Study Skills

Each year SWAP East arranges a study skills day for current SWAP Students. Study skills days are each hosted by a different university partner and offer a valuable opportunity to find out about what it’s really like to study at university, get some tips and advice on study skills, speak to university support staff and meet former SWAP students who are now studying at university. Feedback from previous years has been overwhelmingly positive; attendees tell us afterwards that they feel more confident, better informed and more enthusiastic about the possibility of going to university.

You can be working on your study skills throughout the year, using our Prep for HE materials:

Interview skills
Presentation skills
Referencing
Essay-writing
Note-taking
Top tips

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Study Skills 2018/19
Study skills days usually take place in late November and early December. Details of the 2017/18 events are listed below. All SWAP East students will receive an invitation to register for the relevant event.

Subject areaOrganiser Date Location Programme
NursingSWAP East 7 November 2018 University of Dundee, Ninewells Medical School Click here
NursingSWAP East 14 November 2018 University of Dundee, Kirkcaldy campus Click here
Science and EngineeringSWAP East 28 November 2018 University of Edinburgh, King's Buildings Click here
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (including languages and teaching)SWAP East 5 December 2018 University of Edinburgh, Central Campus Click here
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (including languages and teaching)SWAP East 7 December 2018 University of Dundee TBC
Nursing*Edinburgh Napier University February 2019 Edinburgh Napier University.
 TBC
Arts, Humanities and Social SciencesSWAP West February 2019 University of Stirling
 TBC
NursingSWAP East 7 February 2019 Inverness College/UHI TBC

*Edinburgh Napier will run two drop-in sessions at their Sighthill campus for anyone interested in a career in midwifery or nursing. Check here for future dates.

Presentations from SWAP East Study Skills Days 2017/18 are below

Nursing at Ninewells Hospital 8 November 2017
Expectations for degree study
Note-taking
Essay writing
Numeracy
Lecture

Nursing at Fife Campus 15 November 2017
Numeracy
Note-taking
Lecture
Essay-writing

Science and Engineering at Heriot-Watt 24 November 2017
Next step
Getting the most out of lectures
Referencing
Lecture


Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Edinburgh Napier 6 December 2017
Transitions
Note-taking
Referencing
Strategies for independent study
Now to write the essay
Humanities Lecture

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Dundee 13 December 2017
History lecture
Note-taking
Academic writing


Feedback from previous study skills events

"Really valuable experience. I defintely hope that these will be continued for future students"
(Feedback from Humanities, Dundee)

"I enjoyed the academic writing workshop most of all. I loved the interaction and the knowledge gained from the SWAP study skills" (Feedback from Humanities/Social Sciences).

“I think all the sessions were useful. I thoroughly enjoyed the clinical skills experience as this is something we do not see at college. The note taking session gave me a great insight on what will be expected of me at university" (Feedback from Nursing).

"A good experience and well worth making the effort to come. A friendly atmosphere with everyone willing to help" (Feedback from Sciences).


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