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Introduction to Study Skills

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Paper Description

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This paper assists students to develop the skills required to succeed in tertiary study. It provides students with practical skills to develop confidence in the areas of reading, writing, oral presentations, and exam techniques. In addition, students are supported to develop effective time-management, self-motivation and goal-setting.

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Paper Structure

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Workload / Ngā mahi

Students are required to attend four hours of classes per week. Assessments will be completed in-class and through independent activity. Students are advised to treat this course as a full-time job while factoring in the need to adapt your time commitment with regards assessment deadlines.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Learning Outcomes / Ngā putanga ako
    1. Demonstrate the ability to locate, read, and analyse academic texts;
    2. Construct an expository essay using academic writing techniques;
    3. Utilise time management, motivational techniques, and self-discipline to complete assigned work;
    4. Apply relevant academic skills such as note-making and effective test techniques;
    5. Develop digital literacy through the use of online learning platforms and the creation of digital content.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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The assessment items in this paper are structured in such a way that students receive feedback as they progress.

The various due dates and submission formats are as follows:


Students receive marks for attendance at workshops. These marks will be calculated at the end of the semester.

Pop quizzes

These will be *completed during workshops and are based on related material taught in the session. Students complete practice exercises and then the relevant quiz. Students gain marks by completing these quizzes and are expected to incorporate the material learnt into the production of their academic work.

Essay writing online tests 1 and 2 and reading for research online exercise

These will be *open for approximately a week after the related lectures. Students will receive reminders in class as these assessments are due.

Essay introduction and first body paragraph with in-text referencing

These components of the essay are due the week beginning the date signaled below. This assessment is NOT due on the Monday of the week.*rather, they must be submitted to Moodle before attending the workshop.

Student problems clips

These are group projects which *the group will present in their allocated workshop time (as per above). PLEASE NOTE: STUDENTS MAY NOT FORM GROUPS WITH STUDENTS FROM OTHER WORKSHOPS. If any issues are experienced, students must speak to their workshop teacher.

Completed essay with introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion and reference list

This assessment item is to be submitted online. It should be a polished version of the introduction and first body paragraph along with a conclusion and reference list.*Please note that this assessment is worth 20% of a student's total grade in this paper which makes it a very important piece of assessment. Students are advised to complete this piece of work to a high standard through the incorporation of feedback as well as skills and practices learnt through lectures and online tests.

The study skills final online test

This test will be *open for just over a week after the related revision lectures. Students will receive reminders and pointers as the due date approaches.

*Note regarding due dates

Please note that assessments with 'no set time' will be due the week of the date given below. Some of these assessments will be due in the workshop of that week. Some will be done online in the student's own time during the week of the due date. Students will be provided with information and reminders via Moodle, Facebook, and in-class.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Attendance: Marks collected across the semester, totalled at the end.
  • Other: Totalled at the end of semester
2. Workshop pop quizzes: Weeks to be advised
  • In Class: In Lab
3. Reading for research online exercise
24 Nov 2019
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Essay writing online test 1
1 Dec 2019
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Essay Introduction & 1st body paragraph
9 Dec 2019
No set time
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Learning reflection (Exit interview to come later)
12 Jan 2020
11:30 PM
7. Essay writing online test 2
19 Jan 2020
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Completed essay with conclusion and reference list
2 Feb 2020
12:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
9. Student problems clip
3 Feb 2020
No set time
  • Presentation: In Lab
10. Final test (online)
16 Feb 2020
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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It is expected that students undertake significant reading about their essay topic. Preliminary reading lists will be provided and from there students will be required to locate, read and analyse their own sources.
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Recommended Readings

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These readings can be referred to if needed.

Manalo, E., & Trafford, J. (2003). Head Start: How to succeed in tertiary studies.

Auckland: Longman.

Perrin, R. (2010). Pocket Guide to APA Style (6 Ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin

Additional Readings:

A document titled Essay resources and topics will be uploaded to Moodle under the Introduction to Study Skills section.

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Online Support

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It is estimated that coursework will take 4-6 hours per week for each paper in the bridging programme. This time commitment may increase during weeks when assessment items are due.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is closely related to other papers in the CUP programme. It is expected that skills learnt in this paper will be applied to other papers.
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Restricted papers: CUPR001

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