Taking control of your learning
In practical terms this means that it is up to you to remember when your assignments are due, when and where your classes are held, and which readings and work you need to do each week. To keep up to date with your work, take control of your time and plan ahead, particularly when it comes to exam preparation.
Managing your own learning also means that it is up to you to learn the material. Lecturers may provide you with some resources such as required readings and lecture notes, but you will probably need to do further research to develop and supplement your knowledge. Reading and note-taking strategies can assist you with this.
You will experience a variety of classroom settings, where you are expected to participate. For example, in tutorials you may discuss ideas and engage in activities with your peers and the tutor, in laboratories you might conduct experiments, in lectures you might contribute to a large group discussion in answer to questions that the lecturer poses, and in seminars you might be tasked to lead the class conversation. In each of these cases, it’s useful to have strategies to participate.
When it comes to doing your assignments, in addition to receiving information about the task from your lecturers or supervisors, you can get guidance from Academic Skills. Whether it’s about essay writing, structuring laboratory reports, developing and delivering presentations, writing reflective narratives, critically reviewing academic arguments, or thesis writing, we’re here to help. Our appointments, resources, and workshops offer you strategies on how to successfully complete your assessments.