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Skills for Learning Podcast Archive

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

The podcast episodes for the current academic year can be found on the podcast page.

Episode list

  • Academic writing

    Duration: 9 minutes

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    How does academic writing differ from other forms of writing? Find out more by listening to Academic Skills Tutors, Max McMurdo and Michael Shields, discuss the structures, conventions and expectations of academic writing including the different formats of essays, reports, dissertations and reflective writing.

    Categories: Academic Communication

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    Academic writing

  • Academic writing style

    Duration: 13 minutes

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    How can you develop confidence in your academic writing? Who are you writing for? Academic Skills Tutors, Max McMurdo and Michael Shields, consider good and bad models in discussing good academic writing style and the importance of precision, clarity and an understanding of your 'audience'.

    Categories: Academic Communication

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    Academic writing style

  • Analysing research data - Part 1

    Duration: 7 minutes

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    Are you collecting data for a research project? Do you know the difference between metric data and ordinal data? Find out more by listening to Academic Skills Tutor, John Taylor, in conversation with two students who need help with understanding the different types of quantitative data.

    Categories: Maths Research

  • Analysing research data - Part 2

    Duration: 7 minutes

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    In Part 2, John Taylor, Academic Skills Tutor, explains the importance of significance tests, the null hypothesis and the p-value (or probability) in analysing your statistical data.

    Categories: Maths Research

  • Avoiding plagiarism

    Duration: 6 minutes

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    How exactly would you define plagiarism? Learning advisers from Skills for Learning, Karen Croft and Maria Kulas, talk to a student about what is meant by the term plagiarism and how to avoid committing plagiarism in your own work.

    Categories: Academic Communication

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    Avoiding plagiarism

  • Critical thinking

    Duration: 9 minutes

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    Not sure what is meant by critical thinking? Michael Shields, Academic Skills Tutor, explains what it is, why it's necessary and how to be 'critical'.

    Categories: Academic Communication

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    Critical thinking

  • Essay writing - Originality and essay style

    Duration: 7 minutes

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    Academic Skills Tutors, Michael Shields and Max McMurdo, discuss how important originality is and the use of the first person in essay writing with recent graduate Sarah Hotchkin.

    Categories: Academic Communication

  • Essay writing - Starting your essay

    Duration: 8 minutes

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    Academic Skills Tutors Michael Shields and Max McMurdo talk about essays with recent graduate Sarah Hotchkin, covering issues such as interpreting essay questions, reading lists and literature searches.

    Categories: Academic Communication

  • International students

    Duration: 8 minutes

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    International students talk about their experiences of studying at Leeds Beckett University. Listen to how they adapted to university life here and their advice on studying and living in the UK.

    Categories: International Students Global Student

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    International students

  • Literature reviews

    Duration: 19 minutes

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    Not sure where to start with your literature review? Listen to recent graduate Ellie Short interview Michael Shields to better understand what role a literature review should have in your work and what you should be including.

    Categories: Academic Communication

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    Literature reviews

  • Reflection - Part 1

    Duration: 13 minutes

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    Michael Shields talks to Vivienne Griggs, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour, about what is involved in reflective writing.

    Categories: Reflection

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    Reflection - Part 1

  • Reflection - Part 2

    Duration: 8 minutes

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    Michael Shields talks to Vivienne Griggs, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour, about different models of reflection.

    Categories: Reflection

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    Reflection - Part 2

  • Reflection - Part 3

    Duration: 10 minutes

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    Michael Shields and Vivienne Griggs, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour, discuss tips to help students develop excellent reflective skills.

    Categories: Reflection

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    Reflection - Part 3

  • Report writing

    Duration: 8 minutes

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    Academic Skills tutor Michael Shields explains how to plan and write a report; a very different task from the conventional university essay, requiring a more pragmatic approach and writing style.

    Categories: Academic Communication

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    Report writing

  • Student confidence

    Duration: 7 minutes

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    Academic Skills tutors Michael Shields and Stevie Farrell discuss strategies for maximising confidence when studying at University. They consider the different ways lack of confidence can manifest itself and the resources available at universities to help.

    Categories: Learning and Study

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    Student confidence

  • Time management - student perspective

    Duration: 7 minutes

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    Do you manage your time effectively? Listen to Leeds Beckett students talking about their time management problems and the different ways in which they cope.

    Categories: Professional Skills

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