New Year, New UniSkills!

With what feels like never-ending dark mornings and a long stretch ahead to Easter, Library and Learning Services understand that for some students bouncing back after the Christmas break is easier said than done!

While we hope students found space to relax and recharge for all-important semester 2, we know for some students the reality would have been more mark schemes and revision than mince pies for Rudolph….

To help students switch that study-mode back on and get their critical-thinking cogs turning again w/c 21st January Library and Learning Services, in collaboration with the Student Wellbeing team in Student Services, ran a week-long event jam-packed with informative and inspiring workshops:

Get to grips with mark scheme tips
This session was designed to demystify some common academic language found across marking criteria.

Building your resilience toolbox
This workshop was an introduction to mindfulness, helping students build resilience and learn more about how to cope with life at university.

How to be keen in 2019
This session encouraged students to ‘Jumpstart their January’ with motivating tips and techniques!

Introduction to Mindfulness
For this session we provided a calm, safe space for a spot of mindfulness.

Learn to engage to start on the right page
From notetaking and utilising tutors’ office hours, to accessing reading lists, this workshop showed students how to make the most of their contact (and non-contact) hours and find a study strategy that works for them.

Students were also invited to join us, and our team of Student Advisors, every day from 10am-4pm in Catalyst for lots of complementary academic skills activities including:

  • Making customisable ‘study pledge’ bookmarks
  • Contributing to an interactive study spaces map
  • Inspirational DVDs and book displays
  • Opportunities to shape future workshops and toolkits

For more details about all things UniSkills throughout the academic year visit our webpages or contact the Student Engagement team at uniskills@edgehill.ac.uk

Stepping Up: Supporting student nurses with their transition into the University

Learning Services are currently working in collaboration with colleagues in the Faculty of Health and Social Care on a pre-entry module ‘Stepping Up to Edge Hill University’. 

The aim of the pre-entry module, delivered via the Blackboard Open Education platform, is to support students with their transition into their academic programme at the University.  The learning modules are designed to be interactive and engaging with embedded videos and quizzes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Objectives of the module include:

  • Meeting the academic teams
  • Expectations of the department/the course
  • Introduction to the terminology and language of the University
  • What to expect during the first few weeks
  • Help and support available from Learning Services and other support departments
  • Discussion opportunities with other students on the same course

For more information about the pre-entry module contact Helen Jamieson via email at helen.jamieson@edgehill.ac.uk

Student Peer Mentoring- the bigger picture

Student Peer Mentoring is not something done in isolation but is interconnected with many other aspects of the student experience i.e. transitions, personal tutoring, wellbeing. As we now build the bigger picture it is anticipated that we will see more holistically the relevance of Student Peer Mentoring to these other very important aspects and furthermore be able to see its impact in important areas such as retention and attainment.

 

Student Peer Mentoring

Thank you to all who  attended our very lively and informative group meeting. We have now agreed that there is much activity going on around the university as depicted on our google doc which has been sent with a report to LTC for their consideration. And here is the ‘link’ to the googledoc:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ho4irFjcqNwfSI12wh0rwmUqkNLSUm31FGPyh4hhEh8/edit?usp=sharing

Good Practice Citations Index

Examples of exemplar practice from across the institution are harvested continually during Autumn Monitoring Review (AMR), validations and periodic review. These form to create a living document of the very best practice which can be accessed using the link below.

To access the University Good Practice Citations Index please click here: 

https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/clt/files/2018/10/LTC.08C.17-Enhancement-Report-2018.pdf