I returned to education as a mature student in 1999, graduating from the University of Glamorgan three years later. I studied Psychology (major) and Anthropology (minor). Whilst at Glamorgan as a student, I was asked to work in the Education Drop-in Centre. This increased my interest and awareness of students requiring support with organising and managing their studies. After graduating I began lecturing in Psychology and Anthropology, and became a PhD student. This experience confirmed my view that more study skills support is needed for students in areas such as essay writing, grammar and referencing because many students were letting themselves down by submitting poorly written assignments. My involvement in the development of an online Essay Writing Skills module arose from the need for study skills advice to reach as many students as possible and I qualified as an e-Moderator in 2005. These Study Skills materials are still available from Blackboard under the My Organisation category Study Skills.
In my second year as eLearning Tutor, I continued to develop, produce and moderate the four-credit module ‘Essay Writing Skills’ and went on to develop more topics. The materials are only available online. It is a challenging opportunity to reach more students, who can work through the materials in their own time and wherever they choose. Learning in a virtual world!
Throughout all my time at Glamorgan, and now University of South Wales, I have tutored and encouraged students, in groups and on a one-to-one basis, to feel more confident in their approach to writing, organising and preparing coursework and for examinations. I help to develop and up-date handouts available at the Centre and take part in seminar sessions on specific topics. I am grateful to the students who attend the Centre. Their diversity, both culturally and academically, allows me the opportunity for personal and professional growth.
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