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Welcome … The future is in your hands! L2L-Notes

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Which of the following images best represents your view of third level education?

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• Today • You Decide

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• Freedom • Diversity • Challenge • Discovery • Help L2L-Notes

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Go for it

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What to expect in college • Teaching Methods – Lectures • Size (30-50 students), 1-3 hours long, more than 20 hours a week, no individual attention

– Tutorials • Give feedback on your work, solving study problems

• Other teaching styles – Group works – E-learning and technology – Independent study • All courses expect students to work on their own for the rest of the week.

• Seeing your lecturers – Lecturers are Less available than high school teachers – Teaching is only one of their responsibilities

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What to expect in college • Lecturers’ varied approaches – Each lecturer has personal tastes i.e. some of them prefer give write notes out on the whiteboard some of them may prefer to use computer

• The college week – Equivalent of an average working week in employment (35 - 40 hours)

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Independent learningTaking control •

In college it is expected that you to work on your own for longer periods. • Independent learning includes: – Making choices • Between subjects – Finding resources and support • There is Recommended Reading on each subject, you have to read it, understand it and reproduce it on your exam. – Time management • Only small amount of time in the classes. • You are responsible for organising your time to meet deadlines – Keeping going • Stay focused and maintain motivation • Friends support each other

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What is expected from you ? • Independence – Study + Personal life

• Self-motivation – Work on your own

• Work with others – Work with other students

• Ability to work things out for yourself • Ability to set goals to improve your work • Ability to organise your time – Know all the deadlines – Know all the class timetable – Know when do you have to hand out your work

• Ability to work out when, how and where you learn best

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Managing your time • Only small part of your time is formally timetabled, you will be responsible for organising most of your study time. It is challenging to find the balance between work, study and friends.

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Managing your time • To manage time well, it helps to do the following: – Be aware of your own time management – Be aware of how much time it takes you to complete your study tasks – Schedule time for unforeseen events – Schedule time for relaxation and leisure – Be very specific in your time-planning – Set your priorities L2L-Notes

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Managing your time • Beware of your own time management – Ask students to breakdown how they use their time now

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Managing your time • Effectively use your diary and planner – Carry your diary with you at all times – Check several times a day, especially at night and first thing in the morning – Add new appointments straight into it – Priorities your appointments

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Priority-setting • Written a list of everything you have to do • Underline essential tasks in one colour, and items can wait in another colour • Indentify the most urgent item on the list • Work out the best order in which to do things • Work out how long you can spend on each • Enter each essential task into your diary L2L-Notes

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Managing your time • Other techniques that improve your time management; – Time patterns: develop a time pattern that suit you for example study law in the morning and study financial accounting at the night time. – Mini-goals: break larger assignments, put each part into smaller tasks, set a realistic time for each of them, set a end-time, make sure you finish each tasks. L2L-Notes

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Managing stress • Set priority – Identify things need to be done immediately – Create a order to do your things

• Identify the resources that can help you – – – –

Student union Student services department International office Head of department

• Talk to other students who may have the same worries, may learn from them or at least make you feel comfortable L2L-Notes

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Aim of the Module – Support Students in Transition – Help Students to become independent learners in Higher Education. – Enable students to develop a range of skills and strategies essential to personal and professional development

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Learning Outcomes •

Apply – – – – –

good study skill Time management techniques Assessment methods Examination techniques Group work practices

to help you do well in your studies now •

Develop appropriate communication skills for social and business situations (personal and professional) • Develop competent academic and business writing skills

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Learning outcomes cont.... • Self Assessment of Learning styles and develop appropriate learning strategies – know how you best learn • Recognise the importance of self awareness • Apply the skills of self appraisal through reflection and self evaluation – see how you are doing and how you can improve • Help you to deal confidently with difficult situations in a learning and business environment

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Self Management • • • •

Planning Goal setting Reflection Emotional Intelligence

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Time Management • Organising life at College • Managing Stress • Task Planning

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Learning and Skills • Active Learning • Kolb Learning Styles

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Effective Study Skills • • • •

