Top tips for tackling your assignments

The thought of tackling your assignments doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Our top tips aim to help you more effectively manage your research project(s) and produce your best, most focused research yet.

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  1. Manage your research

Why not save your Discover searches for future use?

  1. Manage your references

It’s easier if you make a note of references as you go along. Word has a great reference manager for beginners, alternatively you might like to use EndNote Basic available from the Databases A-Z), or Zotero.

  1. Be aware of subject specific research resources

Explore your subject guides – your Academic Librarians have highlighted a range of resources, specific to your course subject.

  1. Consider further research options

Postgraduates and students in their final year of study as an undergraduate can get access to other University libraries using SCONUL, or apply for Interlibrary Loans.

  1. Consider using analysis software

Using software can help you get the best out of the data you’ve collected. For statistical analysis, you can use SPSS. For qualitative data you might consider using NVivo. Download both through MyBeckett.

  1. Get help on writing

Skills for Learning http://skillsforlearning.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/ have some fantastic written, video and podcast guides for critical thinking, literature reviews and Word formatting. Also see their Dissertation section.

  1. Save your work in multiple places!

Saving your work in multiple places is important – read our Save It recommendations

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We hope these tips are helpful, and we wish you the very best of luck!

If you have any further queries, contact us.

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Distance Learners can join the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community on Google+ to ask questions and find information and guidance from peers and the Distance Learning Unit.

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Putting pen to paper: help with academic skills

With deadlines looming, thinking about tackling your academic work, either for the first time or after a period away from academic study, can be quite daunting. Please don’t worry! The Library’s Skills for Learning team provide a range of support so that you can brush up on your academic skills and become confident handing in assignments 🙂

Have you seen their range of skills guides, available to read online or print off, on the Skills for Learning webpages? They include, for example, the Little Book of Essay Writing, and Quote Unquote to help with your referencing.

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As Offsite students, you can view recordings of workshop sessions also available on the Skills for Learning webpages. See the Critical Thinking recording to help understand why it is important to build structured analysis in your work.

You can also search for a specific topic, such as “presentations”, in the A-Z.

Don’t forget the Skills for Learning podcast series that may help you with analysing quantitative data for example!

If you are having difficulty accessing resources, finding information or you have a query about a reference, we would be more than happy to help you further. Please do contact us via chat (see our webpages), email (offsite@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) or telephone (0113 812 6778).

Did you know you can keep track of our news via the Offsite Facebook page and Twitter?

Good luck everyone!

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.

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!

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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.