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

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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. If you are planning to do a dissertation project that involves some kind of primary data...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Essay writing pack

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