Good Note Taking Learning Resources SQ3R Method Mind Mapping

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Thinking and Memory Skills • Critical Thinking • Analysis and evaluation skills • Memory strategy

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Written Skills • • • •

Planning, writing and editing Sentences and paragraphs Plagiarism and referencing Report writing

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Presentation Skills • Planning • Structuring • Delivering • Preparation. Preparation, Preparation

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7 Approaches to Learning • • • • • • •

Learning - An adventure Use all senses Identify what attracts you Use active learning Take responsibility for your own learning Trust your own intelligence Recognise your own learning preference

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VARK • The acronym VARK stands for Visual, Aural, Read/write, and Kinesthetic sensory modalities that are used for learning information. • Ask students to do the questionnaire during the one hour lab class. • Go through each different type of learner with students during the lab class. L2L-Notes

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Personal Planning • Personal planning is a process that: – Deepens your understanding of yourself – Makes you more aware of your motivations – Helps you formulate what you really want for your life and career – Helps you to face up your own limitation and address them – Helps you see yourself as other people see you – Assist you to plan over the longer term – Helps you in relation to annual review or appraisal

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Personal Development Planning • There are four elements in PDP – Understanding skills development in relation to different contexts: • Identifying skills and personal qualities • Understanding personal learning styles (VARK)

– Planning: • Setting goals and measure your progress • Clarifying what you want from college

– Developing a strategy – Monitoring and evaluating performance: • Self-evaluations

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Skills and qualities • A skill is a learned activity- something you can develop through practice and reflection. – Each skill consists of sub-skills – Some skills may be transferable i.e. Sub-skills to academic skills to employment skills

• Identifying your current skills – Think about something you do well, a difficulty you overcame, or a personal achievement no matter how small. – Skill audit. Skill from experience. ( Photocopy page 29-32)

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Setting Goals • Goals must be “ SMART” • Set Mini-goals i.e. Break larger assignments into smaller tasks. • Activity- Ambitions

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Monitoring and Evaluating • Reflective Learning

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Reflective learning • Students are responsible for your own progress it is important not to be dependent upon the assessment and views of others. • Students should be able to work out through a process of analysis and reflection the following questions: – What you do well – What you need to improve – Your priorities

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Reflective learning • Methods of developing reflection – Keep a learning journal/blog – Use the self-evaluation questionnaires – Fill in progress sheets regularly

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Reflective learning journals • Why do we need reflective leaning journal – Writing things down helps you to clarify your thoughts and emotions, to work out strategies, and focus on your development. – A written record will help you see how you are progressing from week to week and from term to term

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Reflective learning journals • What should be included in your journals? – Your feelings about your course, lecturers, other students, – Things you find difficult – Changes in your attitude or motivation – How you tackle tasks- your strategies – Things you find out about yourself – Thoughts about how you learn best – Ideas that arise from your studies – How different areas of study link up – How your studies relate to real life

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• Reflective learning journals should be done in a strong notebook, or use your computer and it is only for yourself. • You should read your journal regularly, and make some comment for your progress.( monitor performance.) • The journals also can help you to develop your writings and preparing your tutorial classes and your exams. L2L-Notes

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Exams • Preparation • Time planning • Study plan

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Allocation of Marks % • Individual Research Report • Group Research Report

20 40

• Group Oral Presentation 20 • Individual Reflective Report 20 L2L-Notes

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Groups and teams • Group development • Effective group / team behaviour

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Syllabus • What is learning – – – – – – – –

Purpose of learning Learning styles Work based and active learning Reflective Journal Personal Development Planning Thinking and Memory Skills Assessment procedure Exam and assignment preparation and techniques

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Syllabus cont... • Study and Learning Skills – Develop good writing skills – Types of reading – Effective time management – Good study skills – note taking

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Syllabus cont... • • • • •

Communication process Non verbal and barriers to communication Listening skills Presentations – structure and delivery Using presentation software and multi media • Oral presentation skills • Written communication L2L-Notes

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Syllabus cont... • Creativity – Concepts of creativity – Characteristics of a creative person – The Creative process

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Thank you for your attention. Please feel free to ask questions. L2L-Notes

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