Watch Monash University's Efficient reading strategies clip below to find out some quick tips for reading academic material at university.
There are many different note taking techniques that will suit different learning styles and approaches. Click on the image below to discover more:
Skills for writing in Education
Work through a tutorial to develop your writing skills for relating observations you make in practicum settings to the theory you have learnt about in class. Look at an annotated assignment see how a student used her skills in an essay, and her lecturer's comments on what she wrote.
Learn more about academic writing, editing and proof-reading your work in this online tutorial.
Reflective practice is frequently involved in Education assignments.
Critical reflection is widely used for a number of reasons, including that it: helps identify educational needs; improves understanding of one's personal beliefs, attitudes and values; helps professionals to become self-aware and better able to monitor their own practice, and leads to better understanding through continual building of knowledge. "The goal of reflective practice is self-discovery and growth, as well as the expansion of one's knowledge" (Pretorious & Ford, 2015).
Critical reflection in an assignment
Critical reflection in an assignment involves discussing a topic by looking at it from a variety of viewpoints. You usually start from an experience you have had as a pre-service teacher or learner, or that you have observed while on placement. You then consider the factors that influenced this experience for those involved, using theories and frameworks as 'lenses'. Reflections are not about WHAT happened (though you do usually need to briefly introduce the experience), but they provide a non-judgemental explanation of WHY it happened, and most importantly, what can be learned from it. Reflections help link theory to practice, and can focus on positive experiences as well as negative ones.
The keys to writing successful reflections are:
* make sure that you have a clear theme for your reflection
* carefully select relevant and specific experiences to be reflected upon
*ensure you analyse the experience objectively, rather than just describing it.
The Library has a number of online resources to assist with developing the ability to conduct independent research, summarise and analyse information, cite and reference correctly and compose high-quality academic writing for assessment, including:
You can attend workshops designed around different skills, or come to a one-on-one drop-in session for with a learning skills adviser or a librarian help with your own specific query, or for tips on all aspects of study, including time management, presentation skills and assignment preparation.
In addition, the Faculty of Education's Academic language, literacy and numeracy development unit can provide extensive academic and study skills information.