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Finding learning resources in your subject area in online repositories

Online repositoriesThis week’s blogpost is about locating learning resources that can help you learn more about the subject you are studying.

Previous blog posts have suggested where to find online learning resources that relate to developing your academic skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, and those that can help you develop your vocabulary and grammar in English. The free learning resources in Prepare for Success are a good place to start for this.

For students who come to the UK to study a particular subject through the medium of English, there are also useful resources online to help them develop their subject knowledge. Some online resources also combine subject-specific content with English language development.

Teachers increasingly use online repositories (banks or storage places) to store and share many of their teaching and learning resources as ‘open content’. More and more of these are free to access and web-based. Students can also search and use them to find resources for independent learning. For students of languages and other disciplines in the Humanities, two repositories in the UK are LanguageBox and HumBox. Students can sign up for a free account and then browse and bookmark any resources that they wish to use. Each resource may have been made available (by the person who uploaded it) either to download for use or use directly from a web link (URL).

Another large UK repository containing many different subject-specific learning resources across the Sciences and Arts and for Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) is Jorum. The resources in Jorum can be freely browsed but need to be downloaded for use.

In USA, there are also some large repositories of teaching and learning resources. MERLOT II is a well-known one. It contains multimedia educational resources in a range of subject areas, and students as well as teachers can sign up to use its resources for free. Wisconsin-online is another free-to-use digital repository of interactive ‘learning objects’. Users can learn directly from resources online or download them.

There are many other smaller repositories of teaching and learning resources that can help you to learn independently in your subject area. An internet search engine such as Google will help you find many more.

If you have a question related to academic life and study in the UK and you can’t find the answer in the Prepare for Success learning resources, write it on the Question Wall and we will try to answer it here in the blog next time.

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EAP online materials for independent learning

Pay, Access and LearnThis week’s blogpost is in reply to a student who has asked where to find online materials in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) for self-study.

Some useful EAP learning materials that are available for learners to use independently have been mentioned in previous blogposts. Many of these are free. See:
Managing the reading on your course
Where can I find more activities to practise academic writing?
How to improve my vocabulary?

A new online resource that has recently become available for students is the PAL (Pay, Access and Learn) portal. This site allows individual learners to choose and then license sets of interactive online learning resources at low cost and for periods of either one month or three months. Each set of ten learning resources on a related topic provides at least six hours of activity-based online learning. Currently sets available include basic and more advanced skills in academic writing and vocabulary for study purposes. The website provides a complete list of available sets. Online renewal or licence extension is easy and can be done at any time from anywhere.

These will be of interest to learners already studying EAP (English for Academic Purposes) or preparing to apply for university courses in the UK.

If you have a question related to academic life and study in the UK and you can’t find the answer in the Prepare for Success learning resources, write it on the Question Wall and we will try to answer it here in the blog next time.

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What digital literacy skills are needed for study in the UK?

Two students using laptopsThis week’s blog post is in reply to a librarian who has been asked to help identify resources for teaching literacy skills relevant for students coming to study in UK higher education from her college. The student needs she mentions are “adapting to big libraries; information search skills (online) and use of e-resources expected in the UK.”

Mobile phone showing a PLEA free resource that may help educators and support staff as well as students themselves is The Digital Literacies Toolkit – a free set of learning resources to help students and educators explore a range of web 2.0 tools that can be used for study-support purposes, and to raise awareness of good practice in relation to social software.

If you have a question related to academic life and study in the UK and you can’t find the answer in the Prepare for Success learning resources, write it on the Question Wall and we will try to answer it here in the blog next time.

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Where can I find more activities to practise academic writing?

A student writingWelcome to the first blog post from Prepare for Success! In the blog we try to answer questions that students and other users of our website ask through the Question Wall or Feedback form. Today’s question is from an international student who has asked: “Where can I find more activities to practise academic writing?”

A useful website to help you learn about the complete process of academic writing needed for study in UK universities and colleges, with exercises and self-tests, is Using English for Academic Purposes: A Guide for Students in Higher Education developed by Andy Gillett in the UK.

Another website to help you learn about academic writing in your discipline and including practice activities is Writing for a Purpose on the British Council LearnEnglish website.

If you have a question related to academic life and study in the UK and you can’t find the answer in the Prepare for Success learning resources, write it on the Question Wall and we will try to answer it here in the blog next time.

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