The Academic Skills Certificate is a way to enhance your skills, to show you are productive and to do something beyond your degree!
The initiative started by 301 gives you the chance to use and reflect on all the knowledge you have gathered from the workshops offered by us, that you’ve attended and gain recognition for it!
All you need to do is go at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/301/asc and fill in the registration form. Once you have done that, you can either attend 4 Academic, Information or Maths and Statistics workshops or use some of the ones you have already attended during the 16/17 academic year, write a reflective piece that will be assessed by the 301 staff members and you are done! Easy peasy!
But if this is not enough to convince you to register, here are some of the reasons why I think the Academic Skills Certificate is one of the most useful things I’ve done while at university:
- It gives you an incentive to attend workshops that will probably help you improve your study skills.
If you are an international student or are just unsure of what is expected of you while at university, the Academic Skills workshops are a fantastic source of information. But, if you are a bit like me and find it hard to get out of bed sometimes because those 5 more minutes of sleep are so precious, then you will find it hard to actually attend all the things you have signed up for. Having registered for the Academic Skills Certificate will give you that extra push to attend the events, as you know that now you are striving to achieve something tangible!
- It gives you a chance to fully engage with the content.
We have all been in a situation where we‘ve attended an event and took loads of notes because it was incredibly useful and then never looked at the notes again…. Ever… maybe even lost the notepad.That doesn’t seem very productive…
Because you will have to write a reflective piece on every of the workshops you’ve attended, you will have to turn your room upside down and find that notepad you took notes on and actually reflect on what you think were the most useful parts and even try to put them in practice. You’re welcome!
- It shows you are proactive!
We are quite fortunate to have a university and a students union that has an activity for everything and anything. This can also be a bit overwhelming as you don’t really know where to go and what to choose. The Academic Skills Certificate is a particularly good activity to start with, as it helps you with your studies and because it can also go on your HEAR and Sheffield Graduate Award, which will ensure that your proactivity is showcases to employers too!
And here you have it! Some of the things that I think make this initiative particularly useful to students that decide to sign up for it.
If you want to find more about it why not go for it yourself? The deadline for submission is coming up on the 26th of May for undergrads and 30th of June for postgrads so hurry up! There is still plenty of time for you to attend some of our workshops in preparation for your exams! Here is the link again: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/301/asc