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STUDY SKILLS OUTCOMES-FOUDATION2

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to do the following:

  • Independently access and use computer labs and the internet for language learning.

  • Identify preferred study strategies based on learning styles.

  • Organize a feasible study schedule that accommodates other responsibilities.

  • Organize and maintain a system of recording vocabulary (keep a vocabulary log).

  • Describe learning experiences, challenges, insights in a daily journal.

  • Organize and maintain a portfolio of one’s work.

DEVELOP RESEARCH SKILLS

  • List the key ideas to guide search for information.

  • Use the library system for finding, borrowing, and returning library material.

  • Use an English-English dictionary for language learning.

  • Use a contents page and an index to locate information in a book.

  • Extract relevant information from a book or article using a battery of reading strategies (e.g. skimming, scanning, etc.).

  • Locate a book/journal in the library using the catalogue.

  • Find specific information using internet search engines and electronic resources.

  • Cite a source in accordance with academic conventions.

  • Classify and sort new information.

  • Select or reject a source based on difficulty level, relevance, and currency.

  • Assess the reliability, objectivity, and authenticity of a source.

  • Summarize and paraphrase information in one’s own words.

TAKE NOTES

  • Recall and define main concepts.

  • Utilize abbreviations and symbols.

  • Use English rather than Arabic for notes in margins and glossing vocabulary.

  • Extract and record key information (the gist) from a written or spoken source based on own interpretation of information.

  • Adopt a note-taking strategy (e.g. Cornell system; mind mapping).

  • Support key points with relevant additional details.

  • Organize information to enable quick reference at a later date.

  • Date one’s notes.

  • Use notes to create a summary.

  • Reproduce key information and supporting details from notes in one’s own words.

  • Sort out information and reject irrelevant pieces.

GIVE PRESENTATIONS

  • Outline and define main concepts.

  • Address questions from the audience.

  • Plan and conduct a presentation based on information from written material, interviews, surveys, etc.

  • Speak in a clearly audible and well-paced voice.

  • Follow a presentation format.

  • Use presentation language (discourse markers etc.).

  • Achieve the key aim of informing the audience.

  • Make use of audio/visual aids when giving oral presentations.

  • Tailor content and language to the level of the audience.

  • Maintain some eye contact with audience.

  • Speak from notes in front of an audience using index cards.

  • Observe time restrictions in presentations.

  • Organize and present information in a logical order at a comprehensible speed.

  • Invite constructive feedback and self-evaluate the presentation.

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