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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.

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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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CRITICAL REFLECTION FORMS

This resource offers templates to support students in developing strategies for critical reflection on a work-based learning programme at the University of Manchester. These can all be adapted to suit your own purposes. The templates cover five areas: 1) Expectations from a module; 2) Reflections on a module; 3) Critical Reading Record; 4) Critical Reflection on a Session; and 5) Reflection on Learning Portfolio.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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QUESTIONING STYLES

This activity is designed to help students to understand and be able to identify different styles of questioning: open, closed, leading and probing. This activity is designed to be used in a workshop relating to listening and interpersonal skills.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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