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Learning Resources

 

LEARNING RESOURCES

The LDS team have devised a selection of learning resources to support your academic work and personal development.  Please browse the areas below to find the resource(s) relevant to your query.

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Academic Writing

Overview

Academic writing is an important part of your learning experience at University. This form of written communication can be developed over time. Academic writing helps you express your points clearly and shows the reader that you have a strong understanding of the task at hand.

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Critical Thinking

Overview

All academic work will involve critical thinking, reading and writing. These are skills that you can develop throughout your degree programme.

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Preparation for Online Assessment

Overview

The Learning Development Service has compiled a number of resources to support students preparing for online assessment. These resources are intended to assist your approach to the revision process and help you to anticipate various aspects of the assessment experience, from study techniques to engaging with exam questions.

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Presentation and Communication Skills

Overview

Being able to communicate and share your ideas effectively is important in an academic setting. These are skills directly transferable to a professional environment.

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Referencing

Overview

When you use someone else’s ideas in your own work, you must ensure that these ideas are properly referenced. Failure to do so may lead to plagiarism. Each School within the University uses a specific referencing system, so it is best to check your module handbook to find out which system to use. Here you will find information on understanding plagiarism, useful resources on referencing systems, and our own referencing generator, Cite2Write.

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Research Skills

Overview

Undertaking research is an important way of contributing to knowledge on a topic as well as demonstrating an understanding of the subject you are working on. Research is a useful way of questioning what you know, and allows you to develop your own critical thinking and communication skills. There are a number of activities involved in research, such as searching for relevant resources, making notes on relevant materials, writing literature reviews, and writing an abstract. The most common form of research in an undergraduate degree is a dissertation.

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Study Skills

Overview

There are many ways in which you can progress your study skills, from finding out which learning style you most identify with to making the best use of your notes from lectures. Below you will find some resources to help you make the most of your study time.

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Time Management

Overview

It is sometimes challenging to balance all of the demands of your studies alongside other responsibilities and demands in your personal life. By planning your time effectively, you will be able to prioritise tasks and it will be easier you reach your goal in a structured, realistic manner. You will become more flexible and have more free time to enjoy university life outside of studying.. Below you will find tips and tricks on everything from SMART goal setting to the Pomodoro Technique, a clever method to improve your productivity and help you better manage how you allocate your time.

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