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Book Archived Material (Referencing)

Referencing is a key skill you need to demonstrate at university.  It is a way of showing that you are engaging with the literature in your subject area and writing with integrity.  The consequences of not referencing correctly can be severe so make sure you are familiar with how to reference your work.

Book Archived Material (writing)

This book is about the strategies that you can employ in order to write well, and the writing process. It deals with the mechanics of writing well, as well as offering an approach to academic writing.

Book Archived Material (TM and Group Work)

This book looks at time management; the importance of attending lectures; reading effectively; the art of taking notes.

Book Archived Material (essays, reports)

Your ability to write essays will dramatically affect your performance at university level. You need to be able to write an essay well. Good essay writing is not a skill you are born with, but it is a skill you can learn.

Book Archived Material (Lit review)

A literature review, or literature survey, can be either a key component of a larger paper such as a report or dissertation, or you may be asked to write one for its own sake. This book shows you how to write a present a review appropriately.

Book Archived Material (Dissertations)

This book takes you through all the elements needed for a successful dissertation proposal and dissertation. The book explains the sections required for both proposal and dissertation, and offers helpful downloadable templates to assist with the presentation.

Book Archived Material (grammar)

This book looks at some of the most common mistakes when it comes to grammar.

Book Archived Material (research)

Good research skills will help you find the information you need for your studies.  Searching effectively will save you time and ensure you find appropriate, good quality sources to help you do well in your assignments.

Book Archived Material (exams and feedback)

This book will look at a few key strategies which make the whole experience of preparing for and taking your exams much more satisfying and productive.

Book Archived Material (Presentations)

This book looks at the process involved in preparing for, scripting and delivering a presentation. It shows you examples of both strong and weak presentations via video and audio file, and analyses the techniques which contribute to a strong presentation in detail.

Book Archived Material (digital skills)

Managing your Digital Footprint and keeping your information secure online

Book Archived Material (Maths and Stats)
Book Archived Material (Critical thinking)

Critical thinking is the art of moving from description to explanation. It is about understanding why you hold the opinions you do, rather than simply saying what those opinions are. This book will take you through the process of analysing evidence and arguments, and how to construct a good argument yourself.

Book Archived Material (Reflection)

Reflection - reflective thinking and writing - is an important part of university life and work. As Plato said, 'The life without examination is no life.' The ability to reflect on your experience and knowledge, and use that to make improvements, is a key part of your university-level thinking and your subsequent working life.

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Book Archived (Using tutor feedback)

This book looks at how you can recognise feedback when it is offered to you; how to ask for feedback and how to use the feedback you receive in a positive way to feedforward.

Book Archived ( Information Online )

One of the fundamental aspects of digital capability is being IT literate.

This section of the tutorial will focus on some of the basic skills including thinking critically and creatively about information. It will focus on how to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use online materials.

Book Archived (Passing exams)

This book will look at a few key strategies which make the whole experience of preparing for and taking your exams much more satisfying and productive.

Book Archived (reports)

Your ability to write essays will dramatically affect your performance at university level. You need to be able to write an essay well. Good essay writing is not a skill you are born with, but it is a skill you can learn.

Book Archived (essays)

Your ability to write essays will dramatically affect your performance at university level. You need to be able to write an essay well. Good essay writing is not a skill you are born with, but it is a skill you can learn.

Book Archived (Protecting your identity)

Managing your Digital Footprint and keeping your information secure online

Book Archived (Digital Skills and the Law)

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Book Archived (Digital Skills and Employment)

Digital Skills and Employment

Effective online job searches

Virtually every professional job is advertised online- often on multiple websites. It's also likely that you will be applying for jobs online as well.

This is a very time consuming process to do well.

If someone tells you they applied to 20 jobs in one day, then you can be fairly certain that the recruiter will be able to tell.

Cut and paste jobs look lazy and generic. If you haven't made an effort with your application, a potential employer might question how hard you would work in the role.

With this in mind, you need to learn how to find the best job sites for your profession.

Even better, learn how to create such a great LinkedIn profile and a network that recruiters can find you.

Work through the activities below to get started and you'll have the basics on where you can find work, and begin to create a professional online presence.

Activity 1 Finding online jobs listings

Step 1

Do a "google" search (or explore CareerBox course focus) to find an online job site that has graduate jobs, internships, work placements or work experience opportunities for students and graduates. It can be a site with general opportunities or an industry specific site.

Here's a link to the CareerBox course focus section

Step 2

Found one you think has good opportunities? Can you find it on the image below? If it is not already there, upload it and share your "find" with other Solent students.

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Step 3

If this site has a job alert option, set it up. Setting your search preference might take some tinkering, you may not get it right first time. Too wide a search, and your inbox is swamped with jobs that don't interest you. Too narrow, and you might miss out on a great opportunity.

Activity 2 Who forms your network?

Step 1

Think about your connections. These could be your friends, parents of friends, family, tutors, former teachers, LinkedIn connections, employers and former employers - you may be able to think of more.

Now, in five minutes, write down as many names of connections as you can think of. This is the beginning of your professional network.

Now move online.

Step 2

Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Great, you can go directly to Step 3. Haven't got around to it? Watch this short video about getting started and then spend some time getting your LinkedIn profile looking good. Once that's done, you're ready to move on to Step 3.

Step 3

Now that you have created your LinkedIn profile, take time to reflect on your page;

  • Are you happy with your LinkedIn profile?
  • Will it make a potential employer want to get you in for an interview?
  • Will it make your connections want to recommend you? Ask someone you trust to be honest to have a look and give you some feedback.

Now get the list you created in Step 1. Are any of the people you listed on Linked in? Send them a request to connect. You can adapt this to make it more personal.

This is particularly important if you are trying to connect with someone who you have only met a few times. For example, if you wanted to connect with a guest lecturer, you could ask to connect by saying,

" I particularly enjoyed your recent talk at Solent University, which is particularly relevant to me because ...."

Remember to always write in a professional manner. Though it may be a social media environment, employers will be put off my 'internet' or 'text speak'.  Make sure your instant messages and comments are written in the same manner as you would write a professional email or letter.

LinkedIn will suggest more connections as your network grows. Be active, follow organisations you are interested and post intelligent, professional comments to raise your profile.

LinkedIn will also search your profile for key words and send you vacancy alerts with job matched to your skills and sector.

Activity 3 Using the Solent Business Directory

Are you struggling to find an appropriate vacancy? You may need to be proactive and contact employers who work in your field of interest, whether it is for work experience or for a permanent post. You can do this online too (of course).

The Solent Business Directory on the Portal lists details of employers who have recruited Solent students and graduates in the past. Go to the directory and search to find an employer from your chosen industry sector.

Consider approaching this employer with a speculative application.

Go to the Business Directory and start searching.

Book Archived (Working in groups)

This book looks at how effective groupwork can be, how important it is to be a good team player and how this preparation at university will help you in your working life beyond university.

Book Archived (Time management)

This book looks at time management; the importance of attending lectures; reading effectively; the art of taking notes.

Writing academically File Recognise the limits game

Recognise the limits game

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Analyse the question

Dissertation proposals & writing dissertations File Camtasia - Section breaks

Section breaks

File Camtasia - Appendices

Appendices

File Camtasia - Page numbers

Page numbers

File Dissertation Template
File Dissertation Proposal Template
Research skills File Information sources

Information sources

Extra resources Page How to use Succeed@Solent

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Page Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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Folder Bitesize summaries

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File Succeed@Solent Back Page

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Page Introduction to Succeed@Solent

Introduction to Succeed@Solent

Page Hi5 e-Learning Awards 2013

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Page Student journeys videos

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