Top Tips for Students

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

Study Skills Study Skills Mind Map To identify the skills you have/need for successful study
Critical Thinking READ Backwards To use questions to describe, analyse, evaluate and reflect on a text.
Taxonomy of Thinking To develop levels of critical thinking skills
WE-CO for Creativity To use 4 key ideas for creative thinking
Academic Reading CRAAP To identify the credibility of literature sources
Hermeneutic Circle To read texts critically
Reading Assessment To establish academic reading needs
Seven Pillars Of Information Literacy To identify how to find, critique and use academic information
Active Reading Plan To structure and direct your reading
Active Reading Bookmark To remind you when structuring and directing reading
Reading Critically Bookmark To remind you of critical reading techniques
Strategic Reading Bookmark To remind you of academic reading strategies
Academic Reading Log To log all your reading and notes
Academic Writing Cornell Note Taking To take notes that can be referred to and used in and out of class
Essay Structure To plan a structure for a written assignment
Linking words To improve vocabulary for academic writing
PECTA To structure written work well
PEEL To structure written work well
Quotation Sandwich To use citations to build an argument in academic writing
Sentence Starters for Critical Writing To improve criticality in academic writing
Steps in Academic Writing To identify the stages in a plan for a writing assignment
Top tips to improve writing
Writing Your Research Report
Writing Assessment To 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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