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Be Ready Holiday Programme - Easter

A series of webinars to provide students with the skill they need to excel in sixth form and make a smooth transition to university.

Find out more about our weekly webinars - Be Ready Thursdays

Academic Skills Weeks


Looking for support to help you stay on top of your studies? Keen to bolster your university application? Join us for a series of online interactive workshops, spread over two weeks, to help develop key skills for academic success.

Taking part in our series of webinars will help you gain skills and knowledge that universities are looking for, will aid your current studies and ensure you hit the ground running when you make the step up to university.

There are two weeks of events planned to fit with the different school holidays across the country. All the webinars and workshops that are part of this event are designed to support you with the skills you need. To do that most of our events are interactive and will encourage you to do activity whilst taking part. We think that you learn the most by doing, but don't worry it'll be in the privacy of your own space, we won't make you share it with lots of strangers!

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Webinars and Workshops


All the sessions will run in each week, see the timetable below for the full listings and more details of what the sessions involve. You can sign up to as many sessions as you like across one or both weeks and we'd love to see you at all of them. When you click the link to book you'll have the option to add other sessions too.

All the events are free and are run online and you'll be able to interact with the people delivering the sessions through the chat function.

If these events don't fit around your other commitments, then there are many other ways you get the information. We run a weekly webinar series, you can explore other events and programmes, chat to our students or explore our on demand virtual experience.

Select your sessions and sign up now
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Week 1 Timetable

A timetable of the webinars and workshops running during the first week from Mon 29 March to Thurs 1 April


These online webinars and workshops take place from Monday 29 March to Thursday 1 April

See below for an overview of each of the sessions.

Date Time Webinar
Mon 29 March 10-11 AM Time Management
11-12 PM Note Taking
1.30-2.30 PM Referencing & Plagiarism
3-4 PM Academic Writing
Tues 30 March 10-11 AM Presentation Skills
11-12 PM Finding & Evaluating Sources
1.30-2.30 PM Building Resilience
3-4 PM Revision Skills
Wed 31 March 10-11 AM Academic Writing
11-12 PM Referencing & Plagiarism
1.30-2.30 PM Note Taking
3-4 PM Time Management
Thurs 1 April 10-11 AM Revision Skills
11- 12 PM Building Resilience
1.30-2.30 PM Finding & Evaluating Sources
3-4 PM Presentation Skills

Week 2 Timetable

A timetable of the webinars and workshops running during the second week from Mon 12 to Fri 16 April


These webinars and workshops take place from Mon 12 to Fri 16 April.

See below for an overview of each of the sessions.

Date Time Webinar
Mon 12 April 10-11 AM Time Management
11-12 PM Note Taking
1.30-2.30 PM Referencing & Plagiarism
3-4 PM Academic Writing
Tues 13 April 10-11 AM Presentation Skills
11- 12 PM Finding & Evaluating Sources
3-4 PM Revision Skills
Wed 14 April 10-11 AM Leadership
11-12 PM Building Resilience
1.30 - 2.30 PM Time Management
3-4 PM Note Taking
Thurs 15 April 10-11 AM Referencing & Plagiarism
11-12 PM Academic Writing
1.30-2.30 PM Presentation Skills
3-4 PM Finding & Evaluating Sources
Fri 16 April 11-12 PM Revision Skills
1.30-2.30 PM Leadership
3-4 PM Building Resilience

Session Overviews

An overview of each of the sessions and the dates each is running during the event.


Time Management

Keeping on top of all the activities we have to squeeze into our busy lives can be a challenge. Studying, hobbies and getting enough sleep are only some of the activities which place demands on our time. This workshop aims to motivate and stimulate students’ into considering whether they are currently using their time effectively. Students are then encouraged to consider positive changes they can make to use their time more efficiently, with the help of time management tools and techniques.

Book your place on one of 29, 31 March, 12, 14 April

Note-Taking

Learning how to effectively take notes and keep them organised is an important part of getting the most out of your university studies. How to take notes and keep them organised introduces students’ to the importance of note-taking and explores 10 useful tips on how to do this effectively. The session then enables students to put what they have learnt into practice with hands-on note-taking activities.

Book your place on one of 29, 31 March, 12, 14 April

Referencing & Plagiarism

Academic integrity is considered the ethical and moral code of conduct in the academic world. This workshop covers key elements that are crucial to practising academic integrity, with a focus on acknowledging the work of others. Students are introduced to plagiarism and ways to avoid it including referencing and citing the work of others, paraphrasing, using quotations effectively and using tools and techniques for keeping track of sources of information.

Book your place on one of 29, 31 March, 12, 15 April

Academic Writing

The ability to clearly demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a topic through writing becomes an increasingly important skill as students progress through their studies. This workshop begins by developing an understanding of the 4 main features of formal academic writing: Relevance, Academic style, Coherent organisation, Evidence. Students are then provided with practical advice on how to confidently and effectively plan and write essays.

Book your place on one of 29, 31 March, 12, 15 April

Presentation Skills

Planning, structuring, dealing with nerves and having to answer questions are all examples of challenges and fears students face when it comes to presenting. This workshop introduces and explains the four stages of presentation delivery: Planning, structure, delivery and reflection to help students’ design and deliver effective presentations. Students are provided with practical tips and techniques to help improve their confidence and cope with nerves.

Book your place on one of 30 March, 1, 13, 15 April

Finding and Evaluating Sources

When researching a topic or answering a question, planning your search and choosing appropriate sources are important skills that help improve the quality of your work. Students are introduced to the process of planning an effective search strategy to find targeted information. Using a designated tool, students are then taught how to critically evaluate the sources of information they find and are made aware of how important it is to keep track of them.

Book your place on one of 30 March, 1, 13, 15 April

Building Resilience

Resilience is often seen as simply being able to cope when things go wrong. This workshop explores all 5 elements of the resilience framework as well as ideas around worry, embracing vulnerability and building bounceback. Through building their personal resilience toolbox, students are encouraged to reflect on positive changes that can be made in these areas to help build resilience. Finally, students are introduced to issues faced at university and the support services that can help them.

Book your place on one of 30 March, 1, 14, 16 April

Revision Skills

How do memories turn into knowledge? How do I learn best? How do I avoid procrastination? This workshop explores these questions by introducing students to the role of memory in learning and the difference between passive and active learning. Students will then explore and identify individual learning style preferences before being provided with practical tips and tricks such as how to turn distractions into rewards for that motivational boost.

Book your place on one of 30 March, 1, 13, 16 April

Leadership

This workshop aims to help students feel more confident in taking on leadership roles and responsibilities by introducing a leadership toolbox of practical tips. Students are encouraged to identify their own leadership skills and to consider areas that can be improved upon. Other topics explored include frameworks for effective communication, developing an understanding and awareness of the effective use of voice and public speaking.

Book your place on one of 14, 16 April

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