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Developing your Study and Employability Skills



Any change in situation or key stage can be a big step up, especially starting college or sixth form or a new school. Being organised and clear about how to study effectively means you are very likely to be successful. Here is our guide to helping you to improve your study skills before you start.

With so many resources available for study and employability here are a small selection of useful links to browse.

 

Tips for Homeschooling

During the school closures, there are varying levels of what schools are offering. Here are a few tips on keeping your children engaged…

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Skills and Career Activities

An activity booklet to download to help you understand career pathways, skills and employment opportunities from Youth Employment UK.

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Wheel of Strengths: What career is right for me?

A good place to start is to recognise what skills you already have. Use the ‘Wheel of Strength’ from Barclays Lifeskills to help identify yours.

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Careermag for Parents

An online magazine designed to help parents support their children with careers decisions. It contains up to date information related to Covid-19.

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Why study maths?

The skills developed through the study of maths are in high demand from colleges, employers and universities. There are many opportunities to use maths to make a difference in society, and it is widely used in as diverse areas such as business, law, nutrition, sports science, building and psychology. The following links discuss the different types of maths you can study post 16, including an exciting look at Core Maths, a very practical level 3 alternative to A Level.

Further information

Maths & Biology

Maths & Business & Economics

Maths & Geography & Sociology

Maths & Health & Social Care

Maths & Psychology

Maths & Sports Science & PE

Teachers / parents and careers, please follow the below link to support students with the transition to level 3 maths

Transition Support

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Starting college and studying A Levels, Technical, Vocational and Apprenticeship programmes can be a big step up from GCSE study. Being organised and clear about how to study effectively means you are very likely to be successful. Here is our guide to helping you to improve your study skills before you start.

Getting started:

This guide is broken down into 6 tasks:

  1. Reading
  2. Note Taking
  3. Presenting Information
  4. Research
  5. Retaining Information and Revising
  6. Communication
  7. Where to go next

Read and work through each task carefully, and use the links provided to direct you to the materials you need.

Key Resources:

There are extra resources for you to practice what you have learnt. These can be found at the bottom of the page.


1. Reading

Reading at a higher level is one of the most essential skills you need when studying at college. There are lots of different ways that we read in order to find out and retain different types of information.

Click on the presentation ‘How to read with purpose’ to find out more.

How to read with purpose

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2. Note taking

Good notes are the key to success on every college course. But note taking is a skill that you need to learn and to develop through practice. Click on the presentation ‘How to take effective notes’ to find out how you might approach taking notes from written sources. You will also need the copy of ‘Goldilocks & the Three Bears’ (available below).

Another way to make notes is to ‘mind map’. Watch the video ‘Mind maps for Note taking’ which explains how you can do this effectively.

A lot of the time, your teachers will use video and digital resources, alongside written material, to help you learn. Now have a look at the presentation on ‘How you can approach note taking from video or podcasts’ to develop your ability in this type of note taking.

How to take effective notes

Goldilocks & the 3 Bears

Mind maps for note taking

How you can approach note taking from video or podcasts

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3. Presenting Information

There will be many occasions when you will be asked to present information, individually and as part of a group or pair. This often worries students as speaking in front of your classmates is quite a nerve-wracking thing to do. Being organised with your materials and having a structure will help boost your confidence and help you succeed. Have a look at ‘How to present effectively’ for an introduction to this.

How to present effectively

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4. Research

Studying at college means that you will have to research independently around a subject and present your findings in your work. Although internet search engines make this job much easier, it is important that you understand that there are a range of sources that you can draw on. The presentation ‘How to research effectively’ shows you how to go about this.

How to research effectively

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5. Retaining Information and Revising

It is essential that you retain knowledge and understanding and don’t see revision as something you leave until exams are close. You should get into the habit of revising as you go along, as this means that you will find it much easier to recall the information when you need it. Watch the video entitled ‘The Revision Cycle’ for advice about how to do this.

There are lots of techniques that you can use to help you remember key information. Find out about one called ‘The Linking System’ by watching the video.

The Revision Cycle

The Linking System

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6. Communication

How many times have you seen ‘excellent communication skills’ listed as an essential requirement for a job or a course? We all spend a lot of time chatting on our phones – surely that means we’re great communicators? Well, sometimes being a good communicator actually means keeping quiet. Read the article ‘Communication is about more than words’ to learn more.

Communication is about more than words

It’s important to ensure we’re expressing our ideas confidently and clearly. Watch the ‘Communication skills’ clip for tips and ideas from people in the workplace.

Communication skills

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7. Where to go next

Once you have mastered these study skills you should apply them to the tasks that your future teachers are setting for you. Go to the website of the college that you are going to attend and find the links that take you to the subject pages and test out your skills in preparation for the start of your courses. Good luck!


Key resources:

There are 5 articles that you can use to help you try out the study skills ideas that are covered here. Click on the links to access each one:

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