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Week 9 #SalfordSmart – Get Set for Exams and Revision (Part 1)

19 November 2017

What’s that coming over the hill? …Exams!

January may feel like a long time off but the best way to prepare for your exams, reduce stress and save having to pull last minute all nighters is to start your revision 4 or 5 weeks in advance.

#SalfordSmart this week looks at how you can start preparing for your exams now, getting started with revision, revision techniques and dealing with revision procrastination to get yourself exam ready.

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Don’t just say it, Prove it! Gain Microsoft Office Specialist qualifications – for free

14 November 2017

Want to prove to potential employers that you have the MS Office IT skills they want? Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) is the answer.

Don’t take our word for it

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Successful candidates Raza, David and Judith, are all MOS Masters, but you decide how far you want to go with your MOS journey.

“I have used this opportunity to broaden my knowledge in the applications that are really relevant to my career field. And getting a certificate that validates my knowledge is definitely worth it.” David Sanchez Espinoza, Computing, Science & Engineering. read more

Week 8 #SalfordSmart – Assignment Feedback

12 November 2017

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Taking on board your feedback can help you improve your assignments next time

This week looks at what to do with your assignment feedback.

Receiving feedback on an assignment you put loads of work into can sometimes be hard.

When you get your feedback what do you do with it …

  1. Feedback back? What feedback? Look at your grade  only, after all the assignment’s done now?
  2. Glance over the feedback but ignore it and then move on to the next thing?
  3. Spend some time examining what the feedback means and use it to improve your next assignment?

Feedback from your tutors is a really valuable resource for helping you develop, taking the comments on board can improve your mark next time you submit an assignment.

#SalfordSmart this week looks at why feedback is so useful, what your tutor’s purpose for giving you feedback is and how you can use your feedback to develop a plan for improving your marks next time. read more

Week 7 #SalfordSmart – Getting ready to submit your assignment

6 November 2017

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This week we are going to show you how to:

  • Proofread your work
  • Submit a draft of your work to check its originality
  • How to use the Turnitin originality report to check that your work has been correctly cited and referenced.
  • Submit your work for marking
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Proofreading and submitting your work for marking

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Week 6 #SalfordSmart – Referencing

30 October 2017

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Referencing and your essay

You may have heard lots of mention of making sure you reference your essay or assignment.

If you aren’t sure exactly what this means or how to reference then #SalfordSmart this week is just for you.

This week #SalfordSmart focuses on referencing by looking at these four questions:

1. What is referencing?

2. Why do you need to reference?

3. How do you write a reference in your assignment?

4. How do you check your work to make sure you haven’t accidentally plagiarised? read more

Week 5 #SalfordSmart – Writing your essay

23 October 2017

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Getting your essay done

This week is all about getting your essay written.

It’s recommend to take around a week to write your first draft, follow the tutorial in#SalfordSmart this week will help you get your’s done.

Great essays are written critically rather than descriptively, if you would like to know more about how to be critical in your own writing to boost your marks, check out #SalfordSmart now to find out how:

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Week 4 #SalfordSmart – Getting on with your assignments

16 October 2017

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#SalfordSmart can help you avoid a last minute assignment rush

Last week #SalfordSmart looked at the 6 steps to writing your assignments, working through step 1 to analyse and plan what you need to do.

Starting on these steps helps avoid a last minute rush to complete an assignment. If you missed it, you can read all about it here.

This week the assessment process moves on to Step 2 – looking at finding information you could use to support the ideas you discuss in your essays or assignments. read more

Week 3 #SalfordSmart – 3 strategies for managing your workload

9 October 2017

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Sound familiar? #SalfordSmart this week looks at strategies to help you plan and focus your work

As week three starts, your work load may be starting to increase as the amount of class preparation and follow up reading grows and the first assessments and essays start to loom.

#SalfordSmart this week looks at 3 strategies to help you manage your work load including:

1. Planning your assignments and managing your time so that you don’t have a last minute rush
2. Effective reading strategies to help you retain the information you read
3. Ideas for how you can live well to help you learn, reduce stress and improve your well-being 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

Week 2 #SalfordSmart – Find the books you need to read for each of your modules

2 October 2017
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Hear from Ella, a current student, talking about reading lists in this weeks #SalfordSmart

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There is lots going on in this weeks #SalfordSmart programme. We are looking at using your module reading lists to get hold of the books you need to read.

Login to #SalfordSmart to learn:

  • Where to find your reading lists
  • How to use the lists to find the books you need in the Library
  • How you can use the reading list system to keep a track of all the reading you have done (and want to do!) so that you can manage your reading load.

Sneak Preview!

By logging into #SalfordSmart this week you will also get early access to a fantastic blog post by Ella, a 2nd year English Language student, talking about strategies for reading depending on the classes you are taking or the type of reader you are.

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