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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsI think there's a whole range of skills that I really find them easy now. I mean, I started learning them when I began my Master's. So stuff like structuring my essays; learning how to write an essay, for example; very important stuff about how to plan the essay; how to use the citation; how to take notes while attending the lectures; bibliography, how to reference the stuff that you are reading or writing about. So I found this stuff very, very important. And one important thing that I've learned while studying in this country was plagiarism. I did not have a lot of information about what plagiarism meant. But today, I'm learning more and more about it.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsAnd again, it's a huge range of stuff. So I'm learning more. The more I read, the more I learn. At first, I found everything is difficult. But day, next day, next day, everything is fine. I am trying a lot of the ways, reading, writing, speaking. And the best is more easier I found is writing. One of the techniques, or one of the skills, I found very, very important and vital while doing your masters, for example, is the reading skills. For example, the universities, they give you a lot of readings. And you should be very pragmatic. So you need to master the skimming, the scanning, and reading for details. You need to be very careful and use these techniques where apply.

Skip to 1 minute and 40 secondsOne of the skills that you learn while studying here in the UK is to be aware of plagiarism, or how to not plagiarise. And by plagiarism, I mean taking other people's words or works and making them yours. So the universities here in the UK they are very, very strict. The hardest thing is reading. It's the most difficult for me I found. And every day, I am trying to improve myself, too, about this point. I think the whole range of skills. But the ones that I find the hardest are the time management skills. You need to be very careful, for example. If you're a Master's student, a full time, one year student, you need to be very careful.

Skip to 2 minutes and 29 secondsBecause you have one year. And you have a lot of reading. So you need to be very careful with planning your time. Time management is very crucial. And again, as they say, time is your worst enemy, in this case. Another skill, which I really find it very difficult, but very crucial at the same time, is filing your stuff. The readings, or the resources, or the material that you have, you need to be very careful and very precise to know how to file them for any future reference so you do not lose a lot of time. Yeah, I think one important skill, which I find very, very crucial, is knowing how to use the library services. You need books.

Skip to 3 minutes and 14 secondsYou need a lot of resources. You have online resources. And you have library resources. It's very crucial that you know how to use them, how to access them, and how to store them. I use a lot of resources. For example, there are the university resources. There are a lot of journals that I use. There are a lot of scientific websites. I refer to them. There are a lot of YouTube channels, for example. And there are even events. There I go. And so they share a lot of research at their events. There are professors coming to talk. And they share their resources and material. There's a whole range of resources that I use, I make use of while doing my studies.

Skip to 3 minutes and 58 secondsFor example, there's the library. There's the online library. There are a lot of journals available, scientific journals. There are many websites that help students, while they're studying. The YouTube channels for example, they're available online. You can go Google them and you'll find them. I think, especially today, with the age of social media and the internet, we've got a whole range, everything, literally available in one click. Yes, I always opt in with mind maps, whether the summarising, the information, or planning for writing essays. And it's very helpful for me when the teacher gives me the essays, and how to start it, to understand the types. Yeah, for my studies, I use the tree diagram a lot. It's very important for me.

Skip to 4 minutes and 58 secondsIt's crucial. And I found it very beneficial. And the reason why I find it very beneficial because it helps me structure my essays, for example, structure the way that I want to think or write about stuff. So I prioritise stuff that this is important, this is not important. So I find it really important for me. Oh yes, indeed, I do many online writing tools, for example, while preparing for my essay, or after finishing writing my essay. I use one of the spell checking tools. I upload it. And I see if there's any misspelled words. And another tool I use is to check more if my citation and referencing is correct.

Learning about Study Skills

Listen to Ahmad and Rassina talk about which study skills they use at university. They give lots of good advice to help people studying at university in the UK. How many of these skills did your study group come up with?

Here are some of the themes they talk about. Listen for the specific skills and tools they share:

  1. Help with essays - structuring, references, bibliographies

  2. Sources of information - the library, online libraries, journals

  3. Tools to help with essay writing.

Task: Talk about any new study skills that you heard in the discussion. How can you learn more about these? Which do you think were the most useful ideas that they talked about?

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