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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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GRAMMAR BEAGLE

This post provides an interactive resource testing knowledge and application of grammatical issues commonly identified in students' work. This resource aims to help students improve their spelling and grammar.

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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.

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IDENTIFYING CHAT ACRONYMS

This resource features a glossary defining common online chat acronyms. A flash-based quiz is also available to test your knowledge of these acronyms and abbreviations!

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IDENTIFYING EMOTICONS

This resources offers a simple drag and drop activity is designed to introduce some of the more popular 'emoticons', as used in text/twitter messages and online chat communication.

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IDENTIFYING QUESTION TYPES

These 2 short online quizzes are designed to help students test their understanding of different question types

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IMPROVING CONCENTRATION

Students listen to a short audio clip and are tested on how much of the key information they retain. They are then encouraged to repeat the exercise after preparing appropriately.

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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 AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS TUTORIAL

An online tutorial for students, including quizzes and self-assessment exercises. It is divided into 5 sections:
- Listening habits
- Listening in lectures
- Keeping the conversation going
- Understanding non-verbal communication
- Communicating online

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LISTENING HABITS ACTIVITY

Students listen to a brief introduction of poor habits when listening to others. They then undertake a self-assessment exercise, which can be printed on completion.

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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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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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NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION

Students view a short video, first without sound, and try to imagine the conversation based on the non-verbal communication.They then view the same video with sound to check their understanding.

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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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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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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.

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REFERENCING EXERCISES

Short quiz, with four exercises to test your knowledge of referencing. The exercises cover 1) Is a Reference Needed? 2) Where Should the Citations Go? 3) “I Didn’t Reference the Source Because…” 4) Referencing Errors. Answers and comments are to be found at the end of the worksheet.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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