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Making friends

In this video students, Ponjan, Yasir, Junyi and Yanting, are talking about their own experiences of communicating with students of other nationalities. One of the points they make is that …

Appetite for more

Here are some online and mobile app resources that are especially relevant to this Week’s topics. We’ve been considering various aspects of speaking, including seminar participation, presentation delivery, group work, …

Assessed presentations

You’ll have to deliver presentations at various stages of your academic career, some of which will be assessed. These may be individual presentations, for example based on your own work …

Ways to prepare for a presentation

You may be asked to deliver a presentation in person or online to your teachers and classmates. Fully understanding the key features of a presentation can help you to prepare …

Strategies for effective group work

As you’ve seen, group work is a key feature of many degree programmes. Although everyone has been in a situation when they have had to work as part of a …

Academic presentations

It’s quite common for students to be required to give an oral presentation during their university studies. This may involve speaking to a small seminar class or to a larger …

Challenges in group discussions

In this video, Lina and Hayder talk about some benefits of learning how to work effectively in groups. Lina describes this as a ‘transferable skill’, a skill which can be …

Group discussions

Many students are surprised to find that group work is a key part of their studies in the UK. This might involve working with other students to prepare and deliver …

Booking your accommodation

It’s very important that you feel secure, happy and comfortable in the place where you live. Having the right accommodation has an impact on your physical and psychological well-being, and …

Strategies when in lectures

In previous Steps, you’ve heard about the importance of taking notes and of being an active participant during lectures. In order to get the most out of a lecture, you …

Note-taking from lectures

There are a number of very good reasons for taking notes while you listen to a lecture, even if you’re given a handout which includes the main ideas (for example, …

A lecture extract and notes

Watch this extract from a lecture, in which Colin Campbell is talking about the impacts of technology on language learning. Whilst you watch the video think about the following two …

Purposes of lectures

Whether online or in person, lectures are common on most undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes, particularly in the arts and social science disciplines. Lectures have been such an important part …