-to-one basis with a tutor.

Activity time: 45 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Word Document

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Learning Agreement

This resource features introductory notes and sample template for a learning agreement and supports students to identify activities within their work which could demonstrate their achievement of the learning outcomes. The resource is designed to be used with part-time adult educators, graduate teaching assistants and those who support learning in HE to form a framework for the development of a portfolio for assessment.

Activity time: 45 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, Word Document

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Developing an Action Plan for Independent Learning

Worksheet to support students to outline an structured action plan for their studies. This resource provides a template to encourage students to be effective independent learners, able to identify: what they want to learn; the best ways for them to learn what they want to learn; and how to demonstrate learning.

Activity time: 30 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, Word Document

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Work-based Learning Contracts

This resource provides customisable templates for learning contracts together with a commentary on their use in a community work and youth work context.

Activity time: 45 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, Word Document

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Critical Reflection Forms

30 minutes

Activity time: 30 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Word Document, Quiz

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Induction booklet – template and examples

This resource offers a customisable template for a booklet to support students through the induction process. An exemplar booklet is also available from a student intake at the University of Manchester. A set of notes are provided detailing the background, aims and objectives, design and student evaluation of the booklet.

Activity time: 5 hours

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, Word Document

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Observing Conversations

This resource offers a session plan, which aims to help students develop conversation styles and techniques, based on effective use of questioning styles and to appreciate the impact of body language. This activity is designed to be used in a workshop relating to listening and interpersonal skills, particularly relating to active listening, establishing and maintaining conversations and the impact of body language.

Activity time: 30 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet

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Questioning Styles

15 minutes

Activity time: 15 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet

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Listening Skills Audit

This short activity helps students assess their own listening skills. The audit can be completed either online or on paper

Activity time: 10 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Interactive Learning Object, Quiz

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Focusing on the functions and qualities of writing using Wrasse

A classroom activity, designed to help students recognise the broad functions of academic writing

Activity time: 20 minutes

Types of media: Webpage

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Writing for Assignments E-library (Wrasse)

Students can browse examples of students work from a number of subject areas, and see comments from lecturers

Activity time: Variable

Types of media: Webpage

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Tips for writing a critical essay

This guide provides students with additional tips to help them apply models of critical thinking to their writing.

Activity time: 15 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s

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What’s the difference between description and critical analysis?

What's the difference between description and critical analysis?

Activity time: 5 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Critical thinking and reflection

A comprehensive range of guides exploring the critical thinking process.

Activity time: Up to 1 hour

Types of media: Handout/s, Video, Interactive Learning Object

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What is critical thinking?

A brief introduction to critical thinking

Activity time: 10 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage

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How do staff and students define critical thinking?

A brief introduction to staff and students interpretations of critical thinking

Activity time: 10 minutes

Types of media: Webpage

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Visual Learning website

A website hosting a number a number of staff and student resources to support the development of visual learning

Activity time: Variable

Types of media: Webpage

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Oral Communication website

A website hosting a number a number of staff and student resources to support the development of oral communication

Activity time: Variable

Types of media: Webpage

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Checklist for effective reports

A quick checklist for an effective report

Activity time: 15 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s

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Is a dissertation just a longer report?

This guide is designed to show you how to adapt your current report writing practices for doing a longer independent research project like a dissertation.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Webpage, Helpsheet

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Using graphical data – activity

A practical activity to show how to best include graphical data in reports. It can be used as a classroom activity, or independently by students

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Handout/s

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Using Graphical Data

An introduction to the effective use of graphical data

Activity time: 15 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage

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Academic writing for reports

A group editorial activity aimed at highlighting examples of bad practice in academic writing. Presents the opportunty to make selective changes in order to develop academic writing skills.

Activity time: 25 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s

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Organise your report

A classroom activity in which the participant must rearrange a jumbled list of report sections. Includes two list examples.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Webpage

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Identify the sections of a report

A classroom activity which helps to develop understanding of the reasons why reports are organised as they are. Further to this, it highlights the differing writing styles appropriate for each section.

Activity time: 25 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage

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Identify the audience and purpose

A classroom activity showing the importance of tailoring writing for a specific audience. Downloads can be adapted to be subject specific.

Activity time: 17 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Writing clearly and concisely

A helpsheet explaining how to write clearly and concisely. Includes sections on the use of long words and abbreviations.

