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A study diary
level of study Level 1, 2, 3, Master's and PhD level
time taken to complete 4 x 2 hour workshops

This course has now finished for this term. Please check back at the end of September for next term's dates.

These workshops will help you develop a range of skills that can be used to help organise your study routines, but will also prove useful in the world beyond university. Behind all the workshops is the aim to help you become a more efficient and effective learner – to achieve more in less time. You’ll learn how best to organise your study schedule in line with what science tells us about how we learn, and how to become a more creative thinker. You will also learn proven and effective time management and memory techniques to help you organise your study schedule.

Information: Modules that carry the AS- code are non-credit bearing modules. This means that successful completion of these modules by attending 80% of the course, will appear on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).


You can choose which workshops to attend when you sign up:

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WORKSHOP 1: Learning how to learn 

This workshop takes the latest research around how we learn and introduces the theories to students in an accessible way, with the aim of encouraging to think about how these discoveries might impact their own study routines. Three main areas are covered: Memory and Routines; Environment and Problem Solving.

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WORKSHOP 2: Time Management

This workshop delves into the minds of some of the world’s leading business and personal organisation thinkers to draw out the key concepts behind successful time management. Once these have been established students are encouraged to use learning to reflect on their own routines and consider how they might develop successful time management strategies of their own.

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WORKSHOP 3: Memory

This workshop looks at four proven techniques for remembering everything from lists of information to numbers and more. Once the techniques have been practiced students are encouraged to analyse them for common themes, then decide which might be most applicable for them, with regards both the material that they have to learn and the technique that has appealed most to them. With an understanding of the core concepts developed, students may wish to design their own memory techniques as well.

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WORKSHOP 4: Creativity

Creativity will be one of the top 3 skills required by employers. As more routine roles become more automated, humans’ main contribution to the role of work will be the ability to think laterally, solve problems and come up with new ideas. This course introduces some core principles to make creative thinking a habit. Drawing on a range of the world’s most famous creative thinkers, from artists to architects, scientists to philosophers, the workshop introduces seven key principles of creative thinking via a range of practical exercises.