Hi, I have been looking at the skills assessments that I have done over the last few weeks and feel that I have identified some key areas that I need to develop. The basic skill that every student needs is being able to find the right resources, being aware of different sources that are available and knowing which genres are appropriate for the task at hand. I have extensively researched resources available to me in order to form a firm base for me to study from. I feel that this is important in order to work on building my weaknesses in research, time organisation and finding alternative solutions. The resources that I have sourced and used are-
Books- library and bought. I have bought quite a few book from ebay and amazon, as you can get some really great deals! I have also completed a library induction and familiarised myself with my library both at Wakefield college and Leeds Met. Things that I also need to look at are journals, as I haven’t done that before! I know where they are kept in the library and how to book them out but my next step will be to actually get one and use it in my assignments!
Internet- scholarly articles, subject websites and Journals- I have been using emerald insight to source journal entries and articles relevant to the assignments that we have been given. I have also used Google settings to search for only scholarly articles on a certain subject and found some fantastically interesting and relevant studies.
College learning Resources- Blackboard Blackboard is absolutely essential as it is where all course information and slides are. I have thoroughly explored Blackboard and made sure that I know how to use it and I now feel confident that i am competent and will be able to navigate Blackboard successfully.
Mobile resources- Android apps I have installed Blackboard on my Android phone. I have also looked on play.com and downloaded The Guardian Newspaper, Business Law Quiz, DMN (direct marketing news), Lawguide, Mobile Manage Mentor and the Wall Street Journal. This is really useful to me as I always have my phone with me and in any spare minutes I may have I can look through these. They are a quick and easy way to keep up to date with issues relevant to my courses. The Blackboard app emails me whenever content is uploaded by any of my tutors so I never miss it!
I think that making sure I have a variety of resources behind me has really increased my confidence. I feel that I have the information that I need or am able to successfully source out and use information to fulfill all my homework and assignments. It is a key step in getting prepared, ensuring that my time organisation is in good order and that I am now ready to begin my assignments in good time and avoid being rushed and under last minute pressure.