Posted in All things 301, Intern advice, Written by Amber

Exam Revision Planning

With exams looming, back in December I attended the ‘Exam Revision Planning’ workshop in the hope of getting to grips with my pile of revision! The session tackles a number of areas in order to help you plan your revision successfully.

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We started off with a discussion about how we currently revise, to get everyone comfortable and chatting with each other.

Following this was my favourite part of the workshop – the VARK quiz. This tests which learning style suits you best – Visual, Auditory, Reading/writing or Kinesthetic. I found this really interesting and much more productive than the Buzzfeed quizzes I usually find myself taking to procrastinate!!!

I am a reading/writing learner which is what I thought I would be as I find writing out lists and revision cards useful. We then split into groups with other students who shared our learning style and shared our revision methods and techniques with each other.

Other areas covered by the workshop were how to decide what to revise so you don’t become overwhelmed, and creating a revision action plan to manage your revision effectively.

Keep an eye out for the new Revision Planning Workshops after the Easter break!

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Posted in All things 301, Intern advice, Written by Miranda

A brief intro!

Hello!

I’m Miranda, a final year law student, and as of January I’m one of the new Student Interns at 301! For those of you who are wondering “What is a Student Intern?” or “What is 301?” (or if, alternatively, you’re just looking for a good reason to procrastinate without feeling guilty because this is at least sort of educational…) then read on!

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So firstly, what is 301?

  • 301 (or 301 Student Skills and Development Centre) is a team of fantastic people dedicated to helping all students at Sheffield University with their academic needs.
  • We are located in the impressive building opposite the SU on Glossop Road (i.e. the road which Harley is on).
  • If you’re guilty of making “New semester, new me” resolutions which go out of the window after Week 2, or even if you just feel there are a couple of areas in your skills you could tweak to improve, then 301 could be the perfect answer to keeping you on track post-Christmas break. With the help of 301, this semester could be the one where you get organised early on and take the pressure off the dreaded deadline/exam season.
  • At 301 there’s many different workshops to book on to, to help students with commonly reoccurring issues/ areas for improvement, for example:
    • Proofreading
    • Critical thinking
    • Note taking
    • Dissertation Planning
  • If you have a more specific area of your research or study skills which you’d like to improve you can make an appointment with a tutor for a 30 minute 1:1 tutorial.
  • Also available is MASH, offering drop in appointments to help with your Maths and Statistics needs.
  • Check out the 301 website at https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/301/index for loads of useful online resources and more information about what you’re missing out on!

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What is a Student Intern?

  • Week 4 into the role, so far being a 301 Student Intern is proving to be a pretty perfect student job. The staff are extremely friendly and it’s a great way to gain an insight into how the different schemes at the university work.
  • It’s really flexible and the hours aren’t too much so it’s easy to balance alongside university work and social life. If anything having a part-time job is really useful in making sure you manage your time effectively!
  • The work is interesting and involves manning the reception desk, organising and collecting Workshop information and data, and maintaining the 301 social media accounts. 

How can I become one?!

  • Keep an eye out on our blogtwitter and the Sheffield career connect page!
  • Get to know more about how 301 works by taking advantage of the workshops and other tools available online and in the building. 
  • In the meantime if you’d like to get involved in other university programmes related to helping students develop their skills then why not apply to be a Sheffield University Mentor for new students and international students (applications for 2018-2019 open in March!), or see if you can get involved in the PASS scheme if your department runs one!

 

Posted in Written by Maddie

How to do life: Time Management

Hi everyone! My name is Maddie and I am one of the 301 interns for this term. If you have any queries or are just coming in to 301 for one of our workshops, you will find me at reception!

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Apart from working for 301, I like to think that I am pretty involved with the University and the Students Union. Coming to university as an international student, I got involved in numerous societies and activities around campus which I really enjoyed, but which added up to a point where my poor time management skills became pretty obvious to the people I was working with.

With everything going on, first year taught me some really important lessons about how to make the most of my time and here are some of the ones I stick by even today:

  • It is ok to get involved in as many things as you want at the beginning BUT make up your mind!

 

University is the time when you try things out and with our Students Union hosting more than 300 student societies and countless other activities and opportunities, it’s pretty hard to decide on just one thing. However, once you have tried a couple societies, a few Give it a Gos and attended a handful of events, have a think about which one you tend to prioritise over the others and that’s it! That’s the activity you should stick with for the time being. Trying to do everything and be everywhere will just not let you enjoy the full experience anywhere. So stick with one and give it your best!

  • Make people aware of your time commitments:

 

Even though you would like to get involved in as many things as possible, there will always be things you prioritise and that is ok. These are the things that will be great for your personal development and those that make your time at uni enjoyable. While you do this, make sure other are aware of it too. Most of the student societies and events rely on volunteers and people that commit to attend and it is key for their well functioning to know who they can count on at all times. I am 100% sure they would really appreciate your honesty when mentioning your availability!

  • Make planning fun, easy and accessible

 

This is an old trick that gets mentioned everywhere. Yet, I cannot stress how important it is to have some sort of way in which you can organise yourself at the end of the day. Download an agenda app, set up reminders on your phone, get a cute planner (personal recommendation- “Passion Planner”), use Google Calendar (you can do that with your uni email to make your life easier) or just experiment with any other method and see what works for you. In a busy day you are bound to forget a time or a location for a meeting or just double book something by mistake. Having something to refer to during hectic times will spare you loads of headaches and make you more efficient in the end!

And this is how I survive uni and I hope some of the things mentioned here will prove to be useful for you too! If you would like some more extensive help with time management 301 has some excellent workshops coming up so be quick and head over to our website to book one!     https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/301

Posted in Written by Ellie

Why You Shouldn’t Be Scared To Ask For Help At Uni.

