Return to study

Utilising the resources available from Student Learning Development, the Return to Study programme aims to help you if you have been out of study for some time or you want to refresh your study skills to help you to succeed in your studies. The sessions are economical and tailored to target the essential study skills required for the BSc Perioperative Practice or the stand-alone modules.

Consisting of 4 weekly, 4-hour morning sessions, the syllabus will include formative student activities relating to the topics and cumulates in a formative submission of a 1,500 word assignment relating to perioperative practice. 

Week 1

  • Pre-course assessment - a diagnostic test to discover what sort of learner you are. An assessment is made to identify your strengths and weaknesses, in the long-term enabling you to study more efficiently and confidently.
  • Organisation - how to organise yourself, your time, your notes, and your work space to ensure you can work in a way that suits your values, priorities, and personality.
  • Note taking - bkim-reading and note-taking skills are crucial to ensure you note what is essential while learning how to make notes that are comprehensive and effective revision tools.

Week 2

  • Critical reading and analysis - building on the skills of note-taking and skim-reading, reading and analysis develops your ability to recognise the importance of context, compare and interpret sources, and evaluate facts and opinions.
  • How to write - how to plan and write a structured essay, whilst using references and bibliographic skills. How to present your learning in the academic form meeting the expectations and norms of assignment writing.
  • Using databases - a systematic literature search is essential identifying the Evidence Base for your assignment. How to use and effectively search databases is covered here.
  • Referencing - how to correctly cite your resources using the Harvard system.

Week 3

  • Avoiding plagiarism - this study guide aims to help you to understand what plagiarism is in the context of academic work and offers guidance on how to avoid it.
  • Presentations - an effective presenter needs to be flexible, energetic and enthusiastic. This session will help you turn your written presentation into an imaginative public performance.

Week 4

  • Using Pebble+ - how to use the Pebble+ portfolio
  • Post-course assessment - this final assessment measures the result of the course and what you have learnt. This summary session will enable you to reflect on areas which require your particular attention and how best to continue to develop your skills and strengths.