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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 with advice from Academic Librarian, Kirsty Bower.

Academic Health Checklist

Hopefully you’re enjoying your time 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
  • Connected to eduroam, the University Wi-Fi service (especially if you got a shiny new device for Christmas)
  • Noted your PINs so you can borrow books or laptops or top up your Campus Card to print
  • Searched the Library catalogue to see what books we have available for your subject and Discover for online resources
  • Found your reading lists (alongside your modules in MyBeckett)

Astound your tutors with 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 run a programme of workshops and webinars (online workshops) to help with a range of academic skills, including essay writing, critical thinking, dissertations, referencing and literature reviews. The Skills for Learning website also has lots of resources for you to develop your academic skills independently.
  • Your Academic Librarian is also available to help with literature searching and 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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Kirsty Bower

Kirsty is an academic librarian at Leeds Beckett.

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