Posts tagged: reading

Getting through a boring book…

17 November 2017

Hope is one of our English students. She is blogging about reading boring books!

Reading is great…mostly, and if you’re on an English based course like I am, you’ll know that reading is not so much a fun, leisurely pastime as it is a necessity. I don’t know much about other courses reading requirements, but what I do know is that at one point or another, we all have to read a pretty boring book…or two…three…ten?

The problem here is, that when you read for fun, if the book doesn’t grab your attention straight away, or a couple of chapters in you just cannot for the life of you get into it, you can simply put it down and pick up the next on your list of want-to-reads. When you’re required to read for a course, however, it’s not that easy (unfortunately). read more

Week 3 #SalfordSmart – 3 strategies for managing your workload

9 October 2017

#SalfordSmart this week

Cartoon image of individual reading

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 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

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

2 October 2017
Ella

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

#SalfordSmart this week

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.

Access Week 2 #SalfordSmart here read more

November already… I mean NOVEMBER people! #studentdiaries

28 November 2016

Doesn’t time fly

So, I was thinking about a title for my next entry, which is a  little delayed due to personal and family reasons, when it suddenly hit me that we are in November already…. I mean NOVEMBER people!

Where have the last few weeks gone?  It doesn’t seem so long ago that I started this crazy roller-coaster ride.  I can clearly remember several things from the welcome week, even the first week of lectures and seminars like they were yesterday. So where has the time gone?

I’m seven weeks in and already I’m thinking that I won’t have enough time to complete what has to be done before Christmas. Then there’s the January exams, then semester two and then, and then, and then…  Before starting this journey, I understood how people could perceive the life of a student to be quite an idyllic one at times. Yet now I am living and studying in this world myself, it is so apparent that all is not as it seems from the outside. read more

Learning to be an expert juggler! #studentdiaries

7 November 2016

Lightening fast pace

Before you ask, no I’m not about to leave uni and start at the circus.  I’m talking about becoming a metaphorical expert juggler because that is in essence what I am trying to do at the moment.

On my course we are studying 3 modules concurrently, this equates to 3 different assignments and exams for these modules, all due in December.  I thought to myself the other day that its so far removed from college when whilst I was still doing 3 different modules, the time spent on each module was so much longer and the content really stretched out.  So for example, you might actually spend 6 weeks covering the same topic – what a luxury because now I come in on Monday and learn one topic and by the following Monday, we’re on to the next completely different topic.  The pace is lightening fast and I feel like I’m constantly juggling all of the topics! read more

Struggling with your studies? Get Skills for Learning

11 December 2014

skills for learning captureSkills for Learning is a great new website that brings study support together in one easy to find place. It covers all the main areas of:

– Reading and writing

– Finding and understanding information

– Using and referencing information

– IT and digital skills

– Working with numbers

– Group work and presentations

– Assessment, revision and exams

– Supporting your dyslexia or disability

Go and have a look around the site to see what support you can get today from eLearning, videos and guides, or another day by booking onto a workshop, calling into a drop in or arranging a one to one appointment. read more