Those scary essays!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our Halloween stalls the other day, where our (hopefully not too scary) staff asked you what’s the scariest thing about writing essays.halloween HY

Some of you found the most frightening part getting started and acknowledged leaving it to the last minute. Our Little Book of Time Management might help with that.

The majority of you said that finding information was the scariest bit so you’re in the right place with the Library! Your Academic Librarians and the Skills for Learning Team offer tutorials and workshops in finding information and writing literature reviews. The Library website has subject guides to get you started and Discover gives you access to thousands of resources.  Our YouTube tutorials help you make the most out of this fantastic tool.

essaysUnderstanding the question and planning and structuring the essay can also be tricky. The Skills for Learning website has information to help with this and the Essay Writing workshops cover it in more detail. You’ll also find hints and tips in one of our essay writing books.

Not surprisingly referencing and concerns about plagiarising or using Turnitin can be scary too. Make sure you have a copy of Quote Unquote to help you out and take a look at our online guides to using Turnitin.

Remember that you can always ask Library staff to send you in the right direction for all aspects of writing your essay and help avoid all those ghouls and ghosts.

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Want to mentor another student and improve your own skills?

A161122-2 Library City Campus-241Our 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 skillsforlearning@leedsbeckett.ac.uk 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.