Skills for Learning workshops have finished for the summer but there’s still lots of help available from the team.
We recorded some of the workshops from last year so you can revisit key topics, or visit them for the first time, including critical thinking, literature reviews, presentation skills and reflective writing. Or why not listen on the go to one of the podcasts to develop your academic communication or research skills?
The Skills for Learning website has hundreds of pages of resources on topics as diverse as problem solving, fractions, sampling, and workplace learning. Plus the Little Books series which you can download or buy from the Library with titles including the Little Book of Time Management and the indispensable Quote Unquote guide to Harvard referencing.
And if you need one-to-one support please contact the team to arrange a tutorial.
If you have a place to study on a postgraduate course here at Leeds Beckett after you finish your undergraduate degree there’s help available from the Library to keep your study skills on track:
- Access to the Library to borrow books expires as you graduate and you’ll need to return any loans and pay any outstanding charges. However, if you want to borrow resources to help prepare for your new course you can apply for interim Guest User membership.
- Our Academic Librarians have created a web page for people preparing for postgraduate study. This is aimed at students who have been out of education for a while but you should find some useful hints and tips and reminders of how to get the most out of the Library and continue to develop your academic skills. Each subject area also has its own page packed with links to key resources so take some time to browse these if you’re about to study something new.
- Similarly the Skills for Learning team has grouped together some of the key resources on their website to support students studying at postgraduate level. You’ll still need your username and password to access these off campus but this should be live until 30th September.
- The Alumni Tab on MyBeckett will appear once you finish your undergraduate course but this signposts you to lots of resources and information about being a postgraduate student if you’ve decided to stay with us.
We look forward to seeing you in the Library once again!
We’re open 24/7 during the vacation if you want to come in and study.
If you’re at home you can still access your work on your P: drive via the Files tab in MyBeckett and use Discover for fast and easy searching of our books and journals.
You can visit other university libraries via the SCONUL Access Scheme (remember to connect to the Eduroam wireless network before you leave Leeds so you can use your laptop when you go).
If you want a break from studying take a look at our School’s Out! Pinterest board or listen to our Summer Spotify playlist for inspiration.
Please remember to cancel any holds you no longer need so that others can use the stock, pay any fines and renew your books until next year.
If you need help you can: Visit Us on the Help and Information Points, Email Us or Chat with Us, Phone Us on 0113 812 1000, and Follow Us on Twitter @BeckettLibrary.
Have a wonderful time however you spend the summer!
We are sure you have heard the “WannaCry” ransomware attack over the weekend of 13th / 14th May which has affected more than 200,00 computers across 150 countries. IT Services are working to protect University networks and may mean that services, such as your P: Drive and the internet may be taken down to further update our network. Whilst we will try and keep you updated with as much notice as possible, the situation may mean that we are unable to warn you of services and/or the network going down.
Please ensure you are saving your work regularly and keeping back-up copies of everything you are working on. Full details of our advice on saving your work can be found here: http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/it_support/saving_your_work
Please check Twitter for further updates.
We asked you for your hints and tips to help survive exams. Thanks to everyone who responded.
There were a few that we’re probably not allowed to repeat (!) but we thought we’d share some of them with you, alongside more information that you might find helpful:
“Ask your teachers for support” – but remember there is lots of help from staff right across the University if you are struggling, such as the Student Wellbeing Team who offer appointments and self-help guides.
“Plan” – sounds obvious but isn’t always easy; you might find mindmapping a useful technique: MindView software is available on all the Library PCs. And remember to make sure you know where and when your exam is!
“Be kind to yourself” / “believe in yourself” – take a look at our Wellbeing Pinterest Board for ideas or pop along to one of the SU #stressless events.
“Prep” / “Remember to read da question” – lots of information and advice is available on the Skills for Learning exam prep pages.
“Reward yourself after a few steps” – Colleagues in the Food Courts have special offers on to help you get through exams – £1 cakes after 2pm!
“Rehydrate (with wine)” – can’t offer the alcohol but there are water fountains in each Library.
“Take a break every ten minutes” – we have mindfulness colouring to stop you looking at your screens for a few minutes, but if you do take longer breaks remember to take your belongings with you.
“Early nights zzzzz” – we’re open 24/7 but that doesn’t mean you should be revising 24 hours, make sure you get lots of sleep whether you’re a night owl or an early bird. But remember to set your alarm so you don’t miss your exam!
And don’t forget to Contact Us if you need us.