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The following resources are designed to help you assess and develop your students' assessment skills.

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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.

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ASSESSMENT INTRODUCTION WORKSHOP

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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TOP 10 TIPS ON ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING

This resource provides a set of tips highlighting the importance of feedback and assessments, and how these can be best utilised in order to enhance and encourage learning.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Academic writing for exams podcast

This resource features a podcast which focuses upon academic writing technique. The podcast particularly concerns...

Checking your assignments’ references

This resource highlights the importance of referencing to the overall assignment quality. The resource directs...

Essay writing pack

A downloadable workbook for students which can be tailored to different essay questions. The...

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