Academic & Key Skills Development

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Academic & Keys Skills Development Strategies Summary

Our Focus

Our methods are based on experience and we are constantly evolving our strategies to suit individual students. We appreciate that everyone learns in different ways, and the challenge is to mould young minds and harness their mental abilities in the best possible way.

Our main areas of focus are as follows:

• Skills development audit, as an integral part of the study programme.
• Reflection on academic development and goals for its progression.
• Long-term study skills and aptitude development agenda.

The skill sets that will be audited are listed below:

Academic skills

1. To analyze critically, summarize and evaluate information for its subsequent application.
2. To enhance numeracy, problem solving skills and mental arithmetic.
3. To assemble, interpret and manipulate both quantitative and qualitative data appropriately.
4. To conduct accurate and comprehensive note taking and note diagrams (“Mind Maps”) in a systematic manner so as to demonstrate its purpose.
5. To continually enhance literacy skills through a variety of literature and media.
6. To understand methodological approaches and techniques and their relevant application.
7. To improve the ability to structure and present information to a variety of audiences in both written and oral modes.
8. Enhance the application and appropriate use of learning aids and techniques to process, discuss and demonstrate knowledge within the field.
9. To convey structured information in appropriate forms within different learning environments, through the awareness of its objective and its communication to a lay audience.
10. Using Information Technology (IT) for researching, managing, presenting and recording information in its numerous forms.
11. To write clearly and legibly in a style appropriate to its purpose.
12. To be aware of time, its use and restraints enhancing ones ability to motivate oneself and work towards meeting deadlines.

Key skills

1. To employ time management techniques and promote the ability to schedule multiple personal and study commitments within designated time periods in order to meet demands and goals.
2. To enhance linguistic skills and build a broad repertoire of languages for a more rounded ability to communicate globally.
3. To enhance cognitive awareness skills.
4. To develop IT and computing skills such as word processors, imaging software, databases, programming languages and web design programmes.
5. The ability to converse effectively with individuals, to appreciate their viewpoint along with the ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
6. To work as an equal contributor within wider partnerships, envisaging an ability to contribute towards achieving goals.
7. To define and apply strategies for the solution of conceptual or practical
problems ultimately aiming for self-reliance.
8. Ability to develop theoretical concepts and to think in an original reasoned and focused manner that is likely to come to fruition.
9. Ability to take effective steps towards career progression through setting realistic and achievable goals. 10. To demonstrate the awareness of transferable skills within the wider context and their application to academic and work environments. 11. To employ memory building techniques and various “Mind Gym” exercises such as employing mental workouts and stimulation, whilst building ones imprinting skills.

These skill subsets in our opinion are the foundations for a healthy academic career, most are guidelines also emphasized by the UK Research Councils skills training requirements for university students especially at a postgraduate level. In essence they ensure all the necessary skills are tackled providing the student with the best possible chance of success in their academic career.

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