The Study Excellence programme has been devised by recent graduates to equip you with the skills you need in order to get the best out of your time at UCP. It is taught by graduate teachers in conjunction with the Learning Resource Centre. Attendance is on a drop in basis so there is no need to book. The sessions are semi structured; during the first half a specific focus will be covered, the second half will be available to ask your own questions for that session’s topic e.g. if the topic is Writing the focus may be structure however you can use the second half to discuss writing introductions.
Facilitators are there to help you succeed however they cannot; give subject specific advice, proofread your work, give grade estimations, deal with course specific issues or write your assignments. They can; listen to you read your work for clarity, make suggestions regarding structure, help you to understand you module guide/assignment brief, help you to identify areas for improvement.
Getting a degree is a marathon not a sprint, your assignments should be the culmination of your effort over the semester, and these session will equip you with the training to see it through to the end.
Reading strategies – learn what and how to read in order to get the most out of your time.
Notetaking – learn how to take effective notes during lectures and utilising them.
Making the most of mind maps – learn how to use mind mapping software and use it to organise your thinking.
Planning your essay – understand the importance of planning and how it can maximise your marks in assignments.
Preparing for debates and seminars – understand what you can do to get the most out of your seminar time and debating successfully.
The ability to think critically is crucial to good academia, however it doesn’t necessarily come naturally to people, these sessions will get you asking questions and learning how to argue effectively.
Arguing academically – understand the difference between an argument and a disagreement and learn what is required to form an academic argument.
Credibility – understand what makes someone credible and how to spot whether you should trust the information being presented.
Assessing the evidence – learn how tocritically assess the evidence being presented and make a judgement.
Sources – understand the value of utilising different sources and knowing which to avoid.
Logical Fallacies – understand how to strengthen your argument by not making these mistakes.