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Skills Resources in Sheffield Hallam University

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Skills Resources in Sheffield Hallam University

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Student Services Centre: (

If you have difficulty with the exercises and ideas in Writing for University Courses, the Student Services Centre may be able to help. They can conduct a screening for possible dyslexia and suggest further ways to improve your skills. The Student Services Centre is on Level 5 of the Owen Building at City Campus (next to the main university reception), phone (0114 225) 3813, or in the Heart of the Campus Building at Collegiate Crescent, phone (0114 225) 2200 or (0114 225) 5671.

Sheffield Hallam University, University English Scheme: (

For those whose English is their second language.
TESOL Centre
(0114 225) 2254

Key Skills Online: (

Please note that accessing Key Skills Online or any of its sections (see below) will take you out of Writing for University Courses and into a section of Key Skills Online. To leave Key Skills Online, click on the X in the top right hand corner. This will bring you back to Writing for University Courses.

To access, go to the Student Intranet, click on Key Skills under Learning Support and then on Key Skills Online. If you are off campus you need your student log-in and password.

You will need a floppy disc to save any work you do on the computer.

There is a 'Writing Skills' theme which helps you produce work in various formats. Other themes also have topics which will help you e.g. the 'Information Skills' theme; the 'Information Technology' theme; some topics in the 'Improving learning' theme, such as 'Organising yourself and your time'.

Click on any of the following to go direct to a section.

Academic Papers
Essay Writing
Final Year Dissertations or Projects
Learning Logs and Diaries
Note Taking
Portfolios of Written Work
Report Writing
Written Applications (for Jobs/Courses/Other Opportunities)

Oral Presentation computer package (

DREW, S. and GIBSON, R. (1999) The Student Guide to Making an Oral Presentation. [CD ROM]. Gower.

Within Sheffield Hallam University go to Progams on the Start Menu on any computer, then Course Software and CBL, then to the CBL (Computer Based Learning) menu. For off campus use you can borrow a CD from the Learning Centre

Skill Packs (

By Sue Drew and Rosie Bingham.

There are short paper based Skill Packs on various topics. Most topics have Packs at two levels: Starter for those new to a skill or wishing to remind themselves about it; Development for those wishing to build on and improve a skill.

Your tutor may give you copies. You can buy copies from the Adsetts Centre shop and there are reference sets in all Learning Centres and in Student Services (you can photocopy these).

The following lists the topics of particular relevance to improving your writing.

Essay Writing
Report Writing
Note Taking (Starter only)

To see the full list, go to the Student Home Page (Student Intranet), click on Key Skills under Learning Support, then on Skill Packs.

CIS Help Desks

Give advice and have handouts to help in your use of IT. There are CIS Help Desks at every University site.



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