Summer support from Skills for Learning

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 sflwebsitehundreds 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.

Staying on for postgraduate study

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:A161122-2 Library City Campus-161crop

  • 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!

 

 

 

Hints, tips, and a bit of cake and wine!

ExamWe 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.

Colouring“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.

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.

Develop Your Academic Skills

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.

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Getting organised for Semester Two

As Semester Two gets underway we thought we’d pass on some reminders about making the most of the Library and being organised in your studies:

Get extra help in essay writing, finding information, referencing, analysing data or IT Skills via the Skills for Learning  programme of free workshops – just book via their website. Alternatively you could watch or listen to one of their recorded workshops or podcasts or take a look at their web resources.

If you’re searching for information for your assignments or dissertations take a look the Subject Guides on the Library website. These will direct you to the right information for your topic and if you still need help you can book a one-to-one appointment with your Academic Librarian.

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Connect your mobile devices to eduroam for the fastest and most secure access to the internet when you’re on campus and  download Microsoft Office 365 and SPSS so you have the software you need wherever you are working. But always save and back up your work so you don’t lose it and have to do it all again!

 

Don’t leave sorting our your references and bibliographies until the very end of your piece of work – keep a record as you go along and use Quote Unquote as a guide.

If you ever get stuck with MyBeckett or Turnitin we have online guides to talk you through finding your way around and submitting assignments and when it comes to submitting your Semester 2 Turnitin assignments, remember to check your file type and file size against Turnitin’s rules and requirements before submitting.

Searching for information, writing and printing your assignments can often take more time than you think – use the Assignment Calculator to help you plan. And book your Student Meeting Room in plenty of time to get together to discuss any group assignments.

If you’ve forgotten your Library PIN or you’re not sure how to collect a Hold or access an eBook our YouTube Library Shorts will give you quick and easy guidance on using the Library and all the services and support available to you.  But remember you can always Contact Us for help as well.

 

Welcome to new students

Welcome to new students joining the University for Semester Two.

The Library opens 24/7 every day so you can study whenever suits you best. We offer both silent and group study spaces plus bookable Student Meeting Rooms so you can also choose the type of study space that suits your needs.

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If you’ve brought a mobile device with you to University you’ll need to get it set up on the wireless network, eduroam, and you can also download Microsoft Student Advantage for free. If you don’t have a laptop you can borrow one for use in the Library.

Please take some time to explore our Library website as it is full of information about all our services and the thousands of resources available to you on and off-campus. We also have dedicated information pages for international students and students studying part-time. And MyBeckett provides access to your modules, reading lists, timetables, student email and much more. Take a look at the Get Started tab to do just that!

You should have a Library induction in the first few weeks of your course where you will meet your Academic Librarian and find out more about all the help available to you, such as your Subject Guide and our Skills for Learning workshops and resources.  But please just contact us if you have any questions at all.

We look forward to seeing you in the Library before long.

Christmas in the Library 2016

The Library will be open 24/7 during the vacation – please see below for key dates:

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  • The Help and Information Points close at 12:30 on Friday 23rd December and reopen at 08:30 on Tuesday 3rd January.
  • Emails received after 12:00 on 23rd December will be replied to on 3rd January.
  • Chat with Us all through Christmas; or phone 0113 812 1000 for IT support from 24th December to 2nd January.
  • Books borrowed over Christmas are due back on 12th January; Short Loans borrowed on 23rd December are due back on 3rd January.
  • SCONUL applications and holds submitted between 23rd December and 2nd January will be processed on 3rd January.

 

If you are coming onto campus don’t forget to bring your Campus Card with you to issue or return books or use the Library overnight (from 19:00- 08:30).

If you need your PIN to borrow books or top up you can look them up on MyBeckett – your Library PIN is available via the Library tab, and your Kiosk PIN via the IT Support tab.

Before you go home:

If you’re studying at home over Christmas you can:

  • Access your P: drive via the Files tab on MyBeckett.
  • Use Discover for fast and easy searching of our resources and access thousands of ebooks and journals.
  • Visit another University Library – the SCONUL Vacation Access Scheme enables you to access other university libraries (check they are open first).

And:

  • If you have a deadline and need to submit online over the vacation there is lots of help available on the MyBeckett Support pages.
  • If you’re revising for your post Christmas exams there are hints and tips on our exam news page.
  • If you’re lucky enough to receive a shiny new laptop from Santa don’t forget you can download Microsoft Office 365 for free as a Leeds Beckett student.

We know Christmas can sometimes be hard so there is information available via the Student Hub pages if you need any wellbeing support.

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Popping up but trying not to scare you!

headingley-1Last week was a week of Library Pop ups!

We ran a spooky Halloween pop up at both campuses asking you whether there was anything you found “scary” about the Library. (Apart from this photo!)

Our Skills for Learning team also ran pop ups telling people about their essay writing week and highlighting their websiteworkshops and publications.

 

So what did you tell us?………………………

You said that you found finding information “scary.”

Deciding where to start can feel overwhelming but there’s lots of ways to make it easier:

  • Use Discover for fast and easy searching of our books and journals. We have a number of Discover videos to help you get started
  • Take a look at your subject pages for loads of useful information that will be specific to your topic
  • Make an appointment with your Academic Librarian – book an appointment online from your subject pages
  • Book on a “Finding Information for your Assignments” workshop from Skills for Learning. Or use their online tutorial to help you
  • Come and see us on the Help and Information Point in either Library

You said that you found assignments “scary.”

Again knowing where to start, which topic to choose and writing that first sentence can be hard, but follow our tips to help you get going!

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You said you found finding books “scary.” But don’t struggle and leave the Library empty handed!

You said you sometimes found it “scary” finding a PC or somewhere quiet to study

  • Use PC availability to help you find a free PC when you arrive
  • Have a look at our webpages to help you find the place that’s right for you to study

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Finally don’t forget there’s lots of help available from the Library, please don’t be afraid to ask!

 

 

Build on your professional skills!

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.

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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.