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Posted: 31/07/09

Summer workshops give students skills boost

Students at West Nottinghamshire College are getting help and advice about making the leap to higher-level study.

The college is running a series of study skills workshops over the summer, that are equipping students with the skills to make the transition from further education to higher education.

Workshops run until September and cover assignment writing techniques, tips on effective research, critical reading and referencing work.

Pete Ward, HE Study Skills Coach at the college, said: “We recognise that starting a higher education course can be quite daunting for students who have never studied at that level before, so the workshops are helping tackle some of the issues that people may be concerned about.

“We’ve built on the success of last year’s Summer School workshops by covering even more topics and are also offering one-to-one support for students wanting to enquire about their forthcoming HE course.

“We have had really good feedback from students attending the workshops and can already see their confidence has increased, with everyone looking forward to starting their new courses in September.”

West Nottinghamshire College runs a series of Higher Education qualifications including HNDs, HNCs, Foundation Degrees and full honours degrees.

Stuart White is due to start his HND in Interactive Media and has attended some of these workshops.  He said: “I have studied on other higher education courses before at different institutions and none of those offered anything like the preparation the summer school workshops have given me.

“We worked in groups on the workshop sessions doing gentle exercises to get our minds working and I liked this because it got me talking to the other HE students, which a shy person like me wouldn't necessarily do otherwise.  Since then I've met somebody on another course at the Chesterfield Road campus where I'll be based, which is a milestone and I'm really happy about it.”