Higher Education Study Skills workshop

Higher Education Study Skills workshop

November 16, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


Coming to University isn’t just about the
subject you study. It’s also about the personal growth. Higher Education Study Skills workshop
is designed for mature students coming to the University, of course they are in a minority
here as most of the students are younger and they’ve had a gap from study so can feel a
bit daunted by the prospect of taking a degree. I think when I started at University I was
quite worried that everyone else had A levels and they were top grades and would I fit in
academically and was I smart enough. Doing this course has made me think well actually
I’ve got grades to get in as well, they wouldn’t have taken me if I wasn’t good enough. Faculties
offer all sorts of support to students. Each student has a personal tutor, each programme
will have a Director of studies and also every first year student has a peer mentor. Peer
mentors are current students who can offer them advice from a student perspective. There
are a range of academic staff and peers that students can go to if they’ve got any issues
what so ever and often students will find someone that they feel comfortable with. And
there are lots of departments across the University which provide information, advice and guidance
to the students. The students have taster lectures, seminars, sessions on academic study
skills, links with the student’s union and the sports facilities and the arts facilities
at the University. While this provides tasters, perhaps more importantly it puts them in direct
contact with these services so they feel more able to access them later on in their course.
The purpose of my session is to give students a re-introduction into academic writing because
they’ve not been in education for a while and to build their confidence and show them,
yes they can do it. So the workshop really helped with my degree as they taught us what
they were expecting, they also told us exactly how the lectures would work, the timetables
and they even helped with figuring out your own time table when you got it. Parts of the
workshop I really enjoyed were the social side, getting to know people, we also went
to dinner in the evenings and got to know the town which was really good as I had never
been to Bath before. I did the course last year and I found it really useful to get to
know some of the other students who are going to be here. You will learn things that you
didn’t even realise you needed to learn. Both socially but also academic skills wise and
it’s useful to get to know some of the staff and the whole support structure at the University
which is really strong. The work shop had a series of follow up events which you could
go to and meet up with the organisers again and you could voice any concerns and they
could give you tips or sign post you, where you needed to go. Coming to University as
a mature student is a fantastically brave, courageous decision because it is about making
that change from one life to another life. It’s a really valuable experience and it’s
not one you can get with in the normal university experience.
It’s really nice to be part of something else that’s not just your course and I would
recommend it to anyone that wanted to come it’s really worth while experience.