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.  

New! Ask the Learning Hub

Post questions and comments on our new Padlet. Or you can email us direct on Teams.

We hope you managed to relax over the long weekend and enjoy a spot of sunshine.

To help you get back on track with your studies we’ve set up an open access Padlet with some of our top Learning Hub resources.  You can post questions, see what others have asked and share your own top tips.  

Remember that this is an open forum so please don’t include any personal information in your post, and keep your comments professional !

Take a look at our Ask the Learning Hub Padlet

Would you rather send an individual query? 

You can now send an email direct to the Learning Hub on Teams.  Just click this address to open up a new email or, if that doesn’t work, copy it into the ‘To’ box of your email to send us your question:


We’re monitoring these every day (except weekends and Bank Holidays) and we’ll usually reply by email within 24 hours.

Virtual tutorials 

You can still book an online tutorial for help including academic writing, literature searches and referencing. Find out more on our tutorials page.

If you’re not sure who to contact with your Library query, you can email libraryhelp@tees.ac.uk



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.

Research methods

Quantitative data

Whether you are completing your dissertation this year or preparing your proposal for next year, we have plenty of resources to help.

Our Quantitative data collection and analysis LibGuide is packed full of information to help you design your research, collect the data and analyse results. Follow the link for more information:


What is quantitative research?

Quantitative research is concerned with gathering and interpreting numerical data. This data can be ranked (ordered), measured or categorised through statistical analysis. This analysis assists with uncovering patterns (or relationships) and for making wider generalisations. 

Why would I use it?

This type of research is useful for finding out:

  • how many?
  • how much?
  • how often?
  • to what extent something occurs?

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


Happy Friday Everyone!

What’s your virtual librarian name?

We hope you are all well and getting to grips with staying indoors.  Each Friday we’ll try to give you a fun activity to make you smile.  Today we want to celebrate all the librarians working online to keep giving communities and students access to information so we want you to find your virtual librarian name.

Step 1: Take the first name of a favourite childhood character.

Step 2 : Now add the last name of your current favourite author.

Add them together and there you go!  We’ve had Rapunzel Pullman and Ranger Cleeves up to now … why not share yours on social media to make other folks smile.

And, don’t forget, your very own real life librarians are still here to help!

You can send us emails via libraryhelp@tees.ac.uk  or click on the link below to find out who your real life librarians are and book a virtual tutorial http://libguides.tees.ac.uk/lrs/tutorials  

We’re also busy developing online workshops and other ways to stay in touch so look out for future posts giving you more details.

In the meantime, have a happy and healthy weekend.