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What Resources Should I Use When Studying?

Some sources of information you may use for your studies include: OTC Library, Local Library – Find textbooks, encyclopedias, journals, periodicals, newspapers, magazines and, often, internet access. Click here to download a… read more →...

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CPD Training Programmes

How Should I Prepare For Reading?

Reading for study, especially a textbook, is different from reading for pleasure; you are not reading for entertainment, but reading to comprehend often difficult information. When studying, you are expected… read more →...

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How Should I Read When Studying?

You probably learned to read many, many years ago and think you are a good reader, but how much of what you read do you actually retain? Do you read… read more →...

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Skimming & Scanning

For material-intensive reading it is often enough to apply skimming and scanning to get the main points; you do not always have to read every word. Skimming Skimming is a… read more →...

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What Is Speed Reading?

The average student reads between 250 and 300 words per minute. A “good” speed is around 500 to 700 words per minute with exceptional readers covering one thousands words, or… read more →...

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How Do I Improve My Speed Reading?

Apply these techniques to improve your speed reading: Get Ready sit up straight; use a high-back chair; perch on the edge of your seat stand up Limit Time use a… read more →...

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OTC Support Networks

Who Are My Support Networks?

All students share common concerns when beginning a new course of study. What if I don’t understand the course content? How will I cope with the pressure? What if I… read more →...

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How Do I Plan For Study?

For many, planning means restrictions and a lack of spontaneity. However the reality is making and sticking to a plan creates more freedom, less strain on your time and reduces… read more →...

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time management

How do I Manage My Time?

There are 168 hours in a week. To learn how to manage your time, it’s a good idea to first discover how you spend your time. Complete the Time Monitor/Time… read more →...

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The Study Environment

How do I Manage My Study Environment?

Once you have created your study plan, use the following pointers to create a study environment conducive to learning: Location It is important to create a study environment that is… read more →...

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How Do I Take Notes?

Adopt the following techniques when taking notes: Take actual notes Write in your own words rather than transcribing the source material. Use keywords It’s best not to use complete paragraph… read more →...

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OTC Support Networks

How Do I Absorb & Retain Information?

Many people think they are forgetful and have a poor memory. To forget is the inability to store or recall information. Listed below are twenty techniques, divided into four categories,… read more →...

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What Is SQ3R?

The SQ3R method for learning is a well established method for quickly and efficiently learning textbook material. Taking the time to learn and apply this technique is worth it. It… read more →...

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Using Mindmaps

A Mind Map is a graphic technique, like a roadmap, to visually layout your thoughts to allow you easily remember information. It uses words, images, numbers, logic and spatial awareness… read more →...

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Learning Style

What Are Learning Styles?

Learning styles simply refers to the different approaches people take to learning. Two things happen when you learn: New information is taken in The information is processed The way in… read more →...

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What Is VARK?

VARK is a system used to profile your learning preferences (or learning style). The name is an acronym made up of the different ways in which people prefer to learn.… read more →...

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Kolb Learning Cycle

What Is Kolb’s Learning Cycle?

Kolb’s learning cycle works on the idea of “active learning” – a continuous cycle of learning by doing. Start by doing a task Observe and reflect on your progress and… read more →...

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How Do I Learn To Concentrate?

Learning to concentrate can be divided into a three-step process: LEARN – What causes poor concentration and which apply to you? UNDERSTAND – How can you control the factors? CONTROL – How can… read more →...

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critical thinker

How Do I Become A Critical Thinker?

Critical thinking is not just skill or a technique, it is a combination of emotions, attitudes, habits and skills. Critical thinking, also known as “thorough thinking” or “creative thinking”, is… read more →...

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How Should I Apply Analytical Skills As I Study?

How Should I Apply Analytical Skills As I Study?

Applying analytic skills will improve your level of comprehension and reduce study time! Use the following methodology to integrate analytical skills into your learning: Get a pencil and get ready… read more →...

