Time management – Thursday tips

Regular followers of our blog will realise this post is late !   So, in a change to the plan, let’s look at time management hints and tips …

  1. Time is a valuable resource so approach it with the same care and effort you would use to manage your money or your career.  
  2. Prioritise your activities and create a personal plan to fit in everything you need to do along with things you want to do.
  3. Break it down, turn large projects into a series of smaller tasks which are easier to manage.
  4. Be flexible, remember that your plans may change to accommodate unexpected demands or exciting new opportunities.
  5. Take a shortcut, find ways to save time using software and apps. Also learning how to use technology more effectively when you have some spare time can prevent you wasting time in future when you are under pressure to meet deadlines.  
  6. Say *no*, it’s ok to turn down requests which are neither urgent nor important. Your plan will stop you taking on more than you can achieve in the time you have available. 

As always, we have a Time Management LibGuide with more information, online tutorial and example plan.  

Group Work – virtual Succeed@Tees workshop

Group work at a distance (online)

Friday 1st May at 12 noon

Have you been asked to carry out an assignment as a group?  Group work at a distance brings extra challenges. This online session via BlackBoard Collaborate will give you hints and tips on how to enable your group to run smoothly including:

·       managing group dynamics

·       avoiding conflict

·       group presentations


To participate go to https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/c76f6f888d474361b4bb577c33361738


The session will open 20 minutes before the start time to allow time for participants to get set up.

Guidance on using BlackBoard Collaborate https://eat.tees.ac.uk/webapps/portal/execute/tabs/tabAction?tabId=_79742_1&tab_tab_group_id=_75_1

This workshop will be repeated on Monday 4th May at 12 noon.  Find the joining instructions for this and other workshops on the Succeed@Tees workshops page

Virtual Succeed@Tees workshop

How to use references

Learn how to incorporate references into assignments, identify different styles of in-text citation, when to use them and develop your paraphrasing techniques.

Online workshop running today Thursday 9 April from 12-1pm.

Join via libguides.tees.ac.uk/workshops click on the event in the Calendar.

This workshop will be repeated at 12 noon on Tuesday 14th April.

Independent study

Today’s top tips are designed to help you stay in control of your learning.  So what do we mean by ‘independent study’?  Basically it’s the combination of confidence and ability to answer 3 questions.

What do I want to learn?

This is the ability to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses to decide what will help you achieve the best results.  You could also use feedback to help identify areas for improvement.  For example, you may be new to online learning so do you need to develop your technical knowledge in order to use apps or do you need to improve your time management?

What’s the best way for me to learn it?

Some people prefer to learn quietly, reading or working through tutorials at their own pace. Others feel happier when they learn as a group, discussing ideas and solving problems together.  Each has merit and using a blend of both is usually the most effective. For example, you may start with a video tutorial to show you how an app works then ask others for help if you have a problem. Your skill is deciding which method is best for what you need to learn and who will give you the best answer!


How will I measure my learning?

This is the ability to judge how effective your learning has been.  It doesn’t mean you need to become an expert in everything. For example, you may just need to learn the basics of using an app in order to take part in an online session, rather than being able to deliver the session yourself.  Set yourself realistic and measurable learning goals. Reflect on what you achieve and learn from what doesn’t go to plan – did you choose the best method, did you aim too high or did you learn something else from the experience?

When you’re ready to find out more, take a look at our Studying Independently LibGuide

Writing a Literature Review

Virtual Succeed@Tees workshop

The first ever online S@T workshop attracted 80 students yesterday!  A big thanks to Clare and Sue who ran the session and to everyone who took part – well done 👍🏻👍🏾👍🏿 

If you would like to see what you missed or have never tried one of the workshops before why not join the repeat session at 10am on Monday?  

You can simply watch the presentation or you have the opportunity to submit questions during the session. 

Joining instructions and more information are available through the link below:


 If you have any other suggestions for workshops please email Libraryhelp@tees.ac.uk

Tuesday top tips – virtual learning

Good Morning everyone!

Are you new to online learning?  Wondering how to take part and get the best from virtual teaching?  Try our quick Tuesday tips, and take a look at yesterday’s post for links to online videos for iPads and Microsoft apps.

  • Are you sitting comfortably?  Try to find a quiet and comfortable space.  If you can, make this your dedicated learning space so that you keep it separate from the rest of your home life.  Remember to take regular breaks, stand up and have a stretch.
  • Are you prepared?  Think about what you want from the session and any specific questions you have.  Look at your notes from previous sessions and any instructions you have been given beforehand.  Think about ways to reduce background noise if you can and try to reduce distractions, for example, temporarily turn phones to silent and turn off email notifications.
  • Ready to take part? Practice using online apps, joining group chats and sharing your screen with other students beforehand so you feel comfortable. Think about how you will take notes during the session. Don’t record sessions without permission.

Remember to act as you would in live sessions, be polite, professional and patient with others!  

There’s lots more help online, including a blog post from Pearsons


Online learning help

As learning and teaching has moved online we thought we would gather together links to some helpful videos and tutorials. This is only a selection, there are many more out there. 

Future facing learning

Find videos on YouTube from Nicki Wise to help get you started,  TU iPads on YouTube or follow @tuipads on social media for more support, hints and tips TU iPads on Instagram

The University’s Future Facing Learning page has a number of self help tutorials to help you get the most from an iPad and apps.  You can find the full set of videos, including Microsoft apps such as OneDrive, Teams, and Sway along with accessibility tips, through the link below. 

Future Facing Learning

iPad help from Apple

Check out the iPad playlist on Apple’s YouTube channel Apple video help for iPads

Microsoft help

There are many tutorials and videos for the whole range of Microsoft software, including Sway, OneDrive, OneNote and Skype for Business on the  Microsoft 365 training site