Getting yourself informed

This post was originally added to Learnhigher on: 4th Jan, 2012
Activity time: 20 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet, Word document
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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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Time Management

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This activity is included in the LearnHigher workshop, Planning your time and getting organised. It can also be run as a standalone activity or embedded in subject teaching.

Like all LearnHigher resources, resources for this activity are freely available for use and adaptation for educational purposes under the terms of a Creative Commons Licence.

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Getting yourself informed: what you need to know and how to find it

Independent study means working out what you need to know and where you will find it

  • What information do you need to study effectively and successfully?
  • How would you find that information?
  • Fill in the worksheet – complete any gaps after the workshop


This activity aims to progress students toward more independent learning by encouraging them to consider what they need to know and how to find it. This might include essential information like deadlines, assignment titles, examination timetables and location of teaching rooms. It could also include information about how things work differently at university, such as guidelines for referencing styles, what to do if they are absent through illness, or how to renew a library book. In addition they might think about how to access support providers: how to book an individual session with a study adviser, or get advice about accommodation. Some essential examples are provided on the worksheet to get students started. You might let the group decide on their own necessary information, or provide them with more suggestions, or ask them to share suggestions with the whole group.

As they complete the worksheet, it becomes a personalised ‘quick reference’ tool for the times when they need the information.

The handout for this activity is available in Word format, so you can adapt it to meet your needs.

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