Your development

 

Academic Skills
Each degree course defines the intellectual, practical and professional skills that students are expected to develop as they study. These are listed in your module handbooks and they have been approved by the Quality Assurance Agency in subject benchmark statements.

Sheffield Hallam University also defines the skills expected of Sheffield Hallam graduates in Graduate Attributes.

Listing skills is a way of describing the learning that is expected of students and these terms are only really meaningful for many students when embedded in the practices of a subject. All courses might expect you to develop your ability to critically analyse information, but obviously a midwife, an engineer and a historian will demonstrate this skill in very different ways. Each course also develops a different skillset. If you take a degree in Biomedical sciences you will be expected to develop the following:

  • Analytical, data interpretation and problem solving skills
  • Intellectual skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Communication, presentation and information technology skills
  • Interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Self-management and professional development skills

Whereas in Art and Design you will develop the following skills:

  • Self-management
  • Critical engagement
  • Group/team working and social skills
  • Skills in communication and presentation
  • Information skills
  • Personal qualities

How can I develop my academic skills?

Your course has been carefully planned to help you develop these skills. The best way to develop them is through your active and thoughtful engagement in your course activities. The people best placed to help you make sense of your subject are the academic staff on your course.

At the same time we aim to help you learn to study independently. As students have a range of study preferences there are plenty of resources and services available to help you improve your study techniques and approaches to study.

Who can help me develop my academic skills?

  • Your Academic Adviser / Academic and Professional Adviser
  • Your Module Tutor
  • Student Support Officer
  • Staff in central & professional services
The Skills Centre supports all aspects of study skills development.

Support for your academic studies is available from the Learning Essentials page on MyHallam – follow the link at the top of the screen for information on sessions run buy The Skills Centre covering all sorts of topics, from improving your writing skills to stats help to revision skills. Exam tips are also available online. The Help and Support link on MyHallam also provides links to information about the full range of Student Support Services such as Wellbeing (mental health, counselling and chaplaincy) services.

Library help

What the library can help you with

  • Finding and using library resources
  • Using IT in the libraries
  • Help with referencing
  • Help with formatting your work
  • Booking PCs and group rooms
  • Printing, scanning and photocopying

You can contact us via various routes at http://libguides.shu.ac.uk/help/contact

Distance Learner support

The Distance Learner Support Service offers additional services for students on designated distance learning courses, such as:

  • extended borrowing periods
  • postal book loans
  • access to book chapters and journal articles not available electronically.

Visit the Distance Learner Support Service website.

Tel: (+44) 0114 225 2127    Email: DL.Support@shu.ac.uk

Student Wellbeing services
Wellbeing is fundamental to being healthy, fulfilled and content, which in turn helps you become a successful student. Student Wellbeing provides information and advice to support your psychological wellbeing in order for you to manage your studies and make the most of university life. We offer a range of support options including Big White Wall (24/7 access to free, online, confidential support), group sessions and a range of recommended self-help resources. We also offer individual appointments if these are the best option for you.

Student Support contacts

IT support

Use Chat for help between 9am and 5pm on weekdays.

By email at ithelp@shu.ac.uk

By phone on 0114 225 3333 (press option 2) – available 24/7.

Visit an IT Help Point: City: Level 4 of the Atrium (8.45am – 4.45pm weekdays (10.30am Weds)) Collegiate: Heart of the Campus

Click the link to find out the ways you can contact IT Help – How can I get help with IT?

Student Services support

Click the link to contact Student Services or access Student Services Centre Drop-ins.  Student Services Centre Location and Opening Hours.

Alternatively, visit your relevant virtual helpdesk in faculty.

Science, Technology and Arts (STA)

Social Science and Humanities (SSH)

Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Sheffield Business School (SBS)

Student Union support

Click the link to get ‘Advice and Help’ from Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union.

Careers/employability support

The Careers and Employability Service is open to all current students and graduates of the last 3 years. Their aim is to help you enhance your employability by providing a range of facilities and services to enable you to make well informed decisions about your current and future plans.

They offer advice, guidance and information on a range of career-related issues, including:

  • planning your future
  • options with your subject
  • getting experience
  • finding a job
  • CVs/applications/interviews
  • meeting an adviser

Visit them at the Careers and Employability Centre near the main entrance to the Owen Building or Email: careers@shu.ac.uk   Phone: 0114 225 3752 (City)  Phone: 0114 225 2491 (Collegiate)

The Skills Centre
The Skills Centre is a hub in Adsetts Library, which also has delivery at Collegiate Library.  It brings together University services to support your learning and development during your time at university.

The website at blogs.shu.ac.uk/skillscentre provides information and booking for a number of different services as well as a range of resources to support your studies from arrival to graduation.

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Exam Support
Sitting exams can feel stressful to a lot of us but if you are prepared then you will feel calmer. Take a look at the hints and tips for exam preparation below:

  • Start revision early
  • Break topics into small chunks
  • Revise little and often rather than for long periods (half an hour-45 minutes a day for 1 month is better than 16 hours in the 2 days before)
  • Find your own revision style (reading/ writing/ recording/ listening)
  • Take breaks

Learn how to prepare for exams and reflect on your performance with effective revision methods and strategies for answering different types of exam questions:

  • mental and physical preparation
  • revision strategies
  • what to expect on the day of your exam
  • how to respond to different types of question

To make sure you prepare well and ace your exams please take a look at our Exam Resources  at The Skills Centre.

We also have a couple of videos which will give you some useful ideas on exam revision, performance and coping with nerves;

Derby University – John Pessoll, PGCE student

Sheffield Hallam University – Delroy Hall, Wellbeing Practitioner