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Introduction to site. Dsylexia Adaptations. Reflective Questions. The Role of an Academic Skills Tutor (this is a good summary of the work I do) One-to-one Specialist Study Support is student-centred and designed around your individual academic needs.

The Role of an Academic Skills Tutor (this is a good summary of the work I do)

It involves an exploration of your own Specific Learning Difference and how it impacts on your learning along with developing the strategies most appropriate to you, as an individual. The time it takes will vary depending on where you are in your learning journey. Ways in which our specialist tutors can help your study: The Study Support Service is at the forefront of the sector with specialist tutors who are all qualified teachers with postgraduate specialisms in areas which include: dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and mental health concerns and how they might affect your study.

The service is involved in research, publications and conference presentations. A teaching service not a checking service Please note: we do not provide a proof reading service or subject specific support Download articles written by our specialist study support tutors: Mindfulness for Study @mindfulnesstudy. Students' can't & don't write. My students can't write essays – I blame Ireland's declining academic standards.

As a postgraduate student in an Irish university, every teaching year brings its headaches.

My students can't write essays – I blame Ireland's declining academic standards

The biggest of all? Bad essays. Essay cheat companies face university ban. Plenty of ways to bring an end to plagiarism in university essays. I once answered a job advertisement for an “academic researcher”, thereby inadvertently applying for a job with one of these sites (Universities watchdog calls for crackdown on ‘essay mill’ plagiarism sites, 9 October).

Plenty of ways to bring an end to plagiarism in university essays

Checking the company in more detail, I became suspicious and asked about their business model. The answer was that “we provide model answers which help the client (i.e. student) write their own essay”. Graphic Facilitation. Introduction to the Apps for Higher Education and Research. Untitled. Exams 2018: The 'myth' of the visual learner. Image copyright Getty Images.

Exams 2018: The 'myth' of the visual learner

Tag: Tech Thursday. The top 10 UK higher education social media superstars of 2017. Boolean operators, an introduction. Students learn more effectively from print textbooks than screens, study says. Today’s students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and e-readers.

Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded in kind. We’ve seen more investment in classroom technologies, with students now equipped with school-issued iPads and access to e-textbooks. In 2009, California passed a law requiring that all college textbooks be available in electronic form by 2020; in 2011, Florida lawmakers passed legislation requiring public schools to convert their textbooks to digital versions. 7 Mindfulness Tips to Energize Your Writing.

Many people don’t realize that their greatest resources for writing, creativity, and motivation lie within them already.

7 Mindfulness Tips to Energize Your Writing

By practicing Zen techniques of mindfulness and “no-mind” meditation you can actually inspire your inner artist into action without doing much conscious work at all. That’s right, almost paradoxically, a state of “no-mind” can produce excellent results in your life in terms of creativity and productivity. It seems like a paradox, because in our world we’re often told to think things through, and that hard work requires lots of conscious effort. How about inspiration and true artistic expression? Creation history: brilliant ideas build on the past.

To understand one of the secrets of creativity, just peek into an art classroom in Denver, Colorado.

Creation history: brilliant ideas build on the past

The teacher asks her pupils to imitate the style of Vassily Kandinsky. The students mimic Kandinsky’s geometric abstractions, mastering brushwork and learning colour theory. If that was all there was to the lesson, it would be a hands-on class in art history. But the art teacher asks the students to cut up their paintings and build 3D sculptures out of the pieces. Tips for students. How to write better essays: 'nobody does introductions properly'. As the government begins its crackdown on essay mill websites, it’s easy to see just how much pressure students are under to get top grades for their coursework these days.

How to write better essays: 'nobody does introductions properly'

But writing a high-scoring paper doesn’t need to be complicated. We spoke to experts to get some simple techniques that will raise your writing game. Tim Squirrell is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, and is teaching for the first time this year. Six of the best apps for e-learners. Pomodoro timers “Pomodoro” refers to a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 80s (not a pasta sauce).

Six of the best apps for e-learners

While studying at university, Cirillo often struggled to use his study time efficiently. So he had an idea – he grabbed the tomato-shaped kitchen timer the method is named after, set it for a few minutes and focused solely on studying. Select a free English topic from the 100+ topics available. Each topic has 10 pictures (Beginner) or 20 pictures (Intermediate) with their accompanying written texts and spoken English recordings.

Select a free English topic from the 100+ topics available

There are 56 Beginner topics and 58 Intermediate topics to choose from. All the topics are free to use. They are suitable for adults, students and children starting to learn English as a second language. How to prepare for university: dos and don’ts. We asked university lecturers, personal tutors and doctors for their top tips to avoid stress from the start:

How to prepare for university: dos and don’ts

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Thinking about Learning (Metacognition) Working Memory. Time Management. Technology. How to use deliberate practice to improve your writing. Last week, as one of my last duties as research fellow at RMIT before I take up my new role at ANU, I hosted two seminars – one from Prof Anthony Pare from McGill and the other from Prof Helen Sword, the writer of the wonderful “Stylish Academic Writing”. Helen and Anthony had many interesting observations about the process of learning to write, but both made the same basic point: very few of us have formal instruction in how to write like an academic. As Anthony Pare pointed out, when you write essays as an undergraduate you are ‘eavesdropping’ on expert conversation; as a PhD student you are expected to be a part of that conversation. Writing for a teacher is easier than writing for your peers because the expectations are clearer. This is why many PhD students experience what he calls the “J curve”: a rapid drop in confidence, but a long term upswing as this new kind of writing practice is mastered.

The first thing Joyce suggested we try was a Zumba Fitness class. You could write:

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Searching for Information. Referencing & Plagiarism. Active Reading. Notetaking. Critical Analysis. Academic Writing: What exactly is it? Essay Writing. Reflective Writing. Proofreading. Revision & Exams. Universities don’t understand how international students learn. The UK is one of the top destinations for international students, holding around 12.6% of the global market for recruitment. But those working in higher education will know that the sustainability of this market is uncertain. Both EU and non-EU student enrolments have significantly dropped during 2013-2014. And while non-EU students represent 48% of the UK postgraduate Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) courses, there is a 50% drop in the postgraduate numbers from India. The falling numbers have been attributed to a range of factors: increasing global competition, the strict migration policy of the UK and the emerging new regional markets such as China, Egypt, Japan and Malaysia.

But there is another issue that universities are often less keen to discuss: are international students satisfied with the quality of their university experience while studying in the UK? The problem is that “international student experience” has now become a catch-all phrase. Academic skills (Leeds University) My Learning Essentials (Manchester University) Online resources (Manchester University) Online resources Online resources assignments being critical exam extra my future organising planning presentations referencing research skills revising searching self-awareness study strategies wellbeing writing Clear all Featured Start to finish: essay writing. John Hattie & His Top 10 High Impact Teaching Strategies.

LearnBetter Essentials (Edinburgh University) LearnBetter Essentials: a selection of factsheets on core study development and learning topics, including academic reading, writing, reflection, and revision and exams. Mhealth adoption curve. The opposite of the early adopter has a name, and it isn’t kind.