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Many students waste a lot of time because of ineffective study habits. Students also obsess about the number of hours that they should spend studying as opposed to the quality of the time spent studying. The Alison Learning Path in Study Skills introduces you to the fundamental skills necessary to improve your learning and study performance and will help you achieve both academic and personal success. The Alison Learning Path in Study Skills is a sequence of courses that provide detailed information on a variety of techniques you can use to greatly improve your study skills, how you can identify and overcome common study problems, how you can manage your study workload and how you can develop good time management skills. By implementing these study skills you will feel less overwhelmed by the all the demands, distractions and interruptions of daily life and your study time will become more efficient, effective and productive.



Courses in this Learning Path

  1. Smarter Learning - Improve Your Study Skills and Practices

    Starting a new course can be daunting as we can often doubt our ability and skills in learning. Fortunately, learning can be improved by the development of new personal study skills and practices. This free online course gives you the opportunity to understand how to learn effectively, teaches the fundamental skills necessary to improve your learning and performance and helps you to achieve both academic and personal success. The topics covered include key skills in learning, good academic practise and how to find information. You will also focus on developing your reading and thinking skills which are vital in any course of study. This course is ideal for preparing prospective students for life as a student and for life-long learners working in businesses and organisations.

    4-5 Hours
    50 Points
  2. Introduction to Time Management

    Introduction to Time Management is a free online course that will guide you on how to effectively and efficiently manage your time. Many people feel overwhelmed by the all the demands, distractions and interruptions of the working day, so time management is a very important skill to have in the modern workplace. This free online course will offer some suggestions for keeping the tide of external demands at bay and help you to develop a truly efficient routine and rhythm to your working day. Topics covered included the benefits of being organised, how to prioritise work and the importance of being in the right state of mind. This course offers the learner principles and suggestions to try out and which can be adapted to fit the circumstances of each individual. This free online course will be of great interest to all professionals and workers who feel that better time management skills will help them manage their working day more efficiently and effectively, and help them become more productive.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  3. Study Skills

    The free online course Study Skills provides detailed information on a variety of techniques you can use to greatly improve your study skills. The course also has advice on how you can identify and overcome common study problems, how you can manage your study workload and how you can develop good time management skills.

    The course begins by showing you how learning occurs most effectively in a cycle of four steps: Preparing, Absorbing, Capturing and Reviewing. Goal setting and planning ahead are also covered as well as the best ways to stay focused and motivated to reach your study goals. You will also learn about strategies for managing, prioritizing and dealing with time.

    Next, you will learn about learning strategies such as the process of storing and retrieving information, the use of mnemonics for memorizing lists and data, and the most effective ways to ask questions either in a classroom setting or in an online forum. The four main methods and formats of note taking are explained. You will also learn about the critical thinking process such as asking the right questions to understand a problem and considering the value of research material and deciding how to use it.

    You will learn effective strategies for studying online e-learning courses, and how you can stay motivated to successfully complete online courses.

    You will learn about the process of active reading, and the strategies used to engage with text-based materials. You will also learn about how to review and evaluate different types of texts with a particular focus on the methods used with math and science based material.

    Exam situations are also covered, explaining the different types of tests, how to combat test anxiety and how study groups can give you new perspectives on material and help you fill in gaps in your notes.

    Finally, you are introduced to the methods of academic writing such as how to produce a first draft and review it for errors, and how to present it in a professional format. The three stages in the writing process are explained: Preparing, Writing the draft and Revising and editing. You will also learn how writing skills are transferable and can be used in the classroom, in online courses or in exam situations.

    This course will be of great interest to learners studying a wide range of subjects as it will help you develop and implement very effective study skills that will increase your confidence and performance.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points

Complete!

Successfully complete all of these courses to receive a Study Skills Learning Path Award.

All your learning will be reflected in your Learner Record, which you can download for free at any time.

You also have the option of purchasing an Alison Certificate for each of the above courses you successfully complete.



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