SEPTEMBER

- SWAP New Student Registration: 
If you haven't already done so, it is important that you register as a SWAP student.
 
 
- Preparation for Higher Education (Prep for HE) - SEPT

Within the first month of college, you should begin working through the Preparation for Higher Education unit.
Your tutor may guide you through the exercises as a class, or you may be instructed to complete the exercises on your own during allocated guidance or "Prep" time, or at home. For some of the exercises, you may find it useful to pair up with a classmate, or form a small group for discussion.

Remember that our university partners require completion of the Prep for HE unit before you will be permitted to progress to university.

Links to the Prep for HE exercises for September can be found below. 
 



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Click here for the PHE study skills supplement for Access to Nursing Students: 
       
 




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PHE01 - Taking Stock: Part 1
An introduction to reflection aimed at helping you to identify areas of strength (and interest) and areas that need development. 

Options for completion:

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PHE02 - Study Diary - Early September 

Study diary exercises are designed to help you reflect on your learning and strategise for the future. You will complete entries in your study diary regularly throughout the year. Options: 

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MID-SEPTEMBER / EARLY OCTOBER:

PHE03 - Study Skills: How do you study? 
To be successful in higher education, it is important to develop strategies for good time management, meeting multiple deadlines and avoiding procrastination. These exercises will help you think about where you stand on these issues, and what you should do next.

Options for completion: 

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Medical Studies UCAS Application Guide

Medical Studies Personal Statement Guide

For students on the Access to Medical Studies programme only, the 
UCAS deadline is October 15th. 

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The information below is a supplement to the PHE: Study Skills: How do you study? workbook, which you may complete online or download to complete offline.

PHE Study Skills: How do you study?: Setting Priorities

How do you chop down a forest? One tree at a time!

If you have a mountain of tasks ahead of you, it can feel overwhelming and it can be difficult to figure out where to start. In extreme cases, confusion over what to do first leads to doing nothing at all -- or something completely unrelated (like watching television or going to the pub).

Perhaps you already make lists of what you have to do, but you often can’t decide which is most important, so you spend time doing "a little bit of this" and "a little bit of that" -- but getting none of it completed. 

There are many ‘time management’ or ‘task management’ methods available for tackling this problem, so take some time to find one that you like and practice it to see how it works for you.    

For example, you could try the ABC-123 approach:   

1. Make your ‘to-do’ list on paper.   

2. Mark each item with A, B or C based upon the descriptions below:   

A =      This task is very important. This task must be done. There would be               serious consequences if it is not done. 
            e.g. completing a written assignment for college 
            e.g. paying my rent/mortgage   

B =      This is a task that I should do but the consequences of not doing it                 right away are mild (in other words, it may cause someone a bit of                 inconvenience or displeasure but nothing as serious as the                             consequences for ‘A’ items) 
            e.g. buying and posting a birthday card for my aunt             
            e.g. answering an email from a friend  
   

C =      This task is not very important. I would like to do it but there are no                real consequences if I can’t manage it 
            e.g. clearing out the cupboards for spring cleaning 
            e.g. hosting my usual party over the winter holidays                

3. Now review your list and group the As, Bs and Cs together (rewrite your list if necessary)  

4. If you have more than one item in each group (which is likely), rank each in order of importance with numbers (e.g. A1, A2, A3; B1, B2, B3; C1, C2, C3, etc.). The first item on the list will likely be the ‘A’ item that has the nearest deadline, the most serious consequences or is quickest and easiest for you to complete.  

5. Start with A1 and work your way methodically through the list, crossing them off as you get them done.  

NB: You may not be able to work through them in exact order; sometimes an item you’ve marked as low priority (e.g. ‘C2’) will fit in nicely with other items on your list, and that’s fine. The point is to prioritise so that your most urgent, most important tasks get most of your time and attention. 


Weekly Task Grid

Another way of tackling huge task lists is to make a grid, starting with today and planning ahead for one week. List your tasks down the left-hand column and the days of the week across the top. Then assign a day (or days) to each task. This can be especially useful if you have already created an ABC-123 list and broken big projects into smaller steps.  See the example below: 

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After you have allocated day(s) to work on each item on your "to do" list, you can then make a shorter list for each day. Looking at the above grid, you can see that there are now only a few tasks to be done on each day. For example, on Thursday, the list would be: 

- Read/research for essay 
- Call Sarah 
- Hand in biology assignment 

This is a much more manageable list of things to do and helps to forestall any feelings of being overwhelmed by multiple, competing responsibilities. 

You can download a blank task grid worksheet or make your own version. 
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