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Skills to Succeed at University

Prepare for university and master academic skills that are essential for undergraduates studying in the UK.

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Skills to Succeed at University

Get a head start with your undergraduate studies by learning key academic skills

This two-week course is designed by experienced educators at the University of Leeds to help you transition to higher education smoothly. You’ll pick up top tips and first-hand advice on how to start and thrive at university from current students who came to the University of Leeds through different routes such as after completing a BTEC, A levels or as mature students.

Explore time management methods

Studying at university is different compared to studying at school or college. The biggest difference is having more control over how you spend your time and how you choose to learn.

After you assess how prepared you are to start your degree using university-style scenarios, you’ll learn effective time management methods in order to keep a work-life balance.

Learn effective note making

Independent study is essential in university and good note making will help you to retain information more easily, organise your thoughts, and plan for assignments.

As you learn some effective note making techniques, you’ll hear how our students access support services and what to do should you need help.

Improve your critical thinking skills

Critical thinking is a vital skill for success at university. After understanding what critical thinking skills you need, you’ll learn how to evaluate your sources and explore a toolkit to help you question what you read.

Master academic writing

Writing is a highly valued skill at university. On this course, you’ll learn what academic writing is and how to do it successfully. You will also get to practice yourself after seeing examples of undergraduate academic writing.

Make the most of it

You will also explore the new and exciting opportunities that you can get involved with so that you can make the most of your time as a student.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds Studying at university is different to study at school or college. The biggest difference is having more control over how you spend your time and how you choose to learn. This online courses are designed to help you transition to higher education smoothly and make the most of your time as a student. Independent study is a key requirement for university. To help you do this well, you will learn time management methods to keep a work life balance and effective note making techniques. Good note making will help you to retain information, organise your thoughts and plan for assignments. You will also understand the value of critical thinking and pick up tools to help you evaluate your sources and question what you read.

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds Writing is a highly valued skill at university. You’ll learn what academic writing is and how to do it successfully. As you learn these core skills, you’ll hear how our students access support services, what to do should you need help and what to expect when you start. If you want to have a head start with your undergraduate degree, join this course.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    The fundamentals of university

    • Welcome

      Before you get started, take some time to find out what you’ll cover, meet your fellow learners and share your reasons for joining this course.

    • Managing your time: Getting the balance right

      In this activity, you’ll find out how to manage your time at university. You’ll explore how to find the right balance between the various academic and social opportunities you will experience at university.

    • Note making

      In this activity you'll hear from students how important note making is at University and how they've adapted their techniques from school or college. You'll also explore some techniques to help you make effective notes.

    • What support is available?

      In this activity you’ll explore the various types of support available to you at university. You’ll investigate how to use these resources to make the most of the opportunities available to you at university.

    • Summary

      Now you’ll revisit the poll you answered at the start of the week about how prepared you feel. You’ll also explore the glossary and check your understanding of what you have learned this week.

  • Week 2

    Becoming a successful undergraduate

    • About Week 2

      During this week you will investigate the skills of critical thinking and academic writing. You will also hear from our students about what it means to be a student at university.

    • Thinking critically

      In this activity, you explore how to think critically – questioning and challenging sources of information – and how this is a key requirement for university study.

    • Writing at university

      In this activity, you explore an essential undergraduate skill: academic writing - and the stages of revising, editing and proofreading.

    • What does it mean to be a university student?

      In this activity you'll find out what it means to be a researcher and hear from students about their experiences of being at university. You'll also get top tips on how to get the most from your time at university.

    • Summary

      In this final activity, you will find out about alumni experiences and test your understanding of everything you've learned on this course. You can also complete one final check of your confidence of being prepared for university.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

If you'd like to take part while our educators are leading the course, they'll be joining the discussions, in the comments, between these dates:

  • 19 Oct 2021 - 21 Nov 2021

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Apply some simple techniques to help you manage your time effectively to help you prepare for university.
  • Explore ways of developing you’re the note making skills use will use at university.
  • Investigate some of the sources of support available to you at university.
  • Develop strategies to help you to improve the critical thinking skills you will need in higher education.
  • Identify the features of good academic writing so that you can apply them in your essays and reports.

Who is the course for?

This course has been designed for students considering going to University or those that have been accepted onto an undergraduate course and want to explore the skills you need for a successful academic life.

You may have just completed different qualifications such as BTEC, A level or Access to HE and participated in widening access to Higher Education programmes or you are returning to education as a mature student; no matter your entry route into higher education, this course will support your successful transition to university.

This course is also a useful tool for current university students especially those in their first or foundation year of their undergraduate degree.

This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges.

Material from the course can be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.

Who will you learn with?

Senior Education Outreach Officer at the University of Leeds

I work at the University of Leeds as a Cross Institutional Student Success Project Officer; focusing on retention, attainment and progression for all students.

Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

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