Skills for Learning – summer support

Although we are now a few weeks into the summer vacation there’s still lots of help available from the Skills for Learning team.

They have recorded some of the workshops from last year so you can revisit key topics, or visit them for the first time, including critical thinking, literature reviews, presentation skills and reflective writing. Or why not listen on the go to one of the podcasts to develop your academic communication or research skills?

The Skills for Learning website has hundreds of pages of resources on topics as diverse as problem solving, fractions, sampling, and workplace learning. Plus the Little Books series which you can download from the Library with titles including the Little Book of Time Management and the indispensable Quote Unquote guide to Harvard referencing.

If you have any questions or need any support over the summer please contact the Offsite team, we are here to help you.

And don’t forget you can come and join us on the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community – you will find updates, information, guidance, hints and tips and more.

Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community is a place for all Leeds Beckett distance learning students, across all courses, to chat to each other and to ask questions to the Distance Learning Unit.

Sign up here to become part of the community.

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Need help with Academic Skills?

Check out the latest Podcast from the Skills for Learning webpages.

The Skills for Learning Podcast explores a variety of academic skills topics such as essay writing, plagiarism and statistics.

The current episode, Analysing Research Data – Part 1, will help you understand the different types of quantitative data.

Previous episodes include Literature Reviews, Reflection and Critical Thinking.

Off-campus access: If you are accessing the site off-campus, you will be asked to log in using your user id and password from your student card. For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Skills for Learning is a collection of resources to support the learning and teaching of academic skills.

Check out their website as it features a variety of resources on the use of IT, numeracy, academic literacy, problem solving, critical thinking, working with others and research skills.

To find out ‘Whats new’ or to explore  ‘Popular resources’ take a look at the Skills for Learning ‘Updates’.

Please contact the Offsite team if you have questions, we are here to help you.

Skills for Learning help

We understand that many distance learners are also working alongside their studies and finding time to study can sometimes be a challenge.

Skills for Learning is a collection of resources to support the learning and teaching of academic skills.

Check out their website as it features a variety of resources on the use of IT, numeracy, academic literacy, problem solving, critical thinking, working with others and research skills.

Off-campus access: If you are accessing the site off-campus, you will be asked to log in using your user id and password from your student card. For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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The Skills for Learning team have created a series of podcast that explore a variety of topics including essay writing, plagiarism and statistics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discover Skills for Learning publications available online or to download as a PDF.

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If you are unsure where to start, take a Quick Tourintro-tour-blog-pic to familiarise yourself with the website.  

 

 

 

 

 

Why not join us on the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community.

Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community is a place for all Leeds Beckett distance learning students, across all courses, to chat to each other and to ask questions to the Distance Learning Unit.

Sign up here to become part of the community.

Please contact the Offsite team if you need any help and information. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Semester One!

DSC_0099Welcome to Semester One of the 2016/17 academic year, which started this week. The Offsite team has already been contacted by lots of distance learners, both those beginning their studies just now, and those returning after the summer break. It’s great to hear from all of you.

Many of you will be busy looking for resources for your studies – don’t worry, the Offsite team and all Leeds Beckett Library staff are here to help you! Here’s a few snippets that you might find helpful:

  • MyBeckett – this is the university’s virtual learning environment where you will be able to accessmybeckett-screenshot online course materials, online assessments, your student email, the Library and much, much more! Remember that the sign-on system is slightly different this year, with students logging in via the single sign-on option. Why not take a look at our information on accessing MyBeckett. If you have any difficulties in logging on, please contact us. You can also phone the Library 24/7 for a password reset.
  • Discover – this is the Library’s search engine, which searches over 90% of resources available from Leeds Beckett Library. Please check out the Discover pages on the Library website for help in using Discover.
  • Subject Support – each course has an assigned Academic Librarian who liaises cloSubject Guidessely with course teams and who specialises in resources for their subject area. The Subject Support pages  give contact details of all the Academic Librarians. If you are ever in Leeds, you could book an appointment to see them, or contact them by phone or by email.  The Subject Support pages are also fantastic sources of information about your subject, as well as where to search for resources.
  • Skills for Learning – Skills for Learning is a collection of resources to support the learning and teaching of academic skills, ranging from academic IT skills to academic communication such as writing and referencing. They have several really useful publications, some of which are available online and you can also book a workshop place or an individual tutorial if you live locally. For those further afield, there are several recorded Skills for Learning sessions.

We do hope you’re all settling in to the new term and remember, please do contact us if you have any queries.

Summer reading for all!

ebook summer readsIf you’re having a break between modules why not check out our Summer ebook reading.

Did you know that the Library has a wide selection of fiction for you to choose from, browse the Library Catalogue for titles.

Find these and more summer activities on Key Library Resources.

Get ahead and boost your skills by exploring the Skills for Learning website, access podcasts, self-paced tutorials and much more!

Or wherever you are relax and listen to our Schools Out for Summer playlist!

Little Petherick Creek, Padstow, Cornwall (taken by Vicky)

Don’t forget the Offsite team are here to help you all year round so if you have any questions please contact us.  Its business as usual for us through the Summer months and we would love to hear from you.  Find our contact details here.

Skills for Learning

We understand that many distance learners are also working alongside their studies and finding time to study can sometimes be a challenge. Our Skills for Learning team have created a really useful assignment calculator to help you manage your time. Their website is also worth a look as it features a variety of resources on the use of IT, numeracy, academic literacy, problem solving, critical thinking, working with others and research skills. They have also created a series of podcasts that explore a variety of topics including essay writing, plagiarism and statistics. Don’t forget that it is never too late to contact Offsite if you do need any help with anything.

Good luck with your assessments and don’t forget that we are here to help!

Now is the time of year that many of you will be writing your first assignments so this is a good opportunity for us wish you all the best of luck and to remind you that you are not alone and that we are here to help! Please get in touch with Offsite if you are struggling to find information for your assignment, we can help you to search and direct you to relevant resources. Our Learning Systems Team have also put together a really useful MyBeckett Assignment Survival Guide full of tips to ensure that your work is submitted successfully and their student help pages contain lots of useful information about navigating your way around MyBeckett. Our Skills for Learning pages are also a valuable resource as they contain information about academic writing, time management and a whole host of other useful topics that will help you successfully complete your assignment. We are looking forward to hearing from you and wish you the best of luck.