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.
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) and know how to make the most of them
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.
- You can then identify the academic skills you need to develop to improve your grades next time. 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. The Skills for Learning website also has lots of resources for you to develop your academic skills independently or take a look at the Study Ready module on MyBeckett.
- Your Academic Librarian is also available to help with literature searching, finding information as well as plagiarism and referencing queries. Take a look at their online subject guides for more information.
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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