Effective Learning Booklets
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Preparation for degree study
Return to Full-time Study
This workbook will prepare students to return to full-time studies. Advice on time management, note-taking, reading and writing assignments, including a sample essay.
The First Semester
This booklet summarises the experiences of international students in their first semester at the School of Management. It looks at aspects of their studies they found both pleasurable and problematic, and includes their advice to new international students.
Managing your time
This includes a time-management quiz and a section on dealing with distractions.
Here are two time management posters you can print off.
'Manage Your Time' will help you prioritise tasks in the longer term, whilst 'Get a Grip on Time' will be useful for your short-term daily and weekly planning.
Six Steps to Effective Reading
This workbook offers information on becoming a smarter, faster and more organised reader.
This workbook explores the causes and effect of procrastination, and offers some practical solutions.
What is Critical Analysis?
This booklet explores key principles of critical analysis, and offers some useful frameworks and tools for students to develop arguments in academic assignments. Two sample essays were included with detailed ELS comments. (Available from August 2017).
This identifies, describes and illustrates six key features of effective writing.
Essay Writing (1) - The writing process
This summarises what is expected of you at the School of Management and will be particularly useful to new students who have written few essays in the past.
Essay Writing (2) - Planning & structuring your essays
This will get you started on the process of essay writing. It includes a useful essay-planning worksheet.
Essay Writing (3) - Finding your "own voice" in essays
This examines the differences between academic and "personal" writing.
Essay Writing (4) - Ten ways to liven your essays
Advice and ideas on how to make your essays more interesting to read.
Learn how to write clear, concise and well-structured reports.
Why, When and How to Reference
Illustrates how evidence is cited in written assignments and includes an example essay, complete with references and a bibliography.
The booklet has been described by the University of Kent as: "Excellent general guide to references and bibliographies. It follows Harvard. This is extremely detailed, with very clear examples. The examples are visually very strong - e.g. an actual image of an academic journal is used to show how students should reference journals. At the end are two whole essays that demonstrate references in practice. Embedded in the guide is a lucid discussion on plagiarism".
What is plagiarism?
Try this quiz to test your knowledge. There are 12 questions, see how many you get right.
Pass Your Exams
Advice on revision, preparing for the exam, focused writing in exams, and coping with anxiety, plus important University exam regulations information.
Your Assignment Results and how to Improve Them
This helps you understand assessment criteria and offers advice on improving marks for future assignments.
This booklet was used in a research study with 53 undergraduate students at Northumbria University to help them understand and improve their assignment results. All found the booklet 'very useful'. Frequently occurring comments were "I never knew how to go about getting a better mark', and "I found the whole thing really helpful".
Source: Defeyter, M.A. and McPartlin, P.L. (2007). Helping students understand essay marking criteria and feedback, in 'Psychology Teaching Review', 13(1). British Psychological Society.
Secrets of effective learning
How to learn faster, smarter and more effectively. The booklet contains a personality and skills questionnaire, plus advice on accelerated-learning techniques that connect with your personality and skill type.
20 Tips for Effective Learning
Tips for effective learning suggested by successful undergraduate and postgraduate students at the School of Management. Topics include time management, note-taking, referencing, essay writing, passing exams and working with other students.
Advice on effective ways of taking and making notes from lectures and reading.
Communication with others
Individual and group presentations are an important element in your studies. This focuses on the skills of delivering an effective presentation, including advice on overcoming anxiety.
Group work plays a very important role in your course, both in terms of your own self-development and overall course result. This discusses the psychology of group work and offers advice on how to anticipate and avoid problems, including a questionnaire to discover what role you are likely to play in a group.
Introduction to Research Methods
Advice on getting started on any research project. The main research approaches and "tools" you could use, including a list of useful internet sites to help you conduct an information search.
Foundations For Good Research
This booklet introduces the elements and principles that are a foundation for any good research project.
Writing Your Management Dissertation or Project
Advice on how to best meet the School of Management requirements.