You might think (or hope!) that essay writing was something just for school but lots of university assignments require you to write an essay in some form; defined by Skills for Learning as “an extended piece of writing which attempts to answer a question or respond to a statement”.
To tie in with Halloween the Library will be offering help with essay writing so that it doesn’t become a nightmare for you. Look out for us in Headingley Library from 11:00 on Monday 30th October and in the Rose Bowl on Tuesday 31st also from 11:00 where we will be helping you overcome your fears by telling you all about the support available. Here’s a sneaky peak of the help on offer – if you’re scared of spiders, skeletons (or essays!) you may want to watch with a friend!
Also during the week there will be Skills for Learning workshops on essay writing, finding information and referencing to help you get started with your assignments. You can find lots of material online, pick up a book in the Library (or read an e-Book from under the covers!) or make an appointment with your Academic Librarian. There is even a Little Book of Essay Writing with lots of useful hints and tips, and software such as Inspiration or Pro-Study on the Library PCs to help you organise your work before you start writing.
In addition, Academic Librarian, Karen Fisher, will be in the Cultural Studies social learning space in Broadcasting House on Wednesday 1 November 11:30-12:30 offering extra help to students based there.
We also asked Holly Phillips, Academic Skills Tutor for her advice: “The most important thing is that you take a clear position in response to the question that is being asked, then the rest of the essay focuses on the evidence to support that position. Ultimately, the essay is an argumentative genre of writing where the author is trying to get their reader to accept their position. Make your case clearly, directly, and support it using the very best evidence you can find!”
Worth following to turn your nightmare essay into a dream high mark!
Please note this programme is now closed for semester one 2017-18. If you need help with your academic skills please see the Skills for Learning website, attend one of the workshops or contact your Academic Librarian.
Skills for Learning are offering study mentoring in academic skills to Level 4 (first year) students during Semester One 2017-18.
During (up to) four regular meetings with one of our specially selected and trained study mentors, you will get helpful, friendly advice about things such as: planning assignments, using the Library, academic writing, and referencing.
If you’d like more information about the scheme please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Our Skills for Learning team are looking for paid study mentors to be part of a new scheme which will run in Semester One 2017-18.
Are you a Level 4 or Level 5 student? Do you think you’d be able to help new students with academic writing, referencing or finding information in the library?
You will need to have 70% average marks and excellent interpersonal skills.
To apply download the Application form and Job description, or email email@example.com for more details.
- Rate of pay £9.70 per hour (£8.79 per hour plus 91p holiday pay)
- One day’s training course (five hours) – paid at same hourly rate
If you’d like to have a short chat about this opportunity please phone Karen Croft, Lindsey McDermott or Marie Scopes on: 0113 8123905.
Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12 noon on Friday 7 April 2017.
Developing your academic skills is an essential part of successful study at University. For example, writing an essay, report or dissertation involves a number of different academic skills – finding and evaluating information, critical thinking, academic writing, referencing and competence in using IT. The ability to analyse problems, manage your time effectively and work productively in groups are also crucial academic skills which will enable you to succeed in your studies and also in your future career.
Skills for Learning has lots of resources to help you develop your academic skills on their website and they provide a wide range of workshops and tutorial support on IT skills, data analysis and academic communication. The Library website also provides subject support on how to go about finding and evaluating information as well as one-to-one support from your Academic Librarian.
Skills for Learning is running a new week of workshops (7th – 11th March) devoted to the theme of ‘Professional Skills’. There’ll be a variety of sessions, designed to help you as you move towards the world of work – and in your University career too.
Topics will include report writing, research skills for employment and successful time management, amongst others. We’ll also be running a number of practical sessions, including giving a presentation, formatting your dissertation and help with data analysis and SPSS.
Look out for the Spring-themed yellow timetables for more details, or go to the workshop calendar on the Skills for Learning website to book your place.