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- Your tutors are here to guide your work, but you need to do the work.
- Most of your study time is NOT in lectures and tutorials: it’s private study, alone.
- You need to make a study plan for this private time.
- You need to work every week if you want to pass your assignments, not just for a few days.
- You’re learning how to do new things, so you need help: this is normal.
- You will do better if you ask for help. Our job is to help you.
About lecture topics
- There is usually a new reading and discussion topic every week.
- The lecture is an introduction to the new topic.
- Find and read a very short, basic introduction to the topic. Use it to learn key ideas and vocabulary.
- Print the Powerpoint before the lecture. Write your notes, translations and questions on it.
- Take the Powerpoint to the lecture or online lesson. Write more notes and your questions on it.
- Use the reading list, plus tutorials and seminars, to understand more about the topic.
- Do all this before you try to do the assignment.
How and when to prepare your assignment
Understand the question and how your assignment must be submitted.
Plan your work for the assignment (like this).
Find sources about the assignment topic.
Make notes (about things which will help for this assignment).
Think about what extra sources you need. Get them as soon as possible.
Read and make notes from the extra sources you have found.
Plan your answer (use notes from your reading and classes). Do more reading if necessary.
Write a draft answer and get feedback on it.
Make sure you understand the feedback.
Use it to write a new, better draft.
Check and edit draft two.
Submit your assignment to your tutor.
If you have computer/IT problems you can ask for help and learn how to use the university's IT systems and software at www.yorksj.ac.uk/students/digital-resources
Study skills: resources and useful links:
- The Assignment Survival Guide from Staffordshire University helps you plan your work.
- Andy Gillet's UEFAP website is a highly respected Academic English website.
- Study Guides on Essays, from Reading University provides information on planning your time, essay-planning, reflective learning and many other areas.
- Uni Learning at Woollongong University in Australia, helps you develop academic reading and writing skills.
- The University library has a wide range of resources and many are available online. You can borrow some excellent short books about how to study from the library.
- Learn how to avoid plagiarism here.
- You can find free online lectures in specific subjects at Academic Earth.
- RefMe is an excellent referencing website.
- Read articles on Google Scholar.
- There is information on various skills at EAP Foundation and EAP Online Resources.
- You can find links to further resources at Averil Bolster and Peter Levrai's website, Develop EAP (scroll down to 'Websites to develop our Academic English Skills')