Helping students develop academic skills for their learning and assessment is a key part of the role of LLI's Academic Librarians and Academic Skills Tutors. One of the main ways we do this is by working with academic staff to deliver online learning and teaching within their modules. This ensures that the academic skills support we provide is tailored to subject and level of students and matches module learning outcomes.
This academic year, our academic skills teaching has moved totally online and we are using a ‘chunked’ approach so that academic staff can choose specific bits of content which suit their students and which fits into the time available.
We are also using a flipped approach so that students receive content in MyBeckett, usually a number of short videos and activities. We then offer an optional live follow-up class for questions and discussion and to highlight key points.
Feedback from teaching block 1 has included:
- Really clear information and it was great to get links to additional sources throughout too. It was a great step by step guide through planning and writing(L7 student)
- Easy to watch - broken down into sections so can go back over specific sections (L6 student)
- Hugely successful session developing students’ critical thinking skills at the start of the L5 journey (staff)
Across our team we cover a range of academic skills, including note-taking, writing, critical thinking and referencing, as well as maths, statistics and IT and finding and using library resources. Our Academic Skills Prospectus outlines the sessions available and you can book via our request form.
As usual, all students can also access self-directed support, which includes the Skills for Learning website and our open programme of online workshops, drop-ins and study cafes, all bookable through MyHub. A limited number of online one-to-one appointments are also available for academic skills queries, bookable through our website.
If you have any questions about academic skills support, please contact your Academic Librarian Team.