Hello everyone, my name is Jun. I work in 301 Academic Skills Centre as an internship. The new academic year is coming soon. You may have already sent out, or currently are filling, your application for a university course in Sheffield. But whatever status you are at now, I would like to give you some advice upon how you better harness academic resources alongside your study through 301. I am convinced this will be very useful to your study. So, do get yourself well prepared beforehand!
301 is an in-campus academic training centre that belongs to the University of Sheffield. It is open to students in all levels of education. It is a cross-disciplinary academic institution that provides students with essential study skills and academic techniques. Armed with these, students can be very efficient and progressive in their study without serious obstruction. All services here are free; you just need to book your own place for a particular service, e.g. workshops, 1:1 tutorials.
The largest and most popular service in 301 is claimed as study skills. There are three types of study skills services we deliver to students. First, workshops (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/301/services/workshops). 301 regularly runs workshops for three main areas of study: Academic Writing, Study Techniques, and Assessment and Exam Skills. Within each area, there are plenty of workshops available for you to choose. For example, Critical Thinking and Writing is a good choice for you if you would like to enhance your academic writing skills. Each single study skills workshop runs as an one-go but repetitive class, so you don’t need to worry if you miss one. If you would like to attend the workshops, you just need to book a place through your university account on MUSE.
Second, study skills online resources (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/301/study-skills/index). Online resources come along with and the majority square with the workshops. Clicking above link you will see eight different sections (University Study, Maths & Statistics, Everyday Skills, Communication, Writing, Research, Assessment, Not Sure Where to Start?) with many different resources for each, focusing on different aspects of your study, such as speed reading, mind mapping, time management, etc. These skills are, I would say, not compulsory to have, but rather indispensable, if you aim to reach a fantastic academic outcome. It is worth leveraging these resources while taking some of the workshops at the same time.
Third, 1:1 study skills tutorials (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/301/services/studyskills). You may have heard many times of the term ‘customised customer service’, but what on earth is actually identified as ‘customised’? Come to 301, you will be able
to find the answer! 301 gives opportunities for students to have 1:1 tutorials with tutors here. This targets on those who have specific questions about their study and would like to show their work to the tutors for suggestions of improvement. The tutorial is only 30 minutes long but with quite intensive and in-depth conversations involved between the tutor and the student. The tutors are all well-trained, patient, friendly, enthusiastic and most importantly very knowledgeable academic researchers. Students can thus require rather useful guidance and feedback.
Maths and Statistics Help
Maths and statistics help is abbreviated as MASH (homepage: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mash/home), which is a free service open to all students requiring support and guidance with mathematics and statistics. Similar to study skills, MASH also involves workshops and 1:1 tutorials, both divided into maths and statistics. What is more convenient than study skills tutorials is that you can either book your place online via MUSE or come through and drop in. You only need to pay attention to the opening times of MASH service here: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mash/information/open. It is said on the website:
“During the first week of exams we will have both bookable appointments and drop-in support available daily from 10:00 to 13:00 for statistics and 13:00 to 16:00 for mathematics. For weeks 2 and 3 we will be open at the same times for daily drop-in support.
“From Monday 10th June MASH will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays for drop-in only. Statistics support will be from 10:00 to 13:00 and mathematics support will be available from 13:00 to 16:00.”
(Extracted from 301 website)
Apart from the workshops and tutorials, MASH involves online resources as well available for you to refer to your study. All these resources are rather helpful. You just need to thoroughly evaluate yourself and find out what you are weak in in maths and statistics skills.
301 Academic Skills Certificate
The 301 Academic Skills Certificate gives students an opportunity to obtain recognition for attending study skills workshops, MASH workshops and/or other types of workshops in 301 and reflecting upon this experience. Through this reflection students will be able to identify changes and advancements to their academic skills that will lead to long-term benefits to their studies. The 301 Academic Skills Certificate acknowledges your commitment to enhancing your academic and employ-ability skills and personal development.
What you need to do to obtain the 301 Academic Skills Certificate is to a) participate in a minimum of four workshops during the academic year, and b) complete a 2,500 word piece of reflective writing (500 words on each workshop you attended and a 500 word overall summary) and submit online. But please bear the submission deadlines in your mind; it comes around the end of May for undergraduates and the end of June for postgraduates every year. Exact date information will be updated when the new academic year is approaching.
Please have a think about 301 resources mentioned above. These skills and techniques will certainly furbish your academic and study capabilities. We are sincerely welcoming you to participate in the activities with us and are ready to serve you with our best academic resources.
Thank you very much!