Posts by Amy

Revision, exams and looking after yourself

7 December 2018

We all know that revising is tough. It is difficult to know where to start and very easy to get drawn into other things. Here are a few tips, tools and apps to help you ace your revision and exams!

  1. Check out our revision tips
  2. Learn how to improve your study concentration and cope with exam nerves
  3. Have a look at our study guides on revision and exams
  4. Access past exam papers. Have a look at Tracy’s blog post to learn how to do this.
  5. Come to our Revision and Exam Techniques workshop on the 13th Dec 1-3 pm.
  6. Don’t forget to live well for learning. Revision and exams can be stressful and time consuming. Make sure you find time for yourself!

Apps and Online Tools

If you like your technology then you might find these apps and online tools helpful.

ThingLink

With ThingLink you can make your images come alive with video, text, images, links and music. Such a great tool for revision if you are a visual learner. Pick an image that you associate with the topic and then add text, links, videos to it that cover the key information. When you need to recall the topic you can mentally work your way around the image and visualise the information you added to it. You can download the app or access it online. Simply go to the ThingLink website to get started. read more

Don’t be daunted by your dissertation

6 February 2018

Here are a few tips for completing your dissertation.

Writing your dissertation is a big job. You need to plan it, find information, do a lot of reading and note taking, structure it, write it, reference, proofread…

Skills for Learning has resources that can help! Have a look at our web site for guidance on writing your research proposal, writing your dissertation and formatting your dissertation.

Knowing some of the tricks and tools in MS Word can save you hours. So if you are unsure about page numbering, creating a table of contents, using styles, headings and section breaks you should have a look at our guides and videos or book yourself onto our Formatting your Dissertation or Thesis workshop on the 16th April. read more

Need to get some reading done? Here are Ella’s 5 favourite places to read on campus.

9 October 2017

Another academic year is upon us which many will see as a fresh start. You may be just beginning your degree; or you may see this year as an opportunity to change last year’s habits. One thing we all have in common is we have new reading lists this year! If you are new to University of Salford, you may want to see the previous post Reading Lists and How To Use Them. To mark the occasion, I’ve toured my camera around campus to show you what are, in my opinion, the top 5 reading locations on campus. read more

Reading lists and how to use them by Ella

6 October 2017
Ella

Ella Haggis, 2nd year English Language student

Entering any of our English Programmes, you’ll have a lot of reading to do. The type of reading – Fiction or Non-Fiction – will obviously vary from course to course. Some classes will have one or two “core textbooks” that the lecturer will use throughout the whole course. Other classes may give you a wide variety of authors to read from, which is equally fantastic, but maybe not the most convenient for buying the books for your course outright. Ugh, are you feeling stressed already? Don’t worry. read more

Need to get a task done? Me too. I’m going to put the Pomodoro Technique to the test

5 October 2017

How many pomodoros did it take for Amy to write this blog post?

My email and phone are off, I’ve got a brew and the tomato is counting down from 25 minutes. I’m going to see how long it takes me to write this blog post. I’m reckon I can get it finished within one pomodoro but it may take two.

Confused? Then read on to learn all about managing your time and tasks using the Pomodoro Technique.

What it the Pomodoro Technique?

The Pomodoro Technique is all about breaking time down into intervals by using a timer. When Francesco Cirillo developed the method in the 1980’s he used a tomato shaped kitchen timer. Francesco is Italian, pomodoro is the Italian name for tomato and so the Pomodoro Technique was born. read more

Tackle common writing problems with Wordscope

28 September 2017
Amy Pearson

Need help with your academic writing? Let me introduce you to Wordscope.

Wordscope is a proven programme of tuition for helping you tackle common writing problems such as punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraphing. It is delivered through a series of ten writing workshops and is FREE to all University of Salford students.

Here’s what one student said about Wordscope last year.

“I cannot recommend Wordscope enough. I struggled for the first three or four weeks. My writing style then started to change and improve. The amount of red pen on my homework pieces (one piece of homework per week taking up to 45 minutes) has decreased, although, I still tend to make errors here and there. I think I might redo this course again either next semester or at a later date to remedy this. Each of the lectures has a handy guide for each lesson which could be useful for many years to come.” read more

Tips, tools and apps to help with revision

26 April 2017
Amy Pearson

Need help with revision? Here are some tips and tools to help you.

We all know that revising is tough. It is difficult to know where to start and very easy to get drawn into other things. Here are a few tips, tools and apps to help you ace your revision!

Tips

The trick to revision is to use more than one strategy to give yourself some variation on how you are revising. It is better to revise ‘actively’ (giving your brain something to do with the information) than revise ‘passively’ (just reading things through). This should make revision less boring, as well as helping you remember material! read more

Do you know how to eSubmit your work?

3 April 2017
Amy Pearson

Amy points out handy resources to help you with e-Submission

Turnitin is used for the e-submission of your assignments. It is an online tool that you use to upload your work so that it can be marked by your tutor. You access Turnitin from Blackboard.

Important things you need to know about submitting your work for marking

  • Use the correct naming convention for your files – your school may specify a particular format.
  • Submit your completed assignment to the correct, FINAL submissions folder when it is ready for marking. Work submitted mistakenly to the DRAFT folder at this stage will not be marked.
  • When you submit work for marking, you are accepting the submission declaration.
  • Check the file size. Files must be less than 40Mb. Contact your lecturer if your file is greater than 40Mb.
  • Use an accepted file type. File types accepted are: MS Word, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF or plain text. You can ask at The Library for help if you are not sure about a file type. For non text-based assessments (e.g. audio/video, etc.) your tutor may use the Blackboard Assignment Tool.
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    Planning and writing your assignment – your 6 steps to essay success!

    20 March 2017
    Amy Pearson

    This time of year is all about assignments. Amy has shared the Skills for Learning 6 steps to essay success!

    It’s that time of year again when deadlines are looming so we thought we’d share with you our 6 steps to essay success.

    • Step 1: Analyse and Plan
    • Step 2: Search and Evaluate
    • Step 3: Read and Make Notes
    • Step 4: Write your Essay
    • Step 5: Review and Submit
    • Step 6: Reflect

    Read on to learn more about each step!

    Step 1: Analyse and PlanStep 1: Analyse and Plan

    When you are given a question or task to complete you need to make sure that you understand what you are being asked to do and then plan how you will approach it. If you don’t answer the question being set you are more likely to get a low mark. With this in mind, the first step to essay success is to ANALYSE and PLAN. This involves analysing your task, making a plan and identifying useful words that describe your topic. You need to make sure that you pay attention to the instructions you have been given, be clear about the topic you have been asked to explore and any restrictions to the scope of your answer. read more

    Presentations – techniques and tools for success

    13 March 2017
    Amy Pearson

    Amy shares a few techniques and tools for presentations.

    Have you been asked to deliver a presentation?

    Help is available from Skills for Learning. We have:

    • eLearning
    • Study Guides
    • Workshops
    • Presentation tools

    Read on to learn more.

    eLearning

    This short course will help you to learn how to deliver a presentation well and show you some of the things you should try to avoid doing.

    Format: eLearning | Duration: 15 minutes | Contains audio

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    Study Guides

    Poster Presentations [MS Word]

    This guide will help you to develop the skills needed to produce a poster presentation that documents the research that you have undertaken including poster design, the selection of appropriate font and colour, and the ability to give a clear and concise oral presentation within a limited time. read more