Study Skills Syllabus

1Pre-course assessmentA diagnostic test to discover what sort of learner you are. An assessment is made to identify your strengths and weaknesses, in the long-term enabling you to study more efficiently and confidently.
2OrganisationHow to organise yourself, your time, your notes, and your work space to ensure you can work in a way that suits your values, priorities, and personality.
3Reading and analysisBuilding on the skills of note-taking and skim-reading, reading and analysis develops your ability to recognise the importance of context, compare and interpret sources, and evaluate facts and opinions.
4Note-takingSkim-reading and note-taking skills are crucial to ensure you note what is essential while learning how to make notes that are comprehensive and effective revision tools.
5Memory and concentrationHow to take in and process information more effectively by building techniques that improve knowledge retention.
6Writing short answersHow to present data analysis and improve the ability to write cogently and concisely, using key words and concepts.
7Writing long answersHow to plan and write a structured essay, whilst using references and bibliographic skills. Writing essays under timed examination conditions is also covered.
8Examination techniquesHow to plan your examination strategy, including managing any extra time allowances, as well as tackling the common mistakes candidates make in the examination room.
9Learning to reviseHow to revise whilst apportioning time, maintaining momentum, and concentrating on the most important elements of an examination whilst tailoring your revision practice to fit your own learning method.
10Post-course assessmentThis final assessment measures the result of the course and what you have learnt. This summary session will enable you to reflect on areas which require your particular attention and how best to continue to develop your skills and strengths.


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