A blog for students on the FDLT and BALT courses at the University of Northampton

at Leicester and UN

September 15, 2015
by Jean

The beginning of the academic year

Many of you will be starting a new academic year with your pupils, with your own children and perhaps yourselves as students.It s a big step to take and there is a lot to absorb.

At the University of Northampton we have a wonderful resource to support students with their study – skillshub

skillshubThis is an online resource for students to use to find help with all aspects of their university study.

A first step would be to click on ‘essential tools’ where you can find a list of useful starting points. Two that would be good to start with are ‘Your University Login’ and¬† ‘Introduction to NILE’.

After you have explored these, you could go to explore ‘Using the library catalogue’ in essential tools and ‘Reading Skills’ in ‘Academic Skills’. In Study Skills sessions you will be guided to look at other resources but you can browse any of the resources and use them as and when you want to.

As well as online resources that you can use independently  you can use skillshub to access other support such as group and individual tutorials, telephone and skype appointments.

Below is a ThingLink. You will learn more about what these are and how to make them in the future. This Thinglink gives you lots of links that will be useful to you as a student beginning study at the University of Northampton.

When you start a new course there is a lot of information to absorb so always make a note of any questions you may have and email tutors to ask.

September 13, 2013
by Jean

Beginning to study – skills hub

We have all enjoyed welcoming our FDLT Year 1 students to the University of Northampton this week. New groups have begun to study  at Park Campus, Oadby and Milton Keynes.

Over the next few weeks we will introduce a range of resources to support you as you begin your university course.

I’ d like to recommend that you begin by exploring the university skillshub. You can access it here – University of Northampton skillshub

If you click on ‘getting started’ you will be taken to ten video tutorials about the basics that will be very useful to you in the next few weeks. You might like to begin with number 4 (Using the library catalogue) and number 9 (Harvard referencing).

At this link you can find and download the latest version of our Harvard Referencing Guide, published this week. It is available when you click ‘essential skills’ and then click on plagiarism and referencing on the drop down list.

You should download this and keep it ready to use to underpin your study, especially as you research for and write assignments.