This course is designed specifically for UPC students and provides an introduction to those critical skills required to learn more effectively and enhance performance in assessment activities. It complements and improves learning in each chosen area of study. All UPC students are required to enrol in this course. It is run over three consecutive weeks in three hour sessions. Each session begins with a lecture and then smaller breakout tutorials where students work with tutors to practise and apply the strategies and techniques learnt during the lecture.
This study skills course covers the following topics:
- Motivation and self-direction
- Learning styles
- Planning, organising and managing time
- Critical thinking
Lectures and tutorials
- Pre-lecture and tutorial preparation
- Techniques for listening and note-making
- Techniques for post-lecture summarising and evaluation
- Asking effective questions
Working with information
- Inquiry/research process
- Selecting, processing and presenting information
- Resources available to UPC students
- Academic writing: planning, composing, revising and recursion
- Preparation: selecting and organising information, memorisation
- Dealing with anxiety
- Answering exam questions: interpreting questions, planning, composing and reviewing answers
At the end of this study skills course, participants will be able to:
- apply strategies for enhancing and maintaining motivation
- personally direct learning through effective management of the self and the resources in the learning environment
- apply strategies to manage time and organise resources effectively
- think critically and without bias when analysing, interpreting and processing information
- prepare effectively for lectures and tutorials
- listen more effectively during lectures and tutorials
- make useful and relevant notes during lectures and tutorials
- summarise and synthesise information recorded during lectures and tutorials
- formulate and ask effective questions which close gaps in personal knowledge
- formulate a research question
- define, locate, select, organise, present and evaluate information for use in research
- identify, select and use resources available
- plan, compose and revise submissions for essays and assignments
- apply strategies for paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism
- use a standard referencing system to acknowledge sources of information
- select, organise and memorise information for use during examinations
- apply strategies for reducing anxiety
- interpret examination questions and plan, compose and review effective answers.
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