Academic Health Checklist
The New Year isn’t just about making resolutions for healthy living, it can also be a time to reflect on your academic “health” and ensure you keep on track. Have a look at this advice from Academic Librarian, Kirsty Bower.
Hopefully you’re enjoying your course at Leeds Beckett, you’ve made it through your first semester and are ready to start the New Year and look forward to new modules and topics.
It's also a good time to reflect on what you've achieved since the start of the academic year and perhaps identify areas where you could improve. You might think about changes you could make to develop your work during the rest of the year – the chances are, here in the Library we will be able to help you (or find someone who can!). The following is an academic health checklist to help you get the most out of the coming year.
Get the basics in place
To make the most of the Library during your time at Leeds Beckett, it’s important to make the most of some of the key services we offer. Make sure you've:
- Downloaded Microsoft Office 365 for free
- Searched the Library catalogue to see what books or eBooks we have available for your subject and Discover for online resources
- If you are studying in the UK or mainland Europe you can apply for the Offsite postal loan service
- Found your reading lists (alongside your modules in MyBeckett)
Reflect on your academic skills
If you’ve received feedback from your first assignment and it isn’t what you expected, don’t worry there’s still plenty of time to develop your skills.
- Make sure you read your feedback carefully. Your tutor will provide you with constructive comments to help improve your work and progress in the future.
- Depending upon your feedback, you might find it useful to contact our Skills for Learning team. Skills for Learning can offer help with a range of academic skills including Essay writing, Effective reading and note-taking, presentation and time management skills. Their workshop programme will start again in February
- Your Academic Librarian is also available to help with literature searching, finding information as well as plagiarism and referencing queries.
So, make one of your New Year resolutions to think about what you need to do in order to get the most out of your time whilst you’re studying with us. But do remember, even if your first semester hasn’t gone according to plan, there’s plenty of time to advance your academic skills, and plenty of people available to help you achieve this.
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