These are the abstract and slides for a session which I gave with my colleague Anika Easy at the University of Leeds Student Education Conference, “The Leeds Graduate – the distinctive journey”  on Friday 9 January. If you are interested in hearing more, please get in touch.

Learning to experiment – workshops and activities for key transition points

Skills@Library provides a core programme of workshops on particular topics. Last year we ran two additional weeks of workshops targeting specific groups of students to provide dedicated help at key transition points: Experimental Week and Postgraduate Week. Sessions included: lunch-time referencing drop-in clinic located in the Library foyer; using Twitter to support academic learning; active writing sessions for postgraduate students during their dissertation-writing stage; drawing for review and learning at exam and project revision stages. This meant that practical support was available and tailored to students at times and places when they needed it, showing understanding of and empathy for the transitions within their University development.

This session will give a brief overview of the activities, highlighting what helped students (and ourselves) reach those ‘A-ha!’moments, and show how the exercises can be replicated within modules or as additional sessions when required.

Transferability: The applications of these initiatives are University-wide.