New year new UniSkills logo with a text that reads get set to succeed in your studies

With the winter break just around the corner, you may have already started to look ahead and think about how you can best prepare for the next semester. To help you make it your most successful one yet, from the 3-6 of January we’re excited to announce the return of New Year, New UniSkills!

New year new UniSkills logo with a text that reads get set to succeed in your studies

From brand new workshops (as voted for by you!) to LinkedIn Learning recommendations from your Student Advisors, the UniSkills team have plenty in store to keep you motivated through those frosty mornings and even inspire your New Year’s Study Resolutions!

Here’s a round-up of everything we have planned for a warm welcome back:

#NewYearNewUniSkills Workshops

As part of Study Happy Week, we asked for your vote on what you’d like to see on our UniSkills Workshop line-up this year. With the most popular vote going to developing positive study habits, we’re delighted to bring you this brand-new webinar, covering topics such as overcoming procrastination, effective notetaking and more.

Study Smarter: developing positive study habits
Thu 5 Jan | 12-1pm | Online

The new year is a perfect time to reflect on your existing study habits and consider how you can best position yourself for the semesters ahead. This workshop is ideal for students who would like to take a proactive approach to developing positive study habits and get inspiration for their New Year’s study resolutions. Together we’ll cover:

  • Overcoming procrastination 
  • Different notetaking methods 
  • How technology can be used to enhance your productivity 
  • Goal setting for study success 

How to become a successful Student
Wed 4 Jan | 1-2pm | ONline

This workshop will provide you with the space and time to think about your study experiences as a student so far, what’s working well and what you might need to improve upon. Along with plenty of study tips and advice, together we’ll cover:

  • What makes students successful 
  • Why your student identity is important 
  • The importance of setting goals and staying motivated 
  • How to determine your own student values 

Level-up your skills with LinkedIn Learning

Our partnership with LinkedIn Learning means as an Edge Hill University student you can access thousands of high-quality online courses and video tutorials, completely free. Made by industry experts, exploring these courses is a fantastic way to learn something new or boost your personal and professional skills. You can even add badges of your completed courses to your LinkedIn profile to give you that Extra Edge when job hunting and networking.

a mock up LinkedIn profile showing the LinkedIn Learning badges displayed

Keep an eye out on the blog, Twitter and Instagram throughout #NewYearNewUniSkills, as we’ll be sharing your Student Advisors’ experiences of LinkedIn Learning, as well as their top course recommendations.

Click here for more information and to access LinkedIn Learning

**NEW** UniSkills Referencing Toolkit

We are pleased to share we have a brand-new UniSkills Referencing Toolkit, covering Edge Hill Harvard, APA, MHRA, OSCOLA and Vancouver referencing styles. Other topics included in this brilliant interactive resource include:

  • What referencing is and why it is important
  • Recognising when and how to reference
  • Distinguishing between quoting and paraphrasing
  • The difference between a reference list and a bibliography

Launch the Referencing Toolkit and be sure to visit the UniSkills Referencing web page for lots more referencing support.

a screenshot of the referencing toolkit

Peer-to-peer support

Alongside answering your questions and supporting the Academic Skills Advisors within our UniSkills Workshops, your Student Advisors have also been busy co-creating and co-delivering a range of their own drop-in events and online workshops to help you settle in and make the most of all the UniSkills support on offer.

You can now catch up with the digital recordings of their popular #FindYourFeet: An introduction to Library and academic skills (UniSkills) support at Edge Hill and #NextSteps to Academic Success sessions under the peer-to-peer support section of our web pages.

These fantastic sessions cover topics such as:

  • Using Discover More to find books and eBooks, online journal articles and other resources
  • Navigating Learning Edge/Blackboard and your subject specific resources
  • Edge Hill Harvard referencing
  • Editing and proofreading strategies
  • Accessing further UniSkills support

In the meantime, whether you’ll still be juggling assignments, revising for exams, or looking forward to some time to rest and recharge, don’t forget you can access a whole host of academic skills support on the UniSkills web pages.

Wishing you a wonderful festive break and look forward to welcoming you back in 2023!