Top Tips for Students

Top tips for study success. Click on the links to download handouts to help you with your studies

Study SkillsStudy Skills Mind MapTo identify the skills you have/need for successful study
Critical ThinkingREAD BackwardsTo use questions to describe, analyse, evaluate and reflect on a text.
 Taxonomy of ThinkingTo develop levels of critical thinking skills
 WE-CO for CreativityTo use 4 key ideas for creative thinking
Academic ReadingCRAAPTo identify the credibility of literature sources
 Hermeneutic CircleTo read texts critically
 Reading AssessmentTo establish academic reading needs
 Seven Pillars Of Information LiteracyTo identify how to find, critique and use academic information
 Active Reading PlanTo structure and direct your reading
Academic WritingCornell Note TakingTo take notes that can be referred to and used in and out of class
 Essay StructureTo plan a structure for a written assignment
 Linking wordsTo improve vocabulary for academic writing
 PECTATo structure written work well
 PEELTo structure written work well
 Quotation SandwichTo use citations to build an argument in academic writing
 Sentence Starters for Critical WritingTo improve criticality in academic writing
 Steps in Academic WritingTo identify the stages in a plan for a writing assignment
 Top tips to improve writing 
 Writing Your Research Report 
 Writing AssessmentTo identify strengths and real for development in academic writing

Time Management

Eat an Elephant

To identify study worries and plan interventions


Eisenhower Matrix

To prioritise tasks into urgent and non-urgent


Revision timetable

To be aware of time constraints during the assessment period and to have a clear plan


Traffic Lights

To identify priorities, both important & urgent

Self Awareness/Learning to Learn


To be aware of one’s own personal development


Module Map

To compile a list of required skills for the module


Tracking Device

To be aware of progress of learning


Study Progress

To track and analyse progress of learning


Study Quiz

To identify students’ approach to learning

Studying Home Alone?

Here are some tips to help you stay focused, get organised and be productive. Click on the title to go to the handout:

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