SKIP is a SKills Induction Programme which has been developed over several years by the Open Learning Unit. It aims to help you to:
- become a successful independent learner
- know what is expected during your studies at DIS
- apply your study skills to modules, coursework and assignments throughout your studies
SKIP is delivered to distance learners:
- At study school with online support via our virtual learning environment
SKIP is delivered to campus-based students:
- For postgraduate programmes, through a series of workshops during Semester One with online support via the Blackboard learning environment
SKIP is designed to encourage you to:
- ask questions
- look at examples
- have a go at different approaches to a skill
- share experiences and ideas
Your SKIP at DIS may include the following workshops:
- Meet DIS and your Programme: orientation, expectations, and programme quiz.
- Tips for successful independent learning including sources of support and advice.
- Time management.
- IT Drop in: how to access and use your online support system.
- Citations questions and answers: DIS Citation Guide and plagiarism, followed by a practical session introducing EndNote.
- Retrieving and managing subject information through effective reading and note-taking.
- Critical reading for your degree.
- Writing skills: creating, managing, organising, editing and presenting written information.
- Writing formats: applying writing skills to various formats e.g. essay, report, literature review.
- Numeracy skills: an introduction to reading and understanding data, number or budget information.
- Presentation skills: design and preparation of presentations for particular audiences, followed by a practical session introducing PowerPoint.
- Examination skills: guidance, tips of advice, ways to cope with stress, past papers and online mock exams.
- Reflection skills and self-evaluation of academic progress.
- Dissertation skills: introduced at specially timetabled days.
- Personal Development Planning through various Careers Office and CILIP workshops.