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1.2 Assessing Your Baseline Skills



After handing in your skills portfolio at the end of Week 8 you will have:


  • significantly developed and improved your communication, IT, scholarship and presentation skills

  • become familiar with the University IT and library resource systems

  • learnt how to find, locate and use appropriate bibliographic/library material for your University work

  • produced documents and presentations to the required University standards

  • established your own skills baseline and taken appropriate action to develop any area of weakness

  • learnt how to reflect critically on your personal development.

But before you can develop your skills, you need to know where you are in week 1.

 Task 1: Self Assessment of Skills at the Start of the Year


  • Complete Table 1.2.




  • For each skill listed below please rank your ability according to this scale: 4 - excellent; 3 - average; 2 - not very good yet; 1 - have no experience in this skill.




  • Also add a comment in support of your response. Type all responses directly into the table.




  • Have a look at the “Skills@Library” website: http://skills.library.leeds.ac.uk and see what they offer. Identify any courses that you feel you would like to attend at “Skills@Library” and then contact them directly.




  • During Weeks 7 & 8, complete the second half of the table, reflecting on improvements and areas that still require further development.

Table 1.2: Baseline Skills Audit

  • For each skill listed below please rank your ability according to the scale: 4 - excellent; 3 - average; 2 - not very good yet; 1 - have no experience in this skill.

  • Add a comment in support of your response.



Study skill

Start of semester 1

End of Week 8




Ability

Comment

Ability

Comment

Organising effective study time













Sending, receiving and organising

e-mail














Writing essays and reports using a Word processor













Using Excel













Finding books and academic journals in the University Library













Using electronic library resources













Finding appropriate material to resource essays and arguments













Citing sources using the Harvard referencing system













Writing well organised essays that include good arguments and critical analysis













Writing reflective evaluations of your learning/academic activities












1.3 A Different Learning Environment




This module and workbook are designed to help you adjust to the university style of working and the much greater independence that is involved. The learning environment of a university is very different from that of a school. The skills you need for doing well at most A-level subjects are different from those needed to become an excellent geography student and graduate. This module is about tailoring your existing skills so that you will become an independent, free thinking person with excellent research capabilities. The skills developed will be needed throughout your university education and will enable you to: produce essays and reports; prepare presentations; reflect on academic ideas discussed in the academic literature; evaluate your own progress; develop and design projects; collect, collate, and analyse data; and reflect on your own project findings.



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