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Change Language

Using “People First” Language

Although you might not be conscious of it, the language you use to describe people can effect the way people are valued. The ‘words’ used by you and other social… read more →...

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People with disabilities

How do I Write About People With Disabilities?

When writing about people with disabilities, consider the following Do’s and Don’ts Don’t Do not focus on disability. Do not portray successful people with disabilities as superhuman or heroes. Do… read more →...

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How Do I Portray People With Disabilities?

DON’T SAY SAY Autistic Person with Autism Hyperactive Person with ADHD Brain damaged Person with a brain injury Person who has sustained brain injury Person with an acquired brain injury… read more →...

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What Is A Sentence?

Communicating through writing is the art of organising your thoughts into sentences. A sentence is a grammatical unit comprised of one or more clauses. A sentence has (at least) three… read more →...

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What Is A Paragraph?

A paragraph is a collection of sentences relating to a single topic. It should have the following characteristics: Unity each paragraph should open and close with a single focus or… read more →...

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Writing In The 3rd Person

Academic writing calls for the writer to produce objective, and to a large extent, impersonal work. To write objectively the writer must eliminate personal opinions, such as “I”, “we”, “you”,… read more →...

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Writing Style

Developing A Writing Style

As you write an assignment or essay your writing style will begin to emerge. Your style can be determined by: Your choice of words How you give meaning to a… read more →...

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How Do I Manage My Time When Writing an Assignment?

Observe the following guidelines for managing the development of assignments: Find out when the assignment is due Break the assignment/essay down into smaller units of work Assign headings to individual… read more →...

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How Do I Create An Assignment Outline?

It is good practice to create an outline for your written assignment. Your plan can be a list of points or a diagram; whichever format you choose the plan should:… read more →...

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Just write

How Do I Complete An Assignment or Essay?

Once you have created a time plan, confirmed your assignment plan and completed your information gathering or research, you can begin to focus on the writing. All assignments should be… read more →...

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Using The Assignment Presentation Feedback Sheet: Some Handy Hints

Assignment Presentation Feedback Sheet The Assignment Presentation Feedback Sheet is given to each student as a part of his or her feedback from each assignment submitted. It is designed to… read more →...

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Harvard Referencing

What Is Referencing?

Referencing is the procedure of acknowledging the source of information of quotes, ideas, or illustrations from books, journals, websites etc that you have used in a document. Acknowledging someone else’s… read more →...

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How Do I Reference In My Assignment?

Follow these guidelines for referencing material in your assignments. Textbooks with a single Author When referring to a text by one author: The theory was first propounded in 1993 (Hamilton,… read more →...

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How Do I Create A Reference List?

At the end of a piece of work create a reference list that refers to the documents cited in text. It only includes books, articles etc that are cited in… read more →...

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How Do I Prepare To Revise For Exams?

Before you start to revise check the following: TIME –-  confirm date, location and duration of each exam TOPICS –- confirm what areas of the course you need to cover for each… read more →...

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How Do I Revise?

How you revise will be determined by your knowledge of the subject matter, the duration of exam and amount of study time allocated. There is no universal technique for revising… read more →...

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Six rules of revision

Six Rules of Revision

Do it yourself –: create your own revision notes. As you write from your study notes you are reinforcing what you have already learned. This will boost your confidence and give… read more →...

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How Do I Answer Questions in Exams?

An exam is a test of what you have learned and your ability to show your understanding of the material covered over the course of a year. Exams can be… read more →...

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Plan Research

How Do I Plan My Search?

Planning is a key element in searching for information to support your course work. Begin the planning process by creating a list of overall assignment, essay or project goals. Identify:… read more →...

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How Do I Use The Library As A Search Resource?

 The library is an excellent starting point for your information search and offers access to a range of resources such as: Textbooks, Encyclopaedias Almanacs, Atlases Dictionaries, Thesauri Journals, Periodicals Government… read more →...

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