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Academic Skills

Learning Development Tutors and Liaison Librarians work with students to ensure they have the knowledge, skills and confidence to be successful learners.  They are based at each campus and have a wide range of expertise.  They can help you with -

Academic integrity is the cornerstone of education. The Academic Integrity Toolkit will take you step by step through the importance of academic integrity and what happens when you are accused of misconduct.

You'll find that your course is full of new words and phrases, as well as ways of talking and writing. You’ll need some of this language for your creative practice, some for your academic and theoretical ideas, and some for your professional practice. Learning Development Tutors can help you to learn how to use language to reflect your ideas accurately and effectively in written work, presentations and discussions.

During your studies you will likely re-use work produced by others and will need to know about intellectual property rights, especially copyright. A good understanding of copyright is an essential academic and life skill. Using work without permission or without relying on a legal defence is regarded as copyright infringement and can carry serious penalties.

For more information online see - Copyright.

We can help you develop techniques for analysis, reflection and critique; these abilities will often be an assessed requirement of your course. This process of critically analysing and reflecting on other practitioners’ decision-making can help you position your own creative ideas in relation to other practitioners’ work. It will also help you to make informed, conscious choices about how you can develop your ideas.

Essays are used in universities across the world as a way of testing knowledge and understanding.  Since most people do not enjoy being tested, essay writing is generally considered stressful, however, it offers the opportunity to research and evaluate different opinions about a topic, and build a well-informed argument. The ability to do this is particularly important in art subjects, where practitioners are often asked to justify their creative decision-making.

For more information online see - Essay Writing.

Feedback is an important part of your learning journey. Through your time at university you will receive feedback in a number of ways, all of which will be offered in a way that supports your studies.

For more information online see - Learning from Feedback.

We can help you to develop the strategies and language that will enable you to participate in your lectures, seminars and tutorials with confidence and gain maximum benefit. This includes guidance on -

  • how best to prepare for lectures, seminars and tutorials including pre-reading and preparing questions
  • taking notes during a lecture, seminar and tutorial and organising your notes and ideas after
  • techniques to help you overcome anxieties about expressing or exploring your ideas in group sessions, enabling you to engage with others productively.

For more information online see - Learn to Learn.

Referencing is the method by which you acknowledge using someone else’s writing, work, or ideas in your own academic work while studying at UCA. It also helps avoid plagiarism and academic misconduct. Liaison Librarians can help you avoid plagiarism by teaching you how to reference your work correctly.

For more information online see - Plagiarism and Referencing and Referencing Tools.

On your course you will be presenting your ideas at various stages of development. There may be cultural differences in the way you talk about your work; we can discuss this with you and offer you guidance on -

  • ways of expressing yourself
  • expressing your ideas in different formats, for example: written, verbal or through a portfolio
  • tailoring your language and presentation format to a range of subject specific contexts, for example: critiques, seminars, exhibitions and websites
  • dealing with criticism and using feedback to further develop your work

For more information online see - Presentation Skills.

So that you know what you are being asked to do and how you are expected to develop an informed response to the task.

We can offer you guidance and tuition on how to read and write effectively for your course. This involves helping you to understand and sometimes adapt to the particular ways of presenting knowledge in your subject area.

For more information online see - Essay Writing, Dissertation Proposal, Reflective Journal and Literature Review.

Studying, working and staying safe online is an important life and career skill.

For more information online see - Studying Online.

Being organised and managing your time effectively are essential to getting the most from your time here with us at UCA. Sometimes it may seem that there isn't enough time to do everything that you need to; this can be quite stressful. We can help you to develop effective strategies for managing your time to balance the conflicting demands that life, study and work can bring.

For more information online see - Time Management, Organisation and Motivation.

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