The 301 Student Skills and Development Centre” For something with such a big name, you would expect it to be really imposing, a bit terrifying, and too be fair it also made me think of an emergency number (I just can’t shake the 911 of Hollywood movies off). Well, it is completely the opposite. It’s fun, engaging and really helpful, and it offers you exactly what the name says: student skills.
301 is a service provided by the university to all its students, free of charge. It offers workshops on academic skills, which can help you pass your course with flying colours. As a new student, you may find that you struggle with some of the aspects of university work. If so, you don’t need to worry any longer – the 301 Centre is for you.
Here are some workshops that I really enjoyed:
Working in groups
It is probably the one I enjoyed the most and is perfect for those who know that have a group project as part of their university assignments somewhere. It teaches you how to avoid disagreement and facilitate communication in the group, as well as how to mange workload, to keep everyone happy.
Reading for memory
If you have lots to read and you feel like you can’t remember anything of what you spend your time gazing at, this one is for you. Plus, there is also a Speed Reading workshop, designed for those who wish to improve their reading speed without sacrificing their understanding of the reading material.
Performing well in seminars:
If you are shy, or just unsure how to cope with seminars and be more confident, this workshop will teach you what to do. I think this one is especially suited for newcomers. It is really fun, and gives you lots of useful tips, which will help you to be better prepared for seminars.
Time management (a.k.a for the procrastinator in you):
If you are like me (hope you are not – see below), procrastinating is your biggest issue and you just need a push to keep you a bit more organised. If you know how to manage your time well, you can have more free time. Anyway, the workshop is well structured and offers you some good techniques to manage your time effectively.
The “E” ones, those designed for exams:
Exam Technique and Exam Revision Planning Technique: I enjoyed both and found them really helpful to set my nerves as far as the exam period is concerned. Planning your revision and tips on how to revise are always helpful.
If you are interested in 301, why not check their website. Tip: if you are interested in one of the workshops, book in advance.
How to stop procrastinating:
They don’t have this one… Nevertheless, the key thing is willpower, if you know what you want and what you need to do to get it, you just get work done. I don’t think there is a big secret behind it, just motivation, once you have a goal in mind your energy level just gets higher. Meanwhile, if you’re suddenly aware of the dust in your room and the pile of dirty dishes, you can only start revising after finishing cleaning, of course.
Good luck with your revision and exams!