Activity time: Varies

Types of media: Helpsheet

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How do I critically analyse my findings?

A helpsheet outling a step by step explanation of the analysis of research findings. This includes an example of the process.

Activity time: 30 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage, Helpsheet

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Structure of reports

A detailed explanation of the content of subsections of a report. This includes information about titles for sections as well as suggested content.

Activity time: Unknown

Types of media: Helpsheet

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What makes a good report?

This resource includes a list of commonly perceived tropes of sub-standard reports as well as a detailed breakdown of suggested content of report sections.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Helpsheet

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What’s the difference between reports and essays?

A table outlining features of essays and reports in relation to one another.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Helpsheet

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Why is report writing so important?

An explanation of why reports are a critical format for presenting research results. Includes a brief outline stating the identifyable traits of a good report.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Helpsheet

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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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Notemaking: ten top tips

An informative mindmap showing the top ten tips for notemaking.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Helpsheet

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Notemaker

An online resource on notemaking, including links to information on Linear, Pattern and Cornell notes. An easily navigable resource. Also features templates for the learner to experiment with note taking.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Webpage, Interactive Learning Object

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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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Essay writing pack

A downloadable workbook for students which can be tailored to different essay questions. The workbook structures enables the essay to be structured in an orderly way, allowing for the process to be learned as the assignment is completed.

Activity time: Varies

Types of media: Helpsheet, Word Document, Interactive Learning Object

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Reviewing your notes

A series of suggestion on how to engage students in effective notemaking at appropriate times.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Helpsheet

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Brainstorming notetaking

A short description of an end of teaching period activity which encourages students to take notes.

Activity time: 5-15 Minutes

Types of media: Helpsheet

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Notemaking in lectures

A student helpsheet describing a process for effective strategies for notemaking in lectures. Includes notes on preperation and process.

Activity time: Unknown Time

Types of media: Helpsheet

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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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Teaching notemaking: tutor handbook

A guide for staff on how to teach notemaking to students. Includes an overview of structured brainstorming, linear and pattern notes; active vs passive learning; how to make notes; and some suggested activities.

Activity time: 30 minutes

Types of media: Helpsheet, Word Document

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Making Group-work Work

An online video resource following a group of students through their group work project. It features ten episodes, each of which includes reflection and discussion points, and links to further information and activities. It can be used as part of a tutor-led session, or for students' independent learning.

Activity time: 2 Hours

Types of media: Interactive Learning Object, Flash Resource

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Example agenda and minutes for group work meetings

Some sample documents to help students get started with organising their group project meetings. Includes a sample meeting agenda, and sample minutes from a group project meeting.

Activity time: 30 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s

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Meeting roles for group work

An overview of some of the roles in group project meetings. Includes an outline of responsibilities for chair, record keeper, time keeper and task manager.

Activity time: 5 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage

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Ground rules for group work

An overview of things to consider when setting ground rules for a group work project. It covers rules around personal conduct and working practice, as well as an outline of why setting group rules is a useful exercise at the start of a project.

Activity time: 10 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage

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Group work booklet

This booklet provides a comprehensive guide to student group work. It covers topics such as how and why groupwork is used in HE, getting started with your group, personalities and roles, communication, dealing with conflict, reviewing progress and making decisions.

Activity time: 1 Hour

Types of media: Webpage

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Feedback and reflection in group work

An overview of tips for providing and receiving useful and constructive feedback in a group working environment. It covers tips for both giving and receiving feedback.

Activity time: 15 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage

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Group project management

An overview of tips to effectively manage group work projects. It covers breaking down the task, scheduling and setting deadlines, communicating and monitoring progress.

Activity time: 10 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage

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Effective communication

Advice on how to communicate effectively, particularly in a group working environment. Areas covered include active listening, body language and clarity of expression.

Activity time: 10 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage

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Creating your team

An overview of some tips for creating your team. It covers some of the steps to take at the outset of a group work project to ensure that the group works together effectively.

Activity time: 15 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage

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Group organisation

A classroom exercise in group organisation. Students are asked to create a template agenda for use in their project meetings.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Word Document

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Farmers Communication Exercise

This is an exercise in effective communication (particularly listening) and organisation skills. Participants are given partial information and must communicate with the group to find a solution to a problem.

Activity time: 40 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Word Document

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Team rules exercise

An activity to get students thinking about what group rules they might want to set for the project groups.

Activity time: 25 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage

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Analyse This!!!

A free online tutorial to help students develop their data analysis skills. The tutorial looks at quantitative and qualitative data analysis, with some practical examples and advice on effectively analysing data.

Activity time: 1 Hour

Types of media: Webpage, Interactive Learning Object

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Collect This!!!

A free online tutorial that will help you develop students' data collection skills. The tutorial looks at quantitative and qualitative data collection, with some practical examples and advice on effectively collecting data.

Activity time: 1 Hour

Types of media: Webpage, Interactive Learning Object

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Research terms glossary

A glossary of research terms.

Activity time: 30 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage

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What is research?

This guide provides an overview of research methods and methodologies, including practical advice for those new to research, and tips on how to avoid some of the most common pitfalls for new researchers. It covers a background to research; getting started; quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.

Activity time: 30 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage, Helpsheet

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How to start writing

An overview of some techniques to get started with writing after conducting research for an assignment. Includes information about planning, freewriting, structuring and writing paragraphs.Includes a worksheet for students to download and keep for reference.

Activity time: 30 minutes

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

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Approaching the Question

This resource highlights the importance of fully considering an essay title and offers guidance on essay title interpretation. The resource suggests how identifying directive words, the topic area and limiting words may help students to organise and structure their essays effectively, and thus obtain higher grades.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Commas

This resource identifies how attention to punctuation, particularly standard comma use, may improve coherence and grades. The main uses of commas are identified, such as listing, bracketing and joining. Explanations and examples are given for the context in which they are most commonly correctly utilised in academic work.

Activity time: 20 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Planning your work

This resource highlights the importance of planning work, and how this may improve essay coherence and structure. According to personal preference, the resource offers the linear, cornell or mindmapping approach to planning as guidance for achieving higher grades.

Activity time: 20 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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How to structure your writing

Highlighting the importance of structure to constructing clear and effective communication, this resource offers advice on improving structure and planning in academic writing. The resource offers techniques, particularly essay focus and basic structures, which may help to improve student work.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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How to structure a paragraph

This resource highlights the importance of clear and effective paragraphing to essay coherence. The resource explains the basic aims and structure of a paragraph, along with a checklist of features. Signposting words and phrases can be particularly useful for introducing theory, linking or concluding an essay.

Activity time: 20 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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What is academic writing?

This resource identifies the common key features of academic writing, such as formality, correct grammar and a logical structure, and how this may be different from other forms of writing.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Assignment Paraphrase

Based on the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) approach, this resource prompts students to consider the assignment question and discuss the ways in which they would answer it prior to beginning writing. A full understanding of the assignment title or question is crucial to obtain the best possible mark.

Activity time: 20 minutes

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

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The Three Liner

This resource provides an activity which aims to ensure students stay focused on the essay question. Students answer the essay question with a one-word answer, and then expand on this forming a basis for each paragraph, and so on.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

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

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Revision techniques podcast

This resource, a podcast, offers advice on revision techniques and dealing with examination stress. This includes varying peer-to-peer tips, as well as lecturer guidance.

Activity time: 15 Minutes

Types of media: Podcast, MP3

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Academic writing for exams podcast

This resource features a podcast which focuses upon academic writing technique. The podcast particularly concerns lecturer feedback regarding the importance of focusing on the essay title given.

Activity time: 15 Minutes

Types of media: Podcast, MP3

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Checking your assignments’ references

This resource highlights the importance of referencing to the overall assignment quality. The resource directs students to proof-read their work and identify correct use of referencing in the main body of the essay, as well as in the reference list itself.

Activity time: 30 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Maths instruction words

This resource identifies the key terms used in Mathematics assignments, defining them in a way in which assists student understanding of assignment titles and questions.

Activity time: 20 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Instruction words in essay questions

This resource prompts students to initially consider what the assignment question is asking directly, by identifying key phrases. Although variant upon subject, the resource identifies general definitions for key words commonly utilised within essay questions.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Brainstorming ideas for your assessment

This resource offers the 'mindmapping' or 'spider-diagram' technique as an initial assignment planning method. This method also prompts the student to consider the research process, and deadlines by which reading and note-taking should be completed.

Activity time: 30 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Revising for maths assessments

This resource offers tips in preparation for Maths assessments which may help students to improve their work.

Activity time: 15 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Learning from your assessment feedback

Highlighting the importance of assessment feedback, this resource offers advice on how students may make the most out of any comments received. Guidance includes reading feedback as soon as it is received, keeping a learning journal and forming action plans.

Activity time: 30 minutes

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

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Assessment: Step-by-step

This resource offers guidance for students on achieving the best possible marks in assessments. Tips include understanding the question or brief, practicality, an awareness of assessment criteria, planning and previous feedback.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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The Assignment Survival Kit

This interactive learning resource provides a step-by-step breakdown of the separate tasks and planning involved within the completion of an assignment. Indications of deadlines for each task, such as initially understanding the question and locating research material, are offered in order to help simplify the workload.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage, Interactive Learning Object

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Top 10 tips on Self, Peer and Group Assessment

Self and peer assessment helps students to understand assessment criteria by their application of the criteria to their own and other students’ work. Includes tips for designing effective assessments.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Webpage, Helpsheet, Slides

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Top 10 tips on Self-assessment Sheets

This resource discusses the dialogue between staff and students about written feedback. Includes tips to help develop effective feedback forms, with a particular focus on designing the sheets and how to initiate student responses.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Top 10 tips on Inclusive Assessment

This resource includes tips on how to ensure the needs of students with disabilities are considered when designing learning assessments. Particular points of consideration regarding common types of disability are highlighted.

Activity time: 30 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Top 10 tips on Diversifying Assessment

This resource provides tips with ideas for alternative types of assessment (such as case-studies, groupwork and practicals) and how this may help to engage students and develop their skillset.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Top 10 tips on Deterring Plagiarism

This resource includes tips on how to prevent and eradicate the appeal for plagiarism. Ideas for task and assessment design are suggested, with a particular focus on the research process.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Top 10 tips on Designing Assessment Tasks

This resource includes tips on designing assessments with particular focuses on learning outcomes, and assessment criteria.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Top 10 tips on Assessment for Learning

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Activity time: 20 Minutes

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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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Assessment Introduction workshop

This resource details key assessment pointers, including basic assessment principles and the implications of current design.

Activity time: 1 Hour

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

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Dealing with distractions

This is a resource includes tips and an idea for a peer-group activity which aims to help students find solutions for any work distractions.

Activity time: 15 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Getting yourself informed

This is a resource includes tips and an idea for an activity which encourages independent learning through effective time management and organisational skills.

Activity time: 20 minutes

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

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Breaking bad habits: what do you need to change?

This is a resource includes tips and an idea for a peer-group activity aimed at sharing strategies to combat poor time management.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Planning timetables and schedules

This resource details guidance for students on how to compose weekly, termly and project timetables. The resource provides further tools, with a particular focus on being realistic whilst flexible with any time available.

Activity time: 40 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet, Word Document, Interactive Learning Object

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Getting organised

This resource contains organisational guidance for students to help them stay on top of their work-load, further their time management skills and consequently reduce stress levels. This includes the importance of an appropriate working space, the use of a filing system and a general awareness of course information.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Making more hours in the day

This resource contains guidance for students on managing their time effectively. This includes pointers on developing study practices, prioritising tasks and actively putting personal study first.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet, Interactive Learning Object

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Dealing with distractions

This resource offers guidance for students on identifying their distractions, considering the consequences of specific tasks when prioritising them, as well as strategy ideas for tackling distractions.

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Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet, Interactive Learning Object

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Overcoming procrastination

This resource details specific strategies for students facing common difficulties with their work, which may lead to procrastination. This includes how to cope with multiple tasks, poor concentration, how to structure essays and turn feedback into constructive criticism and prioritise study over other commitments.

Activity time: 20 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Where does the time go?

This page includes further resources on handling information and research as well as effective time management and allocation.

Activity time: 30 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet, Interactive Learning Object

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The 5 step plan

This resource for students details five key steps for taking control of your workload. This includes listing tasks to complete, breaking down big tasks into smaller steps, organising tasks under headings ('now', 'sooner' or 'later), taking one task at a time as well as prioritising and planning tasks.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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