Welcome to the My Learning Essentials blog!

Benjamin Franklin once said ‘Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.’  Like our friend Benjamin, the My Learning Essentials programme is all about getting stuck in and learning through doing. By offering a series of interactive sessions (both online and face-to-face), we create an environment where you can develop skills and try out different strategies in order to find out what works best for you and your personal and professional goals.

And at this point you may wonder ‘Well, what My Learning Essentials is exactly? An extracurricular course? A class I need to pay for?

Well, no, not at all.

My Learning Essentials (or MLE, as many of us refer to it) is the Library’s programme of skills support, a completely free service that can be accessed by the whole student community at the University of Manchester (both undergraduates and postgraduates alike), regardless of degree subject. What’s more, our online resources can actually be used by anyone, wherever they are and whenever they need to. So spread the word! Tell your friends who are seeking some academic support about it. They will thank you later! 🙂

So now that you know a bit more about MLE, you may be asking yourself ‘Alright, so what’s the purpose of this blog then?’

Because Twitter is not doing us any justice by imposing the 140 character limit, we decided to create a blog as an addition to our resources. More specifically, this blog will be a platform for peer-to-peer support, where our lovely Student Team (more about them in a later post) will share their knowledge, stories and advice on a wide range of topics. While Twitter will still be our primary means of posting reminders and news, this blog will highlight content that enhances MLE in a relaxed and friendly virtual environment.

In fact, we already have a plan for this blog, so in the following months you’ll be able to read about:

  • Making the most out of your time at University
  • Finding the best resources and information to include in your assignments
  • Structuring and writing your essays
  • Time management skills and strategies
  • Referencing and avoiding plagiarismgrey-head
  • Creating and delivering effective presentations
  • Wellbeing and exam support

…and much more!

So stay tuned, share our tips with your friends if you find them useful, and leave your suggestions in the comments section if you’d like to know more about a certain topic -we’ll do our best to tailor our content to your needs!

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