The objective is to help participants to develop their learning skills in preparation for a new learning journey or to refresh skills that they've already gained elsewhere. The intention is that people will dip in and out rather than work through everything sequentially - unless that is the most appropriate approach at this stage of the learning journey.
Topics covered will include using web-based tools as study aids and hints and tips about finding and using online resources.
This unit has been created as part of a collaboration between Plymouth Services for Children and Young People, the Open University in the South West and University College Plymouth St Mark and St John (Marjon).
Please let us have any feedback; whether you've found the unit useful or not let us know, and if you have any resources, hints or tips you feel we should include please point them out and tell us where they would fit in and why they fill that gap. It's not intended that this unit is frozen in aspic, we want it to grow and change to reflect new resources and tools so please help by contributing.
Saving what you find
Saving what you find
In this section I'll introduce some survival techniques related to recording what we find online. This might include saving a link so that we can find the resource again, sharing the link with others who might also be interested in the same topic and looking for links saved by others with similar interests. I'll recommend online services you might want to consider and they are all available at no cost (at the time of writing, September 2009)
We don't all study in the same way and we don't all learn in the same way. However we often feel that we should be taking notes because that's what other people do. In this section I'll look at a few different ways of making notes and also why we might want to make notes - and why, sometimes, it's not necessary and might even get in the way. This section isn't aimed at making you take notes if you prefer not to or stop you taking notes if that's a technique that you currently use. The aim is to help you decide when it is appropriate to make notes and to look at a range of approaches you might consider.
Links to resources and tools mentioned in each section