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Skills for Learning Media Library

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

Academic Communication

  • Academic writing

    Duration: 9 minutes

    Audio

    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.

  • Academic writing style

    Duration: 13 minutes

    Audio

    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'.

  • Avoiding plagiarism

    Duration: 6 minutes

    Audio

    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.

  • Essay writing

    Duration: 14 minutes

    Video

    Watch and listen to this presentation about planning and writing essays.
  • Essay writing - Originality and essay style

    Duration: 7 minutes

    Audio

    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.

  • Essay writing - Starting your essay

    Duration: 8 minutes

    Audio

    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.

  • Guide to literature reviews

    Duration 13 minutes

    Video

    Watch and listen to this presentation explaining what literature reviews are - and how to prepare and write a literature review.
  • Literature reviews

    Duration: 19 minutes

    Audio

    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.

  • Presentation skills

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Video

    Watch and listen to this presentation about planning and delivering a good presentation – and overcoming the nervous feelings which most people get in front of an audience.
  • Report writing

    Duration: 8 minutes

    Audio

    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.


International Students

  • International students

    Duration: 8 minutes

    Audio

    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.


Learning and Study

  • Student confidence

    Duration: 7 minutes

    Audio

    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.


Maths and Statistics

  • Analysing research data - Part 1

    Duration: 7 minutes

    Audio

    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.

  • Analysing research data - Part 2

    Duration: 7 minutes

    Audio

    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.

  • Likert scales

    Duration: 7 minutes

    Video

    Watch and listen to this presentation about Likert scales and how to analyse data using this method.

Professional Skills

  • Time management - student perspective

    Duration: 7 minutes

    Audio

    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.


Reflection

  • Reflection - Part 1

    Duration: 13 minutes

    Audio

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

  • Reflection - Part 2

    Duration: 8 minutes

    Audio

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

  • Reflection - Part 3

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Audio

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

  • Reflection and reflective writing

    Duration: 14 minutes

    Video

    Watch and listen to this presentation about reflective writing and what might be expected of you – including how to use models of reflection.

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