Supporting learning with well-developed study skills

When we think about learning, we often only consider the end goal of what it is we need to learn. However, each new learning experience, whether that is changing school, transitioning to further or higher education, starting a new qualification or apprenticeship, or any other CPD training we might undertake throughout our careers, brings with it different challenges or barriers to learning which we must first overcome in order to achieve a successful outcome.

This is where study skills come in. Study skills are approaches applied to learning, which are useful throughout life and can help improve a learner’s chances of success. Study skills help learners to engage with the learning that is in front of them, decide an appropriate course of action, and manage their time to achieve the goal they have set out.

Not all learning is the same, so ensuring that your learners have a full stock of these skills is important. With these well-formed skills, your learners can decide what the best approach for successful learning is and where and when to use them.

For example, if your learners are working on a group project, their teamworking skills and communication skills need to be up to scratch. Developing these skills means that they will know how to effectively have their voice heard, as well as listen and give space to others to so they can show their strengths, too. If they are giving a public presentation, your learners’ confidence and personal appearance, or the way they come across to the audience, will support them to be able to focus on what it is they want to say and get their message across and captivate an audience.

Similarly, study skills such as time management, problem solving and attitudes to study are becoming more important as many education providers are conducting online, remote, or blended learning. You might be reliant on your learner’s personal responsibility and motivation without your in-person guidance or presence. There has been a steep learning curve for many people, even outside of education, who have found themselves learning or working at home. Ensuring that your learners are confident that they have these skills will support them to be agile in the face of changing delivery or methods of study.

Assess your learners’ study skills

In the latest development to the Skills Builder platform, we have now launched our study skills assessment. Thirteen important study skills are covered: reflective practice, time management, personal conduct, personal appearance, critical thinking, confidence, attitude to study, teamworking, problem solving, written reports, presentation, developing self, and preparing for exams.

The assessment is based around different scenarios and learners must choose their response to each given scenario.

Upon completion, you and your learners will receive an end report with a RAG-rated bar chart along with descriptors which provide feedback on how they performed in each section. This will help you to understand their personal study skills baseline and

offer any intervention or support or make changes and build up these skills or to adjust your delivery to try and accommodate their strengths.

If you’d like to find out more about out new study skills assessment, contact skillsbuilder@skillsforward.co.uk or existing Skills Builder customers can speak to their account manager about how to use this new feature.

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