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Task: how would you advise this student?

Scenario: while having coffee one morning, a classmate complained to her friend:

“I can’t concentrate during lectures - they’re boring for me - so I just go on social media and chat to my friends instead of listening … sometimes I don’t even go to them.”

“I also feel left on my own to study and don’t know how to get useful help for my assignments without hassling my tutors all the time” she continued.

“I never seem to be able to find good sources of information either, my tutors always complain that my sources are unreliable, or old, or that I have misunderstood them….” she added.

“I’m really struggling….Help!”


Over the last two weeks you have explored the value of your Personal Learning Network and further developed your digital literacies and network skills. Using this new understanding, what specific advice and practical steps would you give to this student to help them to rely less on being given knowledge and instead become an effective independent learner?

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