Hi, I’m Ellie, one of the brand new 301 interns. This is my first blog, and I hope it helps.

As a student, it is easy to get caught up in the idea that you are on your own, and that any problem you face – be that academic or personal – is yours to face alone. You have left school, where teachers reminded you daily that ‘they won’t hold your hand like this ay uni’, and you’ve left home, so your mum isn’t there to make sure you’ve finished all of your homework on time! But this doesn’t mean that you are completely alone…

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If you have a problem to face, don’t accept that this is yours alone, there are so many places within The University of Sheffield that are there to help you out:

A good place to start is your personal tutor. They are your port of call when anything may go wrong that could affect your studies. I would highly recommend keeping in frequent contact with them over each semester, just so then 1) they know who you are if anything does go wrong and 2) you feel comfortable knowing that there is someone within your department looking out for you.

If something does go wrong, or you need some help, your personal tutor may not be able to solve the problem for you directly, however they will definitely know who can, and point you in the right direction of said help.

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Another great place to go, when you have any academic queries or concerns, is right here at the 301! We offer such a wide range of activities and resources that any issue that you may ever have in your academic studies, will be covered by our tutors.  The activities we offer are workshops, which include: Academic Writing, Independent study, Dissertation Planning, Reading for Memory… and those are just a few. Workshops run daily, here is a full list of what is coming up next week:

Week 3
Monday 20th February 17:00 – 18:15 Critical Thinking
Tuesday 21st February 16:00 – 17:15 Academic Writing: Overview
Tuesday 21st February 17:30 – 18:45 Academic Writing: Essays
Wednesday 22nd February 13:15 – 15:15 Seminars and Group Work
Wednesday 22nd February 14:45 – 16:00 Mind Mapping
Thursday 23rd February 16:00 – 17:15 Academic Writing: Flow
Thursday 23rd February 17:30 – 18:45 Proofreading

There are also 1:1 tutoring sessions that cover a wide range of topics, as well as MASH (Maths and Statistic Help) drop-in sessions, where tutors are readily available to help with any mathematical aspects of your degree.

If these sessions don’t suit your learning preferences, or your timetable, then the 301 website is a great place to find many online resources that you can use in your own time. http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/301

So that’s the academic stuff covered. What about personal issues. Well, the Students Union is the IDEAL place to get any help. A great place to start is the SSiD, where you can receive expert help on issues ranging from financial worries, to personal wellbeing. http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid

Not only does the SU have the SSiD, it also has the PropertywithUS shop, where university approved properties for students are displayed. Here you can receive all of the help you need when finding a Property to live in during your time at university. https://www.propertywithus.sheffield.ac.uk/Accommodation

The Jobshop is also located within the union, this offers help with getting a part time job, as well as running the Taste of Work scheme, and also the Skills for work Certificate. http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/careers/students/jobs/jobshop

As well as the Jobshop, Sheffield University offers a huge Careers Service – located just opposite the union on Glossop Road – which is there to help with any aspect of the job hunt, whether that is finding a placement, writing a CV and covering letter, or helping you fill out a job application form.  A lot of the Careers services are available to students on the Career Connect website http://www.shef.ac.uk/careers/students/careerconnect    Whatever kind of job you are looking for, the Jobshop or the careers service can help you out.

I like to think that my above argument is good enough to convince all students at the University of Sheffield that they are not alone. There is always someone there to help you out; I guess you just have to take the time to find them…

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Posted in All things 301, Intern advice, Written by Jenny

Older and Wiser? Maybe…

Yes you guessed it, I’m now even older. I’ve turned the big 22 today in fact. Whether I’m wiser is up for debate but I thought I’d share some thoughts on this day.

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In my final hours as a 21 year old I finally attended a workshop…

So yesterday I’m proud to say I attended my first 301 workshop, presentation skills. Shocking, I know, considering that I’m an intern here! With a presentation coming up for a graduate scheme and component of a course module I thought this would be the perfect time to attend, and based on this I’m definitely signing up for the Academic Skills Certificate!

Despite working here I wasn’t that sure about what to expect in terms of content when I arrived, when you’re printing the resources you don’t really take it all in you see. The session was very well-organised with a logical structure and lots of great content. There was a real emphasis on planning the presentation to suit the purpose, something that I admit I have often overlooked. Here are my three main takeaway bits of gained knowledge:

  • Planning a presentation is a process that begins before loading up PowerPoint (who knew- I’ve always been a fan of starting by opening PowerPoint). You need to consider the audience, topic and time limit at all times to guide this process- this can help you gauge the level of detail needed, how many points to include and how much should be on each slide.

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  • The presentation should aim to have 3 main topics. These topics should be indicated at the beginning and summarised at the end. This is an optimum level of key ideas that allows you to go into sufficient detail in any setting and retain the audience’s attention. It’s important to think about the order these topics are presented in and how you will link them together during the presentation.

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  • Visual cues can have a big impact, but are to be used wisely. I knew that a presentation shouldn’t consist of just text but hadn’t really considered the effective use of visuals, and how they relate to verbal and vocal information and what they add. A slide with a well-used image that sums up the key points can help people take in the information more compared to a slide with text and a generic/ cartoon image. It made me think about so much of the data I need to present could be displayed visually with no text and still get the point across, and how both text and images can be a hinderance in presenting.

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(Did you get the link- 3 main takeaway points, see I did learn.)

My advice? Attend these workshops, even if you go in a bit arrogant like me, assuming that you know the subject, you will come out with an altered way of thinking or new thing